global team

Andrii Fedun

Events and Logistics Lead

Born and raised in Ukraine, Andrii Fedun is passionate to advocate for the fatherless around the world. In previous roles Andrii served as Director of the Alliance for Ukraine Without Orphans and as Program Director of the Ukrainian Bible Society. His personal focus has been to support the needs of neglected children and orphans through direct care and transition programs. He has over 20 years of experience in the field of child welfare, working with churches, NGOs, and the government. Andrii resides in Kyiv with his wife and young son.

Dmytro Bereza

Technology and Web Design Lead

A native of Dnipro, Ukraine, Dmytro has been with the World Without Orphans (WWO) movement since its inception, providing technical expertise to multiple areas. His journey in orphan care started with a call in his childhood to build a friendship with an orphan. Later Dmytro would marry his wife Tanya, who ministered to teens aging out of orphanages. These events ultimately led to Dmytro joining the orphan care ministry full time in 2012. Dmytro enjoys life in Ukraine with his lovely wife and their two sons, almost identical twins full of bright ideas and kind hearts. Dmytro has a passion to see children thriving and families strong, and is delighted to put his effort into the next generation.

Karen Springs

Communications Lead

Karen Springs lived in Kyiv, Ukraine for over fourteen years advocating for orphaned and at-risk children and working with hundreds of adoptive families. Karen was a part of the team that saw the birth of the Ukraine Without Orphans movement and has partnered alongside the global WWO effort since the movement began. Having managed humanitarian and child advocacy projects throughout Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East with Orphan’s Promise today Karen continues as an advocate for children in families around the world. With a background in performing arts, production and writing, she is passionate about using those gifts to advance God’s Kingdom and see nations collaborate in solving their orphan and vulnerable children crisis through the World Without Orphans global movement.

Karmen Friesen

Principal Global Coordinator

With a business background, a degree in intercultural studies, and experience organizing inter-denominational conferences, teams and events since high school and college, Karmen has a passion for seeing Christians come together for what is on God’s heart. He led the CoMission for Children at Risk for 20 years, networking, resourcing and equipping leaders, organizations and faith communities globally to effectively serve orphaned and vulnerable children. In helping to develop the Russia and Ukraine Without Orphans initiatives, Karmen experienced the power of Christian leaders coming together to engage faith communities in their own countries for family-based care and a vision for a world without orphans. Karmen lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and two children, is a founding member of World Without Orphans and currently serves as the Principal Coordinator.

Lubo Hlavacka

Global Coordinator for Ambassadors and Teams

Having been involved with the leadership of WWO since 2015, Lubo loves to share the Father heart of God through serving, mentoring and coaching those involved in the WWO movement. Lubo is passionate about growing the capacity of national leaders and regional teams and seeing nations collaborate to solve the orphan crisis in their own local context. Lubo brings over 29 years of ministry experience, with a background of working in the context of both churches and Christian organizations. Lubo served as pastor with three evangelical churches, as CEO of Nehemia -a mission and charity foundation, as the general secretary of the Evangelical Alliance in Czech Republic, and with the consulting firm, Headwind Consulting. A native of Slovakia, Lubo lives with his family and beloved Labrador in the Czech Republic.

Phil Green

Global Partnerships Lead and COVID-19 Response and Recovery Coordinator

Phil is motivated by his hate of injustice, an unquenchable hopefulness, and the belief that ordinary people can, and the Church should, make a difference in the world. Because of this, Phil is passionate to see churches mobilized to ensure that children are raised in safe and loving families. Phil lives just north of London with his wife Hannah and their two small children – Isaac and Tilly. Phil was previously the chief executive of Home for Good where he sought to inspire Christians to step up to foster and adopt and equip churches to support these families. Alongside his role with WWO, he is a charity growth consultant, and is on the board of a number of NGOs – including one of the largest (and oldest) children’s charities in the UK, Spurgeon’s Children Charity.

Ruby M. Johnston

Global Capacity Building Lead

Ruby has been focused on Capacity Building all her career, as a social worker working for the Institute for Human Services and later as a global consultant and trainer. In 2004, Ruby and her husband registered a global charity called LAMb International, which is working in 37 different countries, conducting training, coaching and strategic planning. Prior to LAMb, Ruby led several IHS teams to develop training systems in the US and Canadian Child Welfare Systems. She is an author, curriculum developer, organizational development consultant, mother of 6, grandmother of 11 and great grandmother of 6. Ruby along with her husband Lynn and their amazing cat, are passionate about WWO and the impact it has on strengthening families and ensuring all children reach their God given potential while ensuring their rights of Safety, Permanency and Well-being, all in the context of a loving family.

Susan Hillis

Global Coordinator for Strategy and Senior Technical Advisor

Dr. Hillis has been a believer for 38 years, married to a godly servant for 36, a mother for 27, a US government federal official for 20, and a university professor for 10 years. She is the mother of 11 children, 8 of whom were adopted from Russia after the tragic death of her first-born son on the day before his tenth birthday. Susan has worked and ministered in countries in South America, Africa, and Eastern Europe. She has published more than 80 articles in scientific medical journals and is considered one of the leading infectious diseases experts on the HIV risk among vulnerable youth around the world. Dr. Hillis is a recent recipient of the Outstanding Service Medal as a Captain in the U.S. Public Health Service.

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