P143 Orphan Hope Program Leadership Team

TAMMY CANNON

Founder & President

Tammy Cannon is the Founder & President of Project One Forty Three, Inc. Tammy and her husband Mike, married 24 years, are living testimony to the magic and miracles of Orphan Host Programs. They have two sons and a daughter, Alex, Iger and Kristine (ages 17,17 and 13). Yes, you guessed it, all were hosted and then adopted. You can read their story here. Alex and Iger were hosted and adopted from Russia in 2005 and 2009, while Kristine was hosted and adopted from Latvia in 2013. Tammy and Mike’s hosting experiences inspired them to try and find a way to do more for all the great kids that also desperately need the love of forever families. So in 2010, recognizing that with 143 million orphans in the world, there could simply never be enough people, organizations or effort working to solve the orphan epidemic, Project 143 was born. Please click on the image above to read more about Tammy Cannon...

MICHELLE VERNON

New Development & Communications Director

No stranger to hosting, she’s spent the past 10 years advocating for orphans through host programs and mission trips. Along the way, she’s traveled to orphanages in China, Russia, Latvia, Ukraine and Cambodia. Michelle and her husband Jon have been married 18 years and live in Atlanta, Georgia. They have 4 adopted children; 3 sons and 1 daughter. (three through hosting and one through the US foster care system) Michelle's work for Project 143 in the areas of marketing, fundraising and program development are essential to the mission to bring greater awareness to the worldwide orphan epidemic that already has an easy CURE. Her focus will equip our P143 family with the tools needed to become better advocates for orphans.

BRANDY TORVINEN

Finance Director

Brandy is a veteran volunteer for Project 143, closing in on her 3rd year of volunteering. Brandy’s motivation for volunteering stems from their first host experience in winter 2012. She says, “P143 grew our family and I truly feel it’s necessary for our family to give back to P143 for that reason. Ultimately, this really is a calling to help kids.” Her family first learned of hosting through another P143 host family which led to them initially to signup as a host-only family. That first hosting experience was followed up with two Ukraine adoptions. Brandy and her husband Jeff have 5 children, Kostya (16), Vadym (16), Colby (14), Jake (13) and Ella (10). Her family lives in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

TRACI MAI

Latvia HOPE Program Director

Traci brings years of hosting experience to Project 143. With a passion for the orphans of Latvia, Traci began as a volunteer with Project 143 – helping new families navigate hosting and advocating for older orphans. She has traveled on multiple interview trips meeting the prospective host children and building relationships.

JOEL BRAND

Chaperone Housing Coordinator

Joel lives in Colorado Springs with his wife of 25+ years, Ann, and their ten year old daughter Tabetha whom they adopted from China as baby. Joel grew up in rural Missouri, and although he dropped out of high school, he went on to get a Ph.D. in physics along with other degrees in applied math and chemical engineering. He now runs a small business developing and manufacturing analytical instrumentation with his partner and long-time friend from graduate school. Adopting Tabetha was a wonderful, life-changing experience for him, and he feels that helping orphans is one of the most important, meaningful things one can do in life. Joel is drawn to Project 143 because it gives these children a chance they might not otherwise have, gives children and families a chance to get to know each other to see if there is a good match, and even if they are not adopted they get to experience what a normal, constructive family life can be like. In what few spare moments he has outside of family, business, and supporting orphans or helping other children with math and physics, he enjoys hiking and playing bridge.

SINTIJA GOTHARDE

Overseas Hope Program Coordinator

Latvia - Overseas HOPE Program Director Sintija is the Latvia - Overseas HOPE Program Director for P143. Sintija became involved with Project 143 in 2011, thinking that this would be a temporary job and that she would return to the hospitality field which was her previous career. Serving as a P143 chaperone for our Latvian Orphans, her heart was forever changed during her first host trip to US. “God put love and passion in my heart to fight for these precious children, and I realized I have huge desire to help those who are hopeless, vulnerable and need restoration and healing. It was easier to live for me before I found out stories of these children lives. But it really lifts me up and gives me a joy and encouragement when I see them after being hosted in dear American families- so confident, so shiny and happy! We usually bring back an entourage of Princesses and Princes! Even if some of them never get back to their bio families or do not get adopted, I believe these sown seeds in their hearts, during hosting, sooner or later bring fruits.”

ELIZABETH SOUDERS

Ukraine HOPE Program Director
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