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Board of Directors

Betty Cutts, President, and Founder
Betty is a housewife and community volunteer with a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education. She has taught as a volunteer teacher in an English as a second language (ESL) program, and three summer English camps in China. She has also served as a volunteer court-appointed special advocate (CASA). Presently she is secretary of Morehead Sister Cities and spearheads the Morehead exchanges with Yangshuo, Guangxi, China, Morehead’s Sister City. She is also President of the Morehead Rotary Club. She and her husband David, a retired physics teacher, have two sons, who are engineers with national companies, and two grandchildren. 

Xiaomin Mai Oney              T

Xiaomin Mai taught English for fourteen years at Guangxi Normal University before she became a visiting scholar at Morehead State University in 2010. She then pursue Master's degree of Higher and Adult Education at MSU. After that she taught Chinese at MSU for five years. She is the mother of Maggie, a High School student in Morehead. She is married to Phillip Oney, an American businessman. Xiaomin has been a board member of Blessing Hands since 2011. Her connections with family, friends and former students at Guangxi have opened doors there to volunteer with Blessing Hands’ different projects.

Doris Wells                        Board Member

Doris Wells is a retired secretary and real estate broker who lives with her husband Mickey in Morehead, Ky. She has been to China to visit our students and often volunteers with Blessing Hands. She has a full life as a grandmother of five and a mother of two. She keeps busy with quilting, church work, and grandmother duties.

Eric Zhang                       Vice President
Eric Zhang came to the US from the Yunnan Province of China in 1990 as a Chinese native speaker to assist the Chinese Language and Culture Program at Whitman College in Washington State. He then completed his Master's degree in Control Systems Engineering at West Virginia Institute of Technology. During his studies, he worked as an adjunct instructor for the Department of Mathematics. There he met his wife, Destiny, who was born in China but grew up in Chile. The couple has three children; Christina, Sophia, and Nathaniel. Professionally, Eric has worked as a control systems engineer and senior engineer. While living in Lexington, KY, he taught a Chinese Language and Culture Class to middle school students at Sayre School.

Kayla Mitchell 
Kayla joined our board in June 2020 as our board
secretaryKayla has a passion for international travel and the humanitarian field. She holds a B.A. in International Studies from Morehead State University. She has volunteered in numerous countries from teaching English as a second language to desert wildlife conservation. She has been a Rotary member since 2017. She is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV) as well who served as an English Literacy Specialist in Uganda before being evacuated. Kayla has visited China with Blessing Hands in 2015 to witness the work that the organization accomplishes and fell in love with the culture and people

Matthew Liu                  Board Member
Matthew Liu lives in Beijing, China. His family has two sons and a daughter living abroad. As a child from a poor mountainous area in Guangdong, he remembers missing meat and bread. His parents were teachers, so he had to study hard. He went to electricity school to reduce a lot of the burden on his family. He graduated in 1992 and was assigned to the Zhuhai Power Supply Bureau. In 2000 he resigned and began investing in stocks. He started to travel for Blessing Hands as a volunteer starting in 2013 and became a board member in April 2014.

Jill Hill                                 Board Member
Jill Hill attended high school in Morehead, Kentucky, then graduated from Morehead State University with a degree in speech communications. She married Steve and moved to Texas where Steve taught high school mathematics. They then moved to Manila, the Philippines where they helped Blessing Hands serve children there. Steve and Jill recently moved their family back to her hometown of Morehead. Jill home schools some of their children: eight sons and one daughter. Her husband is the athletic director at Lakeside Christian Academy.