Our families lead the way

The mothers, fathers, scholarship students, children, elders and other participants of the Unbound program around the world are stepping up and developing as leaders in their families and communities. They’re accompanied by local staff and key members of the global Unbound team who are learning from, and partnering with, these leaders in our program.

The Unbound Team

Ashley Hufft
President and CEO
Andie Ewing
Chief Operating Officer
Dan Pearson
Chief International Program Officer
Martin Kraus
Chief Financial Officer
Bill Hansen
Vice President, Finance
Pritha Hariharan
Chief of Staff
Kristina Thompson
Vice President, Marketing & Communications
Melissa Velazquez
Vice President, International Programs
Michael Calabria
Director, Planned Giving
Scott Wasserman
CEO Emeritus

The Governing Board

Chief Governing Officer

Emma Miller

Emma Miller has been involved in Unbound nearly all her life. Her parents have been sponsors as long as she can remember. Upon graduating from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in Marketing, she interned in Unbound’s U.S. Outreach department. It was then that she decided to sponsor Fernanda in Mexico.

Emma currently works in advertising, focusing on media, data and measurement. She lives in Chicago, Illinois.

“Unbound’s strength lies in the community – from Kansas City around the world. I’m continuously inspired by the Unbound network to keep giving, learning, and growing – and always with a smile!”


-Emma Miller

Director, Vice Chair/Deputy CGO

Cindy Jones

Cindy Jones joined the Unbound governing board in 2018. In 2013 she first became the sponsor of a little girl in Uganda, but has since gone on to sponsor seven more individuals, and has traveled on two awareness trips. Cindy says Unbound’s personal and effective approach to assisting those on the path out of poverty has kept her invested in the program over the years. She especially loves the work Unbound does to empower not just the girls who are sponsored, but also the mothers of all the sponsored children.

Cindy grew up in a desert town in California where reading, learning about and exploring new cultures were always an emphasis. With a degree in plant genetics and breeding from Brigham Young University earned in 2003, Cindy went on to attend law school at Washington University in St. Louis, where she graduated in 2006. She currently serves as a career law clerk for a federal appellate court judge.

“Unbound combines my passion for efficient, effective philanthropy with my desire to form more meaningful, personal connections with my “fellow travelers on this mortal journey” (President Thomas S. Monson, LDS General Conference, April 2014). I love being part of the Unbound family!”


-Cindy Jones


Joe Barker

Joe Barker learned about Unbound more than 17 years ago at a church appeal when he first became a sponsor. Since then, he, his wife Ronnesia, and five children have enjoyed building relationships with three sponsored friends while learning about the mutual benefits of sponsorship.

After 21 years in the manufacturing industry, Joe used his years of volunteer positions with underserved communities in the metro Atlanta area to turn his passion into a career. He currently works as a teacher and community outreach director at a Catholic high school in Atlanta and remains active in community mentoring and church ministries.

Joe has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Florida A&M University. He lives in South Fulton, Georgia, with his wife and five children.

“Nelson Mandela once said, “It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead”. With Unbound, you are able to make that difference in the lives of all of our beloved sponsored friends on a daily basis and walk with them as they in turn change our lives.”


-Joe Barker


Dennis Bernardo

Dennis Bernardo joined the Unbound governing board in 2017. He and his wife, Rosemary, first learned about the organization at a church appeal in 2001, where they decided to sponsor children from the Philippines. As they continued to share letters and photos with their sponsored friends, the Bernardos met them and their families for the first time on an awareness trip in 2013. Dennis and Rosemary’s own children have gone on to become sponsors as well.

Dennis graduated from De La Salle University in the Philippines with a degree in marketing. He furthered his studies at DePaul University, Chicago, in computer programming after moving to the United States. He’s worked in the financial industry for the past 30 years. Dennis says it’s amazing to be able to help give children across the world a chance to receive an education and have a bright and productive future through Unbound.

The Bernardos currently reside in Chicago, Illinois, with their three daughters.

“Mother Teresa of Calcutta said, “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”


-Dennis Bernardo


Lissa Haag

Lissa Haag grew up in Nebraska. She received a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Creighton University in Omaha and holds professional certification in supply management. She has over 30 years of product development and international sourcing experience.

As a long-time resident of Kansas City, Lissa is active in the community. She has been an Unbound sponsor since 2011 and currently has three sponsored friends, in addition to helping out as a volunteer at Unbound’s Kansas City headquarters and at local Unbound events. She participated in an Unbound Awareness Trip to Kenya in 2019.

Lissa loves to travel and explore new places.

“On my awareness trip to Kenya, I had the opportunity to see firsthand how each family is given individualized support and is treated with respect and dignity by the staff on the ground. This compassionate approach inspired me to get more involved with Unbound.”


-Lissa Haag


Susan Johnson

Susan Johnson holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in economics from the University of Missouri in Columbia. She lives in Kansas City where she has served in leadership roles in several major Kansas City-based global businesses. Currently, she serves as chief people and communications officer for a multifaceted global media company.

Susan and her husband, Eric, have three adult sons and two standard poodles. She enjoys hiking, yoga, reading, cooking and travel. She is a Stephen Minister at her church and serves on the advisory board for a prominent theater for young audiences. She is a past advisory board member of a major children’s hospital based in Kansas City and serving families from across the country. Susan has also served on the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Executive Women’s Leadership Council and was honored by the Kansas City Business Journal as part of its 2022 class of “Women Who Mean Business.”

“I felt called to Unbound because of its unique approach to walking with the marginalized. Unbound doesn’t solve problems for people. It provides the access, means and support for sponsored friends to define and meet their own needs and goals for their lives. It’s an organization that truly exemplifies its values through actions and results, treating everyone it serves with dignity, respect and care as children of God.”


-Susan Johnson


Lisa Phillip

Lisa Phillip became an Unbound governing board member in 2021. She is a sponsor and Unbound traveler, having participated in a 2019 awareness trip to Kenya.

Born and raised on the island of Trinidad in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Lisa lives in Miami. She has also lived in Brazil and Indonesia.

Lisa holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and a Master of Business Administration. She works as an Enterprise Data Architect, specializing in enterprise-wide data strategy, data architecture and design, data privacy and compliance, and data governance.

Lisa has a love for travel and a passion for social justice. When asked about her personal philosophy, she offered the following quote:

“In the words of Toni Morrison, ‘If you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else.’”


-Lisa Phillip


Abby Marie J. Rohr

An Unbound sponsor since 2008 and a member of the Governing Board since 2019, Abby Marie J. Rohr is a native of Colorado. In January, 2019, she traveled on an Unbound awareness trip to the Philippines.

Abby holds an undergraduate degree from the University of San Diego and a master’s degree from the University of Denver. She’s worked in various roles in the legal field since 2004, including in the financial and health care industries, as well as for a private law firm. Currently, she works as a paralegal for a carbon manufacturing and supply company, promoting clean energy generation and water filtration.

Currently living in Denver, Abby’s engaged in various volunteer activities in her community, including working with special needs children and with an inner-city high school mentorship program.

“There is a quote by Saint Augustine that I think is most indicative of what I believe I am called to ascribe to and in turn direct my actions towards: ‘One may be needy, and another may have plenty. But the Lord is the maker of them both. Through the person who has, He helps the one who needs; and through the person who does not have, He tests the one who has.’ (St. Augustine, Confessions 1, 13)”


-Abby Marie J. Rohr