Our Leadership

Johnathan Miller is president and CEO of Airborne Lifeline Foundation. He founded the organization in 2005 after recognizing the need for regular medical care in remote villages in Botswana.

Johnathan is president of Bluemont International, an international strategic advisory firm, specializing in Africa and Asia. Prior to that, he served as partner and managing director of the Brock Group, an international trade advisory firm. He developed a large Asia-Pacific practice with clients that included a prominent U.S. aerospace firm, several major global consumer goods companies, two of the world’s largest beverage companies, several major U.S. and foreign air carriers, a leading manufacturer of fuel additives, and a provincial government in China.

Johnathan held high-level positions in the U.S. government during the Reagan administration. He served at the U.S. Agency for International Development and as Peace Corps director to Botswana. As senior director at the National Security Council, he coordinated President Reagan’s foreign missions, including the first Reagan-Gorbachev Summit in Geneva and the president’s visits to Indonesia, the Tokyo economic summit, Mexico, and Grenada. Johnathan also coordinated visits to the U.S. by foreign heads of state, including the prime ministers of Canada, Japan, and the United Kingdom. Later, as deputy assistant to the president for Management and Administration, he oversaw the management of the Executive Office of the President.

Johnathan graduated from Duke University and the University of Louisville School of Law.

Joseph Huggins is president and CEO of the Huggins Group, an international strategic consulting firm based in Nairobi. While serving as U.S. ambassador to Botswana, he introduced Johnathan to officials in the Botswana Ministry of Health and helped Johnathan pitch the idea of a scheduled flying medical service. He is a founding board member of Airborne.

Prior to founding his consulting firm, Ambassador Huggins spent a long and distinguished diplomatic career in the former Soviet Union, Kenya, Guinea, Togo, and Jordan. While serving as ambassador to Botswana, he was also the secretary of state’s special representative to the Southern Africa Development Community, a political and economic organization of 14 countries in southern Africa.

During his tour in Botswana, Ambassador Huggins strengthened U.S.-Botswana relations and promoted trade and investment opportunities for U.S. firms. Following his assignment to Botswana, Ambassador Huggins served as senior adviser to the Corporate Council on Africa and worked as liaison between the council and multilateral organizations, African governments, and the broader business community on issues related to increasing investment in Africa.

Ambassador Huggins serves on the Sub-Saharan Africa Advisory Committee for the Export-Import Bank of the U.S. and on the advisory boards of the New York-based Monolith Africa Infrastructure Fund and Harvard University’s Young African Leaders Association. He also serves on the board of directors of the Osgood Center for International Studies and chairs the board of directors of the non-profit Ariel Foundation International. He is a founding board member of the Botswana-based Show You Care Trust.

Porter DeLaney joined Airborne’s board of directors in 2010 and has been instrumental in helping the foundation acquire vital funding from PEPFAR, the President’s Emergency Program for AIDS Relief.

Porter founded the Kyle House Group in 2011, a consulting firm that offers advice on political strategy to clients at the federal, state, and local levels.

Porter possesses substantial experience working on development assistance and global health issues. He has represented several high-profile NGOs and coalitions on political strategies that resulted in multi-billion dollar funding increases for U.S. development assistance programs and the bipartisan passage and signing into law of major development legislation.

With a strong background in legislative politics, Porter has advised corporate clients, trade associations, non-profit organizations, and coalition groups seeking appropriations from the U.S. Congress. Porter also worked extensively on international relations and national security issues as an intelligence analyst for the Department of Defense and as a political consultant on defense policy and contracting issues for several international defense companies.

Porter maintains an active portfolio of pro bono work, serving as an adviser to former Senator Bill Frist’s Hope Through Healing Hands Foundation and to Peace Players International. Porter also serves on the board of advisers for Pasala, a non-profit sports organization that promotes youth literacy in Peru.

Porter graduated from Vanderbilt University. He received master’s degrees in national security studies from the Georgetown School of Foreign Service and in international policy and practice from the Elliot School of International Affairs at George Washington University. Porter has also participated as a visiting lecturer on a range of international relations and political issues at Vanderbilt University and at American University.

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