Our Leadership


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

Faith Mushipi

Assistant Country Director

George Mushipi

Supervisor of Outdoor Work and Maintenance

Nathan Mumbe

Head Teacher


Patron of the Children's Resource Center

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 is a senior at BYU studying Public Health: Health Promotion and minoring in Nonprofit Management and International Development. She is passionate about maternal and infant health in developing communities. Sushi and Ben & Jerry's ice cream is her favorite food (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!

Sasha Piton

Expeditions Coordinator

Sasha is a believer! A believer in goodness, equality, and emotional health. Sasha first found Mothers Without Borders as a volunteer in 2017, and the principles of Love Works and the volunteer expedition changed her life! She stayed closely connected to the organization since and officially became the Expeditions Coordinator in 2020. Her hope is to be in the right place at the right time to invite others to come to Africa so their hearts and minds can change for the better as well!

When she's not helping to build and strengthen our MWB community, she can be found running her own businesses, teaching leadership and female empowerment, and providing boundless love to her two dogs. Her favorite book is The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho and her favorite quote is by Marianne Williamson, ``Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us... You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

Abi Abernathy Danielson

Communications Intern

Abi is studying Public Health with an emphasis in Health Promotion at Brigham Young University. From a very early age, she has wanted to pursue a career that helps women and children across the world improve their health and opportunities for success. That is why she is thrilled to be working with Mothers Without Borders and feels grateful to get to play a small part in bringing much needed relief and resources to those who are less fortunate! In addition to these interests she loves history, literature and painting. She also enjoys bike riding with her husband and traveling to see friends and family.

Mannon Christianson

Communications Intern

Mannon is a student at Brigham Young University studying Public Health with a minor in Spanish. She is passionate about women's and child health and loves working with these populations. She currently works with at-risk youth as an after-school teacher with Boys and Girls Clubs of Utah County and loves every minute. Mannon is excited to work with Mothers Without Borders and help the people of Zambia find more opportunities for health, education, and happiness. Other things Mannon enjoys are dancing, running, reading books, and goofing around with her fam.

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.

Anna Leman

Data Analyst Intern

Anna is our data analyst intern who works on providing meaningful information for our Mothers Without Borders team. Anna is currently a senior at BYU studying statistics with hopes of going to graduate school for public health. She believes that through data we can have a better understanding of what the people around us are struggling with which enables us to better help them. Anna is excited to be working with the Mothers Without Borders team to help the people of Zambia! She enjoys reading, singing, watching a good movie, and eating good food with friends. She also loves trying new things and is always down for an adventure.

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.

Melissa Gardner

Vice Chairman of the Board

Melissa has volunteered with Mother’s Without Borders since 2015 as an International Team Leader and has served as chair of the Research and Development Committee. She first volunteered with us back in 1990 while MWB's was working in Romania.
She is the mother of three children and a grandmother of four beautiful grand babies. She has served as her local PTA President and PTA Board member in Sammamish, WA and is a recipient of the Golden Acorn Award from the WA State PTA. Most recently Melissa has served as the area president of her church's women's organization having stewardship over 2,000 women.
She is an amazing team leader with a gift for both organization and loving others. Her wisdom and ``way of being`` bless all those who know her. Melissa also uses her insight and experience as a valued member of the board.

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