The Hope Box Auxiliary Board
Mark Johnson is a native of Ohio and has lived in the suburbs of Atlanta for nearly 40 years. He has been happily married for 42 years, has 3 children and 3 grandchildren.
Mark began his career in adoptions in 1993 as a board member and eventually became the executive director of Hope for Children in Marietta, GA. and later A Helping Hand agency in Lexington, KY. During this time, he oversaw the placement of 100’s of children both domestic and international. He also was responsible for the development of the Hope for Children Act, through his liaison with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Because of his expertise, he went on to consult for several adoption agencies throughout the country.
Mark’s love for children is something God has placed on his heart many years ago and he looks forward to letting his experience be used for helping The HOPE Box in any way possible.
Afton Lucente is a marketing executive who is passionate about authentic brand building based on conversation, strong workplace cultures, women in leadership, and content marketing that prioritizes audiences over algorithms.
She found herself drawn to The Hope Box in 2020, helping to raise awareness about the organization's mission and supports marketing and fundraising efforts, including garnering corporate sponsorships.
Alex was raised in Marietta, GA with a close relationship to his family, and a compassionate and moral groundwork provided by the Church. His parents helped lead an organization called Hope for Children, where they facilitated adoptions around the world. This outreach program made a big and lasting impact on Alex, and his desire to follow in the same path.
Alex now works for an entertainment accounting firm helping creative artists and entertainers navigate their way through the financial side of their careers. Helping others succeed is a passion Alex can pursue in his career, and he is excited to bring his talents to The Hope Box organization.
Dr. Mark Ottenweller
Dr. Mark Ottenweller attended LSU Medical School and is Board Certified in Internal Medicine. He is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Clinical Physicians. He left private practice in Atlanta to live and work in Africa with Hope Worldwide in 1989.
He established the first AIDS Clinic in West Africa in Abidjan, Ivory Coast that year and he worked there with AIDS Prevention, Care and Support. In 1993 he moved to South Africa where he established the Soweto AIDS Program and Hope Worldwide South Africa.
He also was the Director of Hope Worldwide Africa and Co-Founder and Executive Director of the ANCHOR Program (Africa Network of Children Orphaned and at Risk). In 2007 he returned to the US and became the Global AIDS Coordinator for Hope Worldwide and then the Director of Development for Hope Worldwide in Africa. He retired in 2019 and he lives in Atlanta with Lin, his wife, and enjoys time with his 6 kids and 8 grandkids.
Jeff Keeble has been married 30 years with 3 children and 2 grandchildren. Originally from Columbus, GA. Now resides in Cumming, Ga.
His major passions are Family, music, sports, loves to play golf.
Former Director of Development for Hope Worldwide, an international non-profit focused on the needs of the less fortunate in over 100 countries. Direct responsibilities were to raise funds to support programs int the U.S., Africa and the Caribbean.
Hope for Children - an international and domestic adoption agency
Hope for Kids – healthcare, education and mentoring outreach in inner city
Aids awareness - education and outreach across the continent of Africa
Hope Center for Autism – a joint venture with North Texas State University to mainstream autistic children into the school classroom.
Jeff is also passionate about entrepreneurship and helping others achieve their goals.
Luke Harben is a native of Milton, Georgia graduate of Valdosta State University now residing in Atlanta. Luke is an Ultra Runner athlete and utilizes distance events to raise funds for organizations such as O.U.R. Rescue (Tim Ballard’s Operation Underground Railroad).
In March 2021 Luke completed the David Goggin’s Challenge (The world’s number 1 ultra-marathon runner) to spread awareness over social media platforms of the plight for children caught up in sex trafficking..
Hobbies: Hiking, Hunting, Ultra Runner, Advocate of Operation Underground Railroad and now I am so excited to place my passion for becoming a voice for those who have no voice behind the initiatives of The Hope Box
Michael Nava has known without a doubt that his life would be spent in one way or another to the service of others to fulfil the greatest mission outlined in James 1:27 “...to look after orphans and widows in their distress...". Michael was raised and has deep roots in Alpharetta, and calls Canton, GA now home where he resides with his wife, and 2-year-old daughter Charlie.
Michael has been selling enterprise healthcare IT systems for the last 8 years and spends a good deal of time in the 4-walls of the hospital. One of his key areas of focus has been addressing the social (non-medical) determinants of health like access to transportation, housing, etc. Michael hopes to leverage his connections with hospital executives across the Southeast to spread the word of infantile abandonment, and eliminate children lost or stolen from hospitals.