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WHO WE ARE
Care for Life’s amazing Board of Directors is a critical component of our success in changing people’s lives in Mozambique, Africa. We have a both long-time supporters and new board members, which creates the perfect combination of experience, enthusiasm and new ideas.
"Care for Life made an enormous difference in Mbatwe. Before we were in darkness, but Care for Life showed us what needed to be done."
Blair J. Packard, Chairman
Blair J. Packard is the co-founder of Care for Life along with his wife Cindy. He received his education at Brigham Young University with a Masters Degree at Duke University. He is a licensed physical therapist and co-owner of East Valley Physical Therapy in Mesa, Arizona. His volunteer professional service has included President of the Arizona Physical Therapy Association, Board of Directors of the American Physical Therapy Association, and President of the U.S. Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy. He also served a humanitarian mission in Mozambique in 2005 and served as the Mission President for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Mozambique and Angola from 2006-2009.
Cindy Packard, Co-Founder
Cindy Packard is the co-founder of Care for Life along with her husband Blair. She is a licensed midwife with a private practice in Gilbert, Arizona. Cindy and Blair have seven children and 24 grandchildren. She has spent an extensive amount of time working in Mozambique, including a humanitarian mission in 2005 and a three year mission in Mozambique and Angola for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with her husband from 2006-2009.
Linda Harper, President
Linda Harper, President of Care for Life, began volunteering with Care for Life shortly after it was organized. During her time with Care for Life she has held a number of responsibilities including Board Member, Advisory Board Member, Volunteer Coordinator, and U.S. Operations Director. Over the past 10 years Linda has spent considerable time in Mozambique working in both the villages and with the Care for Life staff. Linda is a successful businesswoman; she and her husband Todd own a remodeling company in Gilbert, Arizona. They are the parents of five sons.
Stephen E. Samuelian is a founding partner of Life Generations Healthcare as well as one of four founding partners of Covenant Care Inc. and has served as President and CEO of three companies in the business of Real Estate Development and Construction (Sacon Constructors Inc., Medcon Inc., and Emerald Development Inc.). Currently, Mr. Samuelian serves on several Boards—as the Chairman of The Perfect Moment Foundation, the Chairman of Care for Life, and on the Board of Directors for Rising Star Outreach, which assists in eliminating the stigma of those affected by leprosy in India. Married to Susan D. Samuelian for 30 years, Steve is the father of four children and three grand children and resides in Laguna Beach, California.
Curtis Christensen, Secretary/Treasurer
Curtis Christensen graduated from Arizona State University with his degree in accounting. He is currently a CPA and CFO of an agriculture and real estate development company. Curtis and his wife are the parents of four children.
Samo Goncalves joined Care for Life in 2010. He is the National Director of Security in the Criminal Control and Security Measures in Mozambique and has been instrumental in supporting Care for Life with the Mozambican government. During his spare time Samo consults on legal issues. He and his wife Carolina Azarias live in Maputo with their seven children.
Patrick is passionate about helping others discover what’s possible. He currently works as a product marketing manager at Facebook, empowering every business in the world to achieve their business objectives. Prior to Facebook, Patrick worked as a marketer at Google, General Mills and Procter & Gamble. Patrick was one of the first full-time LDS missionaries in Mozambique, serving in Maputo when the Packard family first visited Mozambique. He is married to Maria Tedjamulia and has two children. He resides in Union City, California.
Charles Martins is a business executive specializing in Mergers and Acquisitions. He focused in Political Science at Brigham Young University and specialized in Public Finance at Harvard University. He also attended several executives courses at IMD, Switzerland, Insead, France, and Haas School of Business, in Berkeley. Charles was responsible for consolidating the educational sector in Brazil by acquiring ten companies forming a multi-holding company. Charles is a CEO of Mundo Verde, a retail business focused on healthy and natural products with 400 stores in Brazil. He also owns Ferrarini, an asset management firm. Charles Martins is married, has four children, two boys and two girls, and lives in Campinas, Brazil.
Margaret (Margie) English
Margie has been a volunteer with Care for Life since 2002. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors she has been a Volunteer Supervisor and led several groups on humanitarian trips in Mozambique. She is a volunteer with Hospice of the Valley in Arizona and is a Certified Nursing Assistant. She has experience in medical office management and is the mother of 5 children and 14 grandchildren.
Paul English, Medical
Paul followed his wife to Mozambique in 2003 and has been involved with Care for Life as a medical advisor and currently a Board Member. He is the founder and Chief Medical Officer for English Dermatology. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology and a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology. He is a member of the Annenberg Circle and has been voted Top Doctor by Phoenix Magazine on multiple occasions. He is a clinical instructor for Midwestern University, AT Still University and the University of Arizona. He has served as a Medical Volunteer in partnership with the US Navy and LDS Humanitarian Services in Cambodia aboard the USN Mercy Hospital Ship. He is Past President of the Phoenix Dermatologic Society and a past board member of the Maricopa County Medical Society. He is on the medical staff of the Arizona Diamondbacks and a partner with the Phoenix Suns. He has contributed to articles in numerous publications including Prevention and Good Housekeeping Magazines. He has done dozens of radio and television interviews promoting skin cancer prevention on local television and radio stations including national interviews on CNN.
Carrie LeSueur Thompson
Carrie LeSueur Thompson was raised in Gilbert, Arizona, one of seven children. She and her sisters studied piano, voice, and violin growing up, having opportunities to participate in various community orchestras and musical outlets. Upon graduating from high school, Carrie traveled with Care for Life to Mozambique for a truly life-changing experience as a volunteer. It was there that she met fellow volunteer and future husband, Kris Thompson. They found … on the other side of the globe… that they never wanted to be apart! Fourteen wonderful years of marriage have followed, bringing four beautiful children into the mix. Carrie obtained a bachelor’s degree in the study of family life from Brigham Young University and continues the study in the laboratory of her home each day. She’s thrilled to have joined the Board for Care for Life at the end of 2014.
Paulo V. Kretly
Paulo Kretly holds an MBA from Hawthorne University and has served as General Manager and Marketing Director in several multinational companies such as Novell Inc./WordPerfect Corp. and IBM. He is currently the President of FranklinCovey Brazil – the worldwide leader in corporate and personal effectiveness, being responsible for all of the company’s operations in the country. He is also a professor of graduate studies in organizational leadership and legacy at several Brazilian universities. Paulo Kretly is a recognized speaker in the areas of leadership, time management, legacy, business management, and personal and interpersonal productivity and has written books on the topics. Paulo Kretly is married, a father of four children, and lives in São Paulo, Brazil. For 25 years he has been providing continuous volunteer service in several regions of Brazil, Africa and the USA.
Ruthanne Van Wagoner, Executive Administrative Assistant
Ruthanne Van Wagoner has worked with Care for Life since 2003 in areas ranging from educational materials to program monitoring and data. She is a Utah State graduate, a wife, and a mother of three boys.
Anita Joos Eyre, PR/Marketing Director
Anita Joos Eyre obtained her undergraduate degree in Ancient Studies from Brigham Young University. After graduation she moved to New York City where she entered the fashion/advertising industry, working for Prada, Burberry and Donna Karan as the Global Media Director. In 2009 she and her husband, Talmadge, embarked on a nine month travel and humanitarian expedition to Africa and India, spending extensive time at Care for Life in Mozambique. After their return Anita started overseeing all marketing aspects for Care for Life. In 2015 she and her family returned to her homeland, Switzerland, where they currently reside.
Becky Ray, Volunteer Director
Becky graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She currently enjoys being a stay at home mom to her four children and is grateful to have the opportunity to work with an organization that is making such a profound difference in the lives of others.
Kelli Donley, Grants Manager
Kelli Donley is an Arizona native who received her BS in electronic media from NAU in 2000 and her Masters in Public Health from U of A in 2004. She served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon and has previously worked in international health and with the refugee community of Phoenix. Kelli has worked and traveled in Mozambique and southern Africa. She is also a novelist. Kelli serves as Care for Life’s grant manager.
Wendy Gunnerson resides in Salt Lake City and is a registered nurse managing a respiratory unit at Primary Children’s Hospital. She received a BS in Human Development and a Masters of Public Administration from Brigham Young University. Prior to becoming a nurse, Wendy spent several years in Washington, DC and Houston, TX, as a managing consultant with Deloitte Consulting in both their State/Local & Federal Government strategy and operations practices. There she gained invaluable experience as the manager of her team in analyzing government agencies and restructuring for improvement. Wendy, however, desired to realign her focus to a profession where she might find fulfillment in making a difference on an individual level, have more time to enjoy other interests, and gain skills to utilize in humanitarian service. So she returned to school and received her RN. Shortly after, Wendy was introduced to Care for Life and fell in love with its all-encompassing and unique approach to addressing poverty after volunteering in Mozambique for three weeks in 2013. She has been involved in volunteer efforts with Care for Life ever since. Wendy’s additional work experience and accomplishments include guest lecturer at BYU Marriott School of Management, assistant manager with the Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Games, flight attendant based out of Los Angeles CA, supervisor over Portuguese/Spanish tutors for LDS Mission Presidents, assistant tour director of 50 Single Adults to the Middle East, studies abroad to Jerusalem and Asia, humanitarian expeditions to Guatemala and Mozambique, and climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa. She enjoys fitness, dancing, hiking, photography, travel, friends, and continuously striving to be favorite auntie to her 18 nieces and nephews.
Aaron Harper, IT
Aaron Harper has been volunteering for Care for Life since 2005. He started as general volunteer and is currently managing the IT sector. Aaron has had quite a few difference IT jobs, such as a server engineer, technical support for websites, and freelance web designer. His responsibilities at Care for Life include: Cyber Security, IT management, Web Design, Programming, User management, and Promotional Videos. He enjoys working with Care for Life.
Ted LeSueur, Funding Director
Ted LeSueur, a native of Mesa, Arizona, joined Care for Life in late 2015. Ted states “for me joining Care for Life made sense as part of giving back.” Ted’s current efforts managing Care for Life’s donation and funding efforts. Ted is married and lives with his wife in Phoenix. They enjoy hiking with their dog Katie.
Kelly Reeves, Mozambique Volunteer Manager
Kelly Reeves grew up in Anchorage Alaska, were she enjoyed fishing, skiing, boating, and all the wonderful things that the great state of Alaska has to offer. She raised three children: Shane, who resides in Anchorage Alaska with his wife, Raymond, who will be moving to Haynes, Alaska this coming summer and Heather, who resides in Oregon City with her husband. Kelly has loved being a Flight Attendant for Alaska Airlines for the past 18 years. Her first trip to Mozambique was in May of 2012. She had the pleasure of being apart of a volunteer team and feels that the experience was life changing.
Daryl Hobson has spent the majority of his business life in health care administration. He recently retired from Deseret Mutual Benefit Administrators in Salt Lake City, as the Assistant VP/Manager of welfare benefits. He helped install the first electronic provider payment system in Utah; served as Privacy and Government Liaison Officer; was a member and president-elect of the Utah Health Insurance Association; was responsible for implementing the first IPA model HMO in Utah and directed all its program functions. His volunteer service includes serving for several years on the board of Community Nursing Services, including two years as Chairman, and as the assistant to the director of Risk Management of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He has also served as Mission President for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Cape Verde Praia Mission, West Africa, and is currently a volunteer Executive Director of Ashby Foundation in Cape Verde. Following this service, he and his wife Ann fulfilled a short-term humanitarian mission in Mozambique, working with Care for Life. Daryl is an avid hiker of the slot canyons of southern Utah, speaks Portuguese, enjoys traveling, reading, and working with the youth in his congregation.
Talmadge Eyre, Fundraising
Talmadge Eyre grew up in Salt Lake City and obtained his undergraduate degree in Communications from Weber State University. Following his graduation Talmadge worked for Black and Decker in Southern California, followed by Maxis in New York City. In 2009 he and his wife Anita embarked on a nine month travel and humanitarian expedition to Africa and India, spending extensive time at Care for Life in Mozambique. Talmadge is currently working for Imagine Learning, a software company teaching children English as a Second Language. Talmadge and Anita reside in New York City.
Curtis Keller, Legal
Curtis Keller is an attorney and gives legal counsel to Care for Life. He and his family reside in Gilbert, AZ.
Jason Coverston, IT
Jason Coverston is Care for Life’s IT and Communications specialist. He and his wife Gaylee live in Utah.
Joan Dixon, Education
Joan Dixon has a doctorate in International Development Education with expertise in community-based, non-formal education, adult literacy, and life skills education. She has extensive international experience in Indonesia, Nigeria, Mali, Gambia, Nepal, Thailand, and Hong Kong. Dixon is an adjunct faculty member at the BYU Marriott School and serves as the practitioner network director for the BYU Economic Self-Reliance Center. She joined Care for Life in 2011.
Warner Woodworth, Development
Warner Woodworth is a professor of organizational behavior at Brigham Young University where he teaches Third World Development, Micro-credit, and Social Entrepreneurship. He is married to Kaye Colvin Woodworth and they have ten children. Author of 10 books and over 180 articles he has been engaged in empowering the poor for two decades. He has helped found and/or served on the boards of numerous nongovernmental organizations including Enterprise Mentors International, Ouelessebougou-Utah Alliance, Unitus and HELP International, among others. He is co-author of Small Really is Beautiful (1997) and Working Toward Zion (1999). Although he has been involved with Care for Life over the last 5 years, he officially joined Care for Life as an Advisory Board member in 2011.
English by birth, Ann became a U.S. citizen while in college, where she earned a degree from the University of Utah in communications. She worked as PR director of the Summit Group and in creative services of Franklin Covey.She enjoys planning trips and writing about her travels. She and husband Daryl have served in Cabo Verde and Mozambique, and she strives to stay in touch with those they met there and those who served with them. She enjoys organizing events with their three children and their spouses and their four grandchildren and hosting gatherings at their home. he plays tennis and pickle ball weekly and is an avid reader.
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