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Our Team

Stepping Stones for Global Development Inc is a US 501(c)(3) international charity.  The organization is overseen by a Board of Directors responsible for reviewing programs and operations, monitoring annual plans, approving budgets and establishing policy.

Emily Caldwell

Founder & Executive Director

Emily Caldwell, MA

Emily was raised in a suburb of Chicago, Oak Park, Illinois. Her eclectic  job history has ranged from starting a nonprofit in the Galapagos Islands Ecuador,  implementing International Programs at Illinois Central College, teaching Spanish at Illinois State University and Illinois Central College, working for BCA, read more...

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Vice Chair

Dr. Jay Miller, DDS

Dr. Jay A. Miller was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York.   His education includes a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Binghamton University (1982) in New York.  He earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from the University of Maryland Baltimore College of Dental Surgery read more...

Jay Miller

Board Treasurer

Rayfurd Thompson, MA

Rayfurd hails from the enchanting island of Saint Lucia, situated in the heart of the Caribbean. For the past nine years, he has proudly called Lynchburg, Virginia, his home, where he resides with his lovely wife and their delightful three-year-old son.

His educational journey led him to earn a bachelor's degree, an MBA, and another Master's degree in 


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Board Member

Dr. Sabita Manian, PhD

Dr. Sabita Manian, PhD, is Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences and Professor of International Relations and Security Studies at the University Of Lynchburg, Virginia. Dr. Manian is co-author of Sex Trafficking: A Global Perspective (2010) Read more...


Board Member

Dr. Lana Spry, PA-C, DMSc

Lana Spry was born and raised in Middle Tennessee. Her PA journey began with her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Middle Tennessee State University (2009). Next, she earned a Master of Health Sciences from the University of South Alabama (2012), followed by completing a Doctor of Medical Science degree from the University of Lynchburg (2023).


Lana’s career as a physician’s assistant began in


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