Our board members, partners and volunteers come from all walks of life; they were raised in different cultures, are geographically diverse and possess varied skills and experiences; however, they share a common vision – to actively respond to Christ’s call to rescue and restore children throughout the world.
Suzanne Dubois, Development Director
Suzanne joined the Global Hope team in 2014 to develop champions for the Global Hope mission, partnering together to provide safe and loving places for orphan children around the world. She has been on mission trips to Tanzania, Algeria and Greece working with children, and it is her concern for disadvantaged children around the world that drew her to Global Hope. She and her husband also have a wonderful daughter who was adopted from Russia. Suzanne trained and coached nonprofit leaders for over eight years to improve their organization’s effectiveness and success. She is now focusing her abilities and talents to continue Global Hope’s growth and expansion.
Carol Heiden, Executive Director
Carol joined the Global Hope team in September of 2017. She has a long history of working with extremely vulnerable, homeless and abandoned children and it is her deep commitment to these children that led her to Global Hope. Carol holds a Masters of Education and has worked in non-profit management for 30 years. Her extensive experience includes fiscal planning and oversight; all aspects of fundraising; operational and program development and evaluation; community and media relations; personnel supervision and management; and Board development and management. Carol holds the children, the partners, the volunteers, and the staff of Global Hope in the highest regard and feels deeply blessed that her work brings such remarkable people into her life.
Board of Directors
Randy Jessen, Chairman
Randy and his wife Sue founded Global Hope in 1996 after adopting their daughter, Ana, from Romania. Randy has been involved in Global Hope since the beginning in various ways, and now currently serves as Chairman of the Board. Randy is a Methodist Minister, serving at Parker United Methodist Church in Parker, CO. Randy also served as a Dean at the Asbury Theological Seminary in Kentucky. Randy wrote a wonderful book about his experiences adopting Ana named “Ana’s Voice,” which you can find at www.authorhouse.com.
Scott French, Independent Director
Scott and his wife Cathy have served in various capacities supporting Global Hope since Scott served on a mission team to Romania in 2003 then officially joined the board in April 2009. Scott is a professional IT consulting manager and has served in leadership roles for several leading companies. He currently works BookFuel as the COO. Scott is also actively involved in the Walk to Emmaus movement and with his Church – Flatirons Community Church in Lafayette, Colorado.
Will Johnston, Vice Chairman/Secretary
Will and his wife Kathy have served as volunteers with Global Hope for many years, helping coordinate Global Hope mission teams. Will has joined and led mission teams to both Romania and Kenya. He joined the Global Hope board in 2005. Will is a Sr. Director of Network Technologies with Level 3 Communications. Will and his wife Kathy are members of Broomfield United Methodist Church.
Kevin Conroy, Treasurer
Kevin and his wife Mary connected with Global Hope after a life-changing experience going to Arad in 2012. Since then they have been back to Romania multiple times, and stay in contact with a number of the kids via Facebook and Skype. Kevin has been actively involved in a major planning role for the annual Banquet and became a Board member in 2014. Kevin has degrees in Chemical Engineering and Environmental Engineering from Colorado School of Mines, and is a registered professional engineer in ten states.
Ike Elliott, Independent Director
Ike has volunteered with Global Hope since 2000, and served as Chairman of the Board from 2003-2016. Ike is a communications executive with a calling to help abandoned children. Ike’s day job is at CableLabs, where he serves as Vice President of Strategy. Ike and his wife Kim are active members of Broomfield United Methodist Church.
Jay Johnson, Independent Director
Jay Johnson is a serial entrepreneur who loves reading about and experiencing other cultures. He likes adventure and discovery – and he brings that sense of excitement to WaveCloud, his third successful start up. As Co-Founder of WaveCloud, Jay is taking his 13 years of technical software development experience and leadership and combining it with his 10 years of CRM consulting expertise. His background includes serving as Co-Founder at Avow Systems Inc. and Tier1 Innovation, as well as leadership positions with Immedient, Siebel Systems, NovaSoft Software, Hughes Aircraft and Texas Instruments. In keeping with his adventurous spirit, when he does have spare time Jay enjoys outdoor activities like backpacking, hunting, fishing and camping. He’s also active in numerous philanthropic activities and sits on the Boards of three non-profit organizations.
Nancy Week, Independent Director/Godparent Program Coordinator
Nancy began serving with Global Hope as a volunteer. She took ownership of our Godparent Program, growing it from a handful of sponsors to over 115 children sponsored! She joined the board in 2013. Nancy is a former special education teacher and she and her husband, Jeremy, are active members at Broomfield United Methodist Church. They have two children.
Jason Zimmer, Independent Director
Jason joined the board in 2013 after a mission trip with Global Hope to India. His expertise in technology is a tremendous and timely blessing to the Global Hope team. Jason is the Chief Technology Officer at WaveCloud, where he leads the company’s technical strategy to develop, operate and evolve WaveCloud’s web product. He has also instructed Undergraduate and Graduate Computer Science students at University of Colorado and University of Denver.
Tiffany Regan, Independent Director
Tiffany joined Global Hope’s board in 2013, and has been on multiple mission trips to Romania, Kenya and India. Her background is in education and early childhood literacy. She speaks on various topics such as critical thinking/reading, elementary literacy, and community outreach and equity in education. She is also involved in the Colorado Council of the International Reading Association. She attends Parker United Methodist Church with her husband, Ken.
Cecil Sunder, Independent Director
Cecil joined Global Hope as a board member in 2013. His mission is to support Global Hope to empower orphaned children in Asia by providing them with opportunities that can change their lives forever. Cecil is an Engineering graduate and an MBA Alumni from Leeds School of Business at CU, Boulder. Cecil and his wife, Victoria, served as a Major in the Indian Air Force prior to moving to the United State in 2005.
Mike Traxler, Independent Director
Mike has volunteered with Global Hope since 2015, including participation in a mission trip to India in 2016. Mike has 25 years of experience in logistics, program management, technology innovation, and strategic business development and currently works in the Research and Innovation Office at the University of Colorado Boulder. His experience also includes Humanitarian Relief operations in Haiti, Kosovo, and Southwest Asia. Mike and his wife Lynn are active members of Ascent Church in Louisville along with their three children – Jake, Maya, and Ben.
Tracy Johnson, Independent Director
Tracy has been involved with Global Hope since taking an initial mission trip in 2003 to Romania. Since that time, he has made several more trips with Global Hope to Romania and Kenya. In 2017, Tracy became a board member. He has a degree in mechanical engineering and works in the failure analysis lab at Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Littleton, Colorado. He regularly attends Phillips United Methodist Church.
John McKibbin, Independent Director
John McKibbin joined the Global Hope Board of Directors in early 2006. He is a Chemical Engineer and a long-time supporter of Global Hope, having taken several mission trips to Romania with members of his family.