board of directors
brie mahar - president
Co-founder, Brie has been volunteering on the board since Illuminate India was formed in 2011. Brie was adopted as an infant from Kolkata, India and grew up in Oregon. In 2011, she and her husband adopted their daughter from Kolkata. Brie is a registered nurse and resides in Oregon with her husband and three children.
Kristi Werre - Executive Director
Co-founder and Executive Director, Kristi has volunteered on the board since 2011. Previously, Kristi was a special education teacher in the public school system. She and her husband have five children, three of whom were adopted from Kolkata, India. Kristi and family live in Idaho.
jason werre - treasurer
A founding member, Jason has been volunteering on the board since Illuminate India began in 2011. Jason has a degree in justice and has worked as a youth counselor, juvenile probation officer, and now owns his own construction business. Three of his five children are adopted from Kolkata, India. Jason and family live in Idaho.
julie ross - secretary
Julie is a founding member and has been volunteering on the board since 2011. Julie’s experience in the non-profit world began in 2003, assisting chronically ill children. Julie and her husband have adopted two children of their own from Kolkata and Pune, India. Julie and her family make their home in Washington.
Ryan has served on the board since 2012. He is the CEO and Chief Leadership Officer of TeamTri. Ryan specializes in building up strengths in leaders to maximize impact. He has a big heart for the underprivileged. Ryan resides in Oklahoma with his wife and two children.
On the board since 2013, Jay is the Founder and Managing Principal of the Stoneridge Group. He is passionate about orphan care and is always pushing Illuminate India to the next level to make a greater impact. Jay lives in Georgia with his wife and two children.
Christine is the Children's Director at Rock Harbor Church in Meridian, Idaho. She loves advocating for children and families and has a strong knowledge of child development. Christine joined the board in 2016 and brings valuable perspective to the organization. She and her family live in Idaho.
Board member - open seat
Founder of Foster Care India, Ian is working at the government level to put a foster care system in place in India. Currently, Ian is the Project Director at Center of Excellence in Alternative Care of Children and is the India Director for Children's Emergency Relief International. Ian and his wife and son live in Delhi, India.
Sandy is a pediatric physical therapist. Her knowledge in the field of physical therapy is valuable to our work in the Special Needs Orphans Project. She and her husband have three boys, one of whom was adopted from India. Sandy and her family live in Idaho.
Tami is a social worker and has been working in adoption and orphan care in India for over a decade. Her knowledge and experience working with vulnerable children in India help us maintain and develop effective programs. Mom to three, two of her children are adopted from India. Tami and her family make their home in Colorado.