Jennifer Albert, Donor Relations Manager

As donor relations manager, Jennifer seeks to cultivate personal relationships with supporters. She brings a passion for helping donors see the impact their gifts can have on the people we serve. Jennifer also manages the day-to-day planning and execution of donor-related events. Originally from Maine, Jennifer and her five siblings… Read More

Kelly Ballard, Executive Assistant to the President/CEO

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

Paul Clark, Director of Advancement

Paul connects with American Leprosy Missions’ donor partners to form deep, trusting relationships of collaboration and mutual encouragement. With over 20 years spent in ministry and business settings, he brings experience and compassion into conversations. Whether as a pastor or elder in his church, a business leader in the Greenville… Read More

Beverly Elmore, Vice President of Finance

Beverly Elmore, Director of Finance

Beverly joined American Leprosy Missions more than 20 years ago. During this time, she has worked in all areas of the finance department. Beverly is responsible for overseeing the finance department, human resources and information systems. Beverly has a B.S. degree in financial management from Clemson University. She has a… 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 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 Manager

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

Kristin uses her extensive experience to manage day-to-day accounting functions (such as accounts payable, general ledger entries/reconciliations, bank reconciliations, etc.) as well as payroll and employee benefits. She also helps manage relationships with insurance agencies, auditors, tax accountants, and other vendors. Prior to joining American Leprosy Missions, Kristin worked with several other… 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

Ashley Kurtz, Finance Assistant

Ashley performs a wide variety of tasks, from expense reconciliation to accounts payable. She also helps oversee the financial reporting and human resource functions for American Leprosy Missions’ Mission Thrift store in Pineville, North Carolina. Before moving to the Greenville area, Ashley lived in Rock Hill, South Carolina where she… Read More

Christina Miller-Colton, Vice President of Development

Christina oversees the development team as it pursues its five-year strategic plan. She is also responsible for fostering relationships with donors, and for producing high-impact events on behalf of American Leprosy Missions. She has traveled to both India and Nepal to see God’s hand at work through the ministry of… 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 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, Donor Experience Manager

Bekah is passionate about ensuring our supporters’ experience is consistently excellent. She specializes in implementing national events and other types of engagements that build relationships with donors and churches. Although she’s a southern belle from Alabama, Bekah spent several years in Southern California working in ministry at Saddleback Church and… 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

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

Sunil Anand, M.D., Regional Director for Asia

Sunil leads the implementation of American Leprosy Missions’ five-year strategic plan in Asia. A leprosy expert and dermatologist, he has more than 34 years of field and clinical experience in leprosy including reconstructive surgery, and proven strategic leadership and program management skills. Before joining American Leprosy Missions, Sunil served as executive… 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

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

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., Medical Advisor

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

Tin Shwe began working with American Leprosy Missions in 2000 and is involved in all aspects of the leprosy work in Myanmar. He has been working with Myanmar’s national leprosy program for more than 35 years and has extensive experience in leprosy research and medical work. Tin Shwe is married and… 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