BEP SCHOLARSHIP TEAM
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I have lived most of my life in Colorado and love the mountains around my home.
I am a general surgeon and have 4 children. I have been inspired to become involved in
the schooling of children in Belize because I passionately believe that education is
the key to breaking the cycle of poverty that most of the world lives in. Where there
is poverty, there cannot be peace. How can someone not be touched by these beautiful,
eager souls thirsting for literacy and learning? When Iím not performing surgery or
working on behalf of BEP I enjoy soccer, cooking, reading and traveling.
here to read an article about Rebecca in the Lutheran Medical Center Pulse.
I am a retired child health and education professional with a long work career dedicated
to improving the lives of youth. Iíve taught preschoolers in Head Start programs;
helped develop pediatrician education programs; and developed training and resources for
classroom teachers to promote healthy lifestyles for students. My mission work has taken
me to small villages in Mexico, Cuba and Nicaragua on work teams that helped rebuilding
efforts following a disaster. Iím so excited to be part of the Belize Education Project
and support high school education and lifelong opportunities for the inspiring students
at Eden High School!
Originally from the Chicago area, I've been living and working in Denver since 1985 as
a tax accountant and also involved with various philanthropic organizations. In my spare time,
I enjoy attending various figure skating competitions around the world. Belize Education Project provides
a meaningful opportunity to invest time and resources in young people's education - which can be
the best investment one can make! BEP focuses on student achievement while providing a chance for
select students with a true passion for "thirst for knowledge" for the most economically disadvantaged
students in the Cayo District. I am grateful to be part of a group creating
future teachers, medical professionals, and community leaders for the exciting growth of the country of Belize.
My name is Nicole Jackson and I am pleased to be involved with the BEP Scholarship Program.
I am married, and my husband, Ross and I have one son named Wyman. When not working on the ranch in Texas
or at the management company in Colorado, I enjoy visiting with friends and traveling. I am grateful for
this opportunity to help this organization and look forward to a bright and happy BEP future.
With a Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics and Engineering, my first career was operating nuclear reactors and power plants.
I used to work for Westinghouse Electric in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. About 25 years ago I moved to Denver, Colorado
and changed my profession to Software Engineering and Data Architecture. In my spare time I play ice hockey,
ride big motorcycles, and also play electric guitar in a rock band. My first trip to Belize was in 2010.
I was excited to bring books and supplies to the children of Belize, and have been involved in BEP ever since.
This mission provides an opportunity for children and adults to grow academically and also build meaningful relationships.
In Memory of Buddy W. Baker (1935 - 2019)
== BEPís first donor ==
Buddy Baker was a philanthropist at heart, a believer in the value of education, and a world traveler.
So itís not surprising that the Belize Education Project caught his interest during a hospital chat with his surgeon,
Dr. Rebecca Knight. From that day forward, Buddy and his wife, Donna Duffy, have been sponsors and supporters of BEP.
Buddy was in love with life in every way imaginable. He traveled the world solo, led and joined mission trips to
Appalachia, Mexico, Cuba and Nicaragua and funded countless other humanitarian and relief projects. His motorcycle
exploits are legendary; he had 600+ skydives; he sailed singlehandedly from San Diego to the Sea of Cortez. There is a fossil,
the Bakeroceras, named after him in the Smithsonian Institute.
Saying he was generous is too big an understatement. He gave with his heart open, touching the lives of thousands
of people who would never know him. He did it quietly, without any desire for recognition Ė the real definition of giving.
The Buddy Baker Memorial Fund has raised over $4,000 to support the Belize Education Project.