Management Team

Perry V. Brätt | President

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A general contractor, engineer, and landscape contractor, Perry has helped found several successful companies, the oldest being Brätt, Inc., founded 31 years ago with a peak employment of 250. Under Perry's direction as President and CEO, Brätt, Inc. has been recognized three years running as one of the Top 100 USA Contractors, a top fastest growing 100 Utah Company, and has received several prestigious national awards.

Perry received a B.A. from Brigham Young University (BYU) and pursued graduate studies at the BYU School of Education. He has served BYU as an Alumni Board Member and as the student body president from 1978-1979. He has received many honors for his work with the Boy Scouts of America and other local and national associations. Perry has served in many church and other volunteer positions. He enjoys art, reading, hiking, and camping.

Dedicated to his family, Perry and his wife, Jana, have seven children and one exchange student. Their children have caught the spirit of giving and have spent over 48 months living in foreign lands helping the needy. Their family has collectively made over 40 trips in the last three years to underdeveloped countries to help save lives.

K. Paul MacArthur | Legal Counsel, Co Chairman of the Board

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Founding partner of MacArthur, Heder & Metler, PLLC- a law firm with 12 attorneys located in Provo, Utah, Paul practices in the areas of estate planning, tax planning, business contracts and formation, tax exempt organizations and adoption. Paul's interest and enthusiasm for A Child's Hope Foundation stems from his own experience as an adoptive parent. He and his wife, Monica, have seven children, three of whom were adopted. Paul received a B.A. in English/Business Management from Brigham Young University (BYU), a Juris Doctorate from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at BYU and an Ll.M.. in Taxation from the Washington School of Law.

Paul has volunteered his services to the Court Appointed Special Advocate for Children (CASA) project where he assisted in child abuse and custody cases by working to assure that the child's best interests were being realized. Paul sits on the boards of several non-profit organizations as he seeks to make a difference in his community and, where possible, his state, country and world. He loves and enjoys his family, as well as working with young men through the scouting program.

Mark Kendell | Co Chairman of the Board

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Mark is considered one of Utah's top "serial entrepreneurs" and a most unorthodox private investor. In 1978, he founded Kendell & Associates, LLC a merchant banking firm, specializing in the creation, financing, and operation of a broad spectrum of companies and investment opportunities. Since that time he has provided leadership as an entrepreneur and investor in building new innovative companies and technologies.

His ventures have a very wide range, from one of the original national chains of quick lubrication stores, SuperLube (a predecessor to Jiffy Lube); one of Utah's first research based pharmaceutical companies, Royal Pharmaceutical Company; Intelisys, an innovative research engine; to Great Western Aviation, one of the inter-mountain area's leading general aviation FBO / charter companies.

Currently he is Co-Chairman and CEO of WhiteLight Media Group, Inc. one of the great content developers of motion pictures and video games; and EcoNova, Inc. which has several exciting patented innovations for cleaning contaminated polluted water and the recovery of valuable products within pollution. As a result of his entrepreneurial ventures, he was awarded number 15 in the ACE (Venture Magazine) annual "Top 100 Young Entrepreneurs in the USA" at age 30. In 2006 he was honored with the State of Utah's "Days of 47 Pioneer of Progress Award" for science and technology.

He and his wife live in Huntsville Utah with their five children. They enjoy skiing, hiking, water skiing and ranching. When he is not "playing" at building companies, he "works" at "pulling G's" in his aerobatic airplane, studying ecclesiastical history and works with youth groups, especially the Boy Scouts.

Rex Hale | Co-chairman of the Board

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Rex was born and raised in Southeast Idaho on a dairy farm, where he learned to work hard and solve problems with only the tools available. His ancestors were all either entrepreneurs or farmers, with history in mercantile, lumber and feed mills. Rex studied computer science at Brigham Young University and Utah Valley University. After working in the computer industry for several large companies, Rex founded Q90 Corporation, which specializes in custom software development, primarily in health care and independent living.

Rex lives in Elk Ridge, Utah with his wife Kari and their four children. He enjoys scouting, sailing, and working with the children of Mexico.

Rex has also served on the board of directors for Youth Champions Charity and the Utah chapter of Entrepreneur Organization.

Carolene Cook | Board Member

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Carolene Cook has a Bachelor of Science degree from Brigham Young University in Home Economics Education. She has substituted at various schools in Utah and California. She pursued post-graduate work at the University of California, Hayward. She has been a stay at home mother for 29 years, raising seven children with her husband Paul. She has served prominently in many leadership positions in her church and community.

Carolene has been instrumental in the creation of A Child's Hope Foundation and has traveled to Haiti many times during the foundation's formative years, as well China. Having an adopted daughter from China, and a recently adopted niece from Haiti, Carolene remains an passionate advocate of adoption for parentless children in developing countries.

Gerald van Bruggen | Board Member

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The owner of several small businesses, Gerald is involved in contracting, farming, running a nursery, land development, and the entertainment industry. Receiving his Landscape Gardener Certification in 1985, he has been operating Heritage Nurseries Ltd., a commercial Landscape Contracting Company and Tree Nursery for the last 26 years in St. Albert, Alberta, Canada.

Gerald and his wife Jo-anne have been married for 26 years and have four children and four grandchildren. The van Bruggens have been to Haiti four times and three of their children have also worked as volunteers in the construction of the adoption orphanage there. Gerald enjoys downhill skiing, climates warmer than a Canadian winter, and spending time with his family.

Kent White | Executive Director

Kent White

Kent White has been with A Child's Hope Foundation since 2003 and has served as a Project Manager during that time. He has personally hosted well over 1000 volunteers on work projects to Mexico. The father of five kids, and the husband of one long-suffering wife, Kent is usually talking to his family about the importance of sleep and how to cook carne asada to perfection.

Kent loves to read and will find any reason at all to lie in bed all day with a good book. His friends often say that when his autopsy is completed, the doctors will say he died of bed sores. To support his family, Kent works as a business consultant; helping companies design great customer experiences.

Mary White | Treasurer / Secretary

Mary White

The list of things that Mary finds beautiful includes neatly organized financial statements.  Her childhood obsession with budgets led her to study finance at Brigham Young University, where she graduated at the top of her class with a degree in Business Management.  She has since been the bookkeeper for several small businesses as well as her own household.

Mary finds her greatest joy with her comical husband and five super-duper children.  She loves working with and teaching the children at church and at her kids' schools, where she has coached four Mock Trial teams and mentored one group of student body officers.  She volunteers weekly at the high school library where she fits in time to read and to write her own novel.  She loves yoga and meditation, cycling, gardening, exploring, building things, and eating Kent's carne asada trials.  As a hard-working mother, Mary has a profound respect for the orphanage directors who commit their lives to parenting a never-ending stream of children who need their love.

Juliana Ali | Project Manager

Juliana Ali acts as a project manager, trip and volunteer coordinator, writer/editor, and marketing specialist for A Child's Hope Foundation. She was a Trustees scholar at Brigham Young University and graduated with a degree in Communications Studies. She is passionate about writing, singing, soccer, and her family. She spent several years as an organizer of the Writing for Charity fundraiser event, which brought together dozens of nationally-published authors to raise money for global literacy efforts. She is also one of the founding members of the Rocky Mountain Cup, an annual derby between two Major League Soccer teams. She spent six months living in Europe as a child, which made her fall in love with different cultures and travel. She believes that kindness and empathy are the solution to most of the world's major problems.

Todd Goates | Website

Todd Goates graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Digital Media with an emphasis in Internet Technologies from Utah Valley University in 2014. He has been interested in art and design for nearly his entire life. During high school, Todd first learned about coding by making simple games using PowerPoint and Flash. While in an introductory HTML course in college, Todd excelled in learning quickly, and even tutored his fellow students that were in the same class. Todd helped redesign and modernize this website during a senior capstone project. Since then, he has regularly maintained the website, developed new features such as a donation processing system, and volunteered with A Child's Hope Foundation on trips to Mexico and during other fund raising events.

During his free time, Todd enjoys coding and learning new web technologies, writing stories, traveling, hiking, watching and making movies, and spending time with his wife and cat.

Ryan Cook | Marketing

Bio coming soon

Christy Cook | Graphic Artist

Christy Cook graduated from Brigham Young University with a BFA in Design/Illustration, and has worked in the field for over ten years. She is married to Ryan Cook (see above) and they are the parents of three children. Christy was born and raised in West Virginia, but now calls Utah home. She loves road and mountain biking, cooking, and figuring out how to make things.

Paul H. Cook | Founder

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With more than 22 years of management experience in seven different industries, Paul has worked at all levels of management, including nine years at a senior executive level. He is the founder of A Child's Hope Foundation, and though no longer actively involved at present, he has served in the past as a Board Member.

Paul served as vice president of Human Resources for Novell, Inc. and held positions with three Fortune 500 companies based in California. Paul has also owned and operated four companies, which focused on investment, land development, excavation, and equipment leasing. With a total net value of approximately $20 million, he sold three of the four companies in 1998. He also developed several consulting tools with Mackinsie, Alexander Group, and Radford & Associates, and has provided senior level consulting for Novell, AMI, and SonicWALL.

Paul received a B.A. in Communications and Public Relations from Brigham Young University and an M.S. in Industrial Psychology—Management Development from California State, where he also served as an adjunct professor. He has traveled extensively, visiting more than 40 of the United States and more than 50 countries, including living in South America and Europe. Paul enjoys riding his bicycle in the mountains to ponder and meditate amidst the beauty of nature. He and his wife, Carolene, are the parents of seven children.


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