Our board members, partners and volunteers come from all walks of life; they were raised in different cultures, are geographically diverse and possess varied skills and experiences; however, they share a common vision – to actively respond to Christ’s call to rescue and restore children throughout the world.
Randy Jessen, Executive Director
Randy and his wife Sue started Global Hope in 1996 as a response to the need in Romania in the mid-1990s when they witnessed the many abandoned children living in overcrowded orphanages. It was through their journey to adopt Ana, their Romanian-born daughter, that really opened their eyes to the great need and sense of urgency to help more children in that country. Randy is a Colorado native who has served as pastor over many years to various United Methodist congregations up and down the front range. Randy also served as a Dean at the Asbury Theological Seminary in Kentucky. Randy wrote a wonderful book about his experiences adopting Ana named “Ana’s Voice,” which you can find at www.authorhouse.com.
Nancy Week, Director of Child Sponsorship
Nancy began serving with Global Hope as a volunteer, then joined the board in 2013. She took ownership of the Global Hope Godparent Program, growing it from a handful of sponsors to over 200 children sponsored! With the program growing so much, she was hired in 2018 to further develop and maintain the Godparent program. Nancy is a former special education teacher and mom to two wonderful teenagers.
Board of Directors
Scott French, Chairman
Scott and his wife Cathy have served in various capacities supporting Global Hope since Scott served on a mission team to Romania in 2003 then officially joined the board in April 2009. Scott is a professional IT consulting manager and has served in leadership roles for several leading companies. He currently works BookFuel as the COO. Scott is also actively involved in the Walk to Emmaus movement and with his Church – Flatirons Community Church in Lafayette, Colorado.
Will Johnston, Vice Chairman
Will and his wife Kathy have served as volunteers with Global Hope for many years, helping coordinate Global Hope mission teams. Will has joined and led mission teams to both Romania and Kenya. He joined the Global Hope board in 2005. Will is a Sr. Director of Network Technologies with Century Link. Will and his wife Kathy are members of Broomfield United Methodist Church.
Tracy Johnson, Secretary
Tracy has been involved with Global Hope since taking an initial mission trip in 2003 to Romania. Since that time, he has made several more trips with Global Hope to Romania and Kenya. In 2017, Tracy became a board member. He has a degree in mechanical engineering and works in the failure analysis lab at Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Littleton, Colorado. He is an active member of Phillips United Methodist Church.
Kevin Conroy, Treasurer
Kevin and his wife Mary connected with Global Hope after a life-changing experience going to Arad, Romania in 2012. Since then they have been back to Romania multiple times, and consider the kids a part of their extended family staying in touch with several of them via Facebook and Skype. Kevin began serving on the Global Hope board in 2014. Kevin has degrees in Chemical Engineering and Environmental Engineering from Colorado School of Mines, and is a registered professional engineer in ten states. His family is part of the Phillips United Methodist Church congregation.
Ike Elliott, Independent Director
Ike has volunteered with Global Hope since 2000, and served as Chairman of the Board from 2003-2016. Ike is a communications executive with a calling to help abandoned children. Ike’s day job is at CableLabs, where he serves as Chief Strategy Officer. Ike and his wife Kim are active members of Broomfield United Methodist Church.
Jay Johnson, Independent Director
Jay Johnson is a serial entrepreneur who loves reading about and experiencing other cultures. He likes adventure and discovery – and he brings that sense of excitement to WaveCloud, his third successful start up. As Co-Founder of WaveCloud, Jay is taking his 13 years of technical software development experience and leadership and combining it with his 10 years of CRM consulting expertise. His background includes serving as Co-Founder at Avow Systems Inc. and Tier1 Innovation, as well as leadership positions with Immedient, Siebel Systems, NovaSoft Software, Hughes Aircraft and Texas Instruments. In keeping with his adventurous spirit, when he does have spare time Jay enjoys outdoor activities like backpacking, hunting, fishing, and camping. He’s also active in numerous philanthropic activities and sits on the Boards of three non-profit organizations.
Marsha Weber, Independent Director
Marsha got involved with Global Hope through the Godparent program sponsoring children in India. She went on a mission trip to India in 2015 where her passion for caring for the children grew. She also helped coordinate and facilitate various events between Global Hope and her church. She joined the Global Hope board in 2018 and acts as our Mission Team Coordinator. Marsha has over 25 years of experience in software quality assurance and is a Sr. Director of Quality Engineering at S&P Global. She has two grown sons and is an active member at Parker United Methodist Church.
Jason Zimmer, Independent Director
Jason joined the board in 2013 after a mission trip with Global Hope to India. His expertise in technology is a tremendous and timely blessing to the Global Hope team. Jason is the Chief Engineer at The Arcanum Group, where he leads the company’s technical strategy to deliver products and services to Public Sector customers. He has also instructed Undergraduate and Graduate Computer Science students at University of Colorado and University of Denver.
Cecil Sunder, Independent Director
Cecil joined Global Hope as a board member in 2013. His mission is to support Global Hope to empower orphaned children in Asia by providing them with opportunities that can change their lives forever. Cecil is an Engineering graduate and an MBA Alumni from Leeds School of Business at CU, Boulder. He is a Digital Operations Leader at Microsoft. Cecil and his wife, Victoria, both served in the Indian Air Force prior to moving to the United State in 2005. They are members of Broomfield United Methodist Church.
Mike Traxler, Independent Director
Mike has volunteered with Global Hope since 2015, including participation in a mission trip to India in 2016. Mike has 25 years of experience in logistics, program management, technology innovation, and strategic business development and currently works in the Research and Innovation Office at the University of Colorado Boulder. His experience also includes Humanitarian Relief operations in Haiti, Kosovo, and Southwest Asia. Mike and his wife Lynn are active members of Ascent Church in Louisville along with their three children.
Carole Sumption, Independent Director
Carole and her husband Steve have been committed supporters of Global Hope since 1995. They adopted their daughter, Florina, from an orphanage in Calarasi, Romania in 1996 and also serve as godparents to Lisa Sztoika (Ana’s House, Arad, Romania). Steve traveled with a mission team to Arad in 2014 where he was able to meet Lisa and her Ana’s House family. Carole has spent most of her career in human resources, and most recently served in the capacity of Chief Talent Officer for a large credit union. Steve and Carole have attended the Parker United Methodist Church since 1999.