U.S. Leadership TeamMentors International’s Leadership Team brings a robust level of knowledge and expertise. Combined they bring over 50 years of experience in leadership, educating, mentoring, management, finance and economics, training and development, marketing and communications to name a few. They are dedicated to our mission of ending poverty in a sustainable way.
President and CEO
Curtis Bennett comes from humble circumstances and knows the power and benefit of a true mentor.
Throughout his career, he has had vast experience in many avenues of for-profit business to non-profit organizations, educational institutions, and international business. He has traveled extensively throughout the world and has personally witnessed the extreme poverty facing many families. Recently, Curtis and his wife Sheri were released after serving a term of service for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints presiding over the Mexico Missionary Training Center, located in Mexico City from January 2017 – January 2019.
Curtis is very appreciative for the mentors and examples who have helped shape his life. He strongly feels like now is the time in his life where it is his turn to pay it forward. He is grateful to serve as the CEO of Mentors International and help empower families to grow in greater self-reliance in all aspects of their lives.
When Curtis is not helping to share and grow the mission of Mentors International, he is found spending his time with his beautiful wife Sheri, his five children, and their 12 grandkids. He also enjoys exploring the great outdoors on his mountain bike.
Chief Operating Officer
Chris Dunn currently serves as Chief Operating Officer. Chris has more than 25 years of sales, finance, and general management experience and has held management and executive-level positions in the transportation, education, healthcare, and financial information services industries. He has also held executive-level positions in a number of business start-up ventures and has successfully led several high growth companies to the private equity funding stage.
Chris earned his BA in Economics from the University of Colorado and received an MBA in Finance from Brigham Young University. He currently resides in Utah with his wife and children.
Vice President Business Development
Curtis was born in Utah and grew up in Southern California and has a vast sales and executive management career in the private sector that includes the construction, manufacturing and youth leadership industries. His passion is people and specifically helping others to see their value and full potential to achieve life’s highest measures regardless of their surrounding conditions. Striving to do good everyday by living the “Golden Rule” is the innate desire of his heart!
Curtis received his BS in Business Management from BYU with a minor in Spanish.
Curtis enjoys outdoor sports of all kinds and quality time with his wife Stephanie and their 4 kids along with his brand-new grandbaby!
Director of Programs
Luis was born in Brazil from European parents. He has a Business degree from Brigham Young University and a Master’s in International Business Administration from Thunderbird Graduate School of Global Management. His professional experiences include worldwide responsibilities for two high-technology companies in Northern California, one as the Director of International Operations for TeleSensory Systems, Inc., (15 years) and the other as the Worldwide Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Elesys, Inc. (16 years). He has traveled to over 45 countries multiple times to identify, appoint and manage distribution channels. Kemeny had been engaged with our organization for over 10 years and has been involved in various aspects of operations. He currently focuses on managing programs and curricula for the Learning and Mentoring Centers. He and his wife live in Kaysville, Utah, have 6 children, and 26 grandchildren.
Justin Mellor, CPA, CFE, currently serves as Chief Financial Officer. Justin has more than 15 years of extensive experience in both finance and accounting. He has held management and executive-level positions in healthcare, not-for-profit, and retail. Prior to his current role, he served as the Chief Financial Officer for Lifting Generations and was the Chief Financial Officer for Gold Cross Ambulance.
Justin earned both his BA and Master’s degree in Accountancy from Brigham Young University. He currently resides in Utah with his wife and three daughters.
Vice President of Finance
David’s financial experience has come from serving as Vice President of Finance and Controller for the international headquarters of Children’s Miracle Network (17 years). He was part of a leadership team responsible for increasing annual fundraising from $89 million to $240 million during his tenure – over $2 billion in funds raised altogether. His role in the nonprofit industry has allowed him to wear many hats that have contributed to his overall business acumen. David currently serves as Treasurer on the board of the Children’s Medical and Research Charities of America. David received his Bachelor of Art degree in Finance from Utah State University. Additionally, he holds a masters degree in Nonprofit Management (MNM) from Regis University, graduating with Honors.
Director of Marketing
Sarah Barrett has worked in the non-profit sector for over 15 years. Previous to her position at Mentors International, she worked for the Utah Safety Council helping to promote their mission of saving lives through education and training. Sarah has a background in marketing, communications, and website design. Sarah enjoys running and experimenting with new recipes. She also likes to hike and explore the National Parks with her husband and three kids. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Mentors International and truly believes this organization is making a difference where we serve.
Melanie Winterton came to Mentors International because of her love for humanitarian aid and serving others. Melanie has worked as an office manager for eight years and truly enjoys the relationships she has built with her co-workers. Melanie enjoys hiking, traveling, spending time with her family and laughing. She feels very blessed to be part of an organization that does much good in alleviating poverty throughout the world.
Epi Reyes has 41 years of diversified and experienced as a bilingual Administrative Assistant, Bookkeeper, Translator & Office Manager. She is a very organized, dependable, loyal and hardworking employee. She was born in El Salvador, served a mission in Costa Rica and has lived in the USA for 30 years.
Epi feels fortunate to work at a non-profit organization which makes such a difference in peoples’ life. “To be helping the poor and the needy on a daily basis and getting pay for it is more than I can ask”. She enjoys the natural beauty, the warm water of a beach, and lying in a hammock drinking a coconut or reading a book.
Program Manager, Pearls with Purpose
Wendy Bird is the founder of Pearls with Purpose, a social-impact organization which blends micro-enterprise training with humanitarian assistance. Since 2002, Wendy has inspired and motivated people all over the world by sharing her passion for “teaching women to fish” rather than “giving them a fish.” As a certified High Performance Coach, Wendy leads women toward self-sustainment with jewelry-making and micro-enterprise skills along with 12 key traits/disciplines which allow an individual to live sustained levels of energy, connection, joy, purpose, influence and clarity on a more consistent basis with simple system implementation. These women use this empowering knowledge to improve their own lives and that of others. They hand create products which are sold in developed countries and manage their own long term self-reliance, thus breaking the cycle of poverty.
Wendy has received such awards as “Humanitarian of the Year,” “Woman Making a Difference,” “Best of State” in jewelry production, and has been featured on Good Things Utah and various radio shows. She does keynote speeches throughout America teaching core concepts of social entrepreneurship and life purpose. As a result of her infectious and motivating passion, Wendy has helped bring about change for thousands of people worldwide. She is the mother of 5 children, and Nana to 5 grandchildren. When in country, she resides in Riverton, UT with her husband
David A. Christensen
David serves as a senior advisor. He is an entrepreneur, educator, corporate trainer, author, and administrator. He has trained in Fortune 500 companies, hometown start-ups, and non- profit groups. He was on the faculty of BYU-Idaho creating and pioneering a course that has become required at the university. He has resided and administered non-profit programs in Central and South America.
He completed his BS and MS Degrees at Brigham Young University. David counts as his life’s most important accomplishment– his relationship with his wife, eight children, and a growing number of grandchildren.
Our International Directors are native to the countries in which they serve. They are deeply committed to their communities and to the people they lead.