Elizabeth Killough is a longtime human and animal rights activist with a focus on sustainable development issues as the avenue to peace and justice. She joined the Untours Foundation as its Assistant Director in 2004 working — and having fun! — side by side with Hal. Previously, she directed an anti-hunger organization and co-directed an organization that addressed US policy toward Central America and has a decade of experience in leading board retreats and consulting on organizational development for businesses and nonprofits. Elizabeth holds a Masters of Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh. Fun fact: This animal rights woman has been vegan for over three decades and scours the earth for vegan shoes and restaurants.
Jonathan Coleman has built his career around the work of supporting equitable entrepreneurship ecosystems and integrating the concepts of impact and social good into business operations. In pursuit of these goals, he has lived and worked in the USA, Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa. Jonathan holds an MBA in International Economic Development from Eastern University. He is fluent in Spanish and was chosen as a Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum and an Elm² Fellow by the Aspen Institute. He is also the Co-founder of social enterprise travel company Intentional Tours, along with his wife, Kate. Jonathan brings strong enthusiasm, ideas, and passion to the work of the Untours Foundation.
Lisa Hunter-Mitchell is part of the executive management staff for the retailer Burlington and has extensive knowledge in the areas of both marketing and business strategy development. She is also active in the community, serving on the board of Home of the Sparrow, an NGO that helps single women and mothers receive housing, job training, and support, holistic services that address the core issues of homelessness. She also serves on the Untours travel’s business advisory board.
Alicia Agnew serves as the Human Resources Director at B Lab, the nonprofit that is behind B Corporations and the certification and promotion of benefit corpor. A Penn State graduate with a Masters in Leadership Development, Alicia has extensive prior work experience in recruitment and team building. She has worked with the Philadelphia School District and Girl Scouts of America.
Linshuang Lu is a Principal at Praxis Consulting Group, where she provides organization development, strategic planning, leadership and team development and culture change services to nonprofits and employee-owned companies. She has served as adjunct faculty at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and holds a BA and BS from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton, and a masters in Organization Development from American University.
Brian Taussig-Lux is president of Untours, the travel company owned by the Foundation. In addition to his long career at Untours, Brian has worked in the environmental consulting and software industries. He is the treasurer for Media Borough and served on the town’s Environmental Advisory Council for over a decade. Brian has a B.A. in European Studies from Empire State College and an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Caleb Harvey worked as an intern with the Untours Foundation in the summer of 2007 and was exposed to the daily operations of Untours’ small business loan program, participated in the Fair Trade Town Committee, and worked on the promotion of Fair Trade products to local businesses. He holds a degree in fiction writing from Sarah Lawrence College, and works at Pendle Hill, a Quaker community center, assisting the Director of Hospitality. Caleb continues to be inspired by the Untours Foundation’s model of furthering social justice and sustainability through the empowerment of small businesses.
Monica Moran is a licensed Loan Officer at Philadelphia Mortgage Advisors. She believes that home ownership is key to financial security, and benefits individuals, families, and communities at large and she brings creativity and compassion to her work every day. With a background in the arts and education, she enjoys helping artists and teachers find financing and understands the transformative power of loans to small businesses who aim to make the world a better place.
John McCall, PhD serves as the John McShain Chair in Ethics at St. Joseph University’s School of Business. His areas of expertise include Fair Trade, whistleblower protections, and free speech in the workplace. John is coauthor of the popular book Contemporary Issues in Business Ethics, now in its fifth printing; it looks at business ethics from social and political perspectives and applies traditional ethical analysis to specific cases. He advises the Untours Foundation and the travel business.
John Blum sold a textile company in order to partner with a friend in the venture capital business. He became president of a MREIT, a public real estate company, designed to demonstrate that an integrated community would not lower property values. MREIT proved its profitable point by selling $40 million of real estate. Jon spent 24 years at Merrill Lynch where he helped develop a socially responsible investment strategy. He has been active in Philadelphia and national Democratic politics, is a former president of a local chapter of the ADA, and was co-chair of CORE during the civil rights period. He holds a B.A. from Dartmouth College. Jon officially retired in 2010, but we keep him busy assisting our loan recipients.
Frances Schwabenland is an award-winning documentary photographer and videographer whose work has taken her around the globe. She has been featured on the Travel Channel, the Discovery Channel, the History Channel, Photographers Forum, the Philadelphia Inquirer, CNN’s website, and the Huffington Post. She is a regular contributor to the Untours Foundation website and blog, profiling our investees in photos, videos, and words. Most of the profile photos on this page were, in fact, taken by Frances. Explore her website and blog for more of her portraits, social documentary, and travel photos.
Kristin Jacobson is a marketing and business leader with over 15 years of experience growing and scaling businesses. With expertise in business operations and growth marketing, her experience ranges from enterprise-level companies like Apple, the Chicago Cubs, Kraft Foods, and Walgreens to smaller tech startups. Kristin leads paid digital media strategy for a range of B2B and B2C companies, specializing in surpassing KPIs and benchmarks by driving media efficiency and ROI. Kristin has driven substantial results for her clients with her growth mindset and customer-first, data-driven approach. Passionate about all things digital, she has built several successful collaborative web based businesses, developed a lifestyle app and started and led multiple non-profits through all phases of execution.
Andrea Szyper is the part-time Communications Director for the Untours Foundation. She fills the same role at Untours, where she manages the website, blog, catalog, email marketing, and social media. Andrea has worked at Untours for 25 years and helps steer company strategy, while freelancing for small businesses and nonprofits. She blogs about global travel, local businesses, and the arts in Philadelphia. When not working or traveling, Andrea enjoys street art, hiking, and baseball with her son. She has a BA in Journalism from Marquette University and has written for multiple publications.
Chuck Lacy lives in Vermont and invests around the world, primarily through the Barred Rock Fund. He was the President and COO of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream for 17 years, overseeing its growth as well as the visionary social mission. Other investments — oversight, vision and financial — include Hardwick Beef, Guayaki Yerba Mate and Indigenous Designs, a Fair Trade clothing company. He is currently doing intensive work in Chester, PA, with Chester Made. Chuck has a BA from Amherst College and an MBA from Cornell University, is on the board of Green Mountain College and lectures at MIT.