Our Board of Directors
Matthew Heinz, Board Chair
Matthew is the Chief Administrative Officer for energy management software publisher EnergyCAP, Inc. His primary role is to oversee facilities management, benefits administration, corporate insurance and accounts, payroll, accounts payable, and event planning.
Prior to this, he was the VP of Customer Service at EnergyCAP for nine years. Additional contributions to the company include treasurer on the board of directors and Catalyst Conference presenter. Previous experience that helped him develop his customer experience skill set is donor manager for several non-profit organizations, support staff in college, and coach for developmentally-disabled adults.
He earned his MBA with a concentration in Nonprofit Management from North Park University in 2016. Matthew received his Master of Arts Degree from Fuller Theological Seminary and his Bachelor of Arts from Bethel College.
He also volunteers as the Director of Guest Services at Calvary Church, where he oversees a group of 130.
Matthew has a wide range of experience in developing countries. His most memorable work has been spent in Rwanda, the Dominican Republic, and the Philippines.
He currently resides in Port Matilda, PA with his wife, Theresa, four sons, and one daughter.
Noel has worked in international education for over 10 years and has called Canada, Costa Rica, Egypt, Honduras, and the USA home. He is pursuing a PhD in international community development at Pennsylvania State University focusing his research on the impacts on communities in the Global South (developing world) that have partnerships with universities in the Global North. Noel is passionate about empowering local communities around the globe and developing strong global partnership which benefit all parties.
He and his incredible wife, Mary, along with their son, Elias, love exploring their home of State College and around the globe.
Steve Heinz (ex-officio member)
Steve is the founder and CEO of EnergyCAP, Inc. an energy efficiency software publisher. He belongs to the Association of Energy Engineers and is a Licensed Professional Engineer in PA and a Certified Energy Manager. In his spare time he likes to read, exercise, bike, boat, and go out to eat. Steve has travelled internationally to the Dominican Republic and the Philippines. He values education because it has enabled him to start and run businesses and employ others.
Andrew has been volunteering his time to Urugo Care Rwanda since 2010. He enjoys the outdoors and creating things which fills most of his days in his career as a landscaper in Centre County, Pennsylvania. His greatest joys come from being a father and spending time with his family.
After a long career in retail, Beckie returned to Penn State to get her nursing degree which was put to good use caring for a chronically-ill family member during the past several years. With this family member's passing and a passion for the broken and disenfranchised, she is now enjoying a new season of life pursuing service opportunities. Beckie sits on the board of Out of the Cold and feels a unique connection to the homeless population of State College, PA. This is the same heart-tug she felt meeting the street children of Rwanda in 2007. A solid support system and educational foundation are critical components of success for the marginalized and she is excited to serve with Urugo Care Rwanda to help meet those needs.
Beckie has participated in and led many mission trips to the Rose of Sharon Orphanage in the Dominican Republic. A lifelong interest in Africa and a short term trip to Rwanda have exponentially increased the compassion capacity of her heart.
Along with her husband, Bob; intellectually disabled brother, Bill; two dogs; and a cat, Beckie resides in pastoral Pennsylvania Furnace. She enjoys camping, gardening, and, more than anything, spending time with her family, particularly her two young grandchildren.
Nanette is the Office Manager for EnergyCAP, Inc, an energy management software publisher. She enjoys helping others be their best selves and supporting them in doing their best work.
Nanette, along with her husband Mark, lead a Young Marrieds life group at their church. She has worn many hats and has found fulfillment in them all, but by far her favorite has been her role as a mother to three human beings who grew up good.
In her free time, Nanette spends her time exploring, learning new cultures, enjoying the great outdoors, time spent with friends and family, reading good books, and writing words that matter. She also loves to feed people.
Having visited Rwanda and interacted with the families that Urugo Care Rwanda supports, she has seen firsthand the lasting lifelong benefits afforded them through their worthwhile endeavors.
Most of all, Nanette believes that sharing the load of others is the best way to spend a life.