Julie Hernando

President / Co-Founder

Julie Hernando has spent the majority of her life tutoring or teaching children in some capacity. She has a great love for the youth and has every desire to see them succeed. Julie served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Ecuador, where she learned to love service and reaching out to those in need.

Julie received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Brigham young University, and from there she spent a semester in Cambodia learning about nonprofit organization’s and how to make the greatest impact. While teaching sixth-grade Julie also earned her Master’s Degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis on English as a Second Language from Southern Utah University. Julie has home schooled her children over the last eight years and is looking forward to educating the children of the Philippines. She, along with her husband and children, moved to the Philippines in January 2017 to prepare the way for success.

Junell Hernando

Vice President / Co-Founder

Junell was born and raised in Manila, Philippines. In his early years, Junell played major roles in several local movies. At the age of 15, Junell migrated to the United States with his family. After high school he returned to the Philippines for 2 years to serve as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Upon returning to United States he met and married Julie and they are now the parents of 4 amazing children. Before diving into Lighthouse Sanctuary, Junell was a Project Manager for Xango LLC, where he worked for 12 years. Junell and his family moved to the Philippines in January 2017, to lay the foundation for Lighthouse Sanctuary.

Kortney Wall


Kortney Wall was raised in Southern Virginia where she attended University and graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts. Shortly thereafter, Kortney spent time in Johannesburg, South Africa and London, England. It was at this time that Kortney discovered her passion for diversity, culture, people, and exploration. She quickly began craving opportunities to serve and give back in a meaningful way. Kortney was introduced to Lighthouse Sanctuary by a mutual friend and has loved the challenge of launching a non-profit!

Outside of Lighthouse Sanctuary, Kortney is the Director of Human Resources for Groove Entertainment and EpicVue, LLC where she single-handedly manages all the HR responsibilities including; full-cycle hiring process, progressive guidance, counseling, mentoring, termination procedures, policy writing, and company streamlining. Kortney’s greatest strengths are interpersonal relationships, leadership and problem-solving.

Lance Platt

Board Member

CEO of EpicVue, the first and only provider of satellite television services packaged and designed exclusively for fleet companies. Since 2008, Lance has also been the President of Groove Entertainment Technologies, an industry leader in providing DIRECTV solutions to the hospitality industry. During his tenure, Lance’s companies have received numerous awards from DIRECTV including four Dealer of the Year awards. For the last several years, Lance has served as a member of DIRECTV’s Dealer Advisory Council representing the needs of customers and dealers for DIRECTV. Lance’s leadership has its roots in Appreciative Inquiry, a change methodology that uses the lens of “what works” to guide the organizations he leads. Lance holds a PhD in Organization and Management from Capella University.

John Gunter

Board Member

John has been involved on a state, national & international level in pursuing child safety regulations for over 15 years. He has worked with Utah’s Governor Gary Herbert in successfully achieving a Utah Child-Safe Community Standard Declaration & 61 Mayors of Utah Cities (over 70% of Utah) have signed a Child Safe Community Standard Resolution/Proclamation. John has worked with groups to help reduce pornography exposure and sex trafficking including but not limited to: Operation Underground Railroad/O.U.R.; Groove Entertainment Technologies; LightHouse Sanctuary; Polaris Project; National Center for Missing & Exploited Children; Enough is Enough; Status Solutions; Alicia’s Law; OptIn Technologies; Clean Hotels; David Siegel/Westgate Resorts/Victoria Siegel Foundation; Fight The New Drug; Ziglar Inc.; NCOSE/PornHarms/Morality in Media; My Florida Families (Florida’s Sex Trafficking Unit); Think Atomic/Ralph Yarro; LifeStar Network; Mothers Against Trafficking Humans/MATH; NetNanny/ContentWatch; United Families Int’l; Child Online Filter Act (“COFA”)/Chris Sevier.; Utah Senator Todd Weiler/Pornography Health Crisis & COFA.

Russell J. Osguthorpe

Board Member

Russ is a Pediatric Infectious Diseases Specialist with interests in global health, and reforming primary care. He is currently building a direct primary care delivery system within the United States. Prior to that current position he worked for Intermountain Healthcare as the Pediatric Medical Director and Pediatric Department Chair of a large tertiary care hospital. His desire for the health and wellbeing of children drives his advocacy on their behalf through Lighthouse Sanctuary.