Angelene was born and raised in the southern most state of India, Tamil Nadu. She was influenced by the work and dedication of her parents who were full time workers in Child Evangelism Fellowship for more than 15 years. The missionary stories she heard from her parents and at the children’s camps always made her want to commit to serving the Lord.
She did her undergraduate studies in Psychology and post graduate studies in Clinical Psychology. She won the gold medal for standing first in her university, which she attributes as the grace and blessings of God. She went on to do her Masters in Philosophy with the special subject as Clinical Psychology and worked as a lecturer in a city college. During her studies and her job as a lecturer in Psychology, she was constantly aware of the nudge that she had much more to do in life than teaching psychology. Her parents, Patrick and Victoria Samuel, are her living examples. The patience, love and care that they have given to many homeless children challenged her to commit to the cause of the needy.
At present Angelene is working as a counselor in the Phase I HIV vaccine trial, a project of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, New York, which is the very first of its kind in India. She considers this work a privilege since the scenario of HIV/AIDS in India is bleak. This year, she accepted a full-time position with WMF as the India Program Coordinator.