Our Team

President and CEO

Tim Heaton

Tim Heaton is a retired professor from the Department of Sociology at Brigham Young University and was the director of the International Development Minor. His research focused on demographic trends in the family. His research in the United States and Indonesia was focused on trends in and determinants of marital dissolution. He has examined the relationship between family characteristics and children's health in Latin America and Africa. He directed the PEAT internships from 2011-2017, and worked with students on evaluation projects in India, Cambodia, Thailand, Uganda, Malawi, Peru, Guatemala and Mexico. He currently serves as the President for the Bountiful Children's Foundation and is the head of the Evaluation Committee.

Part-time Staff

Shaela Avery - Finance and Technology

Shaela was raised on the Navajo Reservation and served as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the New York Rochester Mission at the Hill Cumorah Church History sites. Shaela graduated with honors from Brigham Young University with a BS in Physiology and Developmental Biology. She was a recipient of the ORCA Grant at BYU for her research and honors thesis on osteoarthritis. After attending two years of medical school she chose to be a mother and is now raising six children at home and continuing her passion for helping children by working with Bountiful Children. Shaela has been with Bountiful Children since 2013.

Angela Johnson - Communications and Development

Angela graduated from Brigham Young University in Education. She started helping Bountiful Children after going on a Nutritour to Guatemala in 2016. After meeting the beautiful children and families, she knew she wanted to help Bountiful wherever she could. She has also gotten to do humanitarian work in Peru and Ghana and hopes to visit many more areas where Bountiful is helping malnourished children. She has also enjoyed serving in various callings with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and in helping local refugee families. Angela is originally from Kansas and now resides in Cedar Hills, Utah. She is the mother of 4 and is excited to be a new grandma. She enjoys hiking, swimming, reading, genealogy, traveling, and doing just about anything with her family.

Board of Directors

Gary Heaton - Board Chair

Gary Heaton grew up in rural Utah. He and his wife have been married for 45+ years and have six children. Gary graduated with a Bachelors of Science from Brigham Young University in 1970, and he earned his Medical Degree from the University of Texas Medical School Houston in 1973. He later earned his Masters of Medical Management from Tulane University in 2000. Dr. Heaton completed his residency in pediatrics in 1977, and from 1977-2005 he was in general pediatric practice at FM 1960 Pediatric Center. He also served as the President and CEO of FM 1960 Pediatric Center from 1979-2005, overseeing 20 physicians and 4 allied health professionals. From 1995-1998, Dr. Heaton was the Associate Medical Director of One Care Health. His service includes serving three years on the Board of Directors for Medical Group Management Association, community service in schools and Boy Scouts of America, humanitarian service in Mexico, Guatemala, Ecuador, and Africa, as well as regular service in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Dr. Heaton currently chairs the Board of Directors and oversees the Finance Committee.

Brad Walker - Vice President

Brad Walker is a public health physician working in Orange County and the married parent of 6 children. He is a returned missionary from Guayaquil, Ecuador. Brad is the chief founder of the Bountiful Children's Foundation. He authored a series of articles entitled “Spreading Zion Southward” in 2003-2004 in “Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought”. Brad currently oversees the Feeding Operations Committee for BCF.

Polly Sheffield - Vice President

Polly Sheffield is a General Pediatrician who recently retired from working at the BYU Student Health Center and is now a professor at BYU. She received her MD from the University of Utah and completed her residency training at UCLA. She also received a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Polly is a returned missionary from Los Angeles where she had the opportunity to work with Cambodian refugees and developed a long-term interest in care of under-served populations and an interest in culturally appropriate care. Polly enjoys spending time with her husband and four children, reading, music, and bike riding in her free time. Polly is one of the founders of the Bountiful Children's Foundation and she currently serves as the head of the Volunteer Committee.

Robert Rees - Vice President

Robert A. Rees teaches Mormon Studies at Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley and at UC Berkeley. Previously he taught at UCLA and UC Santa Cruz and was a Fulbright Professor of American Studies in the Baltics. He served as Assistant Dean of Fine Arts at UCLA where he was also Director of Continuing Education in the Arts and Humanities and Director of Studies for the UCLA-Cambridge, UCLA-Royal College of Art, and UCLA-Royal College of Music Programs. In addition to his scholarly and creative work in the arts and humanities, Rees has been active in religious and Mormon studies over the course of his academic career. He was the editor of Dialogue: a Journal of Mormon Thought (1970-76), former Chair of the Sunstone Foundation, and has published a wide variety of scholarly articles, personal essays, editorials, and poetry. Rees has served as a bishop, high councilor, and member of the Baltic States Mission Presidency. Bob is one of the founders of The Bountiful Children's Foundation.

Clayton Avery - Vice President

Clayton Avery was raised on a cattle ranch in eastern Wyoming, and he and his wife have six children. Clayton received a BA in International Relations with an emphasis in Southeast and Eastern Asia from Brigham Young University. He is the founder and CEO of CS Intelligence, a language translation company. Clayton works as a product manager at Wavetronix. He was formerly a product manager for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Missionary Department in Salt Lake City. He also taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Utah and helped further develop the Cambodian language program there. His experience with language training and instruction has been ongoing since 2003. His love for the Cambodian language and the people of Southeast Asia began with his missionary service among the Cambodian population as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Long Beach, California. Clayton has also been involved with numerous volunteer, education, and non-profit programs in Cambodia since 2008. Clayton has been a part of the Bountiful Children's Foundation since 2011. He currently serves as the head of the Nutritour Committee, is the Regional Director for Cambodia, and helps supervise the growth of the Foundation in Southeast Asia. He also facilitates the Cambodia Humanitarian Nutritour.

Josh West - Vice President

Josh West is an associate professor of health science at Brigham Young University, where he specializes in the assessment and use of technology applications to measure and change health behaviors teacher. He has a masters in public health with an emphasis on health behavior and a doctorate in epidemiology. He has published over 60 peer-reviewed articles on issues of public health, such as the use of social media to track substance abuse and suicide and a number of related applications such as cellphones and their potential to influence health behaviors. Dr. West co-founded Computer Research in Health, a collaboration between public health and computer science. He currently oversees Research and Training for the Bountiful Children's Foundation.

Jay Rollins

Jay is retired from U.S. Foreign Service with 35 years of experience in accounting, financial analysis, and auditing in the public and private sectors. He served as Director and Regional Inspector General for USAID and SIGAR to provide audit and investigative services for development projects in the Middle East and Africa. After retiring from the U.S. government, Jay served three years as Associate Vice President and Chief Audit Executive for Save the Children. He received a BA in International Relations, an MBA in Finance, and professional certifications include CPA, CIA, CGFM, and CFE. Jay also taught accounting/business courses as an adjunct instructor at several colleges and universities during the last 25 years. He currently teaches auditing and fraud examination classes part-time at Utah Valley University.

Kirk Dearden

Kirk Dearden has worked to improve maternal and child health—and in particular, nutrition—for the past 28 years. He has overseen the design, implementation, and evaluation of large-scale nutrition programs in Bolivia, Ghana, Madagascar, Nepal, and Tanzania and has been a consultant to the World Bank, USAID, and numerous NGOs. He is the author of 60 peer-reviewed publications, most of which focus on nutrition. He has been a professor of global health at Brigham Young University and at Boston University. Currently, he is based in Tanzania where he directs programs for a large-scale nutrition project.

Sara Walker

Sara is an international public health specialist who received her Master’s in Public Health Degree from George Washington University. She is a returned missionary from Korea. Sara has served as President of the Bountiful Children's Foundation in the past and has led multiple groups of interns to screen children in Central and South America. She is one of the co-founders of the Bountiful Children's Foundation and currently serves as the head of the Technical Committee.

Gloria Rosales (Guatemala)

Gloria Rosales and her husband, Fernando Santiago, were sealed in the Mesa Temple prior to temples being opened in Guatemala. Gloria is a convert to the Church and was baptized in 1974. She and Fernando now have three grown children. Gloria has served as a ward and stake relief society president, although her favorite callings have been directing choirs and working with the Quetzaltenango Temple dedication as a musical coordinator. She has been very dedicated to the malnourished children and is currently managing the nutrition program in her hometown of Momostenango as well as supervising all the BCF programs in the Central America region. Her area has a very high rate of childhood malnutrition and many cases of children who are living in desperate circumstances; she has also run a program to allow children in her area to go to elementary school via the foundation.

Cristie Deyro (Philippines)

Cristie was born to a family of farmers in Pasig city. She graduated with a Biology degree from the University of the Philippines and a medical degree from University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center in 1985. She started volunteering for Bountiful Children’s Foundation in 2014, but her involvement in health and community development started in her college years. She married Ernesto A. Deyro Jr. in 1986 at the Manila Temple. They were called to serve as mission President and companion in Philippines Urdaneta Mission from 2015- 2018. She is presently the regional coordinator of BCF for the Philippines, Cambodia, and Mongolia.

Natividad Samochuallpa (Peru)

Natividad Samochuallpa is from Cusco, Peru. She is a teacher by profession and has taught high school, elementary, and kindergarten students. Naty is a convert to the Church and was called to serve a mission in the Bolviia La Paz Mission soon after being baptized. She started working with the Bountiful Children's Foundation soon after it started operations in Peru and worked as the local stake coordinator for the program in Cusco. She then worked as the Country Coordinator of Peru and managed all the programs in Peru. She is now the Regional Director for South America and oversees all the operations in South America.

Advisory Board

Alberto Puertas

Alberto Puertas is an academic/career counselor for the University Advisement Center at Brigham Young University. His responsibilities include: serving as the International Advisement Specialist at BYU; teaching courses in career strategies, career exploration, and effective learning; mentoring students at risk, and assisting the University in promoting career development issues and objectives.

Alberto has a Master of Science in Counseling and Guidance from BYU. He has mentored many college students doing humanitarian work and internships abroad. He has served in humanitarian projects, presented professional workshops, and career development seminars in the United States, Canada, Chile, Bolivia, Mexico, Costa Rica, Haiti, Peru, Philippines, Colombia, Paraguay, Ecuador, Brazil, Argentina and India.

Alberto’s support to local and international community projects is an important component of his contribution to society. In his presentations and daily work, Alberto Puertas emphasizes the relationship between meaning, spirituality and career development. He also stresses the benefits and challenges globalization presents to vocational guidance in the international arena to this new millennium.

Alberto’s support and dedication to career orientation is tireless. He currently serves NCDA (National Career development Association) as the Latin American Director. From 2008 to 2010, he served on the Board of Trustees for NCDA, which allowed him to see the positive impact of career development in this nation and around the world. Alberto has also served as the International Career Issues Committee Chair for NCDA.

In his free time Alberto enjoys reading, nature, good cuisine and spending time with his family and friends. He truly values relationships and genuine caring for others.

Benjamin Crookston

Ben Crookston has 10 years experience conducting research in Asia, Africa and Latin America. He earned his bachelor's degree in zoology and his master's degree in public health from Brigham Young University and a doctorate from the University of Utah. He currently works as an assistant professor in the Department of Health Sciences at Brigham Young University. He has worked with a variety of research institutions related to child nutrition, growth and health.

Jay Keller

Jay Keller received his undergraduate degrees in biology and nutrition at Utah State University and a Masters in nutrition and food science at Utah State. His research focused on the absorption and utilization of trace minerals. He is a registered dietitian nutritionist and worked as a clinical dietitian for several years, but for the last 22 years has taught in higher education. He is currently a faculty member at Brigham Young University Idaho. His professional focus has been in nutrition and biochemistry, clinical nutrition and sports nutrition. But recently his emphasis has been redirected on international issues as they relate to food availability and the needs of the growing international student population at BYUI. He is married and he and his wife have three children. He was born and raised in Idaho and he and his family love all the wonderful outdoor opportunities Idaho provides for them.

Renata Forste

Renata Forste is professor in the department of sociology at BYU. She received her PhD from the University of Chicago. Renata served recently as the sociology department chair, and previously as an associate dean in the College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences, as director of Latin American Studies at the David M. Kennedy Center, and as coordinator of Women’s Studies. Her research focuses on patterns of family formation and child well-being in the U.S., Latin America, and most recently in Africa. In particular her research examines birth-spacing, contraceptive use, maternal education, breastfeeding, child nutritional status, child obesity, and infant mortality. Renata currently serves on the Advisory Board.