Nurturing Nations is a family-run charity that works with generous volunteers who contribute their skills and talents to serving Ghana’s most vulnerable children.
Laura is Nurturing Nations founder and president. She provides the primary guidance and direction for all of Nurturing Nations activities, manages the organization’s day-to-day operations, and coordinates outreach and fundraising. She served on the Utah Governors counsel for People with Disabilities and is a member of the National Association of Professional Women. She and her husband have nine children, four of whom are adopted from three different countries (Korea, China, and Ghana). Four of their children have special needs and six children are still at home. Laura is a full-time Mom and she loves learning with her family and working through the challenges of everyday life. It is through the experiences of adoption, caring for children with special needs, and being a mother that she developed a passion for advocating for individuals with special needs, those in poverty, and vulnerable children. Her experiences in Ghana as part of the adoption of her youngest child provided the motivation and the direction for the founding of Nurturing Nations. In addition to coordinating and overseeing all aspects of Nurturing Nations, she regularly delivers presentations about the value of every human life and the need to serve beyond ourselves.
Mark is Vice President and a co-founder of Nurturing Nations. Mark oversees legal and financial issues and helps manage sponsor relationships and fundraisers. In Ghana, Mark develops collaborative relationships with local leaders to facilitate Nurturing Nations’ work and interacts with local leaders to build relationships. Mark has served as a faculty member of Brigham Young University’s Biology Department for 24 years. He received both his Bachelors and Masters from BYU in Zoology and his PhD in Zoology from the University of Georgia. Mark’s research is focused on life history evolution, evolutionary ecology of native fishes, and natural history and conservation biology of aquatic organisms.
Percy Amoah Gogoe
Percy is Nurturing Nations’ On-site Ghana Facilitator. Percy manages ongoing site construction of the Nurturing Nations’ Home for Children and runs the sponsorship program. As part of his work with the sponsorship program, he works with teachers and students to monitor progress and helps families see the value of the children’s education. Despite growing up in poverty, Percy graduated from the University of Ghana, Legon with degrees in Economics and Religion. For the past sixteen years, he has worked with non-governmental agencies to help at-risk children and individuals in poverty. Percy and his wife Miriam have five beautiful children.