Adera Leadership

Julie Miller

Executive Director, USA

Julie Miller has worked with children and families professionally and personally for over 40 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 a master’s degree in public leadership from UNT Dallas. Julie enjoys being an adjunct professor in Neeley Business School at TCU. 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 since 2012 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 45 years and live in Fort Worth, Texas.

Elias Adugna

In Country Director

 Elias Adugna, Adera’s In-Country Director, is the living example of a servant leader. He has a degree in Economics and his BSC in Health Services. He knows and understands his staff as well as those he serves and leads. He listens without judgement; he hears the plight of those under his care. He considers solutions that will meet long term results and not immediate crisis.  His “why” is his love and devotion to God! He is completely selfless in his day-to-day life. He is constantly researching and considering how to fill in the “gaps”for the families, children, and the staff of Adera Foundation. Elias is married to Dureti, spends his free time at home playing with his children, Ronel and Pelia; and helping around his home.

Caren and Joe Robertson


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.

Board of Directors 2024

Dewey Isom

Board Chair

William Brewer

Board Member Program Committee

Anna Brewer, CVA

Board Member Finance Committee

Dr. Janice Cobb

Board Member Board Secretary

Tom Dolny

Board Member

Dr. Rick Granaghan

Board Member

Cindy Hayes

Board Member

Patrick Lamers, Ed.D. 

Board Member

Scott Lydick

Board Member

Kristen McDonald

Board Member

Dr. John Shroyer, DDS, PA

Board Member Development Committee

Vickie Stevens

Board Member Program Committee