“For many are called, but few are chosen.”  

Matthew 22:14

With so many of God’s kids starving for the nutrients they need, the co-founders of Save God’s Kids feel that we have been chosen to help our brothers and sisters live a healthier life, one that honors God with their body.   While we are still full-time students, we are dedicated to creating a movement that will empower millions of young Christians to help save God’s kids.  Save God’s Kids has “angels” in Nashville, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Indiana, New York, Dallas, Florida and Australia.

 .The Founders/Leadership Team

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359bd7de606c0c3128a433addec879efNancy A. Leville (20)  Founder and Executive Director

Class of 2019 (Business Major)

Belmont Logo PhiMuAs a Roman Catholic Christian, I was raised to openly praise God (Romans 10:10) and to love the Lord with all my heart, soul, strength and mind.  (Matthew 10:27) In order to this, I was taught that my body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, and that I should honor God with my body, (1 Corinthian 6: 19-21) which includes eating healthy.

I’ve always been involved in my church, St Aloysius RC Church in New Canaan, CT. There, I sing in the choir, as well as serve as a lector and Eucharistic Minister. To this day, my sister Claire and I still cantor at mass.   

When I wrote my junior term paper on food deserts, I never would have imagined that God was placing me on a path to help nourish all of His kids.  In fact, I entered college as a music major, because singing was always my love.  However, five days into my freshman year, I transferred into the business school so I could learn what was needed for me to run Save God’s Kids.  

Today, I am fulfilling a dream by running Save God’s Kids, because I know it is God’s plan for me.  I also know that when the time is right, God will lead me to a person that I can collaborate with to create the kind of music that will listen to and learn from. But for now, I am focused on reaching every parent in America, and then the world, who wants their kids to live healthy and fulfill God’s plan.

 

1d391eaf86229a623406da44d28a959bClaire Leville (17)  Co-Founder, Co-Director of Youth Ministries

NCHS 2018

We were taught at an early age to love Jesus above everything else. While it’s easy to take things for granted, my parents raised us to give thanks for everything we have, because we know that it all comes from God. We were also taught that most people in the world are not nearly as fortunate, and therefore we must always help our brothers and sisters whenever we can. I was so excited when Nancy asked me to help her develop Save God’s Kids. Not only did it give me an opportunity to spend more time with my sister before she headed off to college, but it also gave me a better appreciation for how lucky we are to have the healthy foods that every child deserves. With the Lord’s help, I know we can make a difference.

Because I love all of God’s children, I intend someday to becoming a neonatal intensive care nurse. Despite all of our amazing medicine, 6 out of every 1000 babies born in America die before their first birthday. So many never make it out of the hospital. Because of my amazing faith, I want the responsibility of caring for these beautiful children of God, especially those that God plans on calling home.  In the meantime, I’m focused on helping expecting moms eat the food their developing child needs.  

 

Josef Nardi (17) Co-Founder, Director of Digital Media & Marketing

The Harvey School 2018

You never know when or where you’re going to be called by God to serve.  That is unless you are a member of the St. Aloysius Youth Group, where there is never a shortage of opportunities to serve someone less fortunate.  My calling came while I was on a mission trip to Appalachia last winter. That’s when I met Nancy’s dad, and he immediately told me about Save God’s Kids and the amazing work they were doing.  When we returned home, I met with Nancy and she told me the company needed a better website and digital media. That is what I love doing, so I offered my assistance to be apart of something much bigger than myself.

By joining the Save God’s Kids team and movement, my life now has a purpose, as well as new friends who love me as I am. I’m using the talents God gave me to help save a generation of His kids.  I’m “Passing It On” and I’ve never been happier!

 

33464d4ab8d19efe8dc9aff4f3320f48Talie Rau (17) Co-Founder, Co-Director of Youth Ministries

HS 2018

I’m a preachers kid who has grown up with a deep faith in God and a passion for serving others. After hearing about Nancy’s work and learning about the importance of phytonutrients and the consequences of bad food decisions, I wanted to help spread the word so other kids can avoid the pitfalls of unhealthy living and become better stewards of the body God has given them.

I was shocked to learn that kids my age aren’t expected to live as long as our parents. Why? Because of the harmful processed food so many people today consume out of convenience. After moving to our current home just outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, I became even more concerned after realizing that my new school doesn’t have a daily salad bar option for school lunch. I want to be an agent for change and help other kids know how to make better choices so they may live longer, healthier lives, and therefore be able to serve Christ more deeply. Even at my young age, I have learned that I have more to offer God when I feel healthier.  I’ve devoted myself to living a more healthy, active, and smart life in order to honor God’s plan for me…and I want all of God’s kids to be able to do the same.

 

f08996ccdb2a24527fa1558d5f6aa2eaJustine Jorgensen (19) Co-Founder, Director of Social Media

Class of 2019 (Neuroscience Major)tulane logo

Like my best friend Nancy, I am also a Catholic Christian. My family and I have always been active members of the church and have always grown up with a strong faith background. Ever since I was in middle school I had known I wanted to go into the field of medicine. After some devastating sports related injuries resulting in five knee and four back surgeries, it became clear to me that I wanted to be a pediatric surgeon and give kids the opportunity to return to sports. While I was healing from my fourth spine surgery, I decided that I wanted to help other people with the same condition I had suffered with and decided to create a non profit for people with cerebrospinal fluid leaks. These leaks can occur for numerous reasons, but mine was caused by a “simple” spinal anesthesia needle for knee surgery that caused me to be out of school for four months with debilitating pain. When creating the non profit, it became clear to me how the first step to fix any problem, was to first make people aware that there was a problem in the first place. Most people in America don’t realize what a large crisis is happening right before our eyes, and how it could impact future generations to come in the most detrimental way. The health of God’s kids in this country today is seriously lacking, and it is our job to fix the problem now in order to create a better future, not only for our generation, but also for the generations to come.
I’m currently a freshman at Tulane University where I’m majoring in Neuroscience. I am working hard to be able to go to medical school after graduation to fulfill my dream of becoming a pediatric surgeon.

 

emma picEmma Dahill (18) Director of Public Policy and Education

Class of 2021 (Public Policy)

I’ve been raised in a Christian home where my brothers and I were encouraged to accept and love inclusively people of all faiths. Fortunately, I’ve seen many instances of God working through us.

Gary Wilburn, the minister at my church, and an inspiration to many, devoted his life to bridging cultural gaps. In 2010, Gary passed away from ALS and a fellowship was established to carry on his life’s work. The mission of the Fellowship is to foster the understanding of humanity’s differences, whether of gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, religion or culture, so that those differences can be respected, learned from, embraced and celebrated. I was liaison to the Wilburn Fellowship at New Canaan High School. I worked with students to develop programs that support the mission of the Fellowship.

In addition, I’ve been lucky enough to experience God’s love in many other ways. Last year, I had the opportunity to travel to Mobile, Alabama, to work with local children to rebuild their church. I learned more from them about resilience and God’s message than I ever thought possible.

When Nancy and Claire shared with me their vision for Save God’s Kids, I knew immediately that I wanted to be a part of such a positive program. I know that we can change the lives of children everywhere. This is a cause that I feel particularly connected to, and I look forward to embracing it.

I am now attending Vanderbilt University where I’m majoring in public policy.  As Director of Public Policy and Education at Save God’s Kids, I’m helping to formulate an elementary level curriculum that our youth ambassadors, schools and parents will utilize to teach the GoBRITE nutrition solution...

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Executive Advisors

The company has called on a team of passionate business professionals to assist in the management of the company.

Mario DiFiore: Management- Dean of the Gabelli Business School, Fordham University

Dr. Neil Neimark: Nutrition/Health-  Dr. Neimark is a medical doctor whose practice is dedicated to healing through the miraculous power of God’s write nourishing foods.

Kevin J. Leville:  Marketing-  Kevin waas founder and Chief Executive Officer of Nutritional Excellence, LLC, a healthcare company which executed programs through Whole Foods Market, Guess, UPS, The Indiana Wellness Council and other major organizations.

Michelle Leville: Operations-  Michelle is mother to Nancy and Claire, and brings over twenty-years of business operations and finance experience to the company.  Her experience includes St John’s Church, Darien CT, Reservoir Capital and Ziff Brother Investments.

Melissa Rau: Strategy-  Melissa is Natalie’s mom and brings over fifteen-years of Christian business and youth-program consulting experience.  She is currently associated with Ministry Architects where she is a Lead Consultant.

Colette LeBrun: Finance-  Collette’s career has been dedicated to managing the finances of major Catholic and Christian organizations. 

 

Board of Directors

  Nancy A. Leville: Chairman and Executive Director Global Children’s Wellness, Inc., Board of Advisors One World Literacy Foundation

  Jose Nino:  Founder and President of the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America.

  Colette LeBrun: Director, Senior Investment Consultant MPC Capital Advisors.

  Patrick K. Fay: CFO National Payment Group

  Melissa Rau: Lead Consultant Ministry Architects

  Don Stillman: CEO Cause Genesis

  Kevin J. Leville: CEO Nutritional Excellence, LLC