Staff & Board

Lutheran World Relief has expert staff working in the United States, as well as in the countries we serve in Africa, Asia and the Middle East and Latin America.

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Dr. Gloria S. Edwards

Dr. Gloria S. Edwards (Chair)
Portola Valley, CA

Jayesh Hines-Shah

Jayesh Hines-Shah (Vice Chair)
Attorney | Chicago, IL

Jonathan D. Schultz

Jonathan D. Schultz (Secretary)
Vice President and General Counsel, Concordia Publishing House | St. Louis, MO

Emried Cole, Jr.

Emried Cole, Jr.
President, Gettysburg Endowment Foundation & Executive Director, Voices of History, LTSG | Gettysburg, PA

Dr. William J. Craft

Dr. William J. Craft
President, Concordia College | Moorhead, MN

Dr. Louise P. Evenson

Dr. Louise P. Evenson
Alamo, CA

Honorable Steve Gunderson

Honorable Steve Gunderson
President, The Association of Private Sector Colleges | Washington, DC

David J. Lose

David J. Lose
President, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia

Emma Graeber Porter

Emma Graeber Porter
President, Graeber Consulting | New York, NY

Linda K. Reiser

Linda K. Reiser
Grand Island, NE

Rev. Timothy Runtsch

The Rev. Timothy Runtsch
Senior Pastor, Redeemer Lutheran Church | Ft. Collins, CO

Dr. Teizazu T. Sukessa

Dr. Teizazu T. Sukessa
Senior IT Technical Analyst - Enterprise Web Services for Cargill, Inc. | Minnetonka, MN

Kristin Yakimow

Kristin Yakimow
Chicago, IL



Daniel Speckhard Read Bio
President & CEO

Andrea Greise
President’s Office Manager and Board Liaison
Skype: andrea.greise

Sara Jane Baublitz Read Bio
President's Office Relationship Manager
Skype: sara.jane.baublitz

Emily Sollie Read Bio
Senior Director, Internal Communication and Public Relations


Jeff Whisenant Read Bio
Executive Vice President, External Relations

Havaca Ganguly Read Bio
Senior Director, New Business Development

Cheryl Williams Read Bio
Senior Director, Marketing and Creative Services

Shelly Talcott Read Bio
Senior Director, Constituent Engagement

Kattie Rogers
Senior Director, Research & Development

David Fuerst Read Bio
Senior Director, Philanthropic Engagement

Jonathan Buuck Read Bio
Philanthropic Advisor

Michael Johnson Read Bio
Philanthropic Advisor

Paul Marsh Read Bio
Philanthropic Advisor

Beth McKinley Read Bio
Philanthropic Advisor

Becca Tumm Read Bio
Philanthropic Associate

Kristin Vought
Philanthropic Associate


Timothy McCully Read Bio
Vice President, International Programs

Christie Getman Read Bio
Senior Director, Program Quality & Technical Support

Umer Khan
Director, Emergency Response

Michael Watt
Associate Vice President for Field Operations


Evariste Karangwa
Senior Director, Africa

Evelyn Nassuna
Regional Representative, East Africa

Jacob Mutemi
Country Director, Kenya

Amin Bakari
Country Director, Tanzania

Kenneth Barigye
Country Director, Uganda

Marie Aughenbaugh
Deputy Director, West Africa

Nana Aminata Touré
Regional Representative, West Africa

Hazara Ouedraogo
Country Director, Mali

Abdallah Ben Mabrouk
Country Director, Niger

Asia & the Middle East

Joanne Fairley
Regional Director, Asia & the Middle East

Nicole Hark
Deputy Regional Director, Asia & the Middle East

Rakhi Bhattacharya
Country Director, India

Tom Vincent
Country Director, Indonesia

Kiran Ojha
Country Director, Nepal

Femia Baldeo
Country Director, The Philippines

Latin America

Carolyn Barker-Villena
Senior Director, Latin America

Myron Burkholder
Deputy Regional Director, Latin America

Jennifer Wiegel
Regional Representative, Central America

Luc Maille Lefranc
Country Director, Haiti

Bernard Coppens
Country Director, Honduras

Carolina Aguilar
Country Director, Nicaragua

Pedro Véliz
Regional Representative, Andean Region

Emilio Huerta
Country Director, Colombia

Eduardo Contreras
Country Director, Peru


Laura Morales Read Bio
Acting Vice President, Finance & Administration and Treasurer

Nikolos Oakley
Senior Director, International Finance


Wendy Rothenberger Read Bio
Vice President, Human Resources

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