Board & Management
Susan Heagy, President/Founder of AHI
Susan Heagy is the founder of Abundant Hope International, established in 2008. She began visiting Holocaust Survivors living in Israel in January of 2004. Though expansion and partnership she now administrates a global volunteer staff and speaks to groups worldwide in order to educate the public on the Holocaust and the Survivors of Israel. Her background in administration and management in the film industry has proven an invaluable asset to complete the many work aspects of this organization.
Nancy Kurtz: Adoption Program Director, US & International
Nancy Kurtz has been an integral part of AHI, having facilitated the placement of Holocaust Survivors in Israel through the AHI Adoption program for several years. Nancy has been actively involved since 2005, when she adopted her own Survivor. Her personal experience of interaction gives her understanding and an ability to discern how to accomplish what is best for all involved. As a retired administrative Registered Nurse, Nancy has management and human resource skills to benefit both Survivors and the adoptive families. Nancy is now working in tandem with Yonatan, Israel Administrator to help him absorb the duties of assigning Adopters to the Survivors. Nancy continues in her role of Adoption Program Director.
Del Hansen: Director
Del Hansen joined the AHI Board in 2012. Following a time of volunteering together with AHI in Israel, Del and his wife Jean, recognized the work of AHI in Israel to be of great importance.
Del and Jean, both Jewish, are supportive of the work of AHI. Del has worked in several different countries in an engineering capacity and together, they were in leadership at one of the largest youth camps in the USA. Adjusting to other cultures, traveling worldwide and learning and speaking other languages (Indonesian and currently studying Hebrew), has prepared Del for making decisions on the Board of AHI.
Elva Spoor: Secretary
Elva Spoor has been involved since the first year Susan began visiting Survivors. She joined the Board at its formation in 2008 and visited Survivors in Israel a few years later. Elva maintains contact with the Administrators and bookkeeper as well as praying faithfully for the staff and Survivors. Her Bible study group is responsible for ensuring the hard-copy newsletters are assembled and posted in a timely manner. As an office manager, she is well aware of the need for organization.
Walter Kuhn: Director of Voluntourism
After retiring as an engineer of helicopter design, Walter Kuhn founded a business building outdoor barns, which is now a global enterprise. Today, Walter has retired from the barn building business and has taken on the challenge of PR for Israel and AHI. He has been coming to Israel every year, bringing volunteers with him for a tour of duty with AHI. Following this time of connecting with the people of Israel, his teams then usually take a professional tour of the country.
Dan Sutton: Director of Media
Dan Sutton discovered AHI though a trip to Israel, the purpose of which was the video-graphing of over 100 Holocaust Survivors. His photographic skills have produced wonderful portraits to remember the Survivors and record their war account for a lasting testament of their lives. He’s presented these photographic records as gifts to the Survivors and their adoptive families. Dan is a man of many talents, including photography, pilot and aircraft mechanic and Mayor of his city. Dan displays incredible patience and integrity through it all. In addition Dan is now overseeing the maintenance of our new website.
Sergeant Major Harold W. Lyon II: Director of Veteran Projects
Sergeant Major Lyon, known to us as Hal, learned about AHI while seated on a plane with Susan. After discovering a mutual interest in Israel he made arrangements to come and visit the Survivors. He has joined our AHI Board and is facilitating several new directions for the benefit of our Survivors. His skills in the military will be assets for our future direction. His first blog titled “Strength” is available on our website.
Heirloom Project Coordinator
Martha Mellinger is a very talented lady. She is creative with sewing, knitting and crocheting, a variety of handcrafting and a mind filled with a vast array of ideas! Combine this with organizational skills, a strong fortitude, compassion and love for the Survivors and Martha is an answer to our prayer!
Under her direction many people are actively creating many gifts for our Heirloom Projects. Her goal is to come to Israel each year, bring volunteers along and distribute many of these finished products to bring honor to the Survivors. Find out more in the section titled Heirloom Project.
AHI War Room Prayer Coordinator
Linda is no stranger to prayer and she has already streamlined the teams and helping with communication and expansion. She will make sure our prayer needs are sent on to the Warrior Teams and our spiritual support continues.
We are most grateful for the translators who have volunteered their time to translate letters and cards sent to the Survivors by their adopters. We mention their names here in honor and to request prayer for them. Translation is an art and not an easy thing to do. In addition they do it out of love for the Survivors. We are grateful for these wonderful people!
Russian: Elnura, Elena, Ayana, Valeriya, Larissa, Liz, Elena,
Hebrew: Sophie, Sima
Finnish: Juha, Kari