Our team

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James 1:27, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress …”

Julie Miller

Executive Director USA

Julie Miller has worked with children and families professionally and personally for over 30 years. Not only did she raise and educate her own six children, but she has also trained other women in parenting and educating their children. Julie has a bachelor’s degree in social work and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Public Leadership at UNT Dallas. She has traveled to various countries to promote Christ among women and children. Her passion is empowering others to follow Christ with their whole hearts. Julie likes to describe herself as a “PVC pipe.” Her greatest joy is serving as a conduit, connecting the talents and resources of individuals to the needs of communities. She has been Executive Director of the Adera Foundation for over four years and is excited about promoting Adera and its work in Ethiopia as well as the USA. Julie and her husband Ken have been married for 37 years and live in Fort Worth, Texas.


Dan 6:4 “Then the high officials and the satraps sought to find a ground for complaint against Daniel with regard to the kingdom, but they could find no ground for complaint or any fault, because he was faithful, and no error or fault was found in him.”

Elias Adugna Senbeta

Executive Director Ethiopia

Elias Adugna was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He has completed his university studies in Economics and his BSC as a health officer. He has worked in a local non-governmental organization (NGO) helping women and children at risk and served as a board member for Elolam, an organization that cares for vulnerable children. He spends his free time in church activities as well as instructing children in Sabbath school. Elias is married to Duretti and lives in Addis Ababa.

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Caren and Joe Robertson

Founders of Adera Foundation

Joe and Caren Robertson have been actively involved in Ethiopia for the past nine years. Their desire is to assist those who want to impact the lives of others around the world. Joe has been in the commercial and residential construction business in the U.S.A. for over three decades and uses his knowledge of reconstruction and remodeling to assist individuals and organizations to make an effective difference with those in need. They strongly feel that they show their Christian love by being the working hands and feet of Christ.

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Selamawit Ayele

Spiritual Liaison

Selamawit joined the Adera staff in fall of 2015. She has a masters in Child Development and a passion for sharing Christ with children and their families. She is known in the Korah area as the Mother Theresa of Korah. Her passion precedes her and her heart for the least of these is her mission. She provides training for our children at the daycare, kindergarten and at Hiber Primary School, as well as for parents and staff. Selamawit is our liaison to the local church. She draws our families into the church and encourages the church to serve these families.


Cindy Hayes


Cindy Hayes went on her first Adera team trip in October 2017. From then on, she was hooked. Cindy joined Adera staff in 2018. She has an undergraduate degree in Communications from Carson-Newman College, and a Master’s of Science in Educational Administration from University of Tennessee….Go Vols! Cindy is married to Brad, and they are raising two boys, Landon and Hudson. Cindy is an adventurer at heart and is always ready for a challenge and the next adventure. She has an infectious laugh and finds humor in small and big things, always making those around her have fun. Cindy has taught children in church and volunteered at her children’s schools. She has an endless supply of energy, some might say lots of energy, and readily admits it all comes from her Lord Jesus Christ, with little genetics. Cindy handles many things for Adera from business operations, to marketing, to retail jewelry partners for our bead program, but her greatest joy is promoting Adera to benefit the children, moms and families she has met in Ethiopia, and encouraging our Ethiopian staff to excellence in our programs.