SOLidariedade is run by a board of four volunteers. These people were all approached by Mark and Anouk with the request to become a member of the board. They were chosen for their knowledge, experience and background. All of them are experts in specific areas of importance for the work of SOLidariedade. The board meets at least twice a year. The roles and responsibilities of the board are set out in the statutes, which are public. The board members do not receive reimbursement for their work.

Godelieve de Heij-Lenoir, president (1967) graduated in 1991 from the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University in Utrecht, she specialized in learning disorders. For 15 years she worked  as a school counselor for a governmental school counseling service. In addition, she specialized in psychological assessment of children, supporting school teams in the field of methodologies for socio-emotional development of children and coaching of school managers.  Currently Godelieve works at a school for special primary education. Together with the internal supervisor she is responsible for the care of young children. In addition, she supports teachers and parents. Godelieve is married and has one daughter. In her spare time she likes to read and she likes to go hiking with her family in the countryside. Their holidays are usually in mountain areas like the Alps or the Dolomites. Within SOLidariedade Godelieve is responsible for fundraising and PR.

Bram 3Treasurer, Bram van den Heuvel (1977), from Tilburg University, in the area of Business Economics and specialization Logistics Management. Bram has been working at home and abroad for more than 14 years for the Rabobank Group and its various business units (Rabobank Nederland, local banks, De Lage Landen, AGCO Finance) . In recent years Bram has held positions as a managing director of a De Lage Landen entity. From 2013 – 2016, Bram and his family lived in Porto Alegre, Brazil. There for the first time he met the SOLidariedade NGO and met Mark and Anouk. Bram is married to Noortje and together they have two daughters, Pip and Guusje. Bram loves his family and work and also tries to make time for sport and relaxation. During the period in Porto Alegre, Bram and his family tried to make a structural contribution to both the center where the NGO is active. The center was regularly visited by the family during that period. These visits have contributed to the fact that Bram, as a treasurer, would like to make a further contribution to the NGO in   Alvorada.

Joyce (2)Joyce van de Weerd-Korsten, secretary (1971) graduated from the  Hotel school in Heerlen, has as a bachelor degree of the University of Economics and a degree in International Marketing Management. During her studies she lived and worked in France. She has over 10 years of experience as a marketeer, project manager and in secretarial services in various sectors. Joyce is married to Marco and is mother to Thomas and Emma who are 5 and 3 years old. She loves cooking and having diner together with friends. She likes walking, organizing activities and spending time with her friends and family. Joyce is happy with her role as the secretary of SOLidariedade and in this way she can assist Anouk and Mark with their work in Brazil. She is very enthusiastic about the difference that Anouk and Mark’s work will make to many people’s lives. Within SOLidariedade Joyce is responsible for the administration and communication.


JennyJenny van Opdorp, board member (1970) graduated as a career counselor at the Academy of Human Employment in Tilburg. She has over 15 years of experience in coaching various groups of people in career issues both in the profit and non-profit sector. After a six-month tour through South-East Asia it became her ambition to focus on development. In early 2009 she moved to Bali, Indonesia to work there as a professional volunteer for VSO (Voluntary Services Overseas). For more than two years she facilitated workshops and gave training in the field of career guidance. In this field she supported DPOs (Disabled People Organizations) and prepared her clients, young adults with physical disabilities, for the workplace. She developed modules for career training and created partnerships between stakeholder organizations, volunteers and various businesses in Indonesia. Jenny is currently working in Tilburg for a reintegration company where she develops, coaches and trains people with distance to the job market. Within SOLidariedade Jenny is responsible for program management.