The Office of the President and CEO is responsible for overall leadership, strategy and execution of programs in support of achieving the Church World Service mission. The Office oversees relationships and policy with the CWS Board of Directors and CWS member communions; and directs the agency functions of finance; human resources; strategy, research and incubation; and advocacy. It manages all support services that equip the programs to function day to day. The Office sets the vision and the energy for the work of CWS especially as the faith-based organization transforming communities works to expand its capacity and impact.

A cross-cutting advocacy program operates in the Office of the President, complementing the program work in fulfillment of the CWS mission. We do this by advocating for U.S. policies and legislation that address CWS priority program concerns of global hunger and poverty, water and sanitation, climate change and disaster risk reduction, refugee assistance and humanitarian emergencies.

Through advocacy, strategy, research and innovation, we endeavor to ensure CWS programs are aligned in a common strategy that complements relief, development and refugee efforts globally. This is achieved through a variety of academic, peer agency and professional membership organizations.

An incubation lab affords a space to connect strategic minds and great ideas through a team of advisors from business, industry and academia, and then test ideas that can influence and support the CWS mission. In the coming year, the lab looks to identify three effective new vehicles for fundraising – through increased engagement with a diversified audience, leveraging technology and forging new partnerships. With the assistance of a group of Advisors and Ambassadors, the first main accomplishment was the development of a strategic framework with a seven-cornerstone process. Successful projects or project elements may be formally adopted and scaled by CWS or another entity. As an incubator, we embrace the possibility that other organizations and communities may share in our learning and build on our work.

THE REV. JOHN L. MCCULLOUGH, President & CEO
MAURICE A. BLOEM, Executive Vice President
JOANNE RENDALL, Chief Financial Officer
ANN WALLE, Director, Office of the President & Board Liaison
GARIMA GUPTA, Interim Director, Human Resources & Organizational Development
MARTIN SHUPAK, Director of Advocacy

DONNA DERR, Executive Director, CROP
THE REV. RUSSELL PIERCE, Senior Director of Funds Development
ROBERT WARWICK, Senior Director, International Development Programs
LESLIE WILSON, Asia Regional Coordinator
MARTIN CORIA, Latin America & Caribbean Regional Coordinator
STEVE WEAVER, Regional Coordinator for the Middle East & Europe

EROL KEKIC, Executive Director, Immigration & Refugee Program
SARAH KRAUSE, Senior Director, Program
CARLEEN MILLER, Senior Director, Operations
ANDREW FUYS, Director, Program Innovation & Evaluation
KATE MACOM, Director for Resettlement
MIRO MARINOVICH, Regional Representative Africa
BETH OPPENHEIM, Director, Resource Generation
OSCAR RIVERA, Director, South Florida
JEN SMYERS, Director, Policy & Advocacy
CHRISTINA LEVIN, Director, External Relations
ANTHONY TAMBURELLO IV, Associate Director for Security

THE REV. DR. EARL TRENT, JR. serves as Senior Pastor of the Florida Avenue Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., the fourth pastor at this 100+-year-old historic church. His ministry rests upon five pillars: Stewardship, Education, Evangelism, Mission and Social Justice. Under his leadership of two decades, Florida Avenue Church is a vibrant, vital, joyful and challenging congregation making a difference in the lives of people, the community and the world. Dr. Trent is Chair of the CWS Board.

PAUL CHAN is an M.D. (Internal Medicine, Pediatrics and Cardiology) living in Kansas City. He has raised significant funds for CWS through fundraising walks in the Grand Canyon. He has served on the board of a Guatemalan development organization, and is the founder and has been director of Community Impact, an umbrella organization at Johns Hopkins Medical School for initiatives in inner city Baltimore.

HAL CULBERTSON is Associate Dean for Operations at the University of Notre Dame’s Keough School of Global Affairs. Prior to becoming associate dean, Culbertson worked at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies for 17 years, serving as executive director from 2007-2014. Culbertson is the creator of several publications on peace-building. He has given numerous presentations related to business-NGO collaboration in zones of conflict, peace studies, peace-building and board strategic planning. Culbertson is an attorney, and a member of an Episcopal congregation.

REV. PATRICIA DE JONG is ordained within the United Church of Christ, and has served on several national church and local community boards. She retired as Senior Minister of First Congregational, Berkeley, California. She served as Minister of Education for Christian Discipleship at The Riverside Church in New York City, and as Senior Minister of the Urbandale United Church of Christ in Des Moines, Iowa. Rev. de Jong is the Board’s First Vice Chair, as Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee.

ROLAND FERNANDES is the Chief Operating Officer and General Treasurer of the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church. He is also the Treasurer of the United Methodist Committee on Relief and the United Methodist Development Fund. Prior to working for Global Ministries, he was the chief auditor of the Methodist Church in India for eight years. Mr. Fernandes is Treasurer of the CWS Board as Chair of the Administration and Finance Committee.

LENANN MCGOOKEY GARDNER has a Harvard MBA and is an international expert on state-of-the-art sales research. She is a former Par Club president (#1 sales representative worldwide) at Xerox Corporation, holds the American Marketing Association’s “Professional Services Marketer of the Year” award for her state and is profiled in Who’s Who in America. She is the President of Lenann McGookey Gardner Management Consulting, Inc.

THE REV. JIMMIE R. HAWKINS is active in numerous local and national Presbyterian (PCUSA), ecumenical and civic organizations. He is the pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Durham, N.C., and a prominent participant in the Moral Mondays movement in North Carolina. Rev. Hawkins is a former Treasurer of the Board of Church World Service.

DANIEL HAZMAN has extensive experience in strategy, supply chain, sustainability and business start-ups in many parts of the world. While working for Walmart he made key contributions to their sustainability strategy. Mr. Hazman is the CEO and Founder of the Sustainnovation Group, a community engagement platform powered by gamification. He has received several honors and awards for both his professional as well as his volunteer work. Mr. Hazman is the 2nd Vice Chair, as Chair of the Nominations and Board Development Committee.

BETH HOULE has nearly 25 years experience building nonprofits dedicated to community development, microfinance, women’s issues, youth development and civic engagement. Prior to serving as executive director with the Taproot Foundation, she served for 13 years with Opportunity International. She has an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. As a Ford Foundation fellow, Beth lived in India researching the social impact of U.S.-based companies. She is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

EUNICE KAMAARA is a full professor at Moi University in Theology and Religious Studies in Kenya, as well as International Affiliate Professor of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. She has an expertise in gender development and gender HIV/AIDS mainstreaming, and has served on many boards and networks in leadership roles. As a writer, she contributes on topics such as gender relations, ethics, globalization and conflict.

FR. MICHAEL KONTOGIORGIS is the Assistant Chancellor of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, New York, NY. Among his roles, he has designed and implemented clergy training on sexual misconduct, clergy income taxes and worked on special projects for the Archbishop and Patriarch. Prior to coming to the Archdiocese, Fr. Kontogiorgis has been a financial consultant, an investment officer and an account executive for various financial institutions.

THE REV. JOHN L. MCCULLOUGH is President and CEO of Church World Service. Since joining CWS in 2000, Rev. McCullough has been at the forefront of agency efforts to press for human rights and the empowerment of civil society in developing countries and to expand upon the role of the Church as a compassionate and prophetic voice for justice.

JAMES T. MORRIS is president of Pacers Sports and Entertainment. He has served as World Food Programme Executive Director and as an Under-Secretary General with the United Nations. Morris served as a Trustee Emeritus at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and is the recipient of a number of honors and awards for his work against hunger.

PETER PERSELL has broad experience in grassroots, result-oriented development and humanitarian response work in various parts of the world. He has served in numerous settings and positions for Africare. His programmatic expertise covers water, sanitation, child survival, refugees, food security and HIV/AIDS prevention. Mr. Persell was a Peace Corps volunteer.

DR. SHIRLEY CASON REED currently serves as International President of the Women’s Missionary Society of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. She is a member of the Tullie Quinn Missionary Society of Ward AME Church in Washington, D.C. She has served the Women’s Missionary Society for more than 34 years, as Connectional Recording Secretary, Connectional Chair of Membership & Recruitment, Connectional Chair of Special Missions and President of local societies.

LAURA ROBERTS is Co-founder and CEO of Pantheon Enterprises, which was honored with Ethisphere’s 2012 World’s Most Ethical Companies Award. She is currently a member of Conscious Capitalism, an organization dedicated to promoting higher purpose in business and is a member of Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2). She serves on the Leadership Council for Pachamama Alliance, an organization committed to sustainability and social justice. Ms. Roberts is Secretary of the CWS Board.

CARL THONG is an entrepreneur who founded the Sunstone Group, headquartered in Singapore. Carl is currently completing his Doctorate in Strategic Leadership. He has a Master of Arts in Theological Studies. He is often engaged as a strategy consultant by NGOs and government organizations to drive innovation and leadership initiatives. Clients include Credit Suisse, the Singapore Tourism Board and Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore. He sits on a number of boards, and his hobbies include practicing Tae Kwon Do with his family, reading the Bible and playing musical instruments.

MARSHALL TOPLANSKY helps organizations to use information to make better, faster decisions, bringing insight to management decision-making. Most recently, he led the development of KPMG’s thinking around the value of data and analytics, as managing director of its Center of Excellence. Marshall is a Harvard MBA and spent his early career at Ogilvy & Mather in New York and Washington, D.C. He currently lives in California and speaks Chinese (Mandarin), Spanish and conversational French.

This year, CWS celebrates its 70th anniversary!

Founded in 1946, CWS is a faith-based relief, refugee and development organization currently comprised of 37 member communions. CWS symbolizes an extraordinary constituency when we consider these 37 members and the rich diversity of denominations, theologies, traditions, histories and cultures they represent.

CWS serves as a collaborative, ecumenical and global force. We convene our members around the Development and Humanitarian Assistance Round Table and the Immigration and Refugee Program Advisory Group. On Capitol Hill, we advocate together on behalf of vulnerable families and communities worldwide, and – throughout the U.S. – literally
thousands of our members put their faith into action by participating in CROP Hunger Walks, assembling CWS Hygiene or School Kits and Emergency Cleanup Buckets or offering signature CWS Blankets to those who most need warmth, shelter and comfort. Our strength is in our capacity to do more together than we or any of our members could ever do alone. As an ecumenical agency, we are proud of the deep expression of our unity that comes from doing this work together.

African Methodist Episcopal Church
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church
Alliance of Baptists
American Baptist Churches USA
Armenian Church of America
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
Church of the Brethren
Community of Christ
The Coptic Orthodox Church in North America
Ecumenical Catholic Communion
The Episcopal Church
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Friends United Meeting
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America
Hungarian Reformed Church in America
International Council of Community Churches
Korean Presbyterian Church in America
Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church
Mar Thoma Church
Moravian Church in America
National Baptist Convention of America
National Baptist Convention, U.S.A., Inc.
National Missionary Baptist Convention of America
Orthodox Church in America
Patriarchal Parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church in the U.S.A.
Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends
Polish National Catholic Church of America
Presbyterian Church (USA)
Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc.
Reformed Church in America
Serbian Orthodox Church in the U.S.A. and Canada
The Swedenborgian Church
Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch
Ukrainian Orthodox Church in America
United Church of Christ
The United Methodist Church