Staff & Board
Jena Lee Nardella, Founder and President
At the age of 22, Jena founded Blood:Water Mission alongside the band, Jars of Clay. Jena has been featured in Sojourners Magazine, Christianity Today, Relevant Magazine, and the documentary film, Sons of Lwala. Her collaborative writing includes Hope in the Dark, Zealous Love, and The Revolution: A Field Manual for Changing Your World. She serves on the board for the Center for Nonprofit Management and the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health. Jena is a graduate of Whitworth University with a degree in Political Studies. She and her husband live in Nashville and travel often to Africa.
Chris Bolton, CEO
Chris Bolton joined our team in 2011. After returning to the states from spending three years in Peru working in economic development, Chris joined the staff at Blood:Water Mission to serve as CEO. Chris has used his skills to serve as the Executive Director of Peru Mission as well as COO of R&S Logistics and Schmid & Rhodes Construction. His heart is to use the business skills God has given him to serve those in need. Chris and his wife, Marti, have four children, and are happily settling in here in Nashville.
Mike Hamilton, President of Engagement - Email Mike
Mike Hamilton joins the Blood:Water Mission team as President of Engagement after nearly 20 years at the University of Tennessee, where he spent the past 8 years as Athletic Director. During his tenure, he more than tripled the fundraising revenue as well as created one of only 14 self-sustaining athletic departments in the country, providing an additional nearly $10 million annually in direct cash support for the university. Prior to taking on this position, Mike served on the Blood:Water Mission board for two years. He and his wife, Beth, have five children, and three were adopted from Ethiopia. The youngest daughter Kalu, meaning "get the word out," is HIV positive, and since 2009, that is exactly what Mike has been trying to do.
Mike Lenda, Director of Engagement Partnerships - Email Mike
After over 15 years of marketing and PR experience in consumer, retail and entertainment industries, Mike returned to Nashville to lead the strategic development and implementation of our Partnership Program to enable the growth of the organization in the US, thus increasing the desired impact in Africa. His passion to join the team was motivated by his desire to use his experience to see lives changed locally and globally and be encouragement to his own children to make an impact in the world around them.
Katherine Andrews, Director of Engagement, Monthly Giving - Email Katherine
After working in Washington, DC at International Justice Mission for nearly four years, Katherine joyfully joined the Blood:Water Mission team to advance the fundraising and event initiatives on behalf of the poor in Africa. She holds a BA in Psychology and Religious Studies from the University of Virginia, is passionate about seeing hope and transformation in a hurting world, and is thankful to be living true to her southern roots here in Nashville, TN.
Jake Smith, Director of Engagement, Major Gifts - Email Jake
A native Nashvillian, Jake is thrilled to be working for an organization in his hometown that is empowering people for change here and abroad. Jake comes to Blood:Water Mission after spending the last 8 years as a fundraiser in the non-profit sector and with The University of Tennessee and Vanderbilt University. Jake looks forward to sharing with others about the work Blood:Water is doing and how donors can join us in being a part of this transformational work.
Michael Dean, Volunteer Manager - Email Michael
Dr. Richard Klopp, Vice President of Africa Partnerships
Barak Bruerd, Director of Programs
Barak is a development practitioner with a passion for village communities and holistic approaches. He has a BS in Environmental Biology from Taylor University, and a MS in Water Resources from the University of New Mexico. Barak has extensive experience living and working internationally, most recently in Cambodia.
Nadia Kist, Regional Partner Manager - HIV
Dr. Aida Samir, Senior Programs Advisor
Aida has been working in the US for the last few years after being transferred form FH Kenya to FH DC office to work as the Global HIV/AIDS program advisor. While with FH, Aida led the HIV program for four and half years and expanded the program from Kenya to Uganda, Burundi and Ethiopia. Aida had been leading the medical mission in the Coptic Church in Africa serving four countries for 11 years where she was working as the CEO. Aida came to Blood:Water with her experience in program development and designing specially in HIV/AIDS, she started Tumaini Medical Center in Marsabit, Kenya and New Life Medical Center in Kitgum, Uganda. Aida has a Bachelor degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Executive Master Degree in Organizational Development.
Diana Garcia, Marketing & Digital Strategist
Victor Huckabee, Lead Creative
Victor fell in love with visual communications at a young age and has always strived to use his talents as a catalyst for change. Victor joined Youth With a Mission's University of the Nations in 2001 and was able to see the world from a wider perspective. Ever since that time, Victor has strived to use graphic design and art to make an impact on the world. His creative, artistic eye has developed the Blood:Water brand into what it is now.
Beth Mathews, Designer
Anna Higginbotham, Bookkeeper
Carrie Horton, Executive Team Assistant - Email Carrie
Originally from the mountains of northern California, Carrie spent three years in Washington, DC as a Capital Fellow and staff member at the Trinity Forum before making the move to Nashville. Carrie developed a passion for community empowerment and addressing the HIV/AIDS crisis while at Concordia University in Portland, Oregon. She has been invested in Blood:Water Mission since college and is excited to be supporting the Executive Team.
Michelle Conn serves as a director of development for International Justice Mission (IJM).
Lon Cherry, Treasurer, served as Chief Financial Officer for The Lampo Group, Inc. in Brentwood, TN, better known as Dave Ramsey's for the last five years. He is currently pursuing a new technology venture.
Anne Cregger currently serves as Senior Program Director in a consulting firm in Alexandria, Virginia and is the founding Director of the Falls Church Fellows Program.
Ashleigh Roberts, Secretary, serves on the administration of Governor Bill Haslam as his Deputy Legal Counsel.
Chris Lanning currently serves as Senior Vice President & General Manager of DSW Inc.
Stuart McWhorter, Board Chair, is Co-Founder and President of Brentwood, TN-based Clayton Associates.
Dan Raines is the founder and CEO of Creative Trust, Inc, and also serves as Senior Partner for Creative Trust Media, a media content and development company.
Caitlin Glover currently works as a Global Program Manager for Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV with the Clinton Health Access Initiative.
J. Todd Wahrenberger is a Family Practice physician who currently works in Pittsburgh, PA. as the medical director for primary care at the Pittsburgh Mercy Health System.
Board of Directors (Emeritus)
Steven Garber is the Director of The Washington Institute and has been an advisor to Jars of Clay and Blood:Water Mission from the genesis of the organization.
Dan Haseltine is the lead singer of the multi-platinum, multi-Grammy winning music group, Jars of Clay. Dan is also the founder of Blood:Water Mission.