Meet The Team

Meet just some of the amazing people that make up the Assist International team.

Meet The Founders

Bob & Charlene Pagett



While visiting Romania in 1990, Bob felt compelled to respond to the humanitarian crises he witnessed. He returned with a dream to provide assistance to the world’s most vulnerable people, and through passion and perseverance, that dream became Assist International. For 25 years, he led Assist International as President & CEO, and during that time the organization completed humanitarian projects in 65 countries across the globe. He continues to lead humanitarian projects in the areas of Global Health and Orphaned & Vulnerable Children.


Charlene Pagett co-founded Assist International in 1990., has been an indispensable member of Assist International since its founding in 1990. She is passionate about meeting the needs of widows and orphaned children in developing countries, and has been heavily involved with Family Felix Villages, AOET, and the Sister Rosemary Orphan Village.


Our Team

  • Ralph Sudfeld
    Ralph Sudfeld President and CEO
  • Jim Stunkel
    Jim Stunkel Vice President, Technical Services
  • Dana Bowles
    Dana Bowles Vice President, Finance
  • Michelle Sudfeld
    Michelle Sudfeld Vice President, Administration/Child Programs
  • Cheri Reynolds
    Cheri Reynolds Vice President, Strategy
  • Benjin Joshua
    Benjin Joshua Senior Program Manager, Medical Programs
  • Tim Reynolds
    Tim Reynolds Senior Program Manager, Infrastructure
  • Victoria McKitrick
    Victoria McKitrick Monitoring & Evaluation Manager
  • Matt Sudfeld
    Matt Sudfeld Program Manager
  • Brian Blazek
    Brian Blazek Operation Manager
  • Erin Sharkey
    Erin Sharkey Program
  • Martin Barajas
    Martin Barajas Warehouse Manager
  • Edie Boschen
    Edie Boschen Child Sponsorship Coordinator
  • Trevor Cook
    Trevor Cook Program Coordinator
  • Chase Reynolds
    Chase Reynolds Program Manager, Safe Surgery 2020
  • Mike Alexander
    Mike Alexander Vice President, Programs

Board of Directors

Deborah Balch

Former Professor, Bethany University, Marriage Family Therapist

Sharon Fruh

Ph.D., RN, CS, FNP Director of Nursing, University of South Alabama

Ralph Sudfeld

President of Assist International, Chairman of the Board

Austin Carmichael

Real Estate Investment Officer, Oregon State Treasury

Gil Miltenberger

Independent Real Estate Advisor

Dr. Ward Tanneberg


Jon Carmichael

Principal Sales Rep Cardiac Disease Rhythm Management, Medtronic, Inc.

Charlene Pagett

Co-Founder, Assist International, Secretary Board of Directors

Albert Vaters

President, Masterpiece Foundation

Michael Comer

Doctor of Management Degree, Partner with The Hayes Group International, Inc.

Robert J. Pagett

Founder, Assist International

Assist International provides life-giving solutions for children, families, and communities around the world that bring health, opportunity, and hope.