Virginia Chasey is a President and Ceo of the FCSR Management Board. Virginia Chasey is a Volunteer Member of the FCSR Management Board. Virginia holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Science degree, and has been admitted to candidacy for a Doctor of Education degree from the State University of New York at Albany. She recently retired after serving fourteen years as a high school World History teacher at the American School of Warsaw. She is involved in the Foundation’s activities on a daily basis and as a teacher herself, has a special interest in the educational development of our PrommiseKids.
Prior to moving to Poland, she worked with her husband in their Washington DC lobbying firm. No stranger to Foundation work, Virginia served as President of the Third World Prosthetic Foundation for 8 years, an organization committed to providing land mine victims with prosthetic devices. She and her team often put themself in harms way in the mountains of El Salvador during the El Salvadorian War in the early 1980’s. Virginia was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to membership on the United States Selective Service Board of Directors where she honorably served out her Presidential Appointment for 4-years.
Virginia has also been an active member of many volunteer organizations, including the National Charity League, President of the California Ballet Society and San Diego Symphony auxiliary, the International CARE Ball Committee, Charter member of ARCS (Achievement Rewards for College Scientists) and the American Friends of Warsaw here in Poland.
Our PromiseKids have a special place in her heart since she is of Polish heritage.
Virginia and Bill have a daughter Katie, who is a student at Seattle Pacific University in Seattle, WA. Seven years ago, while living in Poland, Katie helped them start the Foundation and visited many of our first PromiseSchools. She has remained an active supporter of the Foundation ever since.
Bill passed away in San Diego, CA after a valiant six year battle with Multiple Myeloma and Leukemia. He was a man of many God given interests and talents. Bill was an educator, U.S. Marine, research scientist, lobbyist, pilot, author, inventor, political advisor, entrepreneur and humanitarian.
The son of William and Hazel Chasey, Bill grew up in Trenton, NJ where he attended Pennsbury High. He earned his BA from Springfield College, an MA from East Carolina State and his PhD from the University of Maryland (1969). In 1985, he was awarded the Doctor of Humane Letters from National University, for his humanitarian work and public service.
Inspired by the film, Battle Cry, Bill joined the US Marine Corps during his freshman year of college. He was commissioned at graduation (1962) and was honourably discharged in 1965 as a First Lieutenant.
His was a lifetime of service and dedication to making a difference in the world. In particular, he was a man on a mission to make life better for children with disabilities and those in need.
Dr. Chasey had a stellar academic career devoted to the study of mentally and physically disabled children at the Universities of Texas, Ohio State and George Washington. He held the first and only John F. Kennedy Chair and Professorship at Vanderbilt University (1972-1975).
Bill left the halls of academia to become a Washington lobbyist. Two of his proudest achievements were getting Congress to pass the Education for All Handicapped Children Act in 1975 and crafting the Central American Peace Plan in 1987, for which Oscar Arias, President of Costa Rica received the Nobel Peace Prize. As an advisor to Ronald Reagan during his 1980 Presidential campaign, Bill spearheaded the first National Christian Voter Registration Program.
He and his wife Virginia founded The Third World Prosthetics Foundation in 1987, providing thousands of free prosthetics to victims of land mines in Central America. They received the Humanitarian Award for their work in 1990, from Alfredo Cristiani, President of El Salvador.
Bill wrote a number of books on the 1988 bombing of Pan Am 103. At the time of his death, he was a producer, in pre-production on a film entitled Influence, based on his writings and experiences during that time.
The Chaseys moved to Poland in 1997, where Bill served as a consultant to the International and Polish Red Cross. Moved by the poverty he saw in Eastern/Central Europe, he started the Foundation for Corporate Social Responsibility in 2002. To date, FCSR has fed over 5 million hot meals and provided English, dance and music programs to some of Poland’s and Bulgaria’s neediest children. He received The Children’s Medal Award from President Kwasniewski for his work in Poland. Bill remained FCSR’s President and CEO until his death.
He was a wonderful husband, a loving father and a faithful friend. Bill had the incredible gift of touching the lives of everyone he met. He had a keen sense of humor that brought laughter to every occasion. His heartfelt interest in people and their personal stories made everyone feel special.
In the end, he wanted to be remembered as a man who lived his faith everyday and a man who was just a servant to his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
He leaves behind his beloved wife of 36 years, Virginia, daughter Katie, sister Georgianne, two daughters by a previous marriage, Cherie and Christie and two grandchildren, Zoe and Occie, plus so many other family members he loved and enjoyed.
He would want to give thanks to the wonderful doctors and nurses on the Bone Marrow Transplant Teams at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and Moores Cancer Center, San Diego. They all became like second family to him and Virginia.
His Memorial Service and Celebration of Life were held at the Village Community Presbyterian Church in Rancho Santa Fe, CA on Saturday, June 27. He was laid to rest at the Miramar National Cemetery in San Diego on Monday, June 29. In lieu of flowers, the family requested donations to the Foundation for Corporate Social Responsibility, www.fcsr.pl
Bill once said: If I should die, don’t cry, put on a colorful shirt and celebrate!
And we did…
Jesus said…whoever lives and believes in me shall never die.” – John 11:25
And he never will…not in eternity and not in the hearts and minds of those he has left behind.
In keeping with our Foundation’s commitment of strong business leadership, we are proud to that we have elected Stefan Zaremba to serve as a volunteer member of our Foundation’s Management Board.
Stefan Zaremba brings a wealth of business knowledge and experience to our Foundation’s Management Team. He first joined EDS in June, 1979 in Newark New Jersey. For over eight years, as President of EDS Poland, he was responsible for EDS’ business in the country of his birth, Poland. He has had 30 years of experience in the areas of business planning and development, account management, systems management, systems integration, and software development in the communications, insurance, and financial industries.
At the time of a merger with Hewlett Packard, EDS was ranked 87th on the list of Fortune 500 companies, and was supporting the world’s leading companies and governments in 60 countries. EDS was established in Poland in 1992 and merged with Hewlett Packard Polska in September 2009. With more than 330,000 employees worldwide and revenues in access of billion, HP was one of the first companies in the world to understand the true need for Corporate Social Responsibility. CSR has been the underlying theme of the EDS philosophy since its founding in 1962 by Ross Perot and it continues to be after the merger with HP.
A Magna Cum Laude graduate of Pace University in New York City, Stefan moved back to Europe to lead EDS contracts in Germany and Italy. In the summer of 2001, he relocated to his native Poland to serve as President of EDS Poland. In November 2009, he moved back to the United States to continue his employment with Hewlett Packard.
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