Our Team



Kelly Putty



When Kelly Putty, Founder of Ordinary Hero, first turned her gaze to Ethiopia, it was to adopt her son. But when she got there and saw the precious faces of the orphaned children left behind at her son’s orphanage, she knew she had to do more. This eye-opening trip led to the eventual launch of Ordinary Hero. Kelly and her husband, Shane Putty, co-founder of Ordinary Hero, reside in Brentwood, Tennessee with their nine children, five biological and four from Ethiopia. They continue to strive passionately toward helping children in need.

Lauren - ET

Lauren Putty

Trip Coordinator / Operations


Lauren is the daughter of founder, Kelly Putty, and has been involved with OH since the very first trip. She officially joined staff in 2014 as field director, living in Ethiopia for 10 months. Now she resides in Nashville, living out her passion and continuing to visit Ethiopia often. She will graduate with a Masters in Nonprofit Leadership in May 2017.


Michelle Jackson

Donor Relations Coordinator


Raised in sunny Central Florida, Michelle attended Asbury University where she spent formative summers in Kenya and the United Kingdom, learning about and engaging in humanitarian activities.  A Nashville resident for almost 20 years, Michelle learned about the work of Ordinary Hero and went on trip to Addis Ababa, in late 2019, joining the OH team as the Donor Relations Coordinator shortly thereafter.  Michelle resides in Williamson County with her husband and 3 children, a cat and 2 dogs, and enjoys biking, cooking, and international travel.
Processed with VSCO with e3 preset

Abebech Kebede

Field Director

Ethiopian Field Staff

Abebech brings both knowledge and heart in her support to our ministry leaders on the ground in Ethiopia. She joined the Ordinary Hero team in November 2017, and has been such a crucial part of enacting our mission in Ethiopia. Abebech has a Masters Degree in Holistic Child Development, can read, write, and speak in Amharic, English and Italian, and volunteers at a local prison ministry in her free time. Read More


Hiwot Solomon

In Country Assistant

Ethiopian Field Staff

Hiwot has been with Ordinary Hero since the beginning. After spending years working alongside our teams as a volunteer and translator, she officially joined the OH team in June of 2018 as our in-country assistant, helping purchase and organize mission market donations. She also helps lead and translate for our teams that travel to Ethiopia. Hiwot has a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing Management from St. Mary University in Addis Ababa, but beyond that, a huge heart for the people in her community.



Ryan Dorr

Chair of the Board

Read Ryan's Bio

Ryan Dorr is the Chief Information Officer at PhyMed Healthcare Group. Ryan adopted his youngest daughter from Ethiopia, which sparked Ryan’s heart for orphans and hurting children in Ethiopia and around the world. Ryan was deeply impacted by hearing how Ordinary Hero was making a difference in the lives of children and families in Ethiopia, and is excited to play a part in making a difference. Ryan grew up in Johnson City, TN and now resides in Franklin, TN with his wonderful wife of 15 years and four children.

Screen Shot 2016-06-24 at 4.57.12 PM

Ray Guzman

Board Member

Read Ray's Bio

Ray is founding CEO of SwitchPoint Ventures and is responsible for all aspects of the business and overseeing SwitchPoint’s interests in its portfolio companies.  Prior to SwitchPoint, Ray was the SVP of Analytics at Intermedix/R1 where he led a large, globally distributed analytics business unit.  Previously, Ray served as SVP of Strategy for the company.  Before joining Intermedix, Ray was Chairman and CEO of WPC Healthcare where he executed a successful turnaround that led to WPC’s sale to Intermedix.  Ray’s career has also included positions of increasing responsibility with Microsoft, Freeliant, Venture Technologies, Dialogic Communications, and the U.S. Army.  Ray’s leadership, business acumen, and technical and industry expertise have led to notable recognitions including a gubernatorial appointment, a “40 under 40” award, a Healthcare Hero award, and being named a Nashville Healthcare Council Fellow.  Ray currently serves on the Boards of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, Center for Nonprofit Management, Ascend Federal Credit Union, Entoto Gear, and Ordinary Hero Foundation.

Ray, his wife, and 20 year old daughter have all traveled to Ethiopia with Ordinary Hero, and Ray is an evangelist of all things Ethiopia. His favorite things to do are spend time with his family and enjoys sports whether participating or watching. Ray resides in Brentwood, Tennessee with his wife of 21 years and five daughters, ranging in age from 8 to 20.

Linda Howard

Linda Howard

Board Member

Read Linda's Bio

Linda Edell Howard has almost 30 years of experience in the areas of entertainment, new media and technology, and domestic and international intellectual property law and is the leader of the Entertainment/New Media team. She joined Adams and Reese in 2001 and opened the firm’s Music Row office. Linda Edell Howard is proud to count among her clients many members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; Songwriter’s Hall of Fame;Canadian Music Songwriter’s Hall of Fame; Nashville Songwriter’s Hall of Fame; Musician’s Hall of Fame; and Country Music Hall of Fame, as well as many Grammy winning producers and artists.

In 2016, Linda Howard was named Billboard Women in Music: 100 Most Powerful Executives. To read more, click here.

OH Melissa

Melissa Smith

Board Member

Read Melissa's Bio

Melissa grew up in Athens, Georgia, but has been a Nashville resident since 2006.  She was first introduced to Ordinary Hero in 2014 and immediately became interested in the organization. It wasn’t until her first trip to Ethiopia in 2015 that she realized how special this organization truly was and that she was meant to play a larger role in helping people change the world for one. Each time Melissa travels to Ethiopia she is reminded of what an incredible organization Ordinary Hero is and how blessed she is to be a part of this family.

Melissa’s time in Nashville has included obtaining a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Lipscomb University and working in the Healthcare industry for the past nine plus years. She is currently working as the Acquisitions and Infrastructure Services Manager at HCA Healthcare. When she is taking a break from the corporate life and OH items,  you will find her cheering on her hometown team, the Georgia Bulldogs, and spending time with her close friends.


Shane Putty

Board Member

Read Shane's Bio

Shane is the husband of Founder, Kelly Putty, and resides in Brentwood, TN with his wife and nine children, four of which are from Ethiopia. Shane is an experienced entrepreneur of 25 years, and has bought, sold, and started businesses from 0. He is currently 2 years into a start-up, app-based, on-demand Dry cleaning & laundry pickup and delivery service in the Greater Nashville area. He says, “I am really interested in how to use business to make a difference in the world while making a profit. I am fascinated by building giving into the framework of businesses, making it a lever of success just like customer service or product quality. Adopting from and serving in Ethiopia has been one of the biggest privileges of my life and because of this I’m very passionate about the work of Ordinary Hero.”


Chris Carrico

Board Member

Read Chris' Bio

Chris Carrico is the Vice President of Internal Audit for Delek US Holdings, a publicly traded downstream energy company based in Brentwood, TN. Chris has a Bachelor’s Degree in accounting and management from Lipscomb University and is a CPA and a certified internal auditor. Chris and his wife Claire reside in Franklin, TN with their three children. During the process of adopting Daniel from the Democratic Republic of Congo, they developed a deeper understanding of the global orphan crisis. Chris says, “I am deeply honored and humbled to be a part of Ordinary Hero and the work that they’re doing in Ethiopia. My hope is that we continue to increase awareness of the great need, as we strive to live out the words in Psalm 82:3, ‘Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and oppressed.’”

AO Headshot 1

Andrew Orr

Board Member

Read Andrew's Bio

Andrew’s first visit to Ethiopia was in 2014 and he’s still inspired by the experience. “All of my senses were fully activated and my faith grew to new heights. We went to make a difference for the families we sponsored, which we did, but they also transformed our family. The need in Ethiopia is overwhelming and ever present, but it is possible to change the life for one individual and one family, which then, has an unbelievable ripple effect.”

Andrew completed the Young Leaders Council Williamson County Class in 2018 and started with Ordinary Hero as a board intern. He lives in Franklin, TN with his wife, Jennifer, and two children and works as a City Planner for the City of Franklin.