Who Are We?

Lauren Foulger, MPH – Executive Director

Lauren graduated with her Masters of Public Health and her Bachelors of Science in Sociology and International Development from Brigham Young University. For the past 10 years she has been heavily involved with domestic and international projects that target under-served populations.

She has worked in various capacities in Guatemala, the United States, Africa, Thailand, Laos, Venezuela and other countries working on projects to provide opportunity to those in need.  Lauren spent several months living and working in the Alta Verapaz region of Guatemala conducting research for the World Health Organization in the areas of maternal and child health. 

When she witnessed the poverty in lthe region she became committed and is dedicating her efforts on behalf of the people there.




Beth Dearden-Founder and Managing Director

Prior to her work in Guatemala, she, along with a friend, Mila Layne, founded and managed the Street Children’s Center in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. For her work at the Center, Beth was awarded the Order of the Polar Star—the highest award given for service by the Mongol nation.

Beth and her husband Marlin have traveled extensively in developing countries, and lived in Guatemala from 2004 to 2011. Currently, they divide their time between Guatemala, where they visit and evaluate projects, and Utah, where they promote the projects.

Beth has a Masters Degree in Cross-Cultural training from The School of International Training, Brattleboro, Vermont.


Marlin Dearden, DrPH, MPH Founder & Consultant

Marlin has a Doctorate in Public Health, Yale University School of Medicine.

For over 28 years he served on the faculty and as Dean of Health Services Administration and Management at Quinnipiac University, Hamden, Connecticut. He established and conducted student travel and semester abroad trips throughout the world that focused on health systems in developing countries.

Marlin’s work includes international health education, acquisition of funding for numerous health projects in Mongolia and Guatemala, public health, management consultation, and procurement and distribution of medical resources for NGOs, hospitals, and clinics.



Our Board:


Yvonne Sinclair, Founder and Director of the NARU Project 

Yvonne left a lucritive job in the U.K. in publishing and writing and went to Guatemala for a 3 week vacation.  That was 9 years ago.  She is still there. Once she saw the tremendous need for nutrition and health education in the remote areas of Senahu in Alta Verapaz she committed her liife and her resources to working on behalf of the Mayan villagers.  

The NARU Nutrition Project provides the nutritional food supplement (Incaparina) to preschool and post nursing children in various stages of malnutrition.  NARU also provides health education, family planning, and sustainable projects to curtail malnutrition and enhance health.  


Steve Wainwright, Editor in Chief, Associate VP at Bridgeport Education

Steve is a graduate from the University of Utah.  Steve began a career in educational publishing where he has worked for the past 23 years.  He has worked in a variety of positions, starting as a field representative and worked up to become an Acquisitions Editor.  He has been in this capacity for the last 8 yefars, working primariy in the disciplines of philosophy, religion and education.

Steve's interest in humanitarian work began with volunteer service in Paraguay in the late 1970's.  His interests center mainly in the rea of education, health and housing.


Richard Tanner, Member, Shareholder of Concero Connect L3C

Richard provides straegic and financial investment and management expertise to this Low Profit Limited Liability Company, bringing extremely affordable satellite Internet access to the very poor and very rural communities.  He was privileged to be one of the few attendees form the USA for an "Social Busiiness Day" conference with representtives from 32 countries which was held in Bangladesh under the leadership of Muhammad Yunus.

From 2011-2014 Richard was the Director of the Willes Center for International Entrepreneurship at Brigham Young University in Hawaii.  Richard held full-time administrative responsibiities, hosted the Guest Lecture Series, and taught courses to over 2500 students, nearly half coming from over 70 countries.  Richard held numerous administrative responsibilites while at BYU Hawaii.  

Richard's wife, Shawn,  is also a valuable board member.

Prior to being at BYU Hawaii Richard was Senior Vice President of Development; President of predecessor Extra Space Management.  


William H. Nelson, President & CEO, Intermountain Healthcare (1999-2009)

William H. Nelson was president and chief executive officer of Intermountain Healthcare from 1999 to 2009.  Intermountain is an integrated, non-profit healthcare system with 26 hospitals, numerous clinics, and an insurance organization that serves communities in the Intermountain Region.  

Bill graduated from Brigham Yung University in 1967 with a bachelor's degree in accounting.  He earned an MBA from the University of Southern California in 1971.  Bill served as national chairman of the Healthcare Financial Management Association in 1995-96.  He served on the boards of the Utah Symphony & Opera, Beneficial Life Insurance, United Way of the Greater Salt Lake Area, and the Healthcare Research and Development Institute.


Christine Nelson

Christine has a Bachelors of Art from BYU.  She also has a minor in Spanish and a teaching credential.  Christine received her Master's Degree from the University of Utah in Bilingual Education.

She served as a missionary in Chile.

Christine taught Spanish as a second language at the Clayton Intermediate School.  She is the author of the manual Instant Spanish or English on how to learn Spanish or English as a second language.

She is a board member for Quelessebougou Alliance and has a deep interest in helping communities in need with a strong belief that we can succeed in improving the lives of the vulnerable. 

Brad Dearden

Brad Dearden is Associate Professor of Cultural Geography at the University of Maine in Farmington.  He received his PhD from the University of Utah in 2000.  For the past 20 years Brad has traveled extensively throughout Central America and in numerous Asian countries.  Brad's primary role with World Link Partners is to identify projects, meet with project directors and evaluate the projects. Brad is the son of Beth and Marlin.


Jan Hemming

Jan is a seasoned executive, stratetic thinker and public relations professional spaning an impressive career working with the U.S. Government, corporations, civic and arts organizaions, non-profits, universities, U.S. Information agency, Yale-New Haven Hospital, John A Widtsoe Fundation, Nu Skin Internationa, Brigham Young University and Intermountain Health Care.  She has also been involved in many community boards.  

Jessie Southwick
Jessie is currently World Link Partners director of on-line promotion and website management .  Professionally she is in client communication and marketing.  Jessie also is experienced and has worked in the legal field as a case manager and legal assistant for Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc..