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.
Christine Baingana, Africa SCA Regional Director
Christine brings an extensive background in financial services and management to her role as HOPE’s senior program development manager. Christine joined HOPE in 2010 as savings and credit association (SCA) specialist, desiring to use her skills to advocate and educate on behalf of those in poverty. She holds a master’s in public administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government; a bachelor’s of business administration from Newport University, U.K.; and a diploma as an associate of business executives from Cavendish College. Christine’s professional background includes over 15 years of experience in financial services, corporate management, and development work.
While working in Kigali, Rwanda, from 1995 to 2009, Christine held the following positions: program coordinator at Tulane International LLC; managing director of Imprimerie Nouvelle Du Rwanda; director of banking operations at the Bank of Commerce, Development, and Industry; senior manager for the Credit Card Department, where she launched the first electronic payment service in the country; and manager in the Private Banking and Branch Network. Christine lives in Lancaster, PA, with her four children, Keza, Rama, Muco, and Wera.
Jeff Brown, Art Director
Jeff has worked professionally in branding, print, package design, digital communications, email marketing, illustration, and book design since 2008. Jeff joined HOPE in 2010, serving on the marketing team first as a graphic designer and then as senior designer. In 2014, he was promoted to art director. In every project and position, Jeff demonstrates skills in design and excellence in leadership. His ability to share HOPE’s message through color, texture, and graphics, along with his passion for connecting people to HOPE’s mission, have brought further professionalism and depth to HOPE’s materials. In addition, Jeff illustrated and designed Mommy’s Heart Went Pop! a children’s book written by Peter Greer and Christina Kyllonen. He holds a bachelor’s of fine arts in graphic design from the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design along with an associate’s degree in graphic design from Delaware County Community College. He currently resides in Lancaster, PA, with his wife, Allison, and three boys, Miles, Emerson, and Hutchins.
Jesse Casler, VP of Finance and Administration
Jesse has been with HOPE since 2004. He has a B.A. from Eastern Nazarene College and both an M.A. and an MBA from Boston University. The field of microfinance falls at the intersection of these degrees, combining Jesse’s heart for developing countries and his business expertise. Prior to and during his graduate work, Jesse gained experience in international banking at State Street Corporation’s international headquarters in Massachusetts and later at a subsidiary of Advent Software. He has traveled extensively throughout Eastern Europe, Africa, Asia, and Latin America working in the finance, accounting, operations, and administration teams while at HOPE. He has served as a church board member and treasurer and is deeply committed to HOPE’s Christian mission. Jesse and Krista, his wife, live in Lancaster, PA, with their two sons.
Peter Greer, President & CEO
Peter joined HOPE in 2004 following extensive education and experience in the field of microfinance. He received a bachelor’s degree in international business from Messiah College, a master’s of public policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School, and an honorary doctorate from Erskine College. Prior to his education at Harvard, Peter served as managing director for Urwego, a Christ-centered microfinance institution in Kigali, Rwanda. He also served as a technical advisor for Self-Help Development Foundation in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, and worked as a microfinance advisor in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Enthusiastic about sharing HOPE’s message and engaging the Church, Peter has written The Poor Will Be Glad (2009, with Phil Smith), The Spiritual Danger of Doing Good (2013, with Anna Haggard) and Mission Drift (2014, with Chris Horst). Peter and Laurel, his wife, live in Lancaster, PA, with their three children.
Chris Horst, VP of Development
Since starting in 2006, Chris Horst has served in a variety of roles at HOPE. As vice president of development, Chris employs his passion for advancing initiatives at the intersection of entrepreneurship and the Gospel to share HOPE’s story with new and existing supporters. In addition to his role at HOPE, Chris serves on the boards of the Denver Institute for Faith & work and the Colorado Microfinance Alliance. Chris has been published in Christianity Today and co-authored Mission Drift with Peter Greer (2014). Chris received his B.S. in business from Taylor University in Indiana and his MBA at Bakke Graduate University. He and his wife, Alli, have one son, Desmond, and live in Denver, CO, where they are active members of City Church Denver.
Matthew Rohrs, Director of Spiritual Integration
Matthew joined HOPE as director of spiritual integration in 2010, bringing with him a passion for finding synergy between ministry and business. A graduate of Taylor University (B.S., business systems) and the University of Notre Dame (MBA), Matthew spent nearly a decade in pension investment consulting and earned the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation before joining HOPE. While working in the marketplace, Matthew developed a deep love for the Church and discipleship. His eight years of service as a small group leader and four years as a church elder blossomed into a desire to empower the Church on a global scale. As Matthew’s interest in the ministry of microfinance and sustainable approaches to poverty alleviation grew, he became the founding member of HOPE’s regional board in Indiana. Matthew remains an active volunteer member of the regional board and now serves professionally with HOPE, helping the organization fulfill its core objective of honoring and obeying Christ in all aspects of its work. Matthew and his wife, Jeanne, have three children, Isaiah, Jackson, and Dillon.
Phil Smith, Director of Savings and Credit Association Programs
Phil joined HOPE International as director of savings and credit association (SCA) programs in December 2012. Phil brings a wealth of knowledge from his six years at World Relief, where he served as Rwanda country director for many years before transitioning to vice president of operations for marketing and Church engagement. While at World Relief, Phil also served as vice chair of the Urwego Opportunity Bank board, working closely with HOPE during that time. Prior to World Relief, Phil served as executive pastor at Walnut Hill Community Church in Bethel, CT. Prior to this, he was with Pitney Bowes, where his roles included leadership of their financial services divisions in Canada, Europe, and the U.S. Phil is deeply committed to addressing Jesus’ call to active engagement in serving the most vulnerable. He says, “In its mission and work, HOPE is responding directly to that call to serve. I’m excited to be of part of it.” Phil holds a degree in business administration from Azusa Pacific University. He and his wife, Becca, have two sons, Sean and Iranzi, and reside in the Lancaster, PA, area.
Jenn Tarbell, Regional Development Director
Jenn joined HOPE in 2010 with a wealth of professional experience. After earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology with dual minors in business and religion from the University of Southern California, Jenn served in a variety of roles at McDermott & Bull and Kingdom Assignment, Inc. In these positions, she was heavily involved in strategic planning efforts and program enhancement. In 2010, Jenn joined HOPE as a regional representative serving California and the West Coast. In this role, she quickly demonstrated a strong ability to manage one of HOPE’s major development regions, and after two years she was promoted to senior regional representative. Most recently, in 2014, Jenn was promoted to her current role of regional development director, where she uses her management skill set on a larger scale, overseeing HOPE’s development work in Texas and California.
Kevin Tordoff, VP of Marketing
Kevin joined the staff of HOPE in March 2008. He spent more than 15 years in the premium sporting goods industry, with the majority of his time spent leading the marketing communications efforts for the running shoe brand Saucony. Following his work with Saucony, Kevin established a business importing and marketing fair trade home décor products made by artisans in developing countries and consulted for two faith-based nonprofits focused on sustainable development. Kevin holds a B.A. in business administration from Gordon College. Kevin and his wife, Sue, have three children: Luke, Kaitlyn, and Hannah.
Dave Wasik, VP of Operations
As vice president of operations, Dave manages HOPE’s lending and savings programs worldwide. Dave received a degree in mechanical engineering from Duke University. Prior to joining HOPE in 2011, Dave was a senior vice president at Capital One Financial Corporation, where he worked since 1993. During his time there, Dave played a variety of leadership roles, including leading the firm’s small business credit portfolio and managing collections for all credit card and loan portfolios. Earlier in his career, he led marketing to existing Capital One customers and managed a team of analysts that improved the efficiency of Capital One’s operations. Dave and Jennifer, his wife, live in Richmond, VA, with their two children. His family attends Christ Church Episcopal, where he has served on the vestry, as treasurer, and as a Sunday school teacher.