The bloggers

Veronica Batton, writer and editor

Veronica Batton began her relationship with Unbound in 2009, when she was hired as a Sponsor Services phone liaison. In 2012, she joined the communications team as a writer/editor, where she is grateful to learn so much from the sponsored children and families served through Unbound’s program. Veronica sponsors Thilothammal in Chennai, India, has great love for all things crafty and believes she can recite Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back from memory.
Jordan Kimbrell, writer and editor

Jordan joined the Unbound family in 2011, after completing her masters in English: Creative Writing from Kansas State University. Jordan is constantly inspired by the hope and creativity displayed by the sponsored members and their families and loves being able to share their stories with the rest of the world. Jordan lives in Kansas City, Missouri, with her cat, Mina, and can often be found playing board games with friends.

Larry Livingston, senior writer
Larry has been with Unbound since 2005. He has a background in theology, pastoral ministry and education and has written for several national publications. Larry lives with his wife, Kristi, and son, Ben, in Shawnee, Kansas. “Of all the things I love about Unbound, the authenticity is what I love the most. Unbound makes lives better, and every time my family receives letters from our sponsored friends Alvaro, Maria and Michele, I see new evidence of that.”


Henry Flores, director of the El Salvador communications center

Throughout his 16 years with Unbound, Henry Flores has served as translator, subproject coordinator, project coordinator, regional director for Guatemala and El Salvador, and currently as the director of the communications center in El Salvador. His experience working with Unbound has deepened his belief that it is possible to build a better future for the poor and their communities.
Alley Stonestreet, bilingual communications manager

Alley joined Unbound in 2013 and quickly fell in love with the beauty and depth of the Unbound program and the people it supports. She prefers chai tea to coffee, is obsessed with KU basketball, and dreams bringing the post office back, one hand-written letter at a time. She can be found in dog parks all across KCMO with her best bud, Quinley.


Cara VanNice, communications director

Cara joined the Unbound team in late 2013 after working in the marketing and Web fields for 10 years. She is a bookworm, gardener, home renovator, college hoops fan and occasional artist. She’s been known to voice strong opinions about Star Trek but remains conflicted about the Oxford comma. Cara sponsors a child in Uganda whose photo and story stole her heart.
Elizabeth Alex, community outreach and media relations director

Elizabeth joined Unbound in August 2012 after a long career in television news. Inspired by the work Unbound does in the world, Elizabeth helps tell the story of families whose lives are transformed through Unbound’s sponsorship program and the unique friendships formed between Unbound families in the field and caring people who support them. Elizabeth also runs an orphanage in Romania, and through Unbound she sponsors Nduta who lives in Kenya and happens to be 112 years old.
Dan Pearson, director of international programs

Dan Pearson works with Unbound programs around the world. His areas of focus include project operations, financial accountability, organizational learning and outcome evaluation. He has more than 15 years of experience in international development. Dan has lived and worked in South America, Europe, the Middle East and India. Dan travels regularly to monitor the Unbound program, talk with project staff and sponsored friends and their families, and learn from their experiences and ideas. He can pack for a two-week trip in 30 minutes. Dan and his wife, Kristina, have three children. They sponsor Bindu and Ashwini from India.