Meet the Team

Leadership Team

Julie Higgins

Julie Higgins

CEO

JULIE HIGGINS is the founder and CEO of I Pour Life, an international non-profit organization working to help individuals become self-sufficient through developmental programs in the United States and Ethiopia. Julie founded I Pour Life in 2011 after decades of experience as a nationally recognized entrepreneur. She has successfully built and sold several businesses, and strategically consulted growing businesses to help them flourish at the next level. Julie serves on numerous executive boards and is a graduate of Evangel University. She resides in Ozark, Missouri with her husband Paul.

Vanessa Higgins, CFP®

Vanessa Higgins, CFP®

CFO

VANESSA HIGGINS, CFP, is the Chief Financial Officer who has Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Missouri – Kansas City and an extensive background in the financial industry. Vanessa began her investment advisory career at American Century Investments and during her 10 years became a Certified Financial Planner and a Registered Investment Adviser. She was the managing partner in a successful entrepreneurial venture where she oversaw the financial management and reporting for the company. In 2011, she joined I Pour Life as the CFO where her strong planning and analytical skills coupled with her experience in the day to day operations of company management have complemented the visionary and entrepreneurial spirit of the organization.

Stephanie Anderson

Stephanie Anderson

Director of Global Operations

STEPHANIE ANDERSON is the Global Operations Director for I Pour Life where she oversees the organization’s community development efforts in Ethiopia. Formerly a business and marketing consultant, Stephanie’s work spans four continents and forty-six countries. In her past work, she developed growth strategies and systems for local and international non-profit organizations that helped them fulfill their missions and increase awareness of their causes. Stephanie received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Evangel University. She resides in Springfield, Missouri with her husband Andy.

David Gurian

David Gurian

Director of Domestic Operations

DAVID GURIAN is the Director of Domestic Operations at I Pour Life, where he oversees the LifeStrengths Development System’s strategy, program, and staff. His career as a leader began at The Ritz-Carlton hotel company where he honed his skills in developing high-performance teams and service excellence. His impact in industry leading organizations continued as a leader in the nationally recognized Malcolm Baldrige award recipient, Mid-America Transplant. David is also a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach which specializes in the StrengthsFinder assessment tool.

David received his Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry from Baylor University where he first began working with at-risk youth in the city of Waco, Texas. He is married to his wife Kristina and resides in Oklahoma City with their three daughters.

Correy O'Neal

Correy O'Neal

Director of Marketing and Strategic Partnerships

CORREY O’NEAL is the Director of Marketing and Strategic Partnerships at I Pour Life, focused on creating innovative and valued experiences for donors, business partners, volunteers, and travelers who support I Pour Life’s uniquely designed development programs. Formerly a strategic consultant and executive with award-winning media and entertainment companies, Correy’s experience include project development with Google, United Nations, SoulPancake, Kid President, YouTube, General Electric, HarperCollins Publishing, Edelman Ad Agency, ConAgra Foods, CA Lottery, the White House, Wisecrack Media, and more.

Correy is a mother of two boys and resides in San Diego, California with her husband Travis.

Meet the rest of the team

Renae Boedeker

Renae Boedeker

Human Resources and
Global Trips Coordinator

Maureen Graham

Maureen Graham

Creative Director

Tracey Hardwick

Tracey Hardwick

Texas LifeStrengths Director

Jeya (Madurendrum) Jeyachandran

Jeya (Madurendrum) Jeyachandran

Country Director, Ethiopia

Mason Jones

Mason Jones

Digital Communications Coordinator

Jenna Wright

Jenna Wright

LifeStrengths Administrator

The rest of the team

Renae Boedeker

Renae Boedeker

Human Resources and
Global Trips Coordinator

Maureen Graham

Maureen Graham

Creative Director

Tracey Hardwick

Tracey Hardwick

Texas LifeStrengths Director

Jeya (Madurendrum) Jeyachandran

Jeya (Madurendrum) Jeyachandran

Country Director, Ethiopia

Mason Jones

Mason Jones

Digital Communications Coordinator

Jenna Wright

Jenna Wright

LifeStrengths Administrator

Want to join our team?

We are currently hiring and are always looking for new volunteers to support local programs, events, and marketing projects. Click below for volunteer opportunities and job postings.

 

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