Kelly Ballard, Executive Assistant to the President/CEO

Kelly Ballard

Kelly supports the president/CEO with scheduling, communication and organization, always managing to keep one step ahead of him. She also is responsible for handling board meetings and general office management. Kelly first joined American Leprosy Missions in 2004 working in the finance department. She later shifted to providing support to… Read More

Vicki Brennan, Vice President of Leadership Gifts

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Vicki works to build relationships with supporters of American Leprosy Missions. She came to the organization from Turning Point Ministries after serving nine years as a development officer and National Representative for Dr. David Jeremiah. Vicki has worked in the non-profit sector for much of her life, in both ministry and health-related… Read More

Beverly Elmore, Senior Director of Finance

Beverly Elmore, Director of Finance

Beverly joined American Leprosy Missions 20 years ago. During this time, she has worked in all areas of the finance department. Beverly is responsible for all financial records as well as the cash management and operating budget. She also coordinates employee benefits including insurance, retirement plans, HSA accounts and workers’… Read More

Gary Fischer, Chief Development Officer

Gary Fischer, Chief Development Officer

Gary leads and oversees the development team, sharing his expertise in non-profits, fundraising, communications, marketing and organizational management. He came to American Leprosy Missions with 30 years of experience from both the private sector and non-profit worlds,including Douglas Shaw & Associates, Questscope, the Alzheimer’s Association and Prison Fellowship. He earned… Read More

Sarah Hesshaus, M.A., Communications Director

Sarah Hesshaus, M.A., Communications Manager

Sarah manages marketing, public relations and communications strategy. She seeks to raise the profile of American Leprosy Missions and to inspire people to support its mission. From an international healthcare consulting firm to a science museum and several construction management companies, Sarah has successfully promoted both for-profit and non-profit organizations… Read More

Rhonda Holden, Manager, Development Operations

Rhonda Holden, Data Analysis Coordinator

Rhonda manages data, gift processing and data analysis for the development department. She oversees the relationship with American Leprosy Missions’ database outsource partner, enhances the usefulness of donor and transaction data, and increases the accessibility of database information for the development team. She has more than 15 years of experience… Read More

Kristin Knowles, M.B.A., Finance Specialist

Kristin Knowles, M.B.A., Finance Specialist

Kristin uses her bookkeeping and accounting skills to assist the Director of Finance by processing accounts payable, making daily deposits of donations, reconciling bank accounts, and seeing that business expenses are substantiated with receipts. Prior to joining American Leprosy Missions, Kristin worked with several other non-profit organizations which allowed her… Read More

Julia Koepke, Manager, Direct Response

Julia Koepke, Fundraising Coordinator

Julia manages the complex production processes for offline and online direct response fundraising projects. She also manages several outside vendors and production of American Leprosy Missions’ fundraising materials. Prior to joining American Leprosy Missions, Julia worked as a marketing and development intern at a non-profit specializing in social services. She graduated with honors from Trinity… Read More

Christina Miller-Colton, Senior Donor Relationship Officer

Christina Miller-Colton, Senior Donor Relationship Officer

Christina is responsible for fostering relationships with major donors and producing high-impact events. She has traveled to both India and Nepal to see projects firsthand. Prior to joining American Leprosy Missions, Christina worked in Washington, D.C. as a fundraiser and event planner for a host of non-profits, associations, corporate clients… Read More

Jim Oehrig, M.A., Vice President of Integral Mission

Jim Oehrig, M.A., Chief Program Officer

Jim develops partnerships and collaborations with Christian organizations and churches in communities where American Leprosy Missions works. He ensures that the organization continues to implement programs in a way that honors God and protects and restores people’s dignity. Jim graduated from Houghton College with a B.A. and received a M.A. in Latin American studies/international development from… Read More

Darren Schaupp, M.A., Vice President of Programs

Darren Schaupp, M.A., Director of Program Operations

Darren leads the program team in implementing American Leprosy Missions’ five-year strategic plan. Previously he led Samaritan’s Purse’s work in Ethiopia, orchestrated emergency famine relief in East Africa and developed global field management guidelines. His non-profit experience also includes six years in Kenya as a program director and regional networker for Eastern… Read More

Bekah Schwanbeck, Assistant Manager, Events and Donor Relationships

Bekah Schwanbeck, Assistant Manager, Donor Relationships

Bekah is responsible for coordinating volunteers for support services and special events as well as raising awareness about American Leprosy Missions in the local community. She graduated from Jacksonville State University with a B.A. in Sociology and Broadcast Communications. Although she grew up in the South, she spent the last few years in… Read More

Linda Sholtis, Program Development Officer

Linda Sholtis, Grants Manager

Linda communicates and implements best practices in the administration of grant funding with partners and projects worldwide. She also enhances collaborative efforts with a range of organizations, from the United Nations and ministries of health to faith-based organizations. Before joining American Leprosy Missions, she held the position of personnel manager… Read More

Katie Skelton, M.P.H., Program Development Officer


Katie works to further a world without leprosy by strategically increasing American Leprosy Missions’ project portfolio. Through grant acquisition, global team coordination and partnership development, Katie works to build a sustainable grant pipeline to support and scale projects for strategic impact. Prior to her work at American Leprosy Missions, Katie… Read More

Bill Simmons, President and CEO

Bill Simmons, President and CEO

Bill is passionate about the mission of American Leprosy Missions. He sets the pace of the organization, helping to maximize the team’s potential. He brings more than twenty years of management experience to his role having served as President and CEO of two nationwide, Christian, retail chains. Born in Tennessee,… Read More

Nikki Wall, International Programs Officer

Nikki Brown, Program Development Manager

Nikki guides program management including development, planning, monitoring and evaluation. She interacts with a wide range of non-governmental organizations and international partner agencies, as well as facilitating government grants. Nikki came to American Leprosy Missions from the agency world, where she worked with major corporations throughout the Southeast on public relations… Read More

Field Staff

Ma. Gemma C. Cabanos, M.D., M.P.H., Regional Liaison for Western Pacific Region

Ma. Gemma C. Cabanos, M.D., M.P.H., Regional Liaison for Western Pacific Region

Gemma is seconded to the World Health Organization (WHO) Western Pacific Regional Office as a Medical Officer. In this role, she acts as a regional focal point for leprosy, coordinates with WHO country staff, and supports leprosy reporting, case-finding, training and stigma reduction. Before joining the staff of American Leprosy… Read More

Hugh Cross, BSc (pod), Ph.D., Senior Technical Advisor

Hugh Cross, BSc (pod), Ph.D., Program Director, Asia

Dr. Hugh Cross provides expert, technical support to American Leprosy Missions’ partners and projects around the world. He is a member of the International Federation of Anti-Leprosy Associations (ILEP) Technical Commission. Prior to receiving his Ph.D. in podiatry, Hugh worked as a veterinary technician and shepherd. According to Hugh, “I work… Read More

Deanna Hagge, Ph.D., Research Director, Nepal

Deanna Hagge, Ph.D., Research Scientist, Nepal

Dr. Deanna Hagge is the Research Director of the Mycobacterial Research Laboratories at Anandaban, a tertiary leprosy referral hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal where she has worked since 2007. Previously, she spent a decade in leprosy laboratory research with the Molecular Biology and Immunology Departments of the U.S. Department of Health… Read More

Linda Lehman, OTR/L, M.P.H., C. Ped., Senior Advisor for Morbidity Management & Disability Prevention

Linda Lehman, OTR, M.P.H., C. Ped., Technical Director, Programs

Linda began her work with American Leprosy Missions in 1984 and has never looked back. An internationally recognized occupational therapist, Linda’s passion is prevention of disability (POD), community-based rehabilitation (CBR) and field-based training. She works with partners focused on leprosy and Buruli ulcer around the world. Based in Brazil, Linda… Read More

Al Richardson, MSc, Regional Director for Asia

Al Richardson

Al oversees American Leprosy Missions’ partners and projects in Asia. Previously she spent 17 years in international relief and development work, including living in Myanmar, the Solomon Islands and most recently Nepal working with World Vision. Al has experience in strategic partnership development, capacity building, project management and grant acquisition…. Read More

Paul Saunderson, M.D., MRCP, Medical/Research Director, Norway

Paul Saunderson, M.D., MRCP, Medical/Research Director, Norway

Paul received his medical degree from Cambridge University and has been involved in leprosy work since 1981. He directs all research-related initiatives for American Leprosy Missions and spends much of his time traveling and evaluating projects. Paul serves on several World Health Organization (WHO) advisory and technical committees and is… Read More

Tin Shwe, M.D., Country Representative, Myanmar

Tin Shwe, M.D., Country Representative, Myanmar

Tin Shwe has been with American Leprosy Missions since 2000 and is involved in all aspects of the leprosy work in Myanmar. He serves as International Federation of Anti-Leprosy Associations (ILEP) liaison officer and provides counsel to the World Health Organization (WHO). Tin Shwe has been working with Myanmar’s national… Read More

Emmy van der Grinten, M.D., Regional Director for Africa

Emmy van der Grinten, M.D., Technical Consultant – Africa

Emmy focuses on strategy and organizational development, program design, and monitoring and evaluation while guiding the implementation of the End Buruli Now initiative. She received her medical degree from the University of Limburg, Maastricht in the Netherlands, after which she specialized in tropical medicine. For more than 14 years, Emmy… Read More