The Care For Life Team
In 2000, Cindy Packard, a midwife, and her husband, Blair, traveled to Mozambique after learning about the devastating flooding and massive destruction in a country already drowning in abject poverty. After extensive research, they determined that many of the solutions in Africa were addressing the secondary problems, not the primary problems. These significant findings were the beginning of Care for Life. Teaching the basics and fostering self-reliance would bring lasting success.
After receiving NGO status in 2002, they established headquarters in Manga, Mozambique, which is located in the central eastern coast of the country. The Packard’s began hiring staff in Mozambique after starting a learning center and opening a small clinic to assist pregnant mothers. Soon after, the Care for Life team began teaching directly in villages in order to reach thousands of people. This evolved into the current Family Preservation Program (FPP), the cornerstone of Care for Life’s humanitarian model.
Jen Brewer lives in Minnesota with her husband and seven kids. With a degree in dietetics and a masters in school and community gardens, Jen has been working in the global humanitarian sector for over twenty years. After working on several malnutrition projects throughout Guatemala, she is excited to join Care for Life and expand the vision and mission of the Family Preservation Program around the world.
In her spare time, Jen writes, speaks, and teaches schools and families how to grow lazy hydroponic gardens. But mostly you will find her dancing with her husband and kids in the kitchen. While eating chocolate. Lots of chocolate.
VICE PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONS
Becky Shiew developed a love for humanitarian work when she went to Greece to work with refugees. Since then, she has lived in Jordan to study the humanitarian sector. As part of her studies, she became interested in how humanitarian programs address self-reliance. She found Care for Life and recognized its success in this area. She is very excited to join them and help take the Family Preservation Program to more people. Becky has also lived in Ghana and served with several NGOs there providing wellness classes, business skills training, and literacy programs.
Becky graduated with a Master of Accountancy degree and a minor in Marriage, Family, and Human Development. She loves spending time with her two children and her family. She loves hiking, cooking, reading, and helping other people.
VICE PRESIDENT OF MESSAGING
Mr. Andrews is the Executive Vice President for Messaging with Care for Life. Over forty five years of experience in Private and Public Sector organizations at the executive and managerial level have proceeded this volunteer NGO assignment. Communities are the core of his professional career. From concept, planning, governmental approvals, funding, development and daily administration of communities have given him unique insight into how people can be at their best while serving each other to accomplish common goals. Living and working in Africa has enriched his life and provided an international perspective of how people succeed. Mr. Andrews holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the Marriott School of Business at Brigham Young University (1973).
Family Preservation Program Director
Linda Harper has been working with Care for Life for over 20 years. Over the years she has served in several capacities including President from 2010 to 2021. Linda now serves as the Family Preservation Program Director .
Linda and her husband Todd have 5 sons, 12 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. They own a successful remodeling company in Gilbert, Arizona. Their family fell in love with Care for Life when their son Ben did an eagle project for CFL in 2001.
Todd and Linda made their 1st trip to Africa in 2002. Linda has returned every year since that time, along with several of their sons. Linda spent the past 20 years loving the people of Mozambique, Africa and is thrilled with the opportunity to bring the Family Preservation Program to other countries.
EXTERNAL RELATIONS DIRECTOR
Kelli Houghton has a master’s degree in social work from Arizona State University and is a Licensed Clinical Social Work (LCSW) specialized in trauma-focused therapy. She has been actively involved in the international community over the past twenty years developing programs and advocating for policies related to family capital and humanitarian efforts.
She has served as the director of several international programs, as a medical social worker, trauma-focused private therapist, and as a hospital administrator. Kelli has also presented at various international conferences including Global Health Conference and at the United Nations. Kelli loves getting to know people and growing friendships. She especially loves spending time and going on adventures with her husband, 4 children, their spouses and grandson.
MOZAMBIQUE NATIONAL DIRECTOR
Solomon Malidadi has been the Care for Life Mozambique National Director for 14 years. He is a native of Mazambique, speaks fluent English along with his native Portuguese.
He has a degree in business management and years of management experience. He is very respected by his coworkers. Solomon and his wife Amalia have 3 lovely daughters. Solomon is well named and is known for his wisdom, kind manner, and caring heart.
Blair, with his wife Cindy, is a founder of Care for Life which was incorporated as a non-profit organization in December 2020. He currently serves as the Care for Life treasurer and is a member of the CFL Operating Committee where he also leads the finance committee. He is a physical therapist by profession, a partner in East Valley Physical Therapy & Aquatic Rehabilitation where, in addition to clinical care, he has provided the financial management and bookkeeping for 30 years. Professionally, he has served on two national boards, the American Physical Therapy Association, and the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy where he served six years as national president. He has made numerous trips to Mozambique, two for more than 3 months duration, and served 3 years from 2006-2009 with Cindy as mission leaders for Mozambique and Angola for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Board of Directors
VICE CHAIR / PRESIDENT