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.

Laura Becker-Lewke

Laura Becker-Lewke

Executive Director, U.S. Operations

Laura is committed to advocating for the marginalized, whether just down the street or around the world. Prior to joining Hope Unlimited for Children in 2015 as Development Director, she began her professional career as a lawyer followed by a season of raising four children and chairing various charitable committees. She has a BA from Wellesley College, LLB from McGill University, and MBA from New York University. Laura and her husband, Reynold, live in Portola Valley, California.

Board Of Directors


Paul Husby


Paul became involved with Hope Unlimited in 1996 when he was Managing Director of 3M Brazil. When he returned to the US five years later, he was asked to join the Board. From 2012 to 2014, he and his wife Nancy lived in Vitória where he was the Director at Hope Mountain. They have great memories of the time with the Hope Mountain Staff and the kids in residence.


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.


Neil Greenhalgh

Neil Greenhalgh is a Health Care Director of A Care Facility in the UK. He lives with his wife Kay in Harrogate England. For many years Neil has had a desire to help restore the lives of abused and vulnerable children, so that they can embrace a life full of promise, love and healing, and thus a future worth living and help return the Hope that had been so cruelly stolen.


Casey Miller


Casey brings management experience and an insightful perspective on donor relations to the board. She is a constant voice for thoughtful, comprehensive care for children society has ignored.  After spending ten years in the hospitality and event industry, she now works in the home full-time. A graduate of Stanford University, she lives in Menlo Park, CA with her husband, Kevin, and their two children.

Sean Rutter

Sean Rutter

Corporate Governance

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.

Dwayne Souza

Dwayne owns and operates businesses around the world with a passion to nourish souls, crops, and animals through unique product blends. He and his wife Nancy have been married for almost 17 years and have 3 children. He has been a believer for the past 33 years.


Jeff Coon

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

Paul Attia has had a lifetime passion for serving children, especially those most vulnerable. He currently lives in the Bay Area and has worked at Google in various business capacities for the past 10 years.


David Nowell

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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