Board Members

Deb McNally – Founder and Executive Director

Deb McNally is a teacher and an educator with a deep passion for reading and literacy. She holds a BA in Elementary Education from the College of St. Benedict. After years of homeschooling her two sons, she began traveling as a volunteer teacher, working with organizations such as Common Hope, Global Volunteers, Peace House Africa, and Habitat for Humanity. It was Deb’s experience working with the children of Ghana that inspired her to begin this new venture.


Karen Steinberg

Karen Steinberg is a wife and mother who has worked as a flight attendant both nationally and internationally for the past 35 years. Karen is passionate about humanitarian causes. She has volunteered in Ghana and Peru, where she taught English to young school children in small villages and in orphanages. Karen brings her love of rock & roll to the children she works with. A successful lesson is one where the children are dancing with her by the end of a long, hot day. At home in Atlanta, Karen and her three children have been involved in dog therapy visits to hospitals, worked with Habitat for Humanity, served for Hosea Feed the Hungry, and many others. One of Karen’s main goals in life is to instill in her children the importance of helping others.


Patty Mueller

Patty Mueller

Patty Mueller is a wife and mother to two fine young men, and has worked as an educator for over thirty years. She holds a B.S. in Biology from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Bethel University. She currently teaches science at Hudson High School. Patty is an active board member for the YMCA Camp St. Croix where she leads initiatives to integrate sustainability throughout the camp’s programs and practices. Patty has taken youth on environmental travel adventures where students become empowered to take action on current environmental issues. She strives to make the world a better place through education and volunteer work.