Phillip Whiting
President/Member, Board of Directors
Mapleton, Utah


Phillip is a proud husband, father of five children, and an avid traveler. He has visited 51 countries on five continents and lived in five of those countries for over six years. His experiences traveling and living abroad, mostly in developing countries, give him a greater desire to further the important work of Yuda Bands.

Daniel Gálvez
Bracelet Designer/Maker
San Lucas, Guatemala

Nearly 20 years ago Daniel and his wife Karina opened the first private school in San Martin, Guatemala. After 10 years of running the school, helping 100’s of youth graduate, they handed off the leadership of the school and Daniel dedicated himself to working with Yuda Bands full time.

Brent and Laurie Whiting
Lusaka, Zambia

Brent and Laurie founded Yuda Bands in 2009. Laurie’s vision of the project and Brent’s international business experience catapulted Yuda Bands into the organization it is today. They have seven children and currently live in Zambia as part of a three year assignment from their church. Read their story.

Carlos Salcedo
Program Director
San Martin, Guatemala

Carlos is a family man and a “dad” to all of the Yuda Bands students in Guatemala. With the recent passing of his sweet wife, the youth he works with have become his family. He is loving and compassionate and has the trust of those he works with. He helps coordinate and conduct monthly interviews with each student and their parents to follow up on their goals and needs.

Rangarirai and Precious Mukundu
Program Director
Gweru, Zimbabwe

Rangarirai is a newly retired soldier. Precious is a qualified school teacher. They are very involved in their community and are faithful members of their church. As the very first local directors in Zimbabwe, they have been instrumental in meshing the Yuda Bands program to African culture and customs.

Stephen Whyte
Chairman, Board of Directors

As a nationally recognized public relations thought leader and strategist he is currently Utah Valley University’s Associate Vice President of Marketing and Communications. His expertise ranges from top-tier TV and print media to counseling CEOs in strategic communication activities to cultivating relationships with Members of Congress. He was recently elected and serves as a member of the Utah House of Representatives. 

Sharon White
Member, Board of Directors

Sharon earned her B.A. from BYU and her J.D. from J. Reuben Clark law school. She is the managing attorney of the Provo office of Utah Legal Services, a non-profit organization. She has served on the boards of many organizations, including the Central Utah Bar Association and Timpanogos Legal Center.

Christina Tsoi
Member, Board or Directors

Christina is currently working for the United Nations in their Evaluation and Oversight Unit. She graduated with a MSc in International Development & Humanitarian Emergencies from the London School of Economics, she’s worked for five non-profit organizations based in Asia, Central America, and the U.S.