Holt's Vision

A world where every child has a loving and secure home.

Leaders Trusted to Keep the Holt Promise

Phil Littleton

Phillip Littleton
President & CEO

Before joining Holt, Phil worked for what is now the world's largest marketing and communications agency exclusively serving nonprofit organizations – the Russ Reid Company in Southern California. Driven by his passion for the world's orphaned, abandoned and vulnerable children, Phil joined Holt's marketing team in 2003, developing strategies to expand Holt's donor base, particularly through child sponsorship. Today, Phil provides guidance for all aspects of the organization. Under Phil's leadership, Holt has successfully expanded its scope of services overseas, particularly in China and Africa. A father of three, Phil adopted his two sons domestically at birth. After fostering several children in their home, he and his wife adopted their youngest – a daughter – from the local foster care system.


Thoa Bui

Thoa Bui – Senior Executive, South and Southeast Asia Programs

Thoa implements vision and strategic priorities that ensure growth in programs and services for orphaned and abandoned children in Southeast Asia, advocating for country laws and policies that provide stability and opportunity. As a Vietnam native, Thoa has a unique understanding about the country's culture. In her various positions at Holt, Thoa has frequently traveled back to Vietnam, working with government agencies and Holt partners.
Jian Chen

Jian Chen – Vice President, China Program

Jian has played a crucial role in expanding services to children and families throughout China, building and maintaining critical collaborative relationships with Chinese officials, and creating and training a highly dependable in-country staff. Through these efforts, Jian has helped grow the China program to one of Holt's largest, serving thousands through child welfare programs and placing hundreds of orphaned and abandoned children in loving homes every year.
Susan Cox

Susan Soonkeum Cox – Vice President, Policy and External Affairs

Susan has worked with international adoption and child welfare issues for more than 25 years. Adopted from Korea in 1956, her life experience as an early international adoptee gives her a unique and personal perspective. Susan is a frequent presenter and trainer and has testified before Congress on issues related to adoption, child welfare and foreign affairs. She is a member of the Hague Special Commission on Intercountry Adoption.
David Lim

David Lim – Vice President, Asia Programs

David's innovate spirit and compassion has led him to create several programs for orphaned children, including counseling services for single mothers. David also established Holt's Mongolia program and North Korea orphan projects. Today, David oversees Holt's programs in South Korea and Mongolia and works with overseas governments to advocate for adoption programs and services for orphaned children. He is a father to two children, including a daughter adopted from Korea in 1985.
Kevin Sweeney

Kevin Sweeney – Vice President, Finance & Administration

Kevin finds it exciting to work for an organization that has such a positive impact on the lives of children and families every day. In his role, he provides oversight of the organization's budget, ensuring continuity of services for children and families in Holt's programs overseas, and continually works to safeguard Holt's resources and achieve organizational goals.
Lisa Vertulfo

Lisa Vertulfo – Vice President, Adoption Services

Lisa provides guidance and leadership for every step of the adoption process – from family intake to post-adoption – and continually seeks creative ways to develop Holt's services to children and families. Lisa Vertulfo began her Holt career while still in college, as a summer volunteer in Korea. A mother of two, Lisa has two adopted siblings – a brother and sister from Korea – and a niece also adopted from Korea.
Jack Wharfield

Jack Wharfield – Vice President, Development

Jack's over 25 years of marketing management experience and passion for Holt's mission led him to a position with Holt's marketing team in 2000. In this role, he grew Holt's child sponsorship program, paving the way for hundreds of children in Holt's care to benefit from monthly donations of generous sponsors. Today, Jack is responsible for the planning, design, organization and implementation of strategy for all fundraising activities.

Board of Directors, Holt International

The Holt International 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 ensure every child has a loving and secure home.

Clay Henderson

Clay Henderson, 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."
Chuck Mitman

Chuck Mitman, Vice Chair

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.
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. 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

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.

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. As a 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. 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 Holt International, 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 and his wife Susi are the parents of three children, 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 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.

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.
John Ryan

John Ryan

John Ryan serves as senior vice president and general manager at UnitedHealthcare.  He is responsible for the organization’s national accounts division.  John and his wife Barbara have a long history of adoption and foster care in their family, and come to Holt through its merger with Sunny Ridge Family Center.  They are the proud parents of four children, the youngest adopted as an infant from Ethiopia through Holt-Sunny Ridge.  John is humbled to be part of such a diverse and family-focused organization.
Francis Wankowicz

Francis Wankowicz

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.

Financial Statement

Holt International qualifies as a tax-exempt, non-profit organization under IRS code 501(c)(3).

Contributions to Holt are tax deductible if you itemize.

Holt is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, Children's Charities of America and the Independent Charities of America, Participating in the Combined Federal Campaign.

Holt is registered as a private voluntary organization with the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Highlights of the 2014 annual report can be accessed by clicking here.
2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007 Highlights are also available.

Audited annual financial statements in a PDF format: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, and 2008.

IRS Form 990 in a PDF format: 2014.

Mission Statement

Holt International is a Christian organization committed to expressing God's compassion for children. While always upholding the highest ethical standards, we:

  • Find and support permanent, loving families for children who are orphaned, abandoned or at serious risk of separation from their family
  • Provide services to ensure that children will grow and develop to their fullest potential
  • Lead the global community in advocating on behalf of the world's most vulnerable children

Holt Mission Statement