CAFO Leadership Team
Elizabeth WiebeVice President for Engagement
Brandie SmithChief Operating Officer
Amanda BairdNFCI Project Manager
Karl DinklerDirector of Communications
David HennesseyDirector, CAFO Global Network
Jason JohnsonNational Director of Church Ministry Initiatives
Michael MitchellDirector of Development + Discipleship
Meredith MorganResearch Project Manager
Ashley Otani ReyesBrand + Culture Director
Leah St. PierreStrategic Initiatives
Sarah TempleExecutive Assistant
Jodi Jackson TuckerInternational Director of Orphan Sunday
Jason WeberNational Director of Foster Care Initiatives
Nicole WilkeDirector, Applied Research & Best Practice Initiative
Board of Directors
Phil Goad, Board Chair
Founder and Principal Toxicologist, Center for Toxicology & Environmental Health
Dr. Goad and his wife, Starla, have three children and eight grandchildren. They have a passion for marriage ministry and are long-time supporters of FamilyLife, headquartered in Little Rock, Arkansas. They also serve with organizations involved in care of orphans and vulnerable children in the US and around the world. They are actively involved in their church and love to teach and mentor others who share a desire to follow in the steps of Jesus Christ. Dr. Goad currently serves as a Court Appointed Special Advocate in the foster program in Pulaski and Perry Counties, Arkansas. Dr. Goad is Founder and Principal Toxicologist at the Center for Toxicology and Environmental Health (CTEH), L.L.C. an environmental consulting firm. He previously served as an adjunct assistant professor in the College of Medicine, Division of Interdisciplinary Toxicology, and the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, College of Public Health, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Harding College in Searcy, Arkansas (1977) and a Ph.D. degree in Interdisciplinary Toxicology from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (1982). Over the last 30 years, he has been active as a consultant in the area of human toxicology and has been involved in numerous projects involving the measurement of exposures and the assessment of the effects of chemical exposures on humans, including risks associated with accidental release of chemicals into the environment. For eight years prior to that, he conducted experimental studies examining the potential toxic effects of chemicals.
Tony Mitchell, Board Vice-Chair
Business Advisor & Life Strategist
After being given up as a newborn, Tony lived in foster care for two years before being adopted. He then overcame poverty to be first and only person in his family to attend and graduate from college, with honors. He went on to serve in several C-level executive and board member capacities for various organizations. He founded tmLeadership, LLC (tmLeadership.com) and is a national speaker, independent board director, and strategic advisor to CEO’s and boards. He and his wife reside in Atlanta, Georgia and have two adult children.
Albert Reyes, Treasurer
President and CEO of Buckner International
Dr. Albert L. Reyes is President and CEO of Buckner International, a non-profit international ministry that transforms the lives of orphans, vulnerable children, families and elders.
He is the sixth President and CEO of the 140-year-old organization based in Dallas, Texas. He previously served as President of Buckner International and President of Buckner Children and Family Services. Prior to his service at Buckner, Reyes was president of Baptist University of the Américas in San Antonio.
Reyes also has served as pastor of three churches and was involved in numerous roles within the Baptist General Convention of Texas, serving as its President in 2005. He serves as Vice President of the North American Baptist Fellowship.
Reyes received a bachelor of business administration degree from Angelo State University, and master of divinity and doctor of ministry degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He also earned a doctor of philosophy degree from Andrews University and completed post-doctoral study at the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies, Oxford, England.
He is the author of The Jesus Agenda: Becoming an Agent of Redemption (Believers Press, 2015) and Hope Now: Peace, Healing, and Justice when the Kingdom comes near (Iron Stream Books, 2019). Reyes and his wife Belinda have three adult sons and are members of Park Cities Baptist Church in Dallas.
Mike Douris, Secretary
President, Orphan Outreach
Mr. Douris has over 46 years of experience managing children services domestically and internationally. His experience includes work at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons, Lufkin Independent School District, Dallas County Juvenile Probation Department, and Buckner International. Mr. Douris holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Sam Houston State University in Criminal Justice and a Master’s degree from Dallas Theological Seminary.
Mr. Douris served 22 years at Buckner International. He was Vice President of Buckner International where he led the development of Buckner’s international program and managed domestic and international adoption and orphan care programs. Prior to developing Buckner’s international program, Mr. Douris served 11 years in executive management at Buckner Children and Family Services managing and developing services to children in the whole spectrum of care.
Additionally, Mr. Douris served as the chairman of the Dallas County Mental Health Children’s Committee. He has developed childcare programs including therapeutic foster care, assessment centers, residential treatment, family preservation, community-based services, as well as international programs including adoption, foster care, transitional living, therapeutic residential programs, community based services and family preservation services. Mr. Douris developed an annual Russian National Children’s Conference in partnership with the Russian Chamber of Commerce. He has provided consultation on children’s issues to government officials in numerous countries including Russia, Latvia, Peru, Guatemala, Honduras, and Kenya.
Currently, Mike one of the founders and serves as President of Orphan Outreach a 501c3 non-profit ministry-serving children in Guatemala, Honduras, Russia, Latvia, Kenya, India, Ukraine and Nepal. In addition, Mike is a founding board member of the Christian Alliance for Orphans, a coalition of adoption agencies, orphan care organizations, and churches that work with children throughout the world and serves on the advisory board of Faith to Action.
Mike has been married to his wife Anita for 46 years and has three children and two grandchildren.
Co-Executive Director of Back2Back Ministries
Beth and her husband, Todd, live with their family in Cincinnati, Ohio where they serve as Co-Executive Directors of Back2Back Ministries. After graduating from Indiana University, the Guckenbergers moved to Monterrey, Mexico where they lived for 15 years. Between biological, foster, and adopted children, they have raised ten children.
Beth is the author of nine books including adult and children’s titles. She travels and speaks regularly at conferences, youth gatherings and church services. Her style is based in story-telling and she draws from her vast field experience as a missionary, Bible teacher and parent for illustrations of biblical concepts.
President/CEO of One More Child
Dr. Jerry Haag serves as president and CEO of One More Child. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in finance from Baylor University and earned a Ph.D. in finance and real estate in 1995 from the University of Texas at Arlington.
Under Dr. Haag’s leadership, One More Child has increased from serving 3,351 children and individuals in 2007 to impacting 249,044 in 2018.
During his tenure as president of an organization that has a rich history dating back to 1904, he has guided the expansion of ministry sites from nine locations in Florida to more than 50 locations around the globe. Under his leadership, One More Child has launched its Anti-Trafficking and Single Moms programs to meet immediate and long-term needs of children and families.
Dr. Haag has been appointed and reappointed since 2013 by both Gov. Charlie Crist and Gov. Rick Scott to serve on the Florida Faith-based and Community-based Advisory Council where he currently is vice chairman. He is a board member of the Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAFO), where he has chaired its Faith and Foster Care Research Team and served on the President’s Advisory Council.
Dr. Haag has led One More Child to host Anti-Trafficking conferences in the Dominican Republic with the support of President Danilo Medina and in Guatemala in partnership with First Lady Patricia de Morales. In early 2019, he joined President Trump in the Oval Office for the signing of vital bipartisan anti-trafficking legislation.
Dr. Haag had the pleasure of being selected to participate in a distinguished seminar on Religion and U.S. Foreign Policy, sponsored by the Institute on Culture, Religion and World Affairs at Boston University.
Dr. Haag has led and participated in humanitarian aid, emergency relief, childcare and ministry to children and families in countries around the world. He preaches regularly in churches throughout the nation, and he and his wife, Christi, also enjoy speaking together. Additionally, he has authored, presented and published academic articles relating to his business expertise and has been honored several times for his business, professional and civic achievements.
In 2018, Dr. Haag was awarded the 2018 George W. Truett Distinguished Service Award by the Baylor Line Foundation and was honored at its Hall of Fame Gala for his exceptional leadership in meeting the needs of children around the world.
Dr. Haag has served on the faculty and administration of both public and private universities, and he was named Baylor University’s Vice President for University Development in 2011, where he served before returning as president of One More Child.
He also has corporate work experience with AT&T and is a Certified Financial Planner.
From 2000-2007, Dr. Haag served as president and CEO of the South Texas Children’s Home in Beeville.
Dr. Haag and Christi live in Lakeland, FL. Christi is a well-known speaker with “Women of Purpose Speak.” Their eldest son, Ben, lives and works in Dallas, TX and their youngest son, Brady, resides and works in Austin, TX. Dr. Haag and Christi are members of Church at the Mall in Lakeland.
President & CEO, Christian Leadership Alliance
Tami Heim has been the president and CEO of Christian Leadership Alliance, headquartered in San Clemente, CA, since January 2012. Her professional career includes executive leadership experience in the technology, marketing, publishing and retail industries. She has served as a partner in The A Group – Brand Development, executive vice president and chief publishing officer for Thomas Nelson Publishers, and as the president of Borders, Inc.
After graduating from Purdue University in 1980, she entered the management-training program at Federated Department Stores and continued to serve in various leadership roles until she left in 1996. At the time of her departure, she was responsible for the operations of both the LAZARUS and Goldsmith’s chains.
Her board experience includes serving on the nonprofit boards of EQUIP, Lead Like Jesus, Christian Alliance for Orphans, Growing Leaders. Christianity Today, and Christian Leadership Alliance. Tami and her husband, Dale, are actively involved in ministry at Long Hollow Baptist Church. Since 2010, they have been leading mission teams to Haiti to love and disciple orphans.
Tami and Dale find great joy in spending time with their two daughters, son-in-law and two grandsons.
Vice President, Lifesong for Orphans
Andy serves as Vice President at Lifesong for Orphans (whose mission is Gospel centered orphan care to 8,000 children in 13 countries and creating sustainable businesses within those orphan care locations — to generate income which fuels orphan care projects, develops meaningful skills for orphans, create jobs for orphan graduates and create jobs for caregivers – which helps prevent orphans and preserve families.
Lifesong builds teams of business owners and orphan advocates who want to offer their skills, energy, investments and expertise to come alongside business to help orphans. Orphans and vulnerable children become equipped and discipled to become capable Christian business leaders…and where 100% of net-profits from businesses fund and sustain the Gospel centered orphan care ministry.
In addition, Andy and the Lifesong Impact team have started, acquired and invested in U.S. based businesses (through both charitable and for-profit impact investments) to create redemptive business as a “giving engine” to fund orphan care.
Andy and his lovely wife, Jill, are adoptive parents and have 4 children – Travor, Haley, and Caleb, and Hope.
Aixa de López
Author, Speaker & Advocate
Aixa was born in Guatemala City and it’s where she has lived her entire life. She’s married to Alex López (pastor) and is mom to four: Two of which came through the miracle of adoption. After their decision to adopt, Alex and Aixa have become a voice for the vulnerable children of their country.
She holds a degree in graphic design, is a published author (Lágrimas Valientes/Brave Tears-and -upcoming- Para Siempre/Forever, Lifeway Español) writes regularly on her blog Corazón a Papel (Heart to paper) and other online magazines and is a public speaker. She serves as President to Alianza Cristiana para los Huérfanos de Guatemala, an organization that serves as bridge connecting vulnerable children to the resources of the Church in Latin America.
Founder & Creator, Ever Thine Home
After graduating from the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history, Barbara joined the staff of Cru in 1971. Her husband, Dennis, whom she married in 1972, is the President and CEO of FamilyLife, a ministry of Cru that is headquartered in Little Rock, Arkansas. Together they have six children, plus six more grafted in by marriage, and 24 grandchildren. She is the author or coauthor of more than 35 books, including the Moments Together for Couples, and Moments With You marriage devotionals, the Growing Together series, A Symphony in the Dark and her most recent Letters to My Daughters: The Art of Being a Wife.
Having faithfully served alongside Dennis for more than 45 years, both in ministry and at home, Barbara has recently launched a new endeavor called Ever Thine Home®. This new blog of encouragement to women to help them experience the reality of Christ in their homes is accompanied by a line of products for women helping them share their faith at home. Her heart for Ever Thine Home is based on the familiar Old Testament instruction:
“And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” (Deuteronomy 6:9, ESV)
You can read more about Barbara’s work at EverThineHome.com.
President, Child Development International
Matt is passionate about bringing the gospel and tangible care to the world’s most vulnerable children and their parents/caregivers. The critical components of his work focus on developing real sustainable solutions that can only come from the parents/adults responsible for caring for the children. Changing the behaviors of the community is the key. Since 2004, Matt has traveled extensively around the world completing first-hand research in remote villages and has embraced the best research from top NGO’s to form a common sense approach to basic child development that is not dependent on foreign aid.