Meet The Directors



Dr. Fred  J. Vogel – Chairman of the Board

Dr. Vogel came on board with Partners for Humanitarian Action, Service, and Education International (PHASE I) as a co-founder when he learned of the educational needs of the children of Latin America. His doctorate in Vocational and Technical Education is a perfect fit for PHASE I, as he has established and directed vocational educational programs in both the private and public sectors of education for 25 years. He believes, “The key to breaking the cycle of poverty is the acquisition of educational and vocational skills needed to be employable and self-reliant. This in turn enhances self-confidence and self-esteem and produces productive members of a society.”

Dr. Vogel also knows that in order for people to acquire the education and training they need to support themselves, they must first have their basic need for food, shelter, and security met.  He states, “We must first stabilize the environment for the orphans we support, then we can provide them with the vocational skills they need to sustain themselves and their future families. The acquisition of funds through PHASE I will be the lifeline these people need for a brighter future.”

Dr. Vogel and his wife Charlotte currently reside in Covington, Louisiana.

Frontis William Ergle III – Board President, Director of Operations

“Jud Ergle”, as we know him, started going to Latin America with mission teams in early 2000.  He saw firsthand the poverty and poor living conditions of orphans, the elderly and the mentally handicapped.  While extremely worthwhile and needed, Jud knew that mission trips alone were not enough to meet the growing needs of the poor in Latin America.  He conceived the idea of utilizing a non-profit corporation to provide direction, administration, and continuity of planning for projects that would have a profound impact on the neediest of children of Latin America.  With this in mind, Jud and Fred Vogel, founded Partners for Humanitarian Action, Service, and Education International (PHASE I).  He holds a Baclelor of Arts degree in Social Science from Ashford University.  Jud is employed as a Supervisory Transportation Officer with the Transportation Security Administration.  He is originally from Charleston, Mississippi and currently resides in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Jo Lynn Fenasci Ergle – Director of Logistics

A New Orleans native, Jo Lynn brings with her more than 25 years diversified experience in customer service, HR, management, and training and development. Her proven record of achieving results, sound judgment, and practical, yet creative problem solving, allows her to excel in many areas. She was instrumental in establishing Partners for Humanitarian Action, Service, and Education International (PHASE I). Her knowledge of logistics planning is essential to the success of PHASE I mission trips. She is dedicated and determined to make an impact for the underprivileged by providing them education and opportunity.

Cynthia Summers – Board Secretary, Director of Fundraising

After being recruited by Jud Ergle to help the disadvantaged of Peru, Cindy volunteered to be the Director of Fundraising. She has worked exceptionally hard to raise funds for the 2009 mission trip to Lima. Cindy believes completely in the objectives of PHASE I and is dedicated to having a profound positive impact on the lives of the poor and orphaned children of Peru. Originally from Columbia, Missouri, Cindy currently resides in La Place, Louisiana. She is employed as an Inspector with the Deparment of Homeland Security and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Behavior from the University of New Orleans.

Victor Martinez-Torres – Director of Latino Community Relations

Victor volunteers his native Spanish-Speaking skills to help the group communicate both here and abroad. He has made mission trips to Peru where he worked directly with the poor and orphaned children. While there, Victor fell in Love with Peru and the children and now devotes himself to improving their living conditions and reversing the cycle of poverty. This desire played an integral part in the formation of PHASE I and developing its mission. Victor is originally from Honduras, works for the government and lives in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Charlotte Hughes Vogel – Director of Finance

Charlotte Hughes Vogel, a native Mississippian, made the decision to become more involved with PHASE I after her first trip to Peru in the summer of 2009.  As a Senior Account Manager for USI Brokerage and Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Louisiana, Charlotte has 30 years experience in maintaining employer group health, dental, life and disability benefit accounts.  Charlotte has served as Treasurer for two organizations:  the New Orleans Association of Health Underwriters and The Oak Crest Harbour Townhome Association.  She also presided as Chairman of the Northshore Deanery for the Episcopal Church Women of the Diocese of Louisiana.

Rommel Busch – Director of Sales and Promotions

Rommel was born in Honduras and moved to the United States with his family at a very young age. He grew up in the New Orleans area and has always called it home. Rommel has seen firsthand the poverty around Central America and other places in the world.  He has produced many events within the local Spanish community with great success. Rommel’s love of the Spanish community drives his motivation to make a difference. He served 4 years in the US Marine Corps and is currently employed by the federal government.