Philip Smith

Co-founder and CEO

Philip’s passion for outcast children started while watching the ministry of his parents in Ethiopia. In 1991, he co-founded Hope Unlimited for Children. He is an internationally-recognized expert on residential programming for high-risk orphans and vulnerable children. Philip lives with his wife, Corenne, and their two children in Vitória, Brazil.

Board Of Directors

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Marc Isabelle


Marc is a former United Airlines pilot who has been to the campuses more times that can be counted over the last 30 years. After hearing about us on Focus on the Family in December of 1993, within 3 days he was at our facility seeing what God was doing. It was very convenient that his flight schedule included traveling to Brazil. He has been on the IBA with Hope since 1998. He resides in New Jersey  with his wife Deborah.


Stan Pierson

Vice Chairman

Stan is a partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLC and leader of Pillsbury’s Emerging Growth & Venture Capital Group. The son of missionaries, Stan spent much of his childhood in Brazil. He brings significant managerial expertise to the board of Hope Unlimited.

Sean Rutter

Sean Rutter

Board Member

Sean is a senior partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers. His connection with orphans and vulnerable children began along a dirt road in Honduras in 2002. Since then, he seeks to use his strong business and leadership experiences to bring excellence to the life transformation of orphans.


Donna Rollins

Chair of Corporate Governance

Donna has supported Hope Unlimited since 1995. Donna continued to support Hope Unlimited financially and through prayer while she obtained her masters degree at Vanderbilt University.  She now works as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner.  She rejoined the board of directors in 2020. Donna and her husband, Stephen, of 38 years live where God’s glory is on display, Homer Alaska. 


Jeff Coon

Secretary & Chair of Personnel/ Compensation

Jeff Coon has been a supporter of Hope Unlimited For Children for more than a decade. Jeff is a Human Rescues professional in the San Francisco Bay Area where he also is involved in nonprofit work supporting disadvantaged children.

Paul Attia

Paul Attia

Treasurer & Chair finance/audit

Paul Attia has had a lifetime passion for serving children, especially those most vulnerable. Lives in Falls Church, VA with his bride Julie of one year and has worked at Google in Various business capacities for the past 10 years.


David Nowell

Board Member

David Nowell is an author, speaker, and advocate for high-risk orphans and children.  He is executive director of Hope Institute.  David and his wife, Susan, live in Jefferson City, TN.

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