Board of Directors
William Montei – Chair
William has over 35 years experience in business management, financial oversight, strategic planning and board governance, primarily in the insurance industry. Currently he is a founding partner at Echo Ridge Partners, LLC, creators of iCatalyst™, a policy and claims management system for insurance companies. William has served on numerous non-profit boards and governing committees for both local and international community programs and the arts. His volunteer work includes serving as a coordinator for a project addressing the needs of vulnerable children in Rwanda and a housing project in El Salvador. He also chaired a fundraising committee for the March of Dimes and is a longstanding member of the Rotary Club of Madison, WI. William has an AB in economics from Kenyon College, has an MBA in accounting from Miami University and is a certified public accountant.
Jay F. Hein – Vice Chair
Jay Hein is president of Sagamore Institute, an Indianapolis-based think tank that he helped found in 2004. He was Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives from August 2006 to August 2008. Hein serves as Distinguished Senior Fellow at Baylor University’s Institute for the Study of Religion and he directs the ISOKO Institute, an African think tank aimed at enterprise solutions to poverty. Earlier in his career, Hein was a welfare reform policy advisor to Governor Tommy Thompson of Wisconsin from 1994 to 1997 and director of civil society programs at the Hudson Institute from 1997 to 2004. Hein received a Bachelors of Arts degree from Eureka College and an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Indiana Wesleyan University where he is developing the Ron Blue Institute.
Allan Guinan – Treasurer
Allan is married to Suzy and alongside raising three adopted children; they have been engaged in community development for many years, with a particular interest in issues concerning orphaned and vulnerable children. As the founding Executive Director of international healthcare charity Mercy Ships UK, Allan led the development of this now well established charity and formulated a capital campaign to launch the world’s largest, state-of-the-art NGO hospital ship. Allan has also served as Executive Director of an international AIDS foundation and in senior management with Geneva Global, a leading philanthropic advisory firm. At Catalyst Philanthropy, Allan uses his wealth of experience in non-profit management and philanthropic consultancy to aid both international organisations and private clients to deliver philanthropic programs in a wide range of countries. Allan is currently a Trustee of the Children and Families Foundation in the UK and Waterburg Welfare Society Trust working in South Africa. Originally trained in engineering, Allan also holds a BA Hons. in Theology and Intercultural Studies.
James Filippatos – Secretary
Jim and his wife have a son and a daughter and live in southern California. He is engaged in the community as a member of the Board of Overseers of Seton Hall University’s School of Diplomacy and International Relations, a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy, a member of the Advisory Council of World Relief, Southern California, and a Deacon at La Canada Presbyterian Church. He is a founding member of a partnership between an interdisciplinary group of Harvard University graduate students and alumni and Confraternidad Carcelaria del Ecuador, an NGO that works with prisoners, their families and victims of crime in Ecuador. He has developed and taught an International Business, Human Rights and Social Responsibility course at Jilin and Northeast Normal Universities in Changchun, China, the first such course taught at a Chinese law school. As Vice President for Global Public Policy at The Walt Disney Company, Jim is responsible for developing and directing strategic international public policy initiatives across the company. He focuses on Internet policy, human rights, children’s issues and business entry and expansion in emerging markets. Before joining Disney, Jim served as senior counsel at the US State Department and Assistant Administrator for International Affairs at the Federal Aviation Administration. Prior to that, he practiced law with Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton in Washington, DC, London and New York. Jim is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Georgetown University. He speaks Greek, Spanish and conversational Italian.
Jean Geran, Phd – President and CEO
Jean has worked on international child protection and related policy issues in many capacities. She currently is a Senior Fellow at Sagamore Institute and has had several speaking engagements about the importance of data and technology for child protection. She has chaired a working group on Kinship, Guardianship and Adoption in 6 African countries for the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute. While working at Legatum Institute in London, she designed and launched a global advocacy effort called the EACH Campaign to ensure that each child grows up in a safe family. She has been a Member of the Policy Planning Staff at the US Department of State responsible for issues including human rights, trafficking in persons, child protection, refugee policy, and governance. She served as the Director for Democracy and Human Rights on the National Security Council, as Advisor on UN Reform and as an Abuse Prevention Officer for USAID in Iraq. She has conducted research and program evaluations for NGOs, universities and international organizations and received her BSBA in business administration from Georgetown University, her MS in rural development from Michigan State University, and her Ph.D. in development studies from the University of Wisconsin‐Madison. Over 15 years, she has developed important relationships with policymakers, corporate leaders, international organizations and philanthropists who will be the base of support for Each inc. She currently lives in Oshkosh, WI with her husband and four children.