MEET THE TEAM

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.

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.

Candace Kunze - Board Member

Candace Kunze

Board Member

Candace Kunze is the Co-author of the Ackermane Book Series and advocate for children.

She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Utah, and became an Elementary Teacher through the Licensure Program from Utah State. She is a Certified Herbalist and Family Nutritionist, as well as Formulist for Raven Horse Farmz LLC.

Besides teaching elementary, writing books and creating products for her family business Raven Horse Farmz, she has taught or hosted several classes and retreats related to wellness and spirituality, around the greater Salt Lake City area.

Candace’s passion is to relieve the suffering of children around the world through healing and education.

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.

Robyn Platt - Board Member

Robyn Platt

Board Member

Robyn Platt is a performance coach dedicated to helping others become their best self both personally and professionally. Robyn’s human centric and empathetic approach focuses on a guided process of self-discovery that results in a better understanding of self and overall improved well-being. By taking an appreciative inquiry approach, we facilitate behavioral change by identifying existing strengths, personality traits and desired goals. This understanding serves as the building blocks for personal growth. Additionally, we work to identify existing barriers that are contributing to dysfunction or stagnation and develop the skills that will support lasting change.

In addition to her coaching practices, Robyn is actively engaged in supporting a variety of efforts to improve her community. She has authored 3 children’s books and is actively engaged in creative projects meant to ignite imagination and curiosity.

Robyn is informed by her rigorous training in Psychology and Behavioral Science at Utah Valley University and is committed to a practice of lifelong learning.

David Garrett

Board Member

Dave is a founding board member and was instrumental in the creation of Canyon Rim Academy, a K-6 public charter school with approximately 525 students. Now in its 12th year, the school ranks among the top 10% of Charter Schools in Utah.  Dave helped lay the groundwork for the school’s vision, performed extensive research to obtain the necessary approvals, sought out funding opportunities and negotiated a lease with the school district for the school site. Dave left his employment as president of Preferred Title & Escrow Insurance Agency to dedicate his full-time efforts in building the school to what it is today.  He currently oversees the financial management and business operations of the school including the day to day management, financial reporting, annual budget, fiscal reports, audited financial reports and human resource management for nearly 70 employees

Dave has served in his community in a variety of church and civic positions.  He is the married father of four children. David has lived in London, Jerusalem, Washington DC and California but Utah is where he calls home.

John Gunter Jr.

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.