Board of Directors

Desi Burns Porter, President

After living in the Middle East for several years, Desi Burns Porter was watching the Syrian Civil War closely from the time it began. When the war created a refugee crisis, Desi began searching for a way to help. She connected with Carry the Future’s founder in October of 2015 and helped build Carry the Future into what it is today—a global organization serving refugee families. Desi resides in Texas on a small farm with her husband and three daughters. She owns a communications advocacy firm and is pursuing a graduate certificate in the George Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. Desi has travelled to Greece, Jordan and the Texas border on behalf of Carry the Future.

Sara Gilliam, Vice President

A Nebraskan by birth, Sara Gilliam lives in Hamilton, Ontario with her husband and two sons. She is Editor-in-Chief of Exchange, the leading magazine for early childhood professionals, and is passionate about education, volunteerism and politics. For more than two decades, she has been active in refugee resettlement and volunteering in refugee camps. Sara has been honored to be a part of Carry the Future since “the early days,” and traveling to Greece and Jordan on behalf of Carry the Future has been one of the greatest privileges of her life.

Alison Soracchi, Board Secretary

Born and raised in Florida, Alison Scott Soracchi is an earth child and humanitarian who loves her son, Dominic, and husband, Jon-Michael. After watching the refugee crisis unfold and thinking about what she would do with her then-infant son if she were in the same situation, Alison helped form Carry the Future with the organization’s founder, Cristal. When not working with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers or Carry the Future, she can most likely be found outdoors. Alison loves traveling with her family, photography and being involved in social and community activities

Bronislava Shmilovich, Board Treasurer

Bronislava became involved with Carry the Future in the fall of 2016. As a refugee herself, the mission and the work of the early teams of CTF struck her on a very personal level. After answering a call to donate a baby carrier, she decided to do more. She collected enough for 100 carriers; eventually, it evolved into one of the biggest carrier drives that took place in the DC area, collecting and packing over 800 carriers and bringing together local volunteers. Bronislava’s work has evolved into a deep involvement with the organization starting off with with work in the Comms/Marketing area and then shortly after joining the Board as a board member. Bronislava currently resides in the Washington DC area with her family. In addition to her love of travel and discovering new experiences, she can be often found involved in various activities that assist locally resettled refugees.

Laura Deitz, Board Member

Laura Deitz became actively involved with Carry the Future in February 2016, based on the belief that “a child’s future and safety should always come first”. Laura served as the Chief Response Officer, overseeing the growth and expansion of Carry the Future’s global programs, and currently serves as a Board Member supporting fundraising and development. Laura has an MBA and an MA in Development Studies and works in investor relations for Northgate Capital and The Capital Partnership. Laura resides in London, UK, with her husband and three young daughters. In addition to Carry the Future, Laura devotes significant time volunteering with the local community supporting families and young children profoundly impacted by Autism.

Erin Leonard, Chief Response Officer 

Erin Leonard is a military spouse of 18 years and currently calls Suffolk, England home.  After having lived in Turkey and having two kids of her own, the refugee crisis of 2015 hit home.  She has been involved with Carry the Future since November 2015. In her free time, Erin loves to travel and explore “off the beaten path” to authentically experience other cultures.


Jenny Belardi, Chief Development Officer

Jenny Belardi resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her husband Justin and two daughters, Sydney and Lily. She is the Director of Development at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science. Jenny donated her baby carriers back in 2015 after reading a story about Carry the Future. She has been on staff with Carry the Future since 2017. In her spare time, Jenny enjoys reading, writing fiction, running and yoga.

Lacy Stroessner, Chief Communications Officer

Lacy Stroessner resides in Columbia, Missouri with her spouse and three daughters. Lacy is a teacher-turned-business owner-turned-humanitarian, who is committed to changing the narrative surrounding the refugee crisis. Lacy has been with Carry the Future since 2016 and has worked on behalf of Carry the Future in Greece, Jordan and at the southern border of the United States. In her free time, Lacy enjoys exploring the outdoors, herding chickens and cooking delicious food from scratch.

Cristal Munoz-Logothetis, Founder

Cristal Logothetis was born in Spain and immigrated to the United States at a young age. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and son. Cristal founded Carry the Future in September 2015, after being deeply touched by the picture of Alan Kurdi; the refugee boy who drowned on his journey to Greece. Cristal presided over the Carry the Future Board of Directors for three years and now operates as the organization’s founder; spreading our message of actionable compassion and our vision of a world where a child’s safety and future always come first.