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President/CEO has long history with organization

December 16, 2013

This story was published in 2013 when we were known as CFCA. In January 2014, we changed our name to Unbound. Check this section of our website often for stories about the families we serve around the world and the news that impacts them.

Scott Wasserman
CFCA President and CEO
Scott Wasserman

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A familiar face took the reins in December as president and chief executive officer of CFCA, soon to be known as Unbound. Scott Wasserman was a member of the governing board for 15 years, serving the last 14 years as board chair.

Scott steps into the position of president/CEO after the unexpected passing of beloved CFCA President and Co-founder Bob Hentzen, who died Oct. 8 in Guatemala.

“For me, this is a personal calling to continue the walk started by Bob and his co-founders,” Scott said. “It’s daunting because of my great respect and admiration for Bob.

“What gives me courage is the faith and perseverance of the families living in poverty and the families who sponsor them.”

With Bob’s passing, the governing board chose to consolidate the president and CEO positions. Former CEO Paco Wertin remains with the organization in a new role.

Scott holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and history from the University of Kansas and a law degree from Harvard University. He has practiced law for 28 years. His focus for the last 20 years has been child advocacy law.

He is vice chair of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops National Review Board. The board advises the bishops on policies to prevent the sexual abuse of minors in the United States by persons in the service of the Church. He also chairs the Independent Review Board to advise on response to allegations of sexual abuse for personnel in the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas.

Scott and his family have sponsored children through CFCA for more than 25 years.

CFCA will transition to a new name, Unbound, in January.

Anne Ryder, newly elected board chair and a board member since 2008, said Scott’s qualifications and commitment to the organization make him an excellent choice to lead Unbound into the future.

“Scott is thoroughly familiar with Unbound and its work of bringing hope to families in developing countries, having been a board member of CFCA/Unbound for 15 years and its board chair for 14 years,” Anne said. “We are fortunate to have been able to select a president/CEO who knows the organization well and has a deep commitment to our mission.”

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