Our Team



Kelly Putty

Founder/Executive Director


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. Today, Kelly is mother to seven children, two adopted from Ethiopia, and continues to strive passionately toward helping children in need.


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Lauren Putty

Media Coordinator


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.


Beverly Soutas

Trip Coordinator


Beverly started traveling with Ordinary Hero in 2011, and became a volunteer for OH in 2012. She started working as the Trip Coordinator in 2014, and loves getting to know each of our team members! She lives in Utah with her husband and is mom to her 8 kids (2 of which are adopted from Ethiopia). She’s currently working on a Masters degree in Social Work and is excited for what that will bring here and in her travels to Ethiopia.


Kelly Blevins

Sponsorship Coordinator


Kelly is a former pediatric ICU nurse who felt the call in 2013 to leave her comfort zone and travel to Ethiopia with Ordinary Hero. Since then she has never looked back; she began volunteering with Ordinary Hero after that trip by managing sponsorships and officially joined the Ordinary Hero staff in 2014 as the sponsorship coordinator. She and her husband adopted their youngest baby from Ethiopia in 2015 and they, along with their two biological children reside just north of Nashville.


Erica Simmons

Operations Manager


Erica took her very first mission trip ever in 2014, traveling to Ethiopia with Ordinary Hero. When she got home, she knew she wanted to be a part of the work of OH and immediately began volunteering. Just a few months later, she was brought on staff. She is passionate about serving in whatever role she can. She worked as a Systems Analyst before she had the honor of becoming a stay-at-home mom. She lives in Brentwood with her husband, David, and their son, Nolan.


Hope Boyd

Field Director


Hope Boyd first met Ordinary Hero the summer of 2014 when she joined a team and traveled to Ethiopia. Hope officially became a member of staff in May of 2016 where she began her position as field director on the ground in Ethiopia. She is originally from Clarksville, TN, but says Addis Ababa feels like her true home.


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Melissa Smith

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 and working in the Healthcare industry for the past nine plus years. 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.

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Ray Guzman

Ray Guzman is a career technologist and business leader. Ray spent nine years with Microsoft as a business development executive, and recognized as an employee with exceptional potential, Guzman parlayed that experience into a Senior Vice President role with WPC Healthcare, a national provider of data analytics and services. After just two years WPC has named Guzman Chief Executive Officer of it’s service division. Ray, his wife, and 19 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 nearly 20 years and five daughters, ranging in age from 6 to 19.


Linda Howard

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.

Nashville Business Journal has recognized Linda for the 2014 Women in Music City Awards; and recognized her as a “Woman of Influence” in 2010.


Colleen Parker

Colleen Parker has served Ordinary Hero since 2010 as volunteer, business manager and finally board member. Colleen is an Associate Advisor with Webb Pickard Business Services and lives in Mt. Juliet with her husband and two children.


Ryan Dorr

Ryan Dorr grew up in Johnson City, TN and now resides in Franklin, TN with his wonderful wife of 15 years and four children. Their youngest daughter was adopted from Ethiopia, and 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.

Jeff Williams