Meet our Team

OUR LEADERSHIP

Our CEO

Kathy Headlee

Founder & CEO

Kathy Headlee is a dynamic thought leader who brings together personal growth and community development in a synergistic manner that changes lives around the world. She founded Mothers Without Borders in 1989. Under her direction, Mothers Without Borders has organized and implemented community development projects and volunteer expeditions to Romania, Mexico, India, Indonesia, Bolivia, Taiwan, Haiti, Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and the United States. She spends several months each year living in Africa, overseeing a variety of projects from Mothers Without Borders Regional Headquarters in Lusaka, Zambia.

Kathy has developed and created a personal growth curriculum and training program entitled ‘Knowing Love Works’, which focuses on using love and not fear as the motivation for our lives in both personal and professional settings. She lifts her audiences to new levels of awareness and empowerment. The range and impact of her speaking engagements have included presenting to the United Nations on the role of women as agents for social change, to training corporations on the power of love and kindness, to training Ugandan community leaders how to mobilize the power of their communities, and to many additional groups and organizations. Kathy is a popular speaker at BYU’s Education Week, where she has taught for the last 15 years. She is a mother of five children and grandmother of thirteen.

Josephine Daka

Zambian Country Director

Josephine has a master’s degree in Social Work, a rarity in Zambia, especially for women. She also knows a dozen of Zambian dialects, making her work expansive. She has a talent for remembering everyone’s names, including the hundreds of volunteers that have come to Zambia over the years. These gifts bless the lives of all she serves. She directs all MWB programs in Zambia, ensuring that the children are protected, oppressed voices are heard, and urgent needs are being met first. She works tirelessly to serve others and bring hope to the hopeless.

Josephine is the heart and soul of Mothers Without Borders. We would not be where we are today without her vision and wisdom. She is one of those people you meet and you know your life will never be the same. Jo, as we affectionately call her, is one of the strongest, most powerful, most compassionate individuals the world has ever known. We are grateful to know that there are people like Jo in the world. We are beyond blessed to have her with us.

Tanner Crandall

Chief Operating Officer

Tanner is an eternal optimist. Tanner joined the Mothers Without Borders team when he was finishing his Master of Public Health degree from Boston University in 2015. His final project was a needs assessment in the community surrounding the Child’s Resource Center. His research led to the expansion of the Carol Zulu Primary School on our property.

Tanner’s passion for the mission of MWB and his creative problem solving have been a catalyst to increasing our impact with our programs and their expansion. Tanner’s love and appreciation for the community of donors which makes our work possible is contagious. He is always excited to build team and unity and is especially passionate about mentoring our college interns. Tanner’s can-do attitude and enthusiasm brighten the environment even when solving difficult problems. Tanner finds great satisfaction in knowing that his work makes it possible for Josephine and the Zambian team to spread hope and put love to work and change lives, one at a time.

ZAMBIAN STAFF

Mothers Without Borders proudly employs 97 local Zambians! This work is only possible because of their dedication.

ZAMBIA PROGRAM STAFF

George

George

Faith

Faith

Irene

Irene

Nathan

Nathan

Lord

Lord

Ethel

Ethel

UNITED STATES FUNDRAISING STAFF

Melissa Gardner

Melissa Gardner

Director of Expeditions

Melissa’s roots with Mothers Without Borders go back to 1989. When she fell in love with the work they were doing in Romania. This planted a seed for a lifetime love of helping others and loving all of God’s children. Melissa has been an International Team Leader, Chair of the Resource and Development Committee, and Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors for MWB. She is passionate about development work, building community, and travel. She has been married for 36 years has three children and four adorable grandchildren. She loves everything outdoors, chocolate, and family.

Scott White

Scott White

Director of Operations
& Finance

Scott has been with Mothers Without Borders since 2017. Scott holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Brigham Young University. Scott brings over a decade of finance and operations experience from the private sector and is grateful to bring that experience to the situations and problems that MWB works to alleviate and fill with hope.

Scott has been passionate about development work and the care of vulnerable children for as long as he can remember. During his undergrad years, Scott volunteered in Ecuador working daily in orphanages for four months where he earned the name ‘Mami Papi’. Compassion, wisdom, love, grace and creativity are values that motivate him in this work.

Scott and his wife Amy are the parents of 6 amazing kids. He is an avid permaculture gardener, ceramicist, and lover of nature. Scott counts the opportunity to be part of the MWB team as a great privilege and joy, even when dealing with some of the most difficult, complex, and painful realities that humanity manifests.

Lyz Drake

Lyz Drake

Fundraising Manager
& Head of Events

Lyz loves people and the adventures of life.

Melissa Gardner

Melissa Gardner

Director of Expeditions

Melissa’s roots with Mothers Without Borders go back to 1989. When she fell in love with the work they were doing in Romania. This planted a seed for a lifetime love of helping others and loving all of God’s children. Melissa has been an International Team Leader, Chair of the Resource and Development Committee, and Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors for MWB. She is passionate about development work, building community, and travel. She has been married for 36 years has three children and four adorable grandchildren. She loves everything outdoors, chocolate, and family.

Scott White

Scott White

Director of Operations
& Finance

Scott has been with Mothers Without Borders since 2017. Scott holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Brigham Young University. Scott brings over a decade of finance and operations experience from the private sector and is grateful to bring that experience to the situations and problems that MWB works to alleviate and fill with hope.

Scott has been passionate about development work and the care of vulnerable children for as long as he can remember. During his undergrad years, Scott volunteered in Ecuador working daily in orphanages for four months where he earned the name ‘Mami Papi’. Compassion, wisdom, love, grace and creativity are values that motivate him in this work.

Scott and his wife Amy are the parents of 6 amazing kids. He is an avid permaculture gardener, ceramicist, and lover of nature. Scott counts the opportunity to be part of the MWB team as a great privilege and joy, even when dealing with some of the most difficult, complex, and painful realities that humanity manifests.

Lyz Drake

Lyz Drake

Fundraising Manager
& Head of Events

Lyz loves people and the adventures of life.

Shelly Noftle

Shelly Noftle

Expeditions Manager

Shelly has been with MWB since 2011 when she went on her first team. That experience was so life-changing that she has been involved ever since in various ways including: Team Leader, Team Trainer, Expeditions Coordinator, Board Member and currently as Deputy Director of Expeditions. Shelly is the mother of four children and grandmother of 2. She loves traveling, reading, and getting up to mischief. Shelly has a deep love for the people of Zambia and a passion for making a difference. She resides in Woodinville, WA.

Shelly Noftle

Shelly Noftle

Expeditions Manager

Shelly has been with MWB since 2011 when she went on her first team. That experience was so life-changing that she has been involved ever since in various ways including: Team Leader, Team Trainer, Expeditions Coordinator, Board Member and currently as Deputy Director of Expeditions. Shelly is the mother of four children and grandmother of 2. She loves traveling, reading, and getting up to mischief. Shelly has a deep love for the people of Zambia and a passion for making a difference. She resides in Woodinville, WA.

Kenra Asay

Kenra Asay

Financial Manager

Kenra has been with MWB since November 2019 and loves the incredible work that this organization accomplishes—she is thrilled to be a part of it. Kenra has been married for over 25 years and is the mother of eight incredible kids. She has five sons, three daughters, and the cutest little grandson ever! Kenra loves quilting, baking, and reading, but her favorite activity is spending time with her family. “I have always believed that each new day is an opportunity to make a difference in the world. I invite you to join us in making that difference!”

Alyssa Baer

Alyssa Baer

Evaluation Manager

Alyssa has been with MWB since 2018 and has been involved in graphic design, community outreach, and program evaluation. She loves working for an organization where she is pushed to learn new skills with each project—with it all focused on bringing light, love, and hope into the lives of others. “I feel so blessed to be involved in a work that is centered on people and focused on inspiring love and hope. There is so much power that comes from showing up—bringing yourself and your heart, and offering love to those you meet.” Alyssa is currently pursuing a Master of Public Health concentrated in Maternal & Child Health from the George Washington University.

Kenra Asay

Kenra Asay

Financial Manager

Kenra has been with MWB since November 2019 and loves the incredible work that this organization accomplishes—she is thrilled to be a part of it. Kenra has been married for over 25 years and is the mother of eight incredible kids. She has five sons, three daughters, and the cutest little grandson ever! Kenra loves quilting, baking, and reading, but her favorite activity is spending time with her family. “I have always believed that each new day is an opportunity to make a difference in the world. I invite you to join us in making that difference!”

Alyssa Baer

Alyssa Baer

Evaluation Manager

Alyssa has been with MWB since 2018 and has been involved in graphic design, community outreach, and program evaluation. She loves working for an organization where she is pushed to learn new skills with each project—with it all focused on bringing light, love, and hope into the lives of others. “I feel so blessed to be involved in a work that is centered on people and focused on inspiring love and hope. There is so much power that comes from showing up—bringing yourself and your heart, and offering love to those you meet.” Alyssa is currently pursuing a Master of Public Health concentrated in Maternal & Child Health from the George Washington University.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Linda Williams

Linda Williams

Chairwoman

Linda Williams first became interested in MWB after seeing the impact and change of heart that happened to her daughter who served as a volunteer. She wanted to experience this herself and joined MWB as a volunteer team member in 2016. The children of Africa captured her heart and she is committed to giving back to the Zambian people through this amazing organization.

Melissa Gardner

Melissa Gardner

Vice Chairwoman

Melissa’s roots with Mothers Without Borders go back to 1989. When she fell in love with the work they were doing in Romania. This planted a seed for a lifetime love of helping others and loving all of God’s children. Melissa has been an International Team Leader, Chair of the Resource and Development Committee, and Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors for MWB. She is passionate about development work, building community, and travel. She has been married for 36 years has three children and four adorable grandchildren. She loves everything outdoors, chocolate, and family.

Heidi Goar

Heidi Goar

Board Member

Heidi has been a team member on expeditions to Zambia several times and a team leader at least 3 times. She is very devoted to all her friends in Zambia—some she has known for years and some she has yet to meet!! MWB will always be a huge part of my life.

Heidi is retired from 20 plus years in the medical/nursing profession (twenty years in the practice of oncology, as well as stints in rheumatology and dermatology). These many years of caring for others have given her perspective, compassion, and the gifts she has received from my many, many patients through the years are immeasurable.

Heidi loves all things in and within nature and exercise. Hiking is a great passion of hers and she loves to travel. She is grateful for an amazing family that affords her the luxury to be a bit of a vagabond and supports her great wanderlust.

Linda Williams

Linda Williams

Chairwoman

Linda Williams first became interested in MWB after seeing the impact and change of heart that happened to her daughter who served as a volunteer. She wanted to experience this herself and joined MWB as a volunteer team member in 2016. The children of Africa captured her heart and she is committed to giving back to the Zambian people through this amazing organization.

Melissa Gardner

Melissa Gardner

Vice Chairwoman

Melissa’s roots with Mothers Without Borders go back to 1989. When she fell in love with the work they were doing in Romania. This planted a seed for a lifetime love of helping others and loving all of God’s children. Melissa has been an International Team Leader, Chair of the Resource and Development Committee, and Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors for MWB. She is passionate about development work, building community, and travel. She has been married for 36 years has three children and four adorable grandchildren. She loves everything outdoors, chocolate, and family.

Heidi Goar

Heidi Goar

Board Member

Heidi has been a team member on expeditions to Zambia several times and a team leader at least 3 times. She is very devoted to all her friends in Zambia—some she has known for years and some she has yet to meet!! MWB will always be a huge part of my life.

Heidi is retired from 20 plus years in the medical/nursing profession (twenty years in the practice of oncology, as well as stints in rheumatology and dermatology). These many years of caring for others have given her perspective, compassion, and the gifts she has received from my many, many patients through the years are immeasurable.

Heidi loves all things in and within nature and exercise. Hiking is a great passion of hers and she loves to travel. She is grateful for an amazing family that affords her the luxury to be a bit of a vagabond and supports her great wanderlust.

Shelly Noftle

Shelly Noftle

Board Member

Shelly has been with MWB since 2011 when she went on her first team. That experience was so life-changing that she has been involved ever since in various ways including: Team Leader, Team Trainer, Expeditions Coordinator, Board Member and currently as Deputy Director of Expeditions. Shelly is the mother of four children and grandmother of 2. She loves traveling, reading, and getting up to mischief. Shelly has a deep love for the people of Zambia and a passion for making a difference. She resides in Woodinville, WA.

Shelly Noftle

Shelly Noftle

Board Member

Shelly has been with MWB since 2011 when she went on her first team. That experience was so life-changing that she has been involved ever since in various ways including: Team Leader, Team Trainer, Expeditions Coordinator, Board Member and currently as Deputy Director of Expeditions. Shelly is the mother of four children and grandmother of 2. She loves traveling, reading, and getting up to mischief. Shelly has a deep love for the people of Zambia and a passion for making a difference. She resides in Woodinville, WA.

Joel Gardner

Joel Gardner

Board Member

Joel is the EVP of Tommy Bahama Sportswear Company. He brings a strong understanding of business operation, finance, and strategy to MWB. Joel serves on the board as Chairman of the Finance Committee.

Joel’s passion for Mothers Without Borders came through the stories and changes he saw in his wife, Melissa, after her first trip to Zambia. However, his desire to help make a difference really took off after his first visit to Zambia. Seeing first hand for himself the impact Mothers Without Borders was having on the lives of so many women and children solidified his commitment to make a difference.

Spencer Hewlett

Spencer Hewlett

Board Member

Spencer is a CPA, worked at Price Waterhouse for 9 years and then worked 18 years as the CFO for the convenience store chain, Maverik. Spencer’s wife, Ann, went on an MWB expedition trip to Zambia in 2012. Two years later, Ann persuaded Spencer to go with her and their two daughters to Zambia. After struggling through the expedition experience for the first 7 days, I met Anthony. Anthony’s story and the impact of MWB on his life, changed my heart. I had recently retired and a few months later, I began volunteering with the organizational, accounting and business side of MWB.”

I believe in the cause of MWB. I believe in the people who run MWB. I believe in the kids and trust in a brighter future for the children being served by MWB.

Joel Gardner

Joel Gardner

Board Member

Joel is the EVP of Tommy Bahama Sportswear Company. He brings a strong understanding of business operation, finance, and strategy to MWB. Joel serves on the board as Chairman of the Finance Committee.

Joel’s passion for Mothers Without Borders came through the stories and changes he saw in his wife, Melissa, after her first trip to Zambia. However, his desire to help make a difference really took off after his first visit to Zambia. Seeing first hand for himself the impact Mothers Without Borders was having on the lives of so many women and children solidified his commitment to make a difference.

Spencer Hewlett

Spencer Hewlett

Board Member

Spencer is a CPA, worked at Price Waterhouse for 9 years and then worked 18 years as the CFO for the convenience store chain, Maverik. Spencer’s wife, Ann, went on an MWB expedition trip to Zambia in 2012. Two years later, Ann persuaded Spencer to go with her and their two daughters to Zambia. After struggling through the expedition experience for the first 7 days, I met Anthony. Anthony’s story and the impact of MWB on his life, changed my heart. I had recently retired and a few months later, I began volunteering with the organizational, accounting and business side of MWB.”

I believe in the cause of MWB. I believe in the people who run MWB. I believe in the kids and trust in a brighter future for the children being served by MWB.

David Mann

David Mann

Board Member

David is a husband, father, grandfather, serial entrepreneur and former Amazon executive. He is growth minded and focuses on building and scaling high performing teams and organizations.
David’s commitment to Mothers Without Borders began in 2017 when his wife Meggin and their three daughters traveled to Zambia. His real passion for this work deepened in 2021 when he traveled to Zambia on a Vision Trip with his wife and other supporters. It was on this trip that he saw firsthand the impact of Mothers Without Borders. David is now fully committed to help an ever-increasing number of vulnerable women and children feel loved, develop hope, gain an education, and climb out of poverty.

Jared Noftle

Jared Noftle

Board Member

Jared is CTO of Highwire Games and owner of Red Lens Games. He brings decades of leadership and team management experience to MWB from founding and running several tech startups.

Jared’s wife Shelly introduced him to Mothers Without Borders back in 2011 and after seeing how life changing her first trip was for her, he had to go for himself in 2013. Since then he has been involved with the organization as a team leader and board member. Connecting with the people and seeing first hand the difference we make as we join together with those in Zambia has kept him committed ever since.

David Mann

David Mann

Board Member

David is a husband, father, grandfather, serial entrepreneur and former Amazon executive. He is growth minded and focuses on building and scaling high performing teams and organizations.
David’s commitment to Mothers Without Borders began in 2017 when his wife Meggin and their three daughters traveled to Zambia. His real passion for this work deepened in 2021 when he traveled to Zambia on a Vision Trip with his wife and other supporters. It was on this trip that he saw firsthand the impact of Mothers Without Borders. David is now fully committed to help an ever-increasing number of vulnerable women and children feel loved, develop hope, gain an education, and climb out of poverty.

Jared Noftle

Jared Noftle

Board Member

Jared is CTO of Highwire Games and owner of Red Lens Games. He brings decades of leadership and team management experience to MWB from founding and running several tech startups.

Jared’s wife Shelly introduced him to Mothers Without Borders back in 2011 and after seeing how life changing her first trip was for her, he had to go for himself in 2013. Since then he has been involved with the organization as a team leader and board member. Connecting with the people and seeing first hand the difference we make as we join together with those in Zambia has kept him committed ever since.