MiracleFeet welcomes two all-stars to board of directors

June 01, 2022

MiracleFeet is thrilled to welcome two new all-stars to our board of directors: Carol Karutu and Kris Bahner.

Carol brings decades of experience working in global health, primarily in Africa, with organizations such as IntraHealth, FHI 360, USAID, and several other organizations focused on HIV-AIDs. Carol is currently Vice President of Programs for the End Fund, one of the leading non-profits tackling neglected tropics diseases (NTDs). She resides in Nairobi, Kenya, and holds a BS in biological sciences from Jomo Kenyatta University and a DrPH in Public Health from Boston University. 

On joining MiracleFeet’s board, Carol says: “I am moved by the work MiracleFeet is doing and excited to bring my skills and passions to the table. I see great potential for integrating clubfoot early detection and referral into existing maternal and newborn health systems and am eager to help with implementation.”

“We are thrilled that Carol will be sharing her expertise honed from her work with high priority, as well as neglected, public health issues, along with her deep understanding for the complexity of sustainability, the importance of partnerships, and the role that behavior change plays in achieving long-term success,” says Daphne Sorensen, MiracleFeet’s president. 

Kris is the Senior Vice President of Global Corporate Affairs at Kellogg Company where she leads communications, philanthropy, sustainability, and government relations initiatives. She is also a member of Kellogg Company’s executive committee leadership team.

Kris brings more than 30 years of Corporate Affairs experience to MiracleFeet’s board, including 16 years at Kellogg, plus corporate affairs roles with Kraft Foods, and public relations experience with food industry clients at both Edelman Public Relations Worldwide and Powers Agency.

She has also served as the Executive Sponsor of the company’s Women of Kellogg business employee resource group for more than nine years, and remains an active advocate for equity, diversity, and inclusion. Additionally, in pursuit of her commitment to address the interconnected issues of health, food security, and climate change, Kris designed the award-winning Better Days global purpose platform and was named one of the top 100 Women Leaders in Consumer Products in 2021.  

Kris holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications and public relations from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

“For years, I’ve been drawn to MiracleFeet’s mission on a personal level as someone who was born with clubfoot, and as someone who has actively advocated for inclusion throughout my life,” shares Kris. “I’m also excited to lend my experience – including in communications and philanthropy – to an organization making an incredible impact in the lives of children and families around the globe.” 

Board Chair, Mark Pavao, agrees: “We are beyond excited to add Kris’s perspective to our board and are eager to tap into her deep expertise in, and commitment to, inclusion.”

MiracleFeet seeks to attract Board members with a diverse range of experiences, both professional and personal, including those with a strong personal connection to the countries where we work and to disability at large. These new board appointments will do just that, all while supporting our mission to provide high-quality treatment to children born with clubfoot around the globe.