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Andrea Barnes

Executive Director

“It is an honor to work on behalf of the families and children we serve in Brazil knowing that our work makes a difference every day.  We work hand-in-hand with MonaVie, a great company that understands the core essence of giving back.  Our privilege and challenge is to reach out and respond to donors throughout the world, in diverse locations from Brazil to the US to Poland to Malaysia so that our friends are inspired to support the work we do at MORE and embrace the exponential power of community commerce when it is applied to charity.  With strong support from our donors we have the ability to make miracles happen.”

Andrea has been working in the charity sector since 1985 and joined the MORE Project Staff in 2008. She has served in a variety of leadership positions including: Principal, AB Funding Solutions, Senior Vice President for Globus Relief; Director of Development for the Waterford School and the Pioneer Theatre Company, and as General Manager of the Gina Bachauer International Piano Foundation.  She is expert in Board management, fundraising, technology and strategic planning.

Chris Harris

Chris Harris

Controller

Chris fell in love with the people of Brazil while serving an LDS mission in Rio de Janeiro. When the opportunity to work for MORE Project presented itself, he was excited to work for a company that provides tangible good for the world while helping a people he loves. Just as MORE Project’s reach has expanded, so too has Chris’ role. He joined More Project as a financial advisor in 2009 and assumed a role as controller in February of 2011. He maintains all MORE Project finances including audits, taxes, financial reporting and day-to-day financial needs of the organization.

Chris is a CPA and received his Master’s in Accountancy degree from Brigham Young University in 2005. He has worked as an auditor for Ernst and Young, as a controller at other companies and as a financial manager for Utah State Department of Technical Services.

Mindy Relyea

Mindy Relyea

Marketing & Communications Specialist

Mindy believes that doing good is good business. It is that belief that guided her toward nonprofit organizations. When the opportunity to work for MORE Project presented itself, Mindy knew she wanted to be a part of it. As she explains, “I could see that it would have a tremendous impact on thousands of lives. It’s a rare opportunity to be a part of such a powerful, well-supported organization. I count myself lucky every day that I get to play a part in the amazing experiences unfolding at MORE Project.”

Aside from her years of volunteer work in non-profits, Mindy has spent her career managing corporate functions – from board meetings to budgets to projects to client relations, all of which contributes to her strength in managing More Project’s marketing and communication efforts. Mindy studied business administration and corporate fitness at the University of Utah and at Weber State
University.

Christa Ekker

Christa Ekker

Development Coordinator

Christa believes all people deserve the opportunity to become their greatest selves, but unfortunately, not all people have the same privileges or opportunities. This is why Christa is so grateful to be a part of More Project. “Potential will become reality as people are treated as they should be and given what they ought to have,” Christa said. “We have the power to help people become what they are capable of being.”

Christa graduated from Southern Utah University in 2003 with a degree in political science. Since graduating she has traveled the country dedicating her life to supporting political campaigns and nonprofits she believes in. She also has embraced numerous volunteer opportunities, including working for Huntsman Cancer Research, We Make a Difference Now, and The National MS Society. It was her passion for helping others that led her to MORE Project, and she is thrilled to put that passion to work not just in her community but around the world.

Christa has a deep sense of appreciation for the donors and is very organized, driven, and has a passion for details. She brings these skills to bear as she manages MORE Project’s large donor database and the thousands of gifts given each year.