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Leaders Trusted to Keep the Holt Promise
Profiles of Holt International's US Leadership

Phil Littleton
Phillip Littleton
President & CEO

Before joining Holt, Phil worked for what is now the world's largest marketing and communications agency exclusively serving nonprofit organizations – the Russ Reid Company in Southern California. Driven by his passion for the world's orphaned, abandoned and vulnerable children, Phil joined Holt's marketing team in 2003, developing strategies to expand Holt's donor base, particularly through child sponsorship. Today, Phil provides guidance for all aspects of the organization. Under Phil's leadership, Holt has successfully expanded its scope of services overseas, particularly in China and Africa. A father of three, Phil adopted his two sons domestically at birth. After fostering several children in their home, he and his wife adopted their youngest – a daughter – from the local foster care system.


Thoa Bui
Thoa Bui – Senior Executive, Southeast Asia Program
Thoa implements vision and strategic priorities that ensure growth in programs and services for orphaned and abandoned children in Southeast Asia, advocating for country laws and policies that provide stability and opportunity. As a Vietnam native, Thoa has a unique understanding about the country's culture. In her various positions at Holt, Thoa has frequently traveled back to Vietnam, working with government agencies and Holt partners.
Jian Chen
Jian Chen – Vice President, China Program
Jian has played a crucial role in expanding services to children and families throughout China, building and maintaining critical collaborative relationships with Chinese officials, and creating and training a highly dependable in-country staff. Through these efforts, Jian has helped grow the China program to one of Holt's largest, serving thousands through child welfare programs and placing hundreds of orphaned and abandoned children in loving homes every year.
Susan Cox
Susan Soonkeum Cox – Vice President, Policy and External Affairs
Susan has worked with international adoption and child welfare issues for more than 25 years. Adopted from Korea in 1956, her life experience as an early international adoptee gives her a unique and personal perspective. Susan is a frequent presenter and trainer and has testified before Congress on issues related to adoption, child welfare and foreign affairs. She is a member of the Hague Special Commission on Intercountry Adoption.
David Lim
David Lim – Vice President, Asia Programs
David's innovate spirit and compassion has led him to create several programs for orphaned children, including counseling services for single mothers. David also established Holt's Mongolia program and North Korea orphan projects. Today, David oversees Holt's programs in South Korea, Mongolia and India and works with overseas governments to advocate for adoption programs and services for orphaned children. He is a father to two children, including a daughter adopted from Korea in 1985.
Kevin Sweeney
Kevin Sweeney – Vice President, Finance & Administration
Kevin finds it exciting to work for an organization that has such a positive impact on the lives of children and families every day. In his role, he provides oversight of the organization's budget, ensuring continuity of services for children and families in Holt's programs overseas, and continually works to safeguard Holt's resources and achieve organizational goals.
Lisa Vertulfo
Lisa Vertulfo – Vice President, Adoption Services
Lisa provides guidance and leadership for every step of the adoption process – from family intake to post-adoption – and continually seeks creative ways to develop Holt's services to children and families. Lisa Vertulfo began her Holt career while still in college, as a summer volunteer in Korea. A mother of two, Lisa has two adopted siblings – a brother and sister from Korea – and a niece also adopted from Korea.
Jack Wharfield
Jack Wharfield – Vice President, Development Acquisition
Jack's over 25 years of marketing management experience and passion for Holt's mission led him to a position with Holt's marketing team in 2000. In this role, he grew Holt's child sponsorship program, paving the way for hundreds of children in Holt's care to benefit from monthly donations of generous sponsors. Today, Jack is responsible for the planning, design, organization and implementation of strategy for all fundraising activities.
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