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Meet Our U.S. Team

U.S. Team

 
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Doug Dworak, Global Ambassador

Doug and his wife, Shirley, were high school sweethearts and are native Lincoln, Nebraskans. Their lives are busy spending time with their 4 daughters, 15 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren. Doug graduated from the University of Nebraska with a B.S. in psychology and sociology and a B.A. in business. He owned Christian retail stores for 17 years and during that time served on the Christian Booksellers Association Board of Directors as Vice Chairman of the Board. He has served his church as a member of the missions council, has taught numerous Bible studies over the years, and has served as a worship service leader for a local retirement center one Sunday each month. He served two years as a volunteer fundraiser for Love Justice International before taking on the role of the ministry's Global Ambassador. Doug's two greatest passions are college football, particularly Nebraska football, and donuts! Contact Doug.

 
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Janelle Zander, Vice President of Development

Janelle graduated from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and started her career in digital marketing in the nonprofit sector more than 15 years ago. Since that time, she has managed her own agency acquiring extensive experience within the marketing industry and for-profit space, as well as having the privilege to work with a number of churches and nonprofits driven to make a difference in both the community and world around them. Janelle’s move to Love Justice International to oversee fundraising and marketing is a direct reflection of her passion for the mission of LJI: to fight the world’s greatest injustices. She now lives just outside of Boulder, Colorado, with her husband, Darren, and has three children: Cole, Annie, and Grey. Contact Janelle.

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Greta Bloyd, Digital Communications Manager

Greta began working with Love Justice on the business team in May of 2015, and moved to the marketing team in 2018. Being able to work with this ministry was an answer to her prayers to work with an organization that was actively involved in reaching others for Jesus Christ. It is her passion to join with believers around the world in God's mission to bring freedom, justice, and the saving knowledge of Christ to others. She and her husband, Doug, have two boys, Tanner and Kyler. Greta spends as much time as possible supporting the activities her sons love. She also homeschools their youngest son, and enjoys discussions about all things theological, political, and cultural with her oldest son who is in law school. In her spare time, Greta enjoys reading, knitting, and learning! Born and raised in Texas, Greta graduated with a degree in English from UNL, and never left Nebraska. She also has her master’s degree in Christian apologetics from Biola University. Contact Greta.

 
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Jeffrey Penner, Systems Administrator and Child Sponsorship Coordinator

Jeffrey has always had a passion for global missions. When he was in high school, he read the book Through Gates of Splendor by Elisabeth Elliot, and the story completely stirred within him a desire to serve the Lord as a missionary. Jeffrey graduated from Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri, with a B.S. in computer science and mathematics. He has spent years gaining experience in software engineering and web application development while working for Wal-Mart Information Systems Division (ISD) and Nelnet Business Solutions. In the summer of 2011, Jeffrey went on one of our exploratory trips to Nepal to learn firsthand about the work we are doing there. Seeing the difference our children's homes are making in the lives of young children, Jeffrey was moved by God's grace and love to get involved. He began volunteering his time, resources, and technical skills and knowledge, and he committed to join God in His mission for "the least of these.” Jeffrey came on staff the beginning of April 2012 as our Systems Administrator where he oversees all of our technology. Additionally, he has taken on an active role in our Children's Ministry with our children's homes as he has a heart and passion for the children we serve. Contact Jeffrey.

 
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Jessica Chen, Director of Research and Strategy

Jessica works to promote research and strategic partnerships as Love Justice expands and develops new programs in pursuit of their goal to serve "the least of these." Before joining the Love Justice team, Jessica worked as a lawyer in Los Angeles. Her passion lies in the pursuit of social justice, and her public interest work has included anti-slavery research in India, habeas corpus litigation on behalf of individuals held in indefinite detention at Guantanamo Bay, and civil rights and fair housing litigation in Washington, D.C. She holds degrees from Yale Law School and Harvard College. Contact Jessica.

 
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Jonica Carlson, Product Coordinator

Jonica and her husband, Bryan, spent the first 20 years of their marriage working with middle school and high school students. They have four boys exactly seven years apart—the oldest and youngest were born on the same day! Five years ago, Jonica joined the Love Justice team as her boys were growing up and spending less time at home. Over the past couple of years, Jonica has added two daughters-in-law to her family. Jonica is excited that God has allowed her to find opportunities to serve in her community and around the world. In 2010, she served in Haiti for the first time and continues to lead mission trips to serve alongside the people of Haiti every year. She also enjoys serving on the Generosity Committee of her husband's company. She loves serving wherever there is a need, helping with fundraising events, and overseeing the Love Justice product line.

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KC Orduna, Bookkeeper

KC came to Love Justice in August of 2008 on a very part-time basis to help out her dad, Doug Dworak, with the bookkeeping aspects of the ministry. KC trained herself in QuickBooks and worked to get all of the data entry and financials up to date. KC is now certified in bookkeeping and thoroughly enjoys the work she does at Love Justice. She considers it a joy to be a part of this ministry. In her spare time she loves to read and spend time with her family. She's been married to Nick Orduna for over 26 years, and together they have three children: Andre, Mariah, and Isaiah. Contact KC.

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Andrew Fennig, Director of Strategic Partnerships

Andrew started his career in the public sector working to solve complex problems with good policy and is now in the private sector trying to do the same with strategic partnerships to help advance Love Justice's mission to fight the world's greatest injustices. Andrew graduated from Taylor University with several of the founders of Love Justice and earned an MBA from Oxford University. In addition to his work with Love Justice, he teaches an entrepreneurship and innovation course at Taylor University. Andrew lives in rural Indiana on a small pumpkin and hay farm, near the farm on which he grew up, with his awesome wife and four beautiful kids. He loves his family, leading worship, discussing the deep things, and chocolate. He hates talking about himself, especially in the third person. Contact Andrew.

 
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Lisa Hughes, Editor

Lisa graduated from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with a degree in English education. She was an English teacher for several years before she transitioned to the editing field, working with a publishing company as a proofreader, copy editor, compiler, and writer. She and her husband, Greg, are passionate about global missions, and together, they co-founded Wide Awake Missions. Whenever possible, Lisa loves to join him on international mission trips, leading small groups of teenagers and young adults and encouraging them to step out of their comfort zones to share the love of Christ with a hurting world. She lives in Fort Collins, Colorado, with Greg and their four children: Kennedy, Dylan, Avery, and Gavin.

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Katie Polley, Strategist and Social Media Manager

Katie assists in digital marketing strategy for Love Justice's website and online presence. Katie has had marketing experience with diverse clients in both the nonprofit and for-profit space. However, she has never been able to work with an organization she feels as passionate about until she found Love Justice. It has been a blessing to get to bring her skills and experience into this family of fellow believers with a passion for justice. The digital space is constantly changing and evolving. Katie loves the fast pace of digital marketing and is glad to be on a team committed to staying on the cutting edge of what’s happening online and in social media. She lives in Denver, Colorado, and loves hiking, camping, and exploring the outdoors with her husband and her dog. Katie graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English literature and Spanish from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas.

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Kate Olson, Content Marketing Manager

Kate Olson is an experienced content manager as well as a published writer in both web and print, including magazine, newspaper, blog, and social media writing. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in communication and media studies from Montclair State University, Montclair, New Jersey, completing her final semester interning with the CBS public relations department in New York City, NY. Kate joined the Love Justice team in the spring of 2017 as a blog writer and content collaborator until she grew into the role of Content Marketing Manager in the summer of 2018. She considers it a privilege to be part of an organization so passionate about such a crucial work and to be able to help share the stories of the individuals being impacted through Love Justice’s global mission to save lives from human trafficking. She currently lives in South Dakota with her husband, Chad, and their three beautiful children, Reece, Elizabeth, and Emilie.

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Libby Swenson, Regional Director of Development

Libby has spent the last 24 years working in campus ministry. Serving in various countries overseas, Libby’s heart’s passion has always been for the vulnerable and oppressed. Thirteen years ago, when she learned of the problem of modern-day slavery, she successfully forged a partnership between Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ International) and International Justice Mission, and she made the move to Love Justice International in October of 2018 as their Regional Director of Development. A graduate of the University of Arkansas with a BS in health sciences, Libby lives outside of Boulder, Colorado, and loves to stay active riding her bike, hiking, and running from bears. She is married to Bob and enjoys spending time with her two step-daughters, Lauren and Kristin.

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Holly Valdivia, Southern California Director of Development

Holly is the regional director of development in Southern California. She volunteered with Tiny Hands International in 2011 through a summer trip with her school. She is excited to serve in a ministry that fights for justice in many different countries. Holly graduated from Azusa Pacific University in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in social work and then continued her studies, earning a master's degree in counseling from National University in 2017. Holly has been married to her husband, Josh, for four years. They currently have a sweet dog, and they are expecting their first daughter to join them in February of 2019. Holly enjoys hiking, camping, and weekend adventures.

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Rebecca Edwards, West Coast Director of Development

Rebecca is honored to come on to staff with LJI after spending five months working with them in Nepal. Rebecca comes to the role most recently from South Central Scholars as their director of development. Previously, she worked at United Way of Greater Los Angeles as a major gifts officer, and in this capacity she also managed the Women Leaders philanthropic network and supported them in becoming a main advocacy arm of United Way. While completing her master's degree, Rebecca worked as a case manager at Good Shepherd Center, assisting women and children experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles. Her bachelor’s degree is in community and regional development from UC Davis, and she holds a master's degree in social work from USC, with a concentration in community, organization, planning, and administration. Rebecca is energized when cultivating excellence in individuals, programs, and organizations. She is passionate about fighting for social justice and impacting change on a systems level.