We Are Strong

Last week, Adelante Mujer’s Board of Directors met.  The group meets three times a year to review, discuss, and plan the organization’s activities.

Front row from left are Mary Gorske, Sr. Doris Klein, Joan Schilke, Paula Elmer, Dr. Ann Schlaefer (outgoing). Back row from left are board president Barb Senn, Sarah Endicott DNP, RN, executive director Karen Heuberger, Rita Thomas, past executive director Sr. Diane Bauknecht, Dr. Gina Everson. Absent Jane Monahan.

As part of this meeting, we showed gratitude to our outgoing board member, Dr. Ann Schlaefer, who has shared her gifts with the board for the past six years.

 Dr. Ann Schlaefer left and Barb Senn

 We also had a display of all 70 of the women who have successfully completed our program and are now serving the population as medical doctors. It is a reminder of why we do what we do.

At our summer 2022 meeting, we had put closure to our strategic plan, so this meeting included work on our new strategic plan. As part of that process, we did a SWOT analysis. I want to share a few of the strengths we noted. First, we acknowledged the creative passion of our foundress, Sister Ann McKean, CSA, Ph.D. An organization is on sure footing when the mission can be passed on from the founder to others to carry on. Adelante Mujer is now working under its third executive director, demonstrating the continuing strength of the program. Another asset is our students. The women in our program are determined and hardworking. Their success shows the effectiveness of our program. Finally, we acknowledge as a strength, our resources. Not only do we have a committed staff and board, but we have faithful donors. Your generosity makes everything possible and we are grateful to you. 

~~~ Karen, October 2022 ~~~

My Soul Friend, Sister Ann











I entered the Intercultural Medicine Program at URACCAN University when it first began in 2009.  I could not afford even the mínimum program fees and had to charge them.  During my second year I was stressed about how I would ever be able to follow my dream to become a doctor.  It was then that I first met Sister Ann McKean, CSA at the convent in Bilwi, Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua and I told her my problem.  That ángel of mine went to the university and paid my fees and when she brought the receipt to my home, I cried.  That was how I became the first Adelante Mujer student and that was the beginning of my beautiful relationship with Sister Ann Continue reading “My Soul Friend, Sister Ann”

The Legacy She Left Us

                                                                        As I said, I know I have not arrived; but there’s one thing I am doing: I’m leaving my old life behind, putting everything on the line for this mission. I am running toward the only goal that                                                                               counts: to cross the line, to win the prize, and to hear God’s call to resurrection life found exclusively in Jesus the Anointed. — Philippians 3:13-14 (Source: The Voice) 

 The quotation above is not Sister Ann McKean’s, but it well could be. Anyone who knew Sister Ann can attest to the fact that, as foundress of Adelante Mujer (Advance Woman,) she “put everything on the line for this mission.” Whether it was the welfare of the students, the success of the doctors, the pursuit of grants, the wisdom of investments, the caliber of the Board of Directors, the succession after her retirement, Sister Ann gave total energy and attention to each aspect of her mission. Someone jokingly said, “No matter what we’re discussing, Ann always manages to weave the conversation to Adelante Mujer!”  Continue reading “The Legacy She Left Us”