IT REALLY DOES TAKE A VILLAGE

Horizon was formed in 2004, with a passion to rescue children in need, restore their identity and hope, and empower them to a thriving, healthy, self-sustaining future.

GRETCHEN VILLEGAS

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Gretchen is passionate about empowering children, families, and their respective communities to self-sustainability. Her expertise in community-led development in rural, vulnerable communities and vision for impact scaling through enterprise development comes from a 15+ year career of living and working in Latin America and East and Southern Africa.

As an experienced Executive-level leader, Gretchen specializes in designing programs based on data and analytics to intentionally optimize impacts for vulnerable children, at-risk youth and their families. She is dedicated to finding sustainable solutions to break the cycles of poverty which enables families and their communities to reach a thriving, dignified life. She is a systems thinker who disrupts the status quo to ensure those who are most vulnerable are included within the ecosystem that supports them.

Gretchen received her Master of Arts in Intercultural Management from The School for International Training. After serving in the Peace Corps as a volunteer, and many years of raising three daughters overseas, her family has settled in central Arkansas, where they enjoy spending time with extended family.

gvillegas@empowertheorphaned.org

MEET THE TEAM

GLOBAL OFFICE
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JACOB KEELER

Head of Global Strategy
jkeeler@empowertheorphaned.org

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DAN FINEBERG

Director of Development
dfineberg@empowertheorphaned.org

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SARAH PRYOR

Creative Content Coordinator
spryor@empowertheorphaned.org

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ONESIMO FELIZ

Child Development Technical Advisor
ofeliz@empowertheorphaned.org

Jeff

JEFF LUEHM

Child Development Technical Specialist
jluehm@empowertheorphaned.org

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JULISSA ARANA

Latin America Engagement Facilitator
jarana@empowertheorphaned.org

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DORICE LUSULI

Kenya Engagement Facilitator
dlusuli@empowertheorphaned.org

REGIONAL LEADERSHIP
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JAPHET NYANG‘ORO

Regional Director of Africa
jnyangoro@empowertheorphaned.org

Ricardo

RICARDO ESPINOZA

Regional Director of Latin America
respinoza@empowertheorphaned.org

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SAMUEL KAUNGA

Kenya Country Director
skaunga@empowertheorphaned.org

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REYNA LOCON

Guatemala Country Director
rlocon@empowertheorphaned.org

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MARCO CALDERON

Honduras Country Director
mcalderon@empowertheorphaned.org

IMPACT INVESTING AND ANALYTICS
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FRANK VALDIVIA

Head of Impact & Analytics
fvaldivia@empowertheorphaned.org

Team Photos 0012 Yaritza Beltre LAC Impact Investment Manager

YARITZA BELTRE

Impact Investing Manager
ybeltre@empowertheorphaned.org

Team Photos 0018 Henry Arana Impact Investing Analyst

HENRY ARANA

Impact Investing Analyst
harana@empowertheorphaned.org

Alejandra

ALEJANDRA SANCHEZ

Businge

BUSINGE RICHARD

Africa MEL Support
brichard@empowertheorphaned.org

ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE

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David

DAVID CUSACK

Head of Finance and Administration
dcusack@empowertheorphaned.org

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SALYIENA LO

Staff Accountant
slo@empowertheorphaned.org

Maximo

MÁXIMO MERCADO

International Finance Support
mmercado@empowertheorphaned.org

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MARSHA WIEGAND

Finance Administrative Assistant
mwiegand@empowertheorphaned.org

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RENOH ALAL

Accountant, Kenya
ralal@empowertheorphaned.org

BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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Daryl

DARYL HELLER
CO-FOUNDER & BOARD MEMBER
Chair of Heller Capital Group 

Jimmy

JIM PESCE
CO-FOUNDER & BOARD MEMBER
CEO of Hallehluya Food Company

FOUNDERS STORY

 

As investors, entrepreneurs and philanthropists with a goal of investing for good, the business-minded lens through which they envisioned effective, lasting change helped to shape the model and values to what they are today.

AUSTIN HALLER

BOARD CHAIR
PowerCoin CEO

MATTHEW BURKHOLDER

BOARD MEMBER
CEO of Dutch Valley Food Distributors

RICK HALLER

BOARD MEMBER
Founder and Chairman of Haller Enterprises

LARRY KREIDER

SPIRITUAL ADVISOR
Founder and International Director of DOVE International

RON MYER

SPIRITUAL ADVISOR
Dove Christian Fellowship International Apostolic Council

STEVE PEROFF

BOARD MEMBER
Realtor and Business Leader

BILL POOLE

BOARD MEMBER
Entrepreneur and Business Leader

GENE STRITE

BOARD MEMBER
Entrepreneur and Business Leader

JERRY WEAVER

BOARD MEMBER
Co-Owner, President and CEO of Quality Custom Cabinetry, Inc.