Jo Ann Van Engen
Jo Ann founded AJS with her husband Kurt and four Honduran friends in 1998 after realizing that many of the needs of the poor were the result of broken government systems. Since its founding, Jo Ann has helped create partnerships across Honduras and North America to work together towards justice. She currently serves as co-director and professor for Calvin University’s Justice Studies semester abroad in Honduras with her husband Kurt. Jo Ann has both a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Calvin University and Master’s in Sociology from Azusa Pacific University. Jo Ann’s family has called Honduras home for over 30 years now, and she loves getting to be part of the community in their neighborhood of Nueva Suyapa.