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Board of Directors, Holt International

The Holt International Children’s Services Board of Directors is a governing board with a geographically diverse group of directors representing adoptees, adoptive parents, and functional experts with experience in child welfare and special needs, financial, and business operations. These board members volunteer their time and resources to help with the Holt mission to find families for children.
Francis Wankowicz

Francis Wankowicz, Chair

Francis and his wife, Barbara, began their association with Holt in 1989, ultimately adopting three children who are now young adults. He and Barbara have taught pre-adopt classes, worked with many families considering adoption, traveled to Korea through the Holt Family Tour and developed deep and lasting friendships within the Holt community. As a Board member Francis recognizes both the privilege and responsibility of serving children through Holt's work, and is humbled by the passion, character and commitment of Holt's staff, leadership and Board.
Clay Henderson

Clay Henderson, Vice Chair

Clay and his wife Shila are the parents of ten children, ages 10 to 29 years. They adopted four children through Holt, beginning in 1997. Clay is retired from the US Army and now manages a supply chain group for Intel Corporation. He enjoys golfing, reading and spending time with his family. Clay was privileged to see Holt's work in both Korea and Vietnam during his adoption travels and has been committed to helping vulnerable children ever since. As a board member, Clay feels a deep commitment to continue Harry and Bertha Holt's mission because truly, "Every child deserves a home of his own."
Jeff Weinkauf

Jeff Weinkauf, Secretary

Holt has been part of the fabric of Jeff's family for many years. His sister Emily was adopted through Holt from Korea, and his parents have both served in various capacities, on behalf of Holt since the mid seventies.

Jeff and his wife Amy have chaired the Eugene Holt auction twice, and have been blessed with the opportunity to travel to Korea on the heritage tour and as part of the gift team. Jeff feels that Holt has a unique and special story to tell. From its simple origins to the movement it is today, there is no other group with as much reach, and potential impact for children internationally as Holt.

Julie Banta

Julie Banta

Julie and her husband, Steve, made adoption part of their life plan early in their marriage. They have three birth children and four children adopted internationally — from Brazil, Hong Kong and Thailand through Holt. All four of their adopted children have special needs. Holt's dedication to serving orphaned, abandoned and vulnerable children through the best interest of the child and family aligns with Julie and Steve's values and beliefs. Julie has served on the Holt board for nine years, and is humbled and privileged to continue in that role. She has chaired fundraisers as well as an adoption support group, and has traveled to visit twelve of Holt's country programs. She also currently serves on the Holt China Foundation Board. Julie is a special education teacher and behavior analyst for children with autism in her local school district. Serving God through serving His children is her lifelong passion.
Becca Brandt

Becca Brandt

Becca and her husband Kim are Holt parents with six adopted children and two birth children, ages 22-32. As a Board member and family physician, Becca has visited Russia, Hong Kong, Haiti, China, India, Nepal, Philippines, Ukraine, Korea, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, and Mongolia. She does volunteer work with a Down Syndrome Parent Support Group and is a member of various committees in her church. She also enjoys gardening, traveling and good mystery novels. Becca says as a Holt Board member she enjoys "involvement with Holt on so many levels, getting to know other Board members; strengthening my faith." Becca says, "I was deeply touched by knowing Grandma Holt. I always try to remember, "What would Grandma Holt do?' "
Clinton “Clint” Cottrell

Clinton “Clint” Cottrell

The Rev. Dr. Clinton “Clint” Cottrell is a Holt adoptive father and former executive with the Federal Aviation Administration. In 2000, he became ordained as a minister in the Presbyterian Church. In the years since, he has served as pastor to a suburban church in Pittsburgh and, since 2005, as a pastor of Cypress Lake Presbyterian Church in Fort Myers, Florida. Clint possesses two doctoral degrees, one in ministry and the other in theology.

Clint and his wife Amy are parents to four children. In 1997, they adopted their youngest through Holt from Thailand. In 2004, they also adopted a teenage daughter via domestic adoption in the U.S. Clint says he is honored to again serve the Lord on the Holt Board of Directors.
Yolaine Dauphin

Yolaine Dauphin

Yolaine is a judge in Chicago, and she volunteers extensively with legal organizations in the area. She is a member of the Illinois Judicial Council, the Black Women Lawyers' Association, the Cook County Bar Association, and the Illinois State Bar Association. As the second vice president of the Haitian American Lawyers' Association, she has organized Help Haiti Rebuild, an ongoing dinner fundraiser that raises money to help rebuilding efforts in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake devastation.

Yolaine actively participates in community organizations and at her church. She has served as a member of World Vision Chicago's Vision Council, where she acted as a child ambassador. In 2007 and 2008, she chaired the planning committee for the World AIDS Day walk and concert, to raise awareness about the plight of orphans around the world. Yolaine is also a member of the operations team at her church.

Yolaine is a graduate of Northwestern University and the University of Chicago Law School.

Cindy Davis

Cindy Davis

Cindy and her husband Randall became acquainted with Holt through their neighbors. Cindy and Randall have attended Holt charity events in Dallas area for about 10 years. As a Board member, Cindy has traveled with Holt to Mongolia, India, Philippines, Ukraine, Romania, Thailand, Uganda, Vietnam, and Korea. She also volunteers as a court appointed child advocate (CASA). Cindy has education and job experience in nursing and hospital administration. Her husband Randall is an oncologist. The Davis' have two adult sons, both married and three precious granddaughters. Cindy enjoys being a Board member and "meeting other Christians and doing the work of the Lord to help children around the world."
Donna Gizbert

Donna Gizbert

Donna and her husband Andy are the parents of two adult children. Donna spent her professional career as a pharmacist and an executive in the pharmacy software industry. In her 10 years as Holt donor, supporter and friend, Donna has traveled extensively with the organization and has seen the many programs, services and care Holt provides. She is grateful for the opportunity to serve Holt as a Board member and feels privileged to help carry on the mission of Harry and Bertha Holt — helping orphaned, abandoned and vulnerable children across the world. Donna says that her role on the board will allow her to give back and help guide Holt as it expands and adapts, while ensuring the organization remains true to the mission God inspired in Harry and Bertha.
Skip Hanson

Skip Hanson

Skip Hanson manages the automated self-service technology division for West Corporation in Omaha, Nebraska. He has developed a deep connection to Holt through his wife, Kim, who was adopted from South Korea through Holt in 1971. Skip and Kim also adopted their youngest daughter, Kora, from South Korea through Holt in 1998. They are the parents of three children, including Kora, ages 15 to 22 years. Kim also served on Holt's board for seven years, and the collective Hanson family has traveled to Korea over ten times in the past eight years. Skip is inspired by his wife and David Kim's example of selfless giving and passion for Holt's mission. Reading David Kim's book, "Who Will Answer," the 2006 Holt Christmas Gift Team trip to Korea and his first visit to Ilsan that year has forever connected Skip to the mission of Holt and the children we serve.
David Kim

David Kim

David worked with Harry Holt in the 1950s and 1960s. David is greatly respected in the field of child welfare and adoption. He serves as an ambassador for Holt's work throughout the world. As a Board member and President Emeritus of HICS, David enjoys seeing Holt continue to grow and serve children. He's grateful for his many years being associated with Holt. He gives glory to God for making Holt such a great organization.
Eric-Larsen

Eric Larsen

Eric and his wife Susi are the parents of three young children, ages 2 to 6 years, including a son, adopted from Ethiopia through Holt. Based on the incredible experience working with Holt - and observing first-hand the organization's transformative work with the families and children of Ethiopia - Eric became deeply passionate about the Holt mission and is privileged to be of service as a new member of the Board of Directors

Professionally, Eric serves as Managing Partner of the Advisory Board Company, a Washington DC-based healthcare consulting firm with 1,500 employees internationally. Eric is an enthusiastic international traveler, having visited 70+ countries on all 7 continents.
Eric-Larsen

Tara Linh Leaman

Tara is a Holt adoptee and is the Co-Founder and Vice-President of AmerAsians Building Bridges, Inc. (AABB). AABB offers empowerment programs and consulting services to Vietnamese Amerasians, Vietnam veterans, adoptees and our allies. Tara is a graduate of Cornell University and Georgetown University Law Center and has worked nationally and internationally on advancing social change, including service as a deputy director at a NYC-based adoption research institute, and as a volunteer with the Mennonite Central Committee and Peace Corps in Africa. As a Holt Board member, she is honored to be a part of an organization that fully understands that the teachings of the Creator are less about codes of morality, and much more about advancing human justice by helping children and families worldwide.
Kenneth Matsuura

Kenneth Matsuura

Ken and his wife Diane have been involved with Holt since 1981 when they adopted their youngest daughter (from Korea). They have gone on several Holt trips including Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia and China.
Chuck Mitman

Chuck Mitman

Mr. Mitman is the President and co-founder of Prism eSolutions and holds over 20 years of experience in the quality and risk management industries. Prior to founding Prism eSolutions, Mr. Mitman served as Vice President of the International Business Division of Simon & Schuster in New York.

Holt International Children's Services
P.O. Box 2880 (1195 City View) Eugene, Oregon 97402, USA
Phone: (541) 687-2202 Fax: (541) 683-6175
Office Hours: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Pacific Time

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