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

As president of Holt International, Phil Littleton has brought clear vision, strong leadership and a passionate commitment to our organization and the children, adoptees and families we serve. In 2012, Phil developed a strategic plan to guide Holt through our next phase of growth and under his leadership, Holt has significantly expanded services and nearly doubled over five years the number of children and families we serve. To embrace our identity as a broader child welfare organization, Phil led a rebranding effort in 2015 and, through the years, Phil has also helped grow our post-adoption services and strengthen advocacy efforts to improve child welfare standards and adoptee rights in the U.S. and around the world. 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 California. Phil and his wife Julene are the parents of three adopted children.


Susan Cox

Susan Soonkeum Cox – Vice President, Policy & 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.
Caryl Garcia

Caryl Garcia – Senior Vice President, Programs

With more than 20 years of expertise in executive management and international NGO leadership, Caryl has dedicated her life to service. Before joining the leadership team at Holt, Caryl worked as president & CEO of CBM (Christian Blind Mission) and in executive positions at USA for UNHCR (UN High Commissioner for Refugees) and Winrock International. During her tenure at each organization, Caryl directed long-term strategic planning, fundraising and financial management for humanitarian projects around the world. As Holt's senior vice president for programs, Caryl now provides the overall strategic vision for Holt's international and domestic programs.
Eric Mason

Eric Mason – Chief Marketing & Development Officer

Eric has a 30-year career in marketing, communications and brand development with a diverse group of entrepreneurs and visionaries, high-growth Silicon Valley companies, and impact-driven not-for-profits and initiatives. Eric spent seven years leading marketing communications alongside Dr. Anita Borg and her Institute for Women and Technology. Most recently, he led strategic marketing and communications for Israeli-based Wix.com through their successful 2014 IPO (Nasdaq WIX) and award-winning Super Bowl ad campaign. Eric has traveled and worked in more than 60 countries, including living in East Java, Indonesia as part of the Stanford University-affiliated post-graduate program Volunteers in Asia.
Dan Smith

Dan Smith – CFO & Vice President, Finance & Administration

Dan is a seasoned executive known for successfully integrating people, process and technology for mission-service organizations. Before becoming the CFO and VP of finance and administration at Holt, Dan worked for 12 years in the corporate sector followed by four years in Tanzania serving as a missionary – where he was finance director for the Lutheran Mission Cooperation. After returning to the US, Dan has served as VP of finance and administration and CFO of an adoption and international child welfare agency, as CAO of a behavioral health organization, and as CFO of a homecare, public health and hospice agency. Dan and his wife have three daughters, the youngest of whom was adopted from China.
Thoa Bui

Thoa Bui – Vice President, South & 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.
Susie Doig

Susie Doig — Senior Executive, U.S. Programming

Susie provides leadership and strategic direction for Holt's U.S.-based programming. She is a licensed, master's degree-level social worker with over 20 years of experience in international child welfare, including family strengthening, domestic adoption and international adoption. Susie serves as a peer reviewer for the Council on Accreditation and regularly networks and shares best practice strategies with other child welfare professionals.
David Lim

David Lim – Vice President, Asia Programs

David's history with Holt dates back to 1969. His work with Holt Children's Services in Korea, and Holt International, evolved as he took on different roles and held different positions at the respective agencies. David's innovative spirit and compassion led him to create many essential programs for orphaned children, children at a great risk of becoming homeless, and unwed single mothers. He oversees Holt's programs in South Korea and Mongolia and works with overseas governments to advocate for adoption programs and services for orphaned children.
Tendai Masiriri

Tendai Masiriri – Senior Executive, Africa, Latin America & Caribbean

Tendai brings to Holt a strong expertise in program development and evaluation, global nonprofit management and executive leadership. Formerly the vice president of global operations at Bethany Christian Services, Tendai has extensive international development, management and social service experience working in Africa and other regions of the world. Tendai now implements Holt's vision and strategic priorities in Africa, Latin American and the Caribbean.
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 and nephew – 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.
DJ (Duckjin) You

DJ (Duckjin) You – Senior Executive, Korea & Mongolia Programs

DJ brings to Holt more than 20 years of experience in birth family counseling, international adoption and family strengthening programs around the world. As a daughter of an orphanage manager in Korea, DJ witnessed first-hand how international adoption can foster human potential and it's this wholehearted belief that led her to child and family welfare work. DJ's unique perspective, knowledge and understanding will be of invaluable benefit for children and families in need.

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.

Skip Hanson

Skip Hanson, Chair

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.
Donna Gizbert

Donna Gizbert, Vice Chair

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.
Margaret Fitch-Hauser

Margaret Fitch-Hauser, Secretary

Margaret was Holt case number 324 in 1957 and came home to the United States in 1958. As a first wave adoptee from Korea, Margaret is honored to serve on the Holt board and hopes to help other children find loving families and live their dreams. She is currently an emeritus professor, retiring from Auburn University. Margaret has also served as a trainer and consultant to numerous organizations on the subjects of managerial and leadership communications, and public relations. In her spare time, Margaret reads, grows roses, and takes landscape photographs. She is married to Jerry W. Hauser and is a graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University and the University of Oklahoma.

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?' "
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.

Kim Lee

Kim Lee

Kim was amongst the "first wave" of Korean adoptees and was escorted to the USA by Mr. Harry Holt in 1956. As an adoptee and parent through adoption, she has a unique appreciation and perspective regarding both sides of adoption. She has been an avid supporter of Holt through her involvement and participation as a Holt sponsor since 1978, Heritage Camp counselor and a volunteer escort with more than 40 trips; escorting newly adopted babies and toddlers to their families in the USA and Europe. Her final escort trip was bringing her son home in January 1991. Kim is humbled and honored to serve as a board member and is committed to the original mission of Harry and Bertha Holt.
Cheryl Myers

Cheryl Myers

As a 'first wave' Holt adoptee and through extended family, Cheryl Myers is grateful for the many ways adoption has touched her life and is honored to contribute to Harry and Bertha's ongoing legacy. Her public service background includes policy, organizational and economic development, education/youth advocacy and a history of assisting organizations to construct equitable cultures and embed collaborative practices. She currently serves as the transition director for the Educator Advancement Council; previously served as chief of staff for the Higher Education Commission and as director of economic & business equity on the Oregon governor's cabinet; and is a longstanding private sector business owner. Cheryl has served in a variety of community roles including eight years as an elected school board member for a large Oregon school district and in numerous local and national nonprofit board roles.
Derek Parker

Derek Parker

Derek and his wife Danielle have three children and live in the San Diego area. In 1973 Derek was abandoned at the gate of Holt's Ilsan Center in Korea. He was personally picked up by Molly Holt and was adopted in 1976. Derek holds an MBA from the University of Phoenix and has worked in finance for over 20 years. He currently owns and operates two businesses in Southern California. Derek feels both honored and privileged to serve on the board of Holt International. He is grateful for the Holt family and wants their vision and commitment to children to continue through their organization.
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.
Michael Sprenger

Michael (Mike) Sprenger

Mike and his wife, Marit, have four children. They adopted their son, Peter, from Korea in 2003, and their daughter, Sarah, from China a year later. A graduate of St. Olaf College, Michael also received his master's degree in business administration from the University of Michigan. For the past 26 years, he has worked for Medtronic in marketing management. A Holt child sponsor, Michael has also visited Holt's work in China.

Zoe Lainson Thompson

Zoe Lainson Thompson

Zoe holds a degree in religion and economics from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. She lives in Houston with her two sons, both adopted from South Korea through Holt, and her daughter, adopted from China. Zoe's relationship with Holt International goes back generations, as her grandmother was an escort for Holt in Korea in the early 1970's. Zoe is honored to be a part of Holt International and is a passionate supporter of the three pillars of Holt's strategy: to strengthen families, provide care for the world's orphans and most vulnerable children, and provide adoption services for families. Zoe is a principal with KPMG LLP, the U.S. audit, tax and advisory services firm. She has more than 20 years consulting experience working in a broad range of change management, operational and organizational performance areas, including workforce improvement, corporate culture, and competency assurance. In her free time, Zoe enjoys outdoor sports, serving as scorekeeper and cheerleader at her kids' lacrosse games, and travel.

Linda Voelsch

Linda Voelsch

As the sister of a Holt adoptee and a sponsor for over 30 years, Linda holds Holt close to her heart. She has a master's degree in social work administration and spent her career with both non-profit and for-profit organizations before now enjoying retirement. She remains active in her church and also serves on the board of Transform African Ministries. Linda has visited Holt programs in Korea and Mongolia and loves seeing children grow and be placed with adoptive families or be reunited with and supported by their birth families. Linda is committed to Holt's mission and is humbled to serve children and families through sponsorship and her participation on the board of directors.

Financial Integrity

In 2017, Holt served 198,835 children and families in 13 countries.

When you give to Holt International, you invest in the life of a child. You empower a family to succeed. And you help seek a world where every child has a secure, loving home.

As your partner in this mission, and as the steward of your gift, we stand committed to accomplishing what you have entrusted us to do in the most effective and efficient way possible. To best serve the children and families in our programs, we maintain consistently low administration and fundraising expenses. We hold ourselves accountable to you, those we serve, and ultimately to God.

We don’t take this lightly.

That's why we strive for transparency in every level of our finances. You are always welcome to contact us with any questions or concerns.

2017 Program Highlights

  • 95-percent satisfaction rating from adoptive families
  • 96 children and families received emergency aid after Hurricane Mathews devastated Haiti.
  • 679 children joined families through domestic or international adoption
  • 29,867 children received educational support
  • 8,637 orphaned children received medical, food, clothing and safe places to stay.

Financial Reports

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

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

Holt International is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. All donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. EIN: 23-7257390.