WHO WE ARE
We are a small group of private individuals who own homes on St Martin/Sint Maarten or frequently vacation there. We watched the news reports as Hurricane Irma hit and were deeply concerned for our friends on the island. The economic heart of this tourist-driven island has been dealt a severe blow that will take many years to fully re-establish. We will help.
About the Board
R. D. (Donny) Dicharry
FOUNDER & BOARD PRESIDENT
R.D. “Donny” Dicharry is president and owner of Source Production and Equipment Co., Inc. (SPEC) which manufactures industrial radiography equipment. Donny and his wife Becky have chaired various church ministries for the past 18 years. Becky is also an active Hospice volunteer.
Donny and Becky live in the United States just outside of New Orleans in Slidell, Louisiana. They experienced firsthand the devastation of Hurricane Katrina as it ravaged their own home. After a year of rebuilding they traveled to St. Martin for relaxation and were immediately captivated by the beauty of the island - even more so by its people. They purchased two villas and often visited the island with family and friends. The island became their second home. They forged many friendships with local residents, especially the villa workers who became part of the extended Dicharry family.
When Hurricane Irma swept mercilessly through the island Donny and Becky knew from personal experience that no news footage could capture the fear, despair, and trauma of their friends emerging from the wreckage.
Although their own villas were destroyed, Becky and Donny pledged to help those who were devastated by the storm and immediately formed SXM Project.
Sandra M. Kusy
Sandra has over 30 years of leadership experience, of which 13 years focused on her non-profit expertise.
Currently, Sandra is the Vice President and General Manager for Source Production & Equipment Co., “SPEC”, located outside of New Orleans Louisiana USA.
Kirk is a retired CEO of his family’s aerospace inspection business. A visionary entrepreneur, Kirk successfully lead a team of professionals through the challenges of business for 35 years.
Kirk is a certified instrument rated private pilot and enjoys flying his Beechcraft Baron airplane for a non-profit organization called Wings of Mercy – Michigan. Wings of Mercy provides private transportation for medical patients to and from the State of Michigan. Kirk’s passions include golf with his wife of 34 years, his children and grandchildren.
“My wife Jana and I love the island of Saint Martin. Being involved with the SXM Project will allow me the opportunity to give back and to use the project management skills I have learned building a company to help rebuild the island.”
Megan is an experienced leader. In the last ten years, she has consulted and worked with over 400 non-profit corporations in various capacities in the states of Louisiana, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Megan developed leadership talent through mentoring and training seminars specifically for directors, educators, parents, high school youth and young adults. Topics have included strategic and event planning, leadership, managing crisis, and working with volunteers.
As the Managing Director of SXM Project, Megan will oversee the continuation of Phase II - Restore and develop Phase III - Re-establish, Building a Legacy that Lasts, aimed to bolster the local economy by providing essential educational, cultural and social programs.
She received a M.A. in Theology from University of Divinity (Melbourne, Australia), a Graduate Diploma in Marriage and Family from the John Paul II Institute (Melbourne, Australia), a B.A. Honors in Biology, with a second major in Music and a minor in Chemistry from Concordia College (Fargo-Moorhead, Minnesota).
SXM Project would not exist if it weren’t for the compassion of Jon Bobbett. While many were still talking about what to do, Jon missed the conversation and was already flying his first plane load of supplies to the island. Meeting the challenge of landing his aircraft at a crippled airport was overshadowed by the appreciation expressed by recipients of the water, food and even diapers that Jon provided in the immediate aftermath of the hurricane. One man, overtaken by emotion, fell to his knees with tears in his eyes as he helped unload the supplies…and Jon returned several times more. He is one of the founding members of SXM Project and for his dedication, we proudly grant him status of Director Emeritus. Thank you Jon!