“Called to self-emptying service.”

HEAL Administration

Called to serve the human person

LEO OKONKWO
Administration | Deacon Leo Okonkwo
VICE PRESIDENT & FOUNDER

Deacon Leo is a servant and a scholar, earning his Master of Arts in Theology at Holy Apostles College & Seminary in Cromwell, CT. He founded Water For Life Mission in Nigeria in 1997 and HEAL in the USA in 2013 to provide critical services for poor and marginalized orphans and widows.

NICK COSTELLO
Administration | Nick Costello
PRESIDENT

Nick hails from Chicago and worked in sales for many years before dedicating himself to HEAL. Nick and Deacon Leo were seminary classmates in Maryland back in 1998. Since then, Nick has been a supporter of the mission and became President of HEAL in 2013. He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance at the University of Notre Dame.

SR. RACHEAL ULOR, MOJ
Administration | Deacon Leo Okonkwo
TREASURER

Sr. Racheal is a member of the Messengers of Justice Congregation, founded by Deacon Leo to serve orphans and widows in the Spirit of self-emptying (cf. Phil 2:6-11). Since 2006, she has worked at gathering, teaching, and serving abandoned orphans and widows in our various mission territories. Sr. Racheal verifies the completion of all projects sponsored by HEAL.

DENISE MEOLA
Administration | Deacon Leo Okonkwo
DIRECTOR

Since 2013, Denise has assisted HEAL with fundraising initiatives. She also serves the Catholic Church as a Catechist, PADS volunteer, and respect life advocate. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Counseling and Master of Science Degrees in Counseling and School Counseling at National Louis University. Denise has worked in human resources, counseling, and teaching.

ANASTACIA “CHIKA” OKONKWO
Administration | Nick Costello
SECRETARY

Anastasia has co-directed HEAL’s Nigerian partner, Water for Life Mission, since 2002. She is the junior sister of HEAL Founder, Deacon Leo, and has worked hard to promote the mission and ministry of her brother and serves as the secretary of HEAL. Anastasia earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition at Imo State Polytechnic in Nigeria.

RICHARD PORTIS
Administration | Richard Portis
DIRECTOR

Richard is an entrepreneurial investor with a special interest in helping people realize their human dignity in God’s eyes through prayer, charity, sanctifying work, and entrepreneurship as a self-sustaining form of charity. Richard earned his Master of Business Administration and Master of Project Management at the DeVry University Keller Graduate School of Management.