The Board of Directors

Best student in her class, Guatemala

Purity Mwendwa Tharp, Chair, grew up in a very poor family in Kenya, taught Sunday school, became a lay preacher in the Methodist church and a social worker. Purity founded Joy World Community Based Organization that cares for single women with AIDS and widowed grandmothers and their daughters and orphan granddaughters.

Frances Kean, Vice-chair, has Masters degrees in education and counseling and a certificate in non-profit management. She was a counselor and teacher for 15 years while administering the Santa Fe Community College's Women in Transition program, and was Executive Director of the Santa Fe Women's Ensemble.

Belinda Wong-Swanson, Secretary, from Hong Kong, has a BS in Astronomy and a PhD in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Arizona. Her engineering firm emphasizes renewable energy technologies, preserving community culture and protecting the environment while developing locally-owned enterprises.

Lawrence Tharp, Treasurer and Executive Director, was an Air Force officer in Europe and served in the diplomatic corps in India and Vietnam. He has a PhD in economics from Columbia U. and is retired from teaching at the United World College in NM. He resides in Kenya where he oversees CBB's work there.

Stephanie Belmore has a BSc. from Central Michigan University and a Masters degree in Education Administration from the University of NM. She was Principal of North Valley Charter school in Albuquerque, NM and Bureau Chief of Educational Technology for the NM Public Education Department. Stephanie has received numerous awards in recognition of her leadership in education.

Laura Hauptman Berndt has a Masters degree in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago and a MA from the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago. She worked in Chicago schools and community nonprofits for seven years before moving to NM where she now cares for her young daughter.

Joan Irene Krohn retired as an Associate Professor of Social Work from New Mexico Highlands University in 2006. Las Vegas, NM is her home, but she also loves to travel. She has visited CBB project sites in Juarez, Mexico and in Guatemala.

Susan McWilliam attended Eastern NM University and has lived in Canada and Belgium. She worked for the Dean of Students at George Mason University and then started a decorating business in NM. Susan enjoys an active life in her church and family and makes art glass and jewelry and quilts for non-profit agencies.

Deney Perkins works for children's advocate attorneys and has been a Court Appointed Advocate for children in the foster care system. At her church Deney is a confirmation teacher, a Sunday School teacher, the prayer buddy coordinator and the Angel Tree Coordinator that cares for children of incarcerated parents.

Orphaned and abandoned girls, number one in their class

Our Partner Organizations


JOY WORLD COMMUNITY BASED ORGANIZATION gives scholarships for nursery school through university studies to daughters of single women with AIDS, daughters of alcoholic and abusive fathers, daughters of prostitutes, and to abandoned and orphaned girls.

INDANGALASIA HIV/AIDS RESOURCE CENTER administers scholarships to primary and high school girls orphaned by AIDS or abandoned by their father.


JUST ORGANIZATION FOR NATURAL GROWTH provides school supplies for tribal and Dalit ("untouchable") girls, organizes an after-school tutoring program for them, and provides tailoring training to out-of-school girls.

AMAR JYOTI gives nurses aide training to out-of-school tribal girls and then finds employment for them in local hospitals.


ESTUDIA CON AMOR administers primary and middle school scholarships to impoverished Mayan girls with single mothers.