our team serves your team


We facilitate your school, organization, church, or agency to serve the under-served and impoverished populations, and to help others without creating dependency. We equip, encourage, empower, ennoble your team as you do the same for those you serve. We are not recruiters for our own projects. We come alongside you & help your team envision, develop, and implement your ideas to serve those in need locally or globally.

We help organizations identify the need and the project and establish the framework for sustainability. Fostering relationships with local and host nation partners is paramount to our success. Our team will assist you in developing cohesive teams with cultural intelligence education. Establishing this strong foundation will provide opportunities to enhance team member skills and inspire personal and professional growth.

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Board of Directors

(From Left to Right) Jonathan Giles, Jerry Bogacz, Kathy Bogacz, James Cook & Stephen Parke

(From Left to Right) Jonathan Giles, Jerry Bogacz, Kathy Bogacz, James Cook & Stephen Parke


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James Cook, CFRE

James is a retired Army Aviator and a Certified Fundraising Executive who has led dozens of teams caring for under-served populations. He has worked with a variety of missions involving health clinics, occupational therapy, ocular prosthesis, water purification, and the construction of a therapeutic playground for special needs children.

He has been to many countries, including the Philippines, Guatemala, Honduras, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Togo, and Swaziland. Additionally, he established collaborative clinics in Virginia focusing on continuity of care for the homeless and uninsured, impoverished populations. His attention to the big picture as well as the smallest details has enabled hundreds to serve thousands. His love for the Lord fuels his passion to serve.

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Kathy Bogacz, MD

Kathy is an internist who has traveled to Guatemala, Honduras, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Swaziland, and Kenya for medical mission work. She assisted James in establishing the collaborative clinics in Virginia. Additionally, she serves as the Chief Medical Officer for Medical Outreach at the Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine. She has a heart for serving the Lord wherever she can use her medical skills.

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Jerry Bogacz

Jerry is currently a PhD. Student in Theology and Apologetics at Liberty University. He has earned two master’s degrees in Apologetics and Science/Religion respectively from Biola University. Previously he worked for 28 years in various research and development positions at Abbott Laboratories in North Chicago Illinois. Jerry with his wife (Kathy) relocated to Lexington Virginia in the summer of 2015. Although limited in his foreign mission experience (Kenya 2012), Jerry is excited to come along side James and Kathy in support of their vision and desire to serve through Together with Hope.

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Stephen Parke

Stephen Parke retired from the United States Army in August of 2006 following 21 years as a supervisory Staff Judge Advocate. Dr. Parke’s positions in the U. S Army culminated with his selection as the Staff Judge Advocate for Joint Task Force – Guantanamo. Having seen the world and achieved the goals that he had set in the Army, Dr. Parke was led by the Holy Spirit to apply to Liberty University for a position as Assistant Professor. God has blessed Stephen Parke with many years of joyous marriage to Helen, his beautiful helpmate. He has been on recent mission trips to both northern Uganda with Proven Men Ministries and Sports Outreach, and Rwanda with Compassion International.

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Jonathan Giles

Jonathan serves as the Vice Chair for Together with Hope and has held many roles in various organizations while working as a full-time academician. Dr. Giles' academic record includes a Bachelor's of Science in Health Promotion, a Master of Public Health (MPH) specializing in Global Health, and a Doctor of Health Sciences (DHSc) from Nova Southeastern University specializing in Global Epidemiology. In addition, Dr. Giles is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES), Certified Telehealth Coordinator (CTC), and certified in Managing Unconscious Bias and Cultural Intelligence (Level 1) through the Cultural Intelligence Institute.

Jonathan has assisted in the operation of public health and medical outreach events both in the United States and in Central and Caribbean America. While working in the field, he seeks to understand the cultural connections that influence health decisions and to improve the lives of the underserved through evidence-based epidemiological intervention.


Experience reciprocating joy in yourselves and in those you serve

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