Carry the FutureLeadership Team
Alen Amini is the son of a Persian rug merchant and former Iranian elementary school teacher. He is a former educator turned consultant and is honored to serve as Carry the Future’s Executive Director. He felt a call to action after witnessing the impact of Middle East conflicts on individuals and families. He is an Ohioan by birth, but now lives in New York City.
Desi Burns Porter
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.
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.
Born and raised in Florida, Alison Scott Soracchi is an earth child and humanitarian who loves her son, Dominic. 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 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 Carry the Future 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 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.
Chief Development Officer
Alicia Meulensteen is a leader and advocate for the nonprofit industry, with two decades of experience leading direct marketing programs for some of the nation’s largest and most respected nonprofits. She is a founding member of The Nonprofit Alliance, past Advisory Council member with the DMA Nonprofit Federation, where she was Chair of the Ethics Committee, and a former board member of the DMFA. She is a sought-after speaker at industry events such as the ANA Nonprofit Federation Leadership Summit, the Bridge Conference, and Dreamforce.
Alicia was instrumental to the growth of the ASPCA’s monthly giving program of 400,000 donors, creating a five year strategy to double the group’s file through multi-channel sustainer acquisition and best in breed retention efforts. She has hands-on experience with multi-million record database conversions, analytics and development operations, and staff development.
Alicia lives with her family in New York City, has a rescue dog and a pack of community cats, and enjoys knitting, cooking, and indoor climbing.
Chief Communications Officer
Lacy Stroessner resides in Columbia, Missouri with her spouse and three daughters. Lacy is an educator, writer, and 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 US/Mexico Border. In her free time, Lacy enjoys traveling, exploring the outdoors, herding chickens, and cooking delicious food from scratch.
Cristal Munoz-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.