Meet the Roma Learning to Fly Team

Passionate People. Called to Serve.

William (Bill) Howell, Executive Director

Bill is an advocate. Since 1992 Bill has been involved in leadership training and development in Europe. In 2011, his focus began to change. Having been asked to help with development in two Roma villages, he became aware of the situation facing Roma families. Since founding Roma Learning to Fly, Bill is primarily engaged in educational and economic initiatives in Slovakia. “It is my belief that wherever we go, wherever we live, wherever we work, lives should be better.” In 2015, Bill and a Slovak based team also started Nové Krídla Pre Rómov, a European based NGO to ensure long term sustainability and to promote indigenous leadership.

Bill is an ordained minister with a Master’s Degree in Biblical Studies and an undergraduate degree in Finance. He lives in South Bend, Indiana with his wife, Linda who is the founder of EMERGE leadership training for women. They have two married sons and five amazing grandchildren. Bill also serves as Adjunct Faculty at Bethel College, Mishawaka, IN.

Bill Howell

Igor Laslofi, Project Manager

Igor is the Project Manager with Roma Learning to Fly. A native Slovak, he has been actively engaged in Roma communities for 16 years. Prior to his work with the Roma he was employed by the city of Kosice. He and his wife Katka have 3 children and reside in Rozhanovce, Slovakia. During his previous employment, Igor worked in and around Lunik 8. It was his experience with children from Lunik 9 that transformed his attitude toward the Roma and launched him into his work with them.

Igor Laslofi

Leadership Team

Joe Grabill, Board Member
Dave Grundy, Board Member
Mike Halloway, Board Member
Anita Hintz, Communications Director
Nate Howell, Board Member
Jeff Kennedy, Board Member
Dr. Joyce Long Ph. D., Curriculum Designer
Zuzka Ruščinová, Lead Coach


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