OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Jon Cullen has served on the Board of Directors for over 3 years, as President for over 1 year. Jon graduated from Alma College with a B.S. in chemistry and worked as an analytical scientist at the pharmaceutical company Pharmacia (now Pfizer) in Kalamazoo, Michigan for over seven years. Jon began to sense God's direction toward full-time vocational ministry, specifically in the area of church-planting, and moved to Raleigh, North Carolina to be part of a young church plant, Southbridge Fellowship. Southbridge Fellowship is the home church of Matt and Misty Hedspeth and has been involved from the moment of sending Matt and Misty out to begin Heart's Cry till today, sending teams and otherwise supporting Matt and Misty and their ministry. Jon has a unique perspective on orphan care as he has been estranged from his mom for over twenty years. This has given him a passion to care for children without parents, specifically in Panamá, through the work of Heart's Cry.
Todd Ussery recently joined our Board of Directors in late 2016, although he has been close to the ministry since its inception. Todd is a native of Raleigh, NC and graduated from North Carolina State University. Todd is a co-founder of Sabal Homes LLC based out of Mount Pleasant, SC. Todd and his wife Catherine have two children, Parker and Wilson, who equally share the passion and conviction for caring for orphaned children in Panamá, as well as within their own community. Todd and Catherine have previously been licensed as foster care providers and adopted Wilson through what was initially a foster care placement. Todd has made several visits to Panamá where he has seen the overwhelming and heart-breaking need for the body of Christ and Heart’s Cry Children’s Ministry to defend and care for orphaned children in Panamá.
Josh Carper has served on the Board of Directors since 2016. Josh graduated from Bob Jones University with a degree in professional accounting, and worked at KPMG prior to joining Greystar Real Estate Partners, where he currently works as an executive director overseeing the firm’s finance and related functions. Josh resides in Charleston, SC with his wife, Tracy, and their four children. Josh’s involvement with Heart’s Cry began through word of mouth, simply hearing about the work being done in Panamá through other friends of the ministry. After a trip to visit Heart’s Cry in Panamá in 2016, Josh saw first-hand the important work that is being done, and is privileged to be able to play a role in that work through his service on the Board.
Mary Cannady has served on the Board of Directors as Secretary for 3+ years. Mary graduated from North Carolina State University with a B.S. in accounting and Masters’ degree in accounting. Mary is a North Carolina CPA and resides in Charlotte, NC with her husband, Scott, and two children, Haley and Charlie. Mary was a tax manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers and currently practices accounting as a financial consultant. Mary's involvement with Heart’s Cry started as a desire to support and encourage Matt and Misty Hedspeth, yet after seeing the ministry's work firsthand and being on the ground in Panamá, she is passionate about providing hope and a future for the orphans in Panamá.