Staff

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

Faith Auslund, Direct Response Coordinator

Faith spends her time overseeing production of direct response mailings, ensuring they are error-free and on-brand, while managing several outside vendors. She brings her passion for creativity and organization to her role, and enjoys coming up with new ideas to engage donors. After spending a year as editor-in-chief of her… 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

Samantha Bryant, Donor Care Coordinator

Samantha is passionate about ensuring donor’s requests are answered to the very best of her ability. She also maintains data records, and makes sure they are accurate and up to date. Previously she worked in a variety of positions from Statue of Liberty waver to emergency service administrator. Each role… 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

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, Strategic Partnerships Manager

Julia Koepke, Fundraising Coordinator


Julia manages relationships with the development department’s various outside vendors. Utilizing strategic decision-making, she ensures we optimize our partnerships. 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 Christian College with a B.A…. 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

Joanne Wood, Program Finance Manager

Joanne is responsible for managing the overall program budget and processes for global initiatives, projects and partners. She interacts with a wide range of non-governmental organizations and international partner agencies and facilitates the financial elements of government grants. Before joining American Leprosy Missions, she served as Director of Finance and… 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

Sundeep Chaitanya, M.Sc., Ph.D., Postdoctoral Research Associate

Sundeep works with the Structural Biology and Biocomputing Group at the Department of Biochemistry, University of Cambridge, on a project supported by American Leprosy Missions. This project is aimed at structure-guided, fragment-based drug discovery for leprosy, and is under the supervision of Prof. Sir. Tom Blundell. Sundeep was born and… 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

George Gitau, M.P.I.A., Regional Director for Africa

George leads the implementation of American Leprosy Missions’ strategic plan in Africa. He brings more than 20 years of executive leadership experience to this role, having served with both Compassion International and World Vision International in the Africa region and in different countries in East, West and Central Africa. George… 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