Our Leadership

Our CEO

Get to Know Kathy

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.

Kathy Headlee

Founder & CEO

Get to Know Josephine

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.

Josephine Daka

Zambian Country Director

Get to Know Tanner

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.

Tanner Crandall

Chief Operating Officer

Get to Know Jess

Jess is the Director of Resource Development at Mothers Without Borders. Her position is responsible for a myriad of duties including fundraising, communications, marketing, business relations, and event planning and execution.

Jess hails from Australia and studied Law and Law Commerce at Central Queensland University. In 2012 she moved to the United States and began working in the Property Management industry assisting with Leasing and Marketing. Jess quickly advanced in her career and moved to Manhattan, NYC to further her career in Marketing, working as the Director of Marketing at Beam Living (a Blackstone Portfolio Company). Other key positions held by Jess include VP of Marketing and Communications for North America at Atalian Global Services. This position enabled Jess to work with an international team and was an integral part of her professional growth. Jess holds her PCM (Professional Certified Marketer) accreditation through the American Marketing Association and hopes to complete her CORE classes (professional certificate) through Harvard Business School in the next 2 years.

In her spare time Jess likes to spend time with her husband and their four children. She loves to travel and is keen to partake in any activity that could be described as adventurous.

Jess Judd

Director of Resource Development

Get to Know Melissa

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.

Melissa Gardner

Director of Expeditions

United States Staff

Kenra Asay

Financial Manager

My name is Kenra Asay and I was hired in November 2019 to do the accounting for Mothers Without Borders. I love the incredible work that this organization accomplishes and am thrilled to be a part of it. I have been married for over 25 years and am the mother of eight incredible kids. I have five sons, three daughters, and the cutest little grandson ever! I love quilting, baking and reading, but my favorite activity is spending time with my 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!

Emily Spendlove

Communications & Internship Coordinator

Em is the Communications Coordinator which means she does a little bit of everything from digital marketing, to grant writing, to donor relations. She also recruits and mentors all of our incredible interns! She joined the MWB family in 2019 as an intern, going on the May Internship Team. She transitioned to her current role in early 2020. She loves working at Mothers Without Borders because of who she becomes as she learns from the wonderful people of Zambia. ``They teach me how to love deeper and live more joyfully. I want to give that love back to them. Mothers Without Borders does that in a wonderful way. I am honored to be apart of it.``

She recently graduated from BYU with a degree in Public Health and a minor in International Development. She is crazy about her smoking hot fiance and is passionate about maternal and infant health in developing communities. Sushi and Ben & Jerry's ice cream are her favorite foods (though usually not together). She believes in being buoyant, always striving to rise up, and living by the motto: LIFE IS GOOD!

Alyssa Baer

Impact Evaluation Specialist

Alyssa is a public health intern for MWB and works on projects including graphic design, community outreach, program evaluation—and anything else that comes up! 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. Alyssa began volunteering with MWB two years ago and has loved every minute of it—from traveling to Zambia with the May 2019 intern team to designing the 2018 annual report and helping to plan DonorPalooza. ``I feel so blessed to be involved in a work that is so centered on people and so focused on inspiring love and hope. There is so much power that comes from showing up—even if you can't speak the same language, cure a disease or solve the problems of poverty, you can bring yourself and your heart and offer love to those you meet.``

Alyssa is an undergraduate student at Brigham Young University studying Public Health with an emphasis in Health Promotion and a minor in Digital Humanities and Technology (a fancy way of saying graphic & web design). Alyssa has a passion for people, travel, inspiring growth and eating lots of gelato!

Emily Mashburn

Administrative Assistant

Emily is the Administrative Assistant. She works closely with the Expeditions team and the volunteers to prep for the life-changing summer trips. Her childhood spark for nonprofit work came from watching her Granny make dresses and send them to African orphanages and other impoverished communities. She is excited to go to work every day at an organization that helps foster healing enviornments for the most underprivileged children.

Emily graduated from BYU with a degree in Human Development and minors in Nonprofit Management and Business. She has a passion for all nonprofit work that sustainably helps children overcome trauma. In her free time she plays piano, sings, makes baby blankets, and travels. She is always down to learn something new and would drop everything to help a friend.
Chloe loves to learn about new cultures and meet new people. She loves basically anything outdoors, especially hiking and finding fun new spots to explore with her husband. She coaches a youth swim team, and enjoys encouraging them to develop good, healthy habits and learn how to work hard. She is so excited to continue working with Mothers Without Borders, and to be inspired by the people who are involved with MWB.

Chloe Baer

Impact Evaluation Intern

Chloe joined Mothers Without Borders in January 2021 as the Impact Evaluation Intern, working on evaluating our programs to make them the most effective they can be! She is a student at BYU majoring in Sociology with an emphasis in Social Impact. She is inspired by organizations and ideas that make the world a better place, especially by empowering women and children—that’s what drew her to Mothers Without Borders! She truly believes that love is what makes the difference, which is what MWB is all about.

Chloe loves to learn about new cultures and meet new people. She loves basically anything outdoors, especially hiking and finding fun new spots to explore with her husband. She coaches a youth swim team, and enjoys encouraging them to develop good, healthy habits and learn how to work hard. She is so excited to continue working with Mothers Without Borders, and to be inspired by the people who are involved with MWB.

Miriam Hyde

Communications Intern - Prospecting

Miriam joined the Mothers Without Borders team in August 2021 as a Communications Intern. She is currently a student at Brigham Young University studying Sociology with minors in Spanish and International Development. Growing up in the shadows of Manhattan exposed her to great cultural diversity from a young age. In addition, after having the opportunity to travel to various countries, her love for different cultures deepened, and she developed a yearning to help those in need. This led her to Mothers Without Borders, where her desire to love and learn is being exceeded in every way possible.

Miriam also loves to play tennis and the clarinet. She is a big foodie and is constantly on the lookout for pizza that will live up to the pizza she left behind in New Jersey. She is a big believer in the power of gratitude and feels especially grateful for MWB and the amazing people she gets to work with here!
She recently graduated from BYU with a degree in Public Health and a minor in International Development. She is crazy about her smoking hot fiance and is passionate about maternal and infant health in developing communities. Sushi and Ben & Jerry's ice cream are her favorite foods (though usually not together). She believes in being buoyant, always striving to rise up, and living by the motto: LIFE IS GOOD!

Brittany Clark

Communications Intern - Grants

Brittany found out about Mothers Without Borders during one of her social impact classes at BYU, and is thrilled to be interning with our communication department. Her primary roles include writing articles to spread awareness of our impact in Zambia, and requesting grant funding as a way to support our mission.

She graduated with a degree in Exercise Science in April of 2021. She loves being outdoors and spends all her free time skiing, climbing, backpacking, biking, swimming, and running with her cute husband. Her last few summers have been spent working with various local and international humanitarian organizations, where she developed a love for creating lasting impact, something she hopes to continue learning about at her current position with us. We are happy to add her energy to our team
Alyssa is an undergraduate student at Brigham Young University studying Public Health with an emphasis in Health Promotion and a minor in Digital Humanities and Technology (a fancy way of saying graphic & web design). Alyssa has a passion for people, travel, inspiring growth and eating lots of gelato!

Board of Directors

Linda Williams

Chairman of the Board

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.

Heidi Goar

Board Secretary

I currently serve on the board of MWB and serve as the secretary to that board. I've been a team member on expeditions to Zambia several times and a team leader at least 3 times as well. I'm very devoted to all my friends in Zambia some I've known for years and some I have yet to meet!! Mothers Without Borders will always be a huge part of my life.
I'm 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 me perspective and compassion and the gifts I've received from my many, many patients through the years are immeasurable.
I love all things in and within nature and exercise. Hiking is a great passion of mine, and I will find a hike anywhere in the world. I love to travel and experience and I greatly respect all cultures.
I have an amazing family that affords me the luxury to be a bit of a vagabond and supports my great wanderlust.

Shelly Noftle

Resource Development Chair & Director of Expeditions

I'm an international team leader and Knowing Love Works trainer as well as a member of the MWB board. I've owned an online business as well as been involved with MWB on various levels including Director of Expeditions since 2011. I'm passionate about travel and my friends in Zambia. I also love teams and have a passion for the work we do both in Africa and the US.

I heard about MWB at a women's conference in 2005 and knew that it was something that I wanted to do. 6 years later I went to Zambia for the first time with my oldest son. Since then all of my four children and my husband Jared have been to Zambia multiple times. It has changed our lives and made us more compassionate, aware and involved global citizens.

Joel Gardner

Finance Committee Chair

Joel is the EVP of Tommy Bahama Sportswear Company. He brings a strong understanding of business operation, finance, and strategy to MWB’s. 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.

Bruce Newton

Programs Committee

Bruce is a physician, practicing at Alpine Orthopaedics in Salt Lake City. Bruce became interested in MWB when he and his daughter Sarah traveled with the group to Zambia in the summer of 2015. He was immediately impressed with not only the mission of providing security and opportunity for the children of Zambia, but also focusing on forever changing the lives of the volunteers that come into contact with the organization. He is honored to be a part of MWB.

Spencer Hewlett

Finance Committee

Advisory Board

  • Danielle Bowcut

  • Dominica Drazal

  • Kerri Findlay

  • Bryan Holland

  • Teresa Holland

  • David Mann

  • Meggin Mann

  • Tonya McBride

  • Michelle Miner

  • Phillip Miner

  • Julie Morgan

  • Allison Stokes

  • Shayne Stokes 

  • Suzie Wiley

  • Mark Williams

Zambian Staff

Mothers Without Borders proudly employs 51 local Zambians! This work is only possible because of their dedication.

Pictures and bios of these wonderful employees coming this Fall