Worldwide Orphans Leadership Council

Edward J. Phillips,WWO Leadership Founder

The Worldwide Orphans Leadership Council is a small group of extraordinary and dedicated lead donors who understand that substantial, multi-year funding creates program sustainability and builds in-country resources.  Most of all, it sends a message to the children we serve that we will be there for them…not for a year or two, but for as long as they need us.
All members of the Leadership Council :
• make a multi-year lead gift, over a minimum of three years
• attend a private Leadership Council dinner with Dr. Jane Aronson and other prominent individuals who support the work of WWO
• nominate new Leadership Council members

If you're interested in joining the Leadership Council please contact Liliana Barreiro at or 973-763-9961.

Our Members

Edward J. Phillips , Founder (1944 - 2011)

Dean Phillips, Chair (Bio)

Terri and Jeffrey Becks
Lili and Wilson Ervin
Sharon and Andy Hubregsen
Nina and Steven Lerner (Bio)
Brittany and Adam Levinson
Sarah Marie Martin and Nicholas C.Brophy (Bio)
Kelly and Ronald Mateo

Elsie and Christopher Yanney (Bio)


The Becks Family

Terri and Jeff Becks became involved with WWO in 2008, when Terri and their daughter Erin traveled to Bulgaria as part of a Service Ranger project.  Terri worked with Campbell & Company, Inc. a managed futures and hedge fund adviser, for twenty years until she retired from her role as President & CEO in December 2011.  Jeff has also spent his career in the financial services industry, with experience on both the buy and sell sides with Refco, First Chicago, JP Morgan, and Tudor.  Jeff is currently the Manager of the Foreign Exchange Desk at Campbell.
Terri has served on the boards of the Managed Futures Association, where she was introduced to WWO by Board Member Meg Bode, and Family & Children's Services of Central Maryland.  Terri is a CPA and has a BS in Accounting from University of Delaware.  Jeff has a BA in Finance from Illinois State and an MBA from DePaul.  Terri and Jeff have four children:  Erin (19), Dylan (11), and surprise identical twins Parker (8) and Conor (guess).

Lili and Wilson Ervin

The Hubregsen Family


The Lerner Family

Nina and Steven Lerner reside in Maplewood, NJ with their three children Brian, Matthew and Amara.  Steven graduated from Rutgers University (B.S.) and Fordham University (M.B.A.) and Nina graduated from University of Hartford (B.A.), Fordham University (M.B.A.) and Columbia University (M.S.W.)

 Nina is in Private Practice in Maplewood, NJ working with adolescents, teens and adults.  Steven is a start-up and music industry veteran who is currently a founder and CEO for FunGoPlay, whose mission is to connect the two things kids love most:  on-line gaming and real-world active play.  In addition to being long time and passionate supporters of WWO, Nina and Steven are highly involved in community life coaching athletic teams, leading scouting troops and sitting on local Boards.  

Brittany and Adam Levinson

The Martin Brophy Family

Sarah Marie and Nick, who is a member of the WWO Board of Directors, both have illustrious careers in finance.  Sarah Marie is a Managing Director of Credit Suisse in the Financial Sponsors Group within the Investment Banking Department, and is a member of the Managing Director Evaluation Committee.  Prior to Credit Suisse, Sarah Marie was at CS First Boston.

Nick runs North American Rates Trading at Citigroup.  He is a Managing Director and oversees trading for U.S. Governments, Agencies, mortgage pass throughs, and interest rate derivatives.  Nick joined Citigroup in June 2009 from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, prior to which Nick was at Merrill Lynch.  Over the course of his tenure at Merrill (1996 – 2008) his responsibilities evolved from interest rate derivatives trading to management.  He was named head of options trading in 2002 and became a Managing Director in 2003 at the age of 31.

Sarah Marie graduated with Distinction from Stanford University.  She received her MBA from Columbia University Business School and was Valedictorian of her class.  Nick received his B.A from Princeton University in 1994, where he played on the varsity football team.

Sarah Marie and Nick live with their three children (two of whom were adopted from Ethiopia) in the West Village of New York City.  Sarah Marie serves on the Boards of Directors for the Gladney Center for Adoption and StreetWise Partners while Nick co-chairs the WWO Development Committee and has been on the Board of Directors since 2010.

Kelly and Ronald Mateo

The Phillips Family

Karin Phillips
A native of Chile, Karin is a graduate of The Minneapolis College of Art & Design and former stylist for Target and other national retailers.  An active mother to Daniela and Pia, community leader and volunteer, Karin is a Trustee of The Phillips Family Foundations and shares her time as a teachers' assistant at Jenny Lind Elementary School in North Minneapolis, one of the most disadvantaged communities in the Twin Cities.

Dean Phillips
Dean is the fifth generation CEO of Minneapolis-based Phillips Distilling Company and serves as a Director of Winmark Corp., Talenti Gelato and Rational Energies.  A graduate of Brown University and the University of Minnesota, he is the immediate past Board Chair of Allina Health System, Minnesota's largest healthcare provider, former Regent of Saint Johns University and current Co-Chair of The Phillips Family Foundations.

Dr. Tyler Phillips
Dr. Phillips is an anesthesiologist at Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles.  A graduate of Northwestern University and The University of Minnesota Medical School, Tyler is a Trustee of The Phillips Family Foundations and has served on Operation Smile missions providing medical care to children around the world.

JJ Phillips
JJ is a junior at Breck School in Minneapolis where he is a member of the golf and soccer teams.  JJ has visited the WWO Academy in Ethiopia and looks forward to becoming more involved in WWO activities over the coming years.

Hutton Phillips
Hutton is a junior at Breck School in Minneapolis where she is a member of the Minnesota State Champion Mock Trial Team.  Hutton is an active volunteer for children's causes and spent the past winter vacation as an assistant at the WWO Academy in Ethiopia.

The Yanney Family

Elsie and Christopher Yanney live in Gladwyne, Pennsylvania, with their three sons, Vance, Christopher Jr., and Xavier.  Elsie was born in Lima, Peru, and graduated from Butler University.  She is a full-time mother, who is passionate about children, their upbringing and their education. Chris has worked in the financial industry since 1997.  His experience includes Managing Director and Head of High Yield Trading at Citigroup, head of High Yield Trading at Morgan Stanley, Head of High Yield Trading at Barclays, a portfolio manager in Emerging Markets at Delaware Investments, and a senior High Yield Trader at Goldman Sachs. Chris received his degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a BS in Management Science and a minor in Political Science. Chris has been on the WWO Board since 2010, and he co-chairs the Board Development Committee.



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