Board of Directors

Gloria Baker Feinstein

Gloria is a professional photographer. She received her Masters degree in photography and graphic design in 1979 from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Her work is widely exhibited, appears in numerous magazines and books, and is held in many corporate and private collections. She has operated her own business as a photographer since 1992 and previously owned and operated a photography art gallery. She has served on the board of the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education.

Gloria first traveled to Uganda in 2006. She has returned every year since.

Eddie Feinstein

Eddie divides his time between working for the Department of the Treasury and being a community volunteer. He served as executive director of Jewish Family Services of Greater Kansas City from 2006-2007. Until 2004, he was a senior executive with H&R Block where he was employed for 29 years. He has served on the boards of numerous not-for-profit organizations including The Myasthenia Gravis Foundation, The Jewish Community Foundation, and Harvesters.

Eddie visited the orphanage in 2009.

Carol Joseph

Carol has been actively involved in various philanthropic endeavors since 1994. She is a graduate of the Wexner Heritage Foundation program for leadership and has served on the Board of Directors of the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan since 1995 and on the Board of the Hadassah Foundation since 2007. During her tenure at the JCC, Carol has served on the Executive Committee, Operations Committee, Budget Committee and was chair of the Human Resources Committee. Carol practices law at Blank Rome where she specializes in real estate finance and development.

Carol traveled to Uganda with Change the Truth in 2007, 2008 and 2009.

Lynne Melcher

Lynne is a documentary filmmaker based in Kansas City. Her films have screened at numerous film festivals across the country. Each year she creates a new film for Change the Truth, and she and Gloria often collaborate and produce films for other not-for-profit organizations.

Prior to filmmaking, Lynne worked as a textile and dinnerware designer for Target in Minneapolis, and Tag in Chicago. She has worked in India, Bangladesh, and Vietnam developing products for various retailers. Crate and Barrel, Williams Sonoma, Marshall Field’s and Hallmark have all sold her collections.

Lynne has served on a number of boards in Kansas City, including The Marillac Center for Children, The De La Salle Education Center, Kansas City Young Audiences, and the Jack and Helyn Miller Foundation.

Lynne was on the first, second and fifth team trips to St. Mary Kevin Orphanage.

Avis Smith

Avis Smith is a licensed clinical social worker with more than 25 years experience in child/adolescent mental health. She is Director of Prevention and School-Based Programs for Crittenton Children’s Center and an instructor at of The University of Kansas School of Social Welfare.

Avis was a member of Team 4 and Team 5.