The GDQ Foundation directs the main activities of the school and sets policy for the school. The foundation is comprised of a board of directors with individuals representing one of the following organizations: BMS World Mission, Christar, Global Missions Pioneers (GMP), Instituti Jeta e Re, the Lincoln Foundation, and a member-at-large appointed by a majority vote of the board. The GDQ International Christian School director serves on the board as a non-voting member.
Board of Directors Composition
BMS World Mission | Mr. Matthew Gregory
Mat Gregory is currently vice chair of the GDQ board and serves as the BMS World Mission representative. Mat and his family arrived in Albania in 2014. Focused on establishing ‘Tek Ura’, a NGO working with some of the most vulnerable people in Tirana, Mat serves as one of the directors of this ministry. Mat is a teacher by profession. Prior to moving to Albania, he and his wife Suzanne and their two children lived in Lebanon for 11 years where they were country directors for Kids Alive Lebanon. As a family they enjoy exploring the countryside, camping, and spending time with friends.
Christar | Mr. Peter Bowers
Peter Bowers grew up in Africa as the son of missionaries. He married Melodye and adopted her roots in Virginia. Peter and Melodye have three boys (Christopher, Joshua, and Jonathan), two in high school and one in middle school. All three boys have been students at GDQ since kindergarten. Peter enjoys software development, basketball, good books, good food, and good conversation. He is currently the Affinity Director (similar to a regional director) for Christar personnel in the Balkans, Turkey, and Northern Iraq. He also participates in the leadership team for Eagles Church where he preaches regularly. Peter has been on the board of GDQ since just after the invention of the wheel.
Global Mission Pioneers | Mr. Ju
Instituti Jeta e Re | Mrs. Nikki Doçi
Nikki Doçi has served with Campus Crusade for Christ (Cru) in Albania and in Kosovo since 1992. She has a heart for partnerships within the body of Christ and the synergy that results. She joined the board of GDQ in 2012. Nikki and her husband Ylli have two children, Aaron and Abigeil, both students at GDQ since kindergarten and now a senior and sophomore, respectively. The Doçi family enjoys opening their home often to other Albanians and internationals, traveling, and taking advantage of the many activities that Albania has to offer.
Lincoln Foundation | Mr. Joshua Miekley (chair)
Josh Miekley is the current chair of the board at GDQ and serves as the Lincoln Foundation representative. Josh has led multiple teams in Albania, Kosovo and the US. He has experience teaching EAL at the K8 level and courses on culture and communication to adults. Josh has a master’s degree in education. He currently works at the Lincoln Centers and trains pastors at SETS, a seminary in Tirana. Josh, his wife Bona, and their three children enjoy flying kites, going out for ice cream, and playing non-electronic games.
Member-at-large | Mrs. Elda Chang
Elda Chang was born and raised in Tirana. In 1995 she traveled to Los Angeles, California, where she pursued a university degree. This is where she came to know Christ. After completing her studies, she attended a two-year Christian training in Bible truth and church service. She served for three years as a full-time staff member working with Christian students at a university campus in Los Angeles. In 2013 Elda returned to Albania with her husband David and their two daughters. Elda and her husband run a English-speaking preschool in Tirana. They open their home throughout the week for Bible study, prayer meeting, and fellowship. Elda enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and exploring Albania.
GDQ Director | Lori Neuman
Lori Neuman serves as the director at GDQ International Christian School. She has previously served as assistant director and the high school principal. She is originally from St. Louis, Missouri, USA but has lived and worked in Albania since 2006. Lori has a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the University of North Texas, USA and a head of school and secondary principal certification from the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). She has served as a member of ACSI accreditation teams and has done various trainings for Albanian public school teachers since 2008. Lori has also done workshops at ACSI and Transformational Education Albania conferences. She has lead trainings on a variety of topics, including classroom management, Assessment for Learning, Britannica Online, differentiation, and the flipped classroom model.