The UOO Team
Board members and volunteers who help bring it all together.
Clarke – Founder & Treasurer
Kris Stoesz – Founder & Executive Director
We want everyone to share in the joy of helping orphans! Having adopted 4 children from Ukraine, we are truly blessed! After our first trip to Ukraine in 2003, we have been looking for more ways to get our community plugged into helping these forgotten orphans that were left behind. Seeing meaningful change occur in the lives of these children inspires us all!
Shonda Werry – President
Shonda has served on the UOO board since 2017 and became our President in the summer of 2022. Shonda has worked on orphanage reform issues in the former Soviet Union since 2002, and she has lived and studied in several former Soviet countries. In 2007, Shonda helped found a program to deliver coats and Christmas presents to orphans and vulnerable children in Ukraine. Shonda is passionate about inspiring and educating others about the current situation in Ukraine and how to make a difference to the lives of the least of these. She is a writer based in Washington, DC.
Rose Pauly – Pastor
I am a pastor, speaker, and author residing in Fort Collins. I previously served as the Outreach pastor at Grace Place Church, completing a Masters of Theology Degree at Fuller Theological Seminary in December 2011. I’m married to Steve and have three grown sons, a daughter-in-law and a beautiful grandson.
Oksana Gorbunova – Director in Ukraine
Oksana has been our everything in Ukraine. She works for Orphans Promise and in her busy day she finds time to facilitate all the intricate details that are tied to the two transition homes. In addition, Oksana helps to coordinate and accommodate our missionaries that come to Ukraine throughout the year. Her serving heart is one that continues to go beyond our expectations and always with a sweet smile and a reply of “no problem”. All of us at UOO are so grateful for Oksana as well as our partnership with Orphans Promise which values shared resources and relationships.
I have witnessed first hand the devastation and human suffering this war has caused. I have benefitted from the generosity, hospitality and heartfelt appreciation of the Ukrainian people and believe in the sincerity of their desire for freedom and democracy. Participating in Ukraine Orphan Outreach allows me to contribute in a small way to the efforts to relieve suffering and help Ukraine.
More on Jim's background
I became involved in Ukraine after the war began and have made several trips to work in orphanages and to deliver clothing and medical supplies. I am committed to continue these volunteer efforts through UOO and stand on the side of morality and kindness for Ukrainian people as long as necessary.
I am the co-founder of The Joey Fund, a 38 year old non profit dedicated to raising funds (now in excess of $25 million) for research to eradicate cystic fibrosis. I am a proud husband, parent of five children and grandparent of eight. Family and the love of children are my primary motivators. I am a graduate of Harvard College and The Harvard Business School.