LEADERSHIP

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

A Board of Directors governs OneChild and maintains legal control of the organization’s assets, making certain that contribution designations are honored and that the work of the organization remains consistent with its stated philosophy, purpose and mission.

Dana Rasic
Chair
2020 - 2022
Daniel C. Vagle
Vice Chair
Independent, Voting
2020 - 2021
Scott Todd
President
2019 – 2021
Berta Garcia
Director
Independent, Voting
2020 – 2023
Dale R. Turner
Director
Independent, Voting
2019 – 2022
Steven Brewer
Director
Independent, Voting
2018 - 2021
Robert Brown
Director
Independent, Voting
2020 – 2023
Laura Fisher
Director
Independent, Voting
2020 – 2021

We are accountable to the children we serve AND to our donors.

Our accountability to our donors is one of our highest priorities. Our goal is to use the funds entrusted to us as wise stewards. To do this requires continued monitoring of our fund distribution. OneChild is also a member in good standing with the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA)

Scott Todd | OneChild VP of Engagement

Scott Todd

President

Dr. Scott C. Todd serves as President and is passionate about serving children in poverty, helping them overcome adversity and experience a flourishing life. Dr. Todd served for 12 years with Compassion International where, as Senior Vice President, he was responsible for International Partner Development and Global Advocacy. Scott launched and led Compassion’s Child Survival Program, AIDS Initiative, and other programs for highly vulnerable children. He served as Chairman of the Board for Accord, a network of Christian relief and development organizations representing over $4 billion per year in international poverty-related work. He was also founder and Board Chair for Live58, a global initiative calling the church to live out Isaiah 58.

Prior to his work in relief and development, Dr. Todd was an award winning scientist in the fields of Oncology and Immunology. He was a National Lymphoma Foundation Scholar at Stanford University Medical Center after earning his PhD from the University of California at San Diego. In addition to over a dozen peer-reviewed research publications, Scott has also written several books, including Hope Rising: How Christians can end extreme poverty in this generation.

Scott and his wife have four sons and enjoy the outdoor life in their home state of Colorado.

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Jacob Kitonsa

VP of Global Program

Dr. Jacob Kitonsa, the Vice President of Global Program is a servant leader with extensive global experience in holistic child development, leadership development, transformational development, adult learning, creative facilitation, program design and international non-profit social enterprise development. He is also a Professor at Colorado Christian University (CCU) and Uganda Christian University (UCU) respectively. Dr. Kitonsa has worked and traveled to over 35 developing nations around the world. Over the years, he has demonstrated ability to obtain outstanding results through dynamic experiential capacity building for multicultural church and secular senior-level leaders. He is highly skilled in executive leadership, mentoring and coaching with a proven ability to transfer strengths-based management knowledge and skills to increase engagement and drive organizational outcomes. Dr. Kitonsa has 25 plus years of global corporate cross-cultural leadership experience with outstanding analytical, organizational, and interpersonal skills.

He is known globally as “Uncle Jacob,” a friend of the poor, a champion for the children in poverty, a team player and a distinguished godly servant leader. “Uncle Jacob” was born and raised in Uganda. He is married to Sarah and together they have 4 wonderful teenagers and young adults.

Kristin Kubitschek | OneChild VP of Brand & Communications

Kristin Kubitschek

VP of Brand & Communications

As vice president of brand & communications, Kristin says she has the best job ever! She serves on OneChild’s leadership team and is responsible for global internal and external communications and events, and the strategy and production of print, video, digital, and web resources. She leads a lean, efficient team that produces marketing and communications materials to help inform, educate and motivate OneChild’s global community and those who are just learning about it.

Kristin’s dedication as a Child Champion stems from her own traumatic childhood experiences. She wants children around the world to be known, loved and protected, and equipped to become all God created them to be. By ensuring children receive the tools and opportunities for healing and the hope that restores lives and changes futures, she believes families and communities are forever impacted for good.

Kristin has traveled to nearly 30 countries and has had the privilege of meeting all but one of the children she’s sponsored. She encourages others to develop meaningful relationships with their sponsored children through letter writing, and to have the life-changing experience of meeting them in person when possible.

Kristin has a master’s degree in organizational leadership and a Bachelor of Science degree in sociology with a minor in psychology and an emphasis in international relations.

During her master’s program, Kristin helped initiate a Health, Hunger, Hygiene and Clean Water program in El Salvador, returning to measure the physical and cognitive improvements of child beneficiaries over time. Her research included interviews with the first lady of El Salvador and the national secretary of the family; the director of the World Food Program, El Salvador; the U.S. ambassador to El Salvador; and the deputy director for USAID Central America. Resulting data helped secure corporate gifts to sustain the program.

Kristin was named Woman of Influnce (2013) in The Colorado Springs Business Journal; one of 20 Most Influential Women for 2008 in Springfield Business Journal (Missouri) ; and she hosted an award-winning TV news program for more than six years. Kristin also enjoys mentoring young people and helping women and children overcome abusive situations.

Kristin says growing up in Springfield, Missouri, helped plant her deep roots of faith and a strong spirit of community service. Kristin is an advanced SCUBA diver and has been on 100 dives. She claims to be a native Coloradan by adoption and enjoys hiking, biking, camping, and outdoor mountain festivals on the weekends.

Jenny Kennedy | VP of Sponsor Ministries at OneChild

Jenny Kennedy

VP of Supporter Care & Engagement

Jenny Kennedy has served with OneChild for over 25 years in several capacities. She is currently the Vice President of Supporter Care & Engagement , a role she considers in line with her heart’s desire to inspire others to fulfill God’s purpose for their lives. Jenny sees sponsorship as part of Jesus’ teachings in Luke 9:48 that “whoever welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me.” For a sponsor to discover God’s purpose in their life through their commitment to their sponsored child, a child impacted by poverty who may have lost all hope. And through this special and powerful relationship, a child discovers God’s purpose for their life.

Having traveled to 9 of the 14 countries OneChild serves, there is one trip to India that has a special place in Jenny’s heart. On one of her visits to the schools OneChild partners with that serves and ministers to children in one of the largest and most devastating slums of New Delhi, Jenny visited a classroom full of children who were clean, healthy, and happy. At the back of the class was their teacher, a beautiful young lady radiating with joy and confidence, a formerly sponsored child herself from that very slum area. The project provided her the opportunity and encouragement to complete her education and return as a teacher; a life-changing opportunity for her and one that provides a better life for her, her mother, and younger brother.

Jenny considers it a special privilege to pray with and encourage the thousands of sponsors who make this ministry possible. When she is not traveling, Jenny enjoys the company of her grandson and her two daughters.

Mitch Hildebrant

VP of Engagement

Mitchell Hildebrant has a passion for seeing children have opportunity to reach their potential. His experience as President of Bethesda Christian Broadcasting allowed him to connect with fellow champions for the cause with on air fundraisers and child sponsorship events across the USA. Many partner radio station audiences accompanied him to the countries in which the Hope centers are located to serve, love, equip, empower and encourage children. On one such trip to Southern Africa, Mitch and his wife Charlotte knew they were “home”. The plight of the orphaned and vulnerable children captivated their hearts.

Married for over 20 years and unable to have children of their own and with several failed adoption attempts, they realized this was the plan God had for them; Thousands of kids that they view truly as their own. Mitch and Char served children, youth, pastors and communities for 6 years there. Creating a sustainable and revenue generating macadamia farm with local and international partners that remains creating jobs and opportunities in the community as well as purchasing food supplies for needy families and children today.

Upon returning to the USA, He has most recently pastored a church in South Dakota that they helped plant in 2005. He is thrilled to be back serving the children of the world and now considers himself dad to them all (with help of thousands of amazing child champions). He believes with all his heart that generational extreme poverty can be eradicated in his lifetime by meeting the needs of children and community today. That the next Margaret Thatcher, Winston Churchill, Pastor, moms and dads that will impact the most change with Jesus’ help are with us today.
Romans 8:28 – Philippians – 4:13 – Psalm 145:9 – Matthew 19:14 – 2 Chronicles 20:17 – Ephesians 2:10

Steve Smiley

Steve Smiley

VP of Operations

As vice president of operations, Steve Smiley is responsible for global operational performance of Onechild, while leading the strategy, finance, Information technology and trip planning teams.

Steve is a passionate leader with more than 25 years of experience building and operating organizations of all sizes. Steve maximizes the impact to OneChild children as well as the sponsor experience, and increases the overall effectiveness and efficiency for the kids to receive the maximum benefit.

Jeremiah 29:11 serves as a constant inspiration to Steve: “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Prior to joining OneChild, Steve enjoyed a successful career in the telecom industry where he developed and operated global communication products and services.

Steve and his wife, Deanna, have been married more than 30 years. They are blessed with three beautiful faith-filled daughters who demonstrate servants’ hearts through their careers in healthcare and teaching.

Steve also serves on the board of a non-profit ministry that provides medical care to the impoverished people of Nicaragua. He and Deanna have led multiple trips to Nicaragua serving this ministry. Steve is also an active member in numerous organizations focused on preserving and sustaining responsible recreation in our national forests.

Wolfgang Riedner

Wolfgang Riedner

Global Program Director

Wolfgang Riedner, global program director at OneChild, is a seasoned leader who oversees the capacity building and effectiveness of OneChild’s program in the 14 countries where we work. He has a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree of divinity in theology and missiology and an MBA in economic development. Wolf also has over 25 years of extensive experience in pastoral and cross-cultural work, capacity building and adult education, leadership, sustainable local initiatives, and community development.

Bonnie Belzer

Director of Church Engagement

Bonnie Belzer is passionate about lifting children out of poverty around the world and currently serves as the national engagement director with OneChild. She strongly believes in working with the local church to create transformational experiences to reach and serve families. She also believes in the Power of ONE — that one person can make the eternal difference in the life of a child and be a bridge of hope through sponsorship. Bonnie has over 10 years of experience working with passionate advocates to serve the global poor, especially vulnerable children. Along with her adventurous husband, Joe, of 31 years, Bonnie Belzer has three wonderful adult children. They love the outdoors and enjoy an active lifestyle of hiking, golf and enjoy many sports. Bonnie and Joe recently moved to Boise, Idaho, from Colorado to be closer to family.

Osmany Altamirano

Country Director, Nicaragua

Bio coming soon!

Chipo Changara

Field Ministry Partner, Zimbabwe

Chipo Changara is our Field Ministry Partner in Zimbabwe. She serves as the Executive Director for Childcare Ministries and hold a Bachelor of Theology, special honors degree in ministry, Bachelor of Social Science honors in Monitoring and Evaluation, Masters in Business Administration (MBA). She has served with OneChild for over 4 years and it’s her passion to see changed lives, especially in women and children.

José Durón

Country Director, Honduras

Being a kid that grew up in Church and Sunday School, he got to understand the importance of presenting the Gospel to children at an early age and the positive impact this would later have in their lives. His passion is to see God’s purpose being fulfilled in children’s lives and serving them and the child campions. He started going to church around 7 years old, grew up in Sunday School, and has been an actively serving at his local church in different ministries. When just about finishing his last classes in college, Tony didn’t want to be inside an office all day, but asked the Lord to place him somewhere where he could serve Him. So God connected him to OneChild through the Hope Center at his church that gave him the opportunity to serve children and child champions. He has been with OneChild since March 2007 and holds a degree in Computer Engineering and is currently working on Master’s in Project Management.

Salmon Yves Deliazard

Country Director, Haiti

I studied Accounting, Diplomacy and Social Communication. It is wonderful to know that a presence on earth has a purpose. Finally, I realize that I become a voice which can communicate hope in the hearts of children living in extreme poverty in my country. Being a former sponsor child, my purpose is to serve children with passion to enable them to have a better future.

Ken Huff

Field Ministry Partner, Cambodia

Ken Huff is our Field Ministry Partner in Cambodia. He has lived in Cambodia since 1999.

Dareth Ly

Field Ministry Partner, Cambodia

Bio coming soon!

Nicholas Kimatu

Country Director, Kenya

My name is Nicholas Kimatu. I serve through OneChild in Kenya as the country director. I have served the children, the church and the communities of Kenya with OneChild since 2008. I am passionate about seeing people and more so children get released from the chains of sin, of ignorance and and of poverty. I am disturbed by the bondage of men because they know not he truth that sets them free. As such, i want to be able to do what by the grace of God. I was created to do and thus be able to live up to my purpose by God’s design to His glory. I serve in the support of a dear wife called Susan Atieno and together we have three children. I desire a Kenya which is transformed by the power of Truth in Christ Jesus. Children are a great tool to that destiny.

Rosalinda ‘Manette’ Reyes-Cosico

Country Director, Philippines

I am passionate and driven in serving children and building the Kingdom, with more than 20 years of experience in holistic child development, relief ministry and community development and have a post graduate degree on Business Administration (MBA) and Masters in Holistic Child Development (MA HCD).

Happily married to Ricardo ‘Toyditz’ Ferrer-Cosico and blessed with two boys, Caleb, daughter in-law Rorie and Daniel.

Rev Jonathan Munshi

Field Ministry Partner, Bangladesh

Bio coming soon!

Janet Mutinda

Field Ministry Partner, Kenya

Bio coming soon!

Yan Sang

Country Director, Dominican Republic

I have been married for 9 years to Beislyn Sang and have two boys, Jair and Adriel. I hold a BA in Business and EMBA (Universitat de Barcelona) and Biblical Studies in Seminario Bautista Dominicano.

Getachew Teku OneChild Country Director of Ethiopia

Getachew Teku

Country Director, Ethiopia

Getachew joined OneChild in 2006 as Executive Director with Assemblies of God Church to oversee OneChild Hope Centers in Ethiopia. His educational background is Theology, Engineering, Forestry and Environmental Science. He is certified Management Consultant. Prior to OneChild, he worked in different gov’t and non-government organizations at different capacities. He is passionate about Christian faith and hence worked with Christian organizations such as World Vision, Food for the Hungry International and others. During the initial period with OneChild, Getachew worked as one man team for long time doing every field and office tasks and managing 11 Hope Centers,partnerships and communications at all levels.

Getachew is married and blessed with three children and lives in Addis Ababa with his family. He is Christian by faith and actively involves in church ministry. He serves as church elder at Ethiopian Full Gospel Believers’ Church. He is dedicated in his faith and envisions seeing the Kingdom of God ruling in full power and glory on earth.

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