An organization's leaders have the privilege and responsibility of determining the organization's strategic direction and shaping its character. Get to know HOPE's leaders by reading their biographies.
Douglas Bolles, Chief Investment Officer, Southside Wealth Management
Doug Bolles serves as chief investment officer of Southside Wealth Management, based in Tyler, Texas. A Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy, Doug has more than 30 years’ experience in the financial services industry. He is a graduate of Bowdoin College, the New England School of Banking at Williams College, the ABA Wealth Management School at Emory University, and the Texas Trust School at Southern Methodist University.
Doug first heard about HOPE on a trip to Haiti, where he saw firsthand the effectiveness of HOPE’s approach. “HOPE is not about good people doing good work,” says Doug. “HOPE is about being the hands and feet of a good Savior, in whose name and goodness all HOPE’s work is done.”
In addition to serving on HOPE’s board, Doug serves on the boards of Encouragement FM Christian Radio, the East Texas Communities Foundation, and The Hospice of East Texas Foundation. He is also a member of the East Texas Estate Planning Council. Doug and his wife, Gwen, live in Tyler, Texas. They have three sons (Noah, Seth, and Joseph), two daughters-in-law (Natalie and Nicole), and one grandchild (Evelyn).
Christopher Crane, Treasurer, HOPE International Board of Directors; Chief Executive Officer, Edify
Chris Crane is founder, president, and CEO of Edify, a humanitarian organization established to make loans to Christian schools educating impoverished children in Africa. Chris served from 2002-2009 as president and CEO of Opportunity International Inc., the world’s largest Christian microfinance organization. During Chris’ tenure, Opportunity’s revenues grew at a compounded annual rate of 30 percent. Chris acquired COMPS InfoSystems, Inc. in San Diego in 1992 and served as its president and CEO until he sold the company in February 2000. Under his leadership, COMPS grew from a small, print-based publishing firm with coverage of commercial real estate sale information in four Western states into an electronic database publisher with 420 employees and coverage of the 50 top real estate markets nationwide. During his eight-year tenure, Chris oversaw the acquisition of 13 companies. He raised four rounds of venture capital and listed the company in an initial public offering (IPO). He earned an MBA from Harvard Business School; a B.S. summa cum laude in finance from Boston College; and studied economics, art, and music for two years at the University of Vienna, Austria. In 1999 Chris was awarded the Ernst & Young/USA Today Entrepreneur of the Year Award in San Diego and in 2009 the Bob Buford Half/Time Achievement Award. Chris was a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) from 1990 to 2002. He and his wife, Jane, have one son, Andrew.
James Deitch, Co-founder and CEO, TeraVerde Financial LLC; Chairman, HOPE Global Investment Fund Board of Trustees
James M. Deitch is the CEO of TeraVerde Financial LLC, which he co-founded in January 2011 to provide residential mortgage finance services. Prior to this role, Jim was co-founder and managing director of American Home Bank, a division of First National Bank of Chester County, headquartered in Lancaster County, Pa. Previously, he was chairman, CEO, and co-founder of Keystone National Bank and Keystone Financial Mortgage Corporation, and executive vice president of Keystone Financial, Inc. Prior to Keystone, he was president, CEO, and a director of Parent Federal Savings Bank from 1988 through Parent Federal's acquisition by PNC Bank in October 1992. Jim holds an MBA with concentrations in finance and marketing from Lehigh University, graduating with highest honors (1978). He also holds a B.S. with high honors from Lehigh University (1976) and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). He is active in housing-related nonprofit organizations, including Habitat for Humanity and Harb-Adult. He founded the Keystone Cares/Habitat for Humanity housing partnership (completing 10 Habitat homes in Pennsylvania and Maryland) and served as vice-chairman of Habitat for Humanity's Delaware Valley Capital Initiative.
Peter Greer, President & CEO
Peter joined HOPE in 2004, following extensive education and experience in the field of microfinance. He received a B.S. in international business from Messiah College, an MPP from Harvard’s Kennedy School, and an honorary doctorate from Erskine College.
Prior to joining HOPE, Peter worked internationally as a microfinance advisor in Cambodia, technical advisor for Self-Help Development Foundation in Zimbabwe, and managing director for Urwego Community Bank in Rwanda.
As an advocate for the Church’s role in missions and alleviating extreme poverty, Peter has been a speaker at conferences such as Catalyst, Passion, Harvest International’s Development Conference, and Jubilee, and he has been featured by Christianity Today, World, Forbes, CNN, and RELEVANT. Peter currently serves as the entrepreneur-in-residence at Messiah College and as a Praxis venture partner.
He has also written The Poor Will Be Glad (with Phil Smith, 2009), The Spiritual Danger of Doing Good (with Anna Haggard, 2013), Mission Drift (with Chris Horst, 2014 and selected as a 2015 Book Award Winner from Christianity Today), Entrepreneurship for Human Flourishing (with Chris Horst, 2014), Stop Helping Us (2014), Watching Seeds Grow (with his son Keith, 2014), and 40/40 Vision (with Greg Lafferty, 2015).
Peter and his wife, Laurel, live in Lancaster, PA, with their three children: Keith, Lilianna, and Myles.
Dennis Hollinger, President and Colman M. Mockler Distinguished Professor of Christian Ethics, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
Dr. Dennis Hollinger is the current president and Colman M. Mockler distinguished professor of Christian ethics at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He is also a visiting professor of Christian ethics at Trinity International University in the graduate program in bioethics. Prior to assuming his present roles, Dennis served as president of Evangelical Theological Seminary. He also served as vice provost at Messiah College; pastor of the Washington Community Fellowship on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.; and as an adjunct or visiting professor at several international seminaries, including Moscow Theological Seminary in Russia, Union Biblical Seminary in India, and the Eastern European Seminary for Evangelical Leadership in Ukraine. Dennis has authored four books and over 65 articles and is a frequent speaker in churches, pastors’ conferences, seminaries, colleges, and academic forums. He received his B.A. from Elizabethtown College, M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and M.Phil. and Ph.D. from Drew University. Dennis is a board member for the C.S. Lewis Institute in Washington, D.C., and a fellow with the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity in Bannockburn, Ill. He also completed post-doctoral studies at Oxford University. Dennis and his wife, Mary Ann, have two daughters.
Brian Lewis, Vice Chair, HOPE International Board of Directors; Principal, Cereus Partners Inc.
Brian Lewis serves as HOPE’s vice chair of the board of directors. After undergraduate studies at the University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University, Mr. Lewis earned an M.Div. from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Calif. Brian has extensive experience in business and marketing. His past experience includes serving as vice president of Cabell Eanes Inc. from 1982 to 1985, president of LCI Communications Inc. from 1985 to 1990, president of The Excel Organization from 1991 to 1997, and principal at MSI Message Strategy Inc.
Cathi Linch, CPA; Former Treasurer, Edmond campus of LifeChurch.tv
Cathi Linch recently served as financial operations leader and treasurer of LifeChurch.tv, a multisite church that is leading people to become fully devoted followers of Christ via 18 campuses, a global Church Online community, and YouVersion.com—the Scripture engagement ministry and Bible App installed by over 100 million smartphone users around the world. Cathi also served as a member of the leadership team that directs LifeChurch.tv’s global missions initiatives. Prior to joining LifeChurch.tv, Cathi practiced public accounting as senior manager with KPMG LLP, serving insurance and nonprofit health system clients in Oklahoma and Texas. Cathi is a member of both the American Institute and the Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants, the board of directors of the Chalmers Center for Economic Development, and the Edmond Community Agency Review Commission. Cathi and her husband, Brian, are raising their three children in Edmond, Oklahoma.
André Mann, Multilingual Entrepreneur and International Business Manager
André Mann is a multilingual entrepreneur and international business manager with 18 years of business experience in Latin America and Central Asia. He graduated from Georgetown University in 1992 with a degree in International Economics from the School of Foreign Service. Mr. Mann began his career at Procter & Gamble in Puerto Rico and Mexico, and then Citibank Mexico, where he was the Director of Core Banking over all consumer-banking products. In 2002, Mr. Mann moved to Uzbekistan and then Afghanistan where he started several businesses, including an adventure travel company, a small manufacturing company, a consulting company, and a media production company. Mr. Mann moved back to North Carolina in 2011 to develop Sovereign’s Capital, and focuses on pipeline development and managing investments in Consumer Products and Services. He is an elder at the Summit Church and resides in Jakarta, Indonesia with his wife Laura and two sons.
Katie Nienow, Secretary, HOPE International Board of Directors; Vice President of Business Development, Juntos Finanzas
Katie Nienow recently joined a Silicon Valley start-up in fall 2012, called Juntos Finanzas, and serves as vice president of business development. Juntos makes mobile personal finance tools for the underbanked in the US and around the world.
Previously, Katie worked for HOPE for six years, serving in a variety of management positions in the Democratic Republic of Congo before transitioning to director of development in 2009. In her development role, Nienow played a significant part in HOPE’s growth, increasing revenue from $6 million in 2008 to almost $10 million this year.
Katie currently resides in California.
Jeff Rutt, Founder, HOPE International; Chair, HOPE International Board of Directors; Founder/CEO, Keystone Custom Homes
Jeff Rutt is the founder of HOPE International and currently serves as the chairman of the board of directors. Jeff worked as a dairy farmer for almost a decade before becoming the founder and president of Keystone Custom Homes in 1992. The business has grown exponentially under his leadership in south-central Pennsylvania, and Keystone has built over 3,700 homes and is the leading builder in Pennsylvania. Jeff has been named the winner of the Builder of the Year Award by Builder Magazine a record three times and is the first homebuilder in the country to do so. Jeff founded HOPE International in 1997 and has acted as chairman of the board since then. His vision for international ministry, specifically microfinance, is centered on the Gospel. Jeff believes that HOPE’s work in microfinance and other complementary activities should be transforming lives both spiritually and physically, providing permanent solutions to poverty, and restoring dignity in families around the world. In 2008, Jeff was awarded the Hearthstone BUILDER Humanitarian Lifetime Achievement Award for his philanthropic contributions. He and his wife, Sue, have two married children (Alisa Hoober and Ben Rutt) and a daughter (Leah) who is enrolled in Dallas Baptist University.