A lifetime of designing programs for at-risk populations led Conrad to the war-devastated region of northern Uganda in 2006. When challenged by the trauma and reintegration problems that former child soldiers and other abductees were experiencing upon their return home, Conrad developed the concept of ChildVoice, a place of healing and restoration for those left behind.
As ChildVoice’s CEO and President, Conrad’s work today focuses on strengthening programs at the Lukome Center and in the refugee settlements of northern Uganda while opening up new programs in Nigeria and other conflict regions around the world.
An avid cyclist, Conrad has ridden nine times across the state of Iowa -- more than 4,500 miles -- to promote ChildVoice and its work with war-affected children. When not working or riding, Conrad and his wife, Kathy, raise Highland cattle and quarter horses on their farm in New Hampshire.
Kristin is the Director of Programs at ChildVoice. After receiving her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition, she worked at the Lukome Center in Uganda for four years. There she specialized in the areas of health and nutrition education, as well as establishing income-generating projects within the local community. While working alongside her colleagues and community in Uganda, her passion for social justice and humanitarian development grew as she saw the transformation of lives firsthand. She continues to travel to East Africa with ChildVoice, working with children whose lives have been shattered by war.
Bob has more than 30 years of senior management experience in international business operations and finance and has lived abroad and traveled extensively. In his role as Director of Operations, he strives to create self-sustainable operations which minimize dependence on U.S. support and empower the indigenous work force. Bob has managed businesses in the U.S., Europe, and the Pacific Rim, has an MBA, and was once a CPA. When Bob is not working or engaged in activities surrounding his 11 grandchildren, he tries to get a fishing pole in his hands or a kayak on the water or both.
Originally from Missouri, Krista, her husband, and their three sons moved to New Hampshire in 2000 and have embraced it as their home. She has a background in teaching and more recently worked for several years in the non-profit sector for persons with disabilities. Krista serves as the Donor Relations Coordinator for ChildVoice and loves connecting with people about our work with war-affected children. Outside of work, you’ll find her kayaking, golfing, or playing the drums for the worship team at her church.
Born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey, Petek Altuğ has always had a heart to serve people across the nations. Following her transition to the U.S. for her final years of high school, Petek attended Wellesley College,receiving her B.A. in Sociology prior to serving several years with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, through which she encountered ChildVoice during their summer global projects to Uganda. Petek fell in love with Uganda and ChildVoice during those three summers and decided to move there and work full-time with our Lukome Center from July 2015-July 2016. She has now returned for further graduate studies and is continuing work with ChildVoice in the U.S. office.
Petek serves as the Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator. In addition to facilitating a robust M&E of our program to help empower our students' transformations to their utmost potential, she is developing the Bridges Out of Poverty curriculum for the Ugandan context. Apart from her love for the girls and children who bring her much joy at ChildVoice, Petek enjoys dancing, playing basketball, cooking with fresh ingredients, and soaking up beautiful sunrises and sunsets over any body of water (or African plain).
Pat has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Photography from Arizona State University, which morphed into an early career in photojournalism, working for newspapers and magazines in Arizona, Colorado, Mississippi, and eventually New Hampshire. Pat is now the Communications and Marketing Coordinator for ChildVoice, where she loves telling the stories of girls from the Lukome Center who have had their lives transformed from the point of despair to a place of hope and excitement for the future. When she’s not sitting in front of a computer, Pat is usually gardening, creating handcrafted jewelry, or photographing the alligators (from a respectful distance) in the lake at her and her husband’s winter home in Florida.
Kelsi (O'Neil) Kautz
Kelsi is the Team and Intern Coordinator at ChildVoice. A native of New Hampshire, she received a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology with a focus on education from the University of New Hampshire. In 2015, she spent 5 months at the Lukome Center in northern Uganda with her now husband, Michael, working on the farm to develop and raise a tilapia pond. During her time there, her heart was captured by the beautiful culture, joyous students and children, and the loving Ugandan people. Since then, she has returned to Uganda with a group of UNH students to enhance the sports and activity program at the Center. Kelsi is thrilled to be working with all those who are interested in traveling to the Lukome Center. In June 2018, Kelsi and Michael celebrated their wedding in New Hampshire alongside family, friends, and many members of the ChildVoice family.
After graduating from New Hampshire College, Cat enjoyed a more than 30 year career working in New England and the U.K. in Retail Management, with a strong focus in Project Management, Process Improvement and Policy Development. After leaving the full time workforce, Cat's focus has been on family and volunteerism. She is very active in her local church which led to her involvement with ChildVoice where she serves at the Database Coordinator. Along with her husband, she enjoys travel, skiing, golf, and spending time with their six grandchildren.
Emily is the Administrative Coordinator at ChildVoice. She graduated from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago with a degree in Pre-Counseling and Biblical Studies. She and her husband were married in 2016 and live in Newmarket, NH, the town where ChildVoice’s U.S. office is located. Emily is passionate about empowering and connecting women all over the world and seeing broken lives restored. Through her work at ChildVoice, and as an ambassador for Noonday Collection, a fair trade jewelry company that partners with artisans from vulnerable communities around the world, she is able to fulfill this passion. When not working, she loves to read, cook, explore the New Hampshire seacoast, and spend time with friends and family.
Kirby, an Australian Cattle dog, splits his time between ChildVoice’s New Hampshire office and Conrad Mandsager’s farm. When he’s not herding cattle, Kirby enjoys greeting guests at the office, playing catch, and napping.
Courtesy of Photography by Carin