Our leadership

Our leaders have the privilege and responsibility of determining HOPE's strategic direction and shaping its character. Get to know the leaders serving at HOPE.

Peter Greer

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.


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Jesse Casler

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 his wife, Krista, live in Lancaster, PA, with their two sons.

David Wasik

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 his wife, Jennifer, 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.

Chris Horst

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 two sons, Desmond and Abe, and live in Denver, CO, where they are active members of City Church Denver.


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Kevin Tordoff

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, as well as an MBA from Crown College. Kevin and his wife, Sue, have three children: Luke, Kaitlyn, and Hannah.

Matthew Rohrs

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.

Sarah Rutt

Since joining HOPE in 2007, Sarah has served in a variety of roles on the operations and finance teams. In these roles, Sarah gained a wide range of experience, from providing operational and budget planning support to forecasting and reporting for HOPE consolidated programs. In her current position, Sarah supports the finance team, focusing specifically on the rollout of a new budgeting software. Sarah is a graduate of Grove City College, where she majored in finance and minored in French. She lives in Lancaster, PA, with her husband, Ryan, and their two children, Paxton and Kaylin. Sarah and Ryan are actively involved in children’s ministry at their church.

Josh Ruyle

After serving with HOPE’s China program, Josh transitioned to his current role as Asia and Eastern Europe regional director. Josh sees his work as a chance “to work together towards the shared goal of serving Christ by serving those living in poverty.” He holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Arizona State University, an advanced Chinese language studies certificate, and a M.A. in international relations from Johns Hopkins University. He lives in Washington D.C. with his wife Beth and their three boys, Hudson Taylor, John Elliot, and Enoch Adoniram.

Phil Smith

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.

Becca Spradlin

Prior to joining HOPE International in 2013, Becca worked at MicroRate, a microfinance rating agency, and for Atlas Economic Research Foundation. In 2009, she co-founded David’s Hope International, a U.S.-based nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting holistic ministry programs in Kenya. Becca holds a master’s degree in applied economics from Johns Hopkins University, as well as a B.S. in business management and B.A. in communications from Grove City College. Becca lives in Lancaster with her husband, Phil, and daughter, Anastasia.

Andre Barkov

Andre has been with HOPE Ukraine since May 1999, when he started as a loan officer in Zaporozhye. A year later, he became expansion officer, opening new offices and running new branches. In May 2003, he became the program operations manager for HOPE Ukraine. He now serves as director of HOPE’s program in Ukraine.

Jean de Dieu Bizimana

Jean de Dieu Bizimana has led HOPE Burundi’s savings and credit association (SCA) program since it started in 2012. Prior to assuming his current role, Jean de Dieu was actively involved in HOPE’s network as a board member of Turame Community Finance, HOPE’s partner in Burundi. A professor at Light University in Bujumbura, Burundi, for 10 years, Jean de Dieu brings extensive expertise to his position and is always excited to share the SCA methodology and advance HOPE’s mission. He and his wife are blessed with three children.

Ruth Callanta

Even as a young woman, Ruth Callanta was deeply concerned about helping those in poverty. This spurred her to move from being a student volunteer in the 1960s to being an activist, program implementer, educator, and consultant on poverty alleviation to international agencies in the 1980s.

After realizing the emptiness of development work not anchored in Jesus Christ, Ruth founded the Center for Community Transformation in 1992, a non-governmental organization that ministered to entrepreneurs in poverty through microfinance. CCT has since evolved into a group of ministries that also serves homeless families, children and youth, orphans, indigenous people, factory workers, and informal service workers through integrated services undergirded by a strong spiritual development program.

Ruth graduated with distinction with a master’s degree in management from the Asian Institute of Management. Her work and passion for the spiritual, social, and economic transformation of impoverished Filipino families have been recognized by governmental, academic, and business circles. Ruth is the recipient of numerous awards and wrote Poverty: The Philippine Scenario published in the Philippines in 1988 and translated into Japanese a year later.

She and her husband, Ed, have two sons and six grandchildren.

Micah Crist

After graduating with an international business degree from Messiah College, Micah Crist joined the HOPE team as a finance and accounting assistant, before transitioning into a data analyst role. He was promoted to the roles of microenterprise technical advisor, senior microfinance specialist, and Africa assistant regional director, and he currently serves as managing director of HOPE Congo. Micah’s expertise in program performance analysis, portfolio analytics, and training staff on the use of industry tools has been a great asset to HOPE’s operations team. He reflects, “It’s an honor to work with a talented team that is committed to the full mission here at HOPE Congo. That means not just providing financial services to those living in poverty but doing so in a way that is centered on Christ and committed to battling the root causes of poverty.”

Douglas Kulaisi

Douglas Kulaisi holds a Master of Arts in rural social development from Reading University, an MBA in organizational leadership from Eastern University, and a bachelor’s degree in social science from the University of Malawi. He joined the HOPE Malawi team when the savings and credit association program started in July 2013. Prior to this position, Douglas worked with Catholic Relief Services Malawi, World Vision Swaziland, and World Vision Malawi. A native of Malawi, Douglas brings strong expertise and leadership to the HOPE Malawi team as they work to provide those in underserved areas with access to the Gospel and financial services.

Tineyi Mawocha

Prior to joining the work of Urwego Opportunity Bank, HOPE’s partner in Rwanda, in 2014, Tineyi Mawocha served as managing director of AfraAsia Bank and Tetrad Investment Bank, both in Zimbabwe. Tineyi was also CEO of Standard Bank Swaziland and director of a branch network at Standard Bank South Africa. Earlier in his career, Tineyi worked in hospitality management in the U.K. and Zimbabwe. Tineyi earned a master’s in development finance from the University of Stellenbosch Business School and an MBA from the University of Zimbabwe Graduate School of Business. Tineyi served as an elder in his church, where he led the stewardship department and church-building committees. Additionally, he held the chair of the Child Hunger Alleviation Foundation in Swaziland. Tineyi and his wife, Gail, have three children.

Vlad Mihut

Vlad Mihut has been working with ROMCOM since 2003. He is currently responsible for the strategic management of the ROMCOM group, which includes ROMCOM SA (microfinance), ROMCOM INVEST (consulting), and ROMCOM Training (training). Vlad is successfully working to continue to leverage the existing loan fund of ROMCOM SA by attracting additional financing and increasing ROMCOM’s pool of clients. He is also responsible for the strategic development of the ROMCOM network. Prior to his work with ROMCOM, Vlad worked with Evanston Capital Advisors in Bucharest, Romania. Vlad received a degree in business management from Emanuel University in Oradea, Romania.

Brian Mtambo

​As Zambia country director, Brian is responsible for launching and leading a savings and credit association program in partnership with local churches in Zambia. Prior to joining HOPE, Brian served as a program adviser for the National AIDS Council in the Lusaka district of Zambia. Brian holds a B.A. in theology and an MBA from Africa Nazarene University. Brian has a passion to see the Church impact Zambia for the Gospel. Brian and his wife, Precious, live in Lusaka with their two sons, Paul and Seth.

Erisa Mutabazi

With his strong academic credentials, extensive experience in microfinance, and pastoral heart, Reverend Erisa Mutabazi brings a unique perspective to his work in Rwanda. Before joining HOPE in January 2012, he worked as a program manager with World Vision, providing overall strategic planning and supervision and participating in the program design of Savings and Internal Lending Communities (SILC). Prior to that, he was a field operations manager with World Relief. Erisa has two master’s degrees: an M.A. in theology and leadership and an MBA in project management. A native of Rwanda, Erisa is passionate about helping Rwandans living in poverty through HOPE’s savings and credit association program.

Alex Nuñez

Alex Nuñez began serving Esperanza International, HOPE’s partner in the Dominican Republic and Haiti, in March 2012 as vice president of public affairs and Caribbean investment before moving to operations in January 2013. Prior to her role at Esperanza, Alex worked in a major government defense company for 11 years in various operations positions, identifying and implementing method improvements that resulted in substantial savings and many competitive initiatives. She completed her career there as an ethics officer, coaching, educating, and reinforcing the importance of ethical behavior in every facet of business. Alex received an MBA from Belhaven College and a B.S. from Eastern Mennonite University, and she graduated from the Lifework Leadership Program in 2012.

Dera Rakotondratsimba

Dera Rakotondratsimba joined HOPE Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in 2014 after working in the microenterprise development sector since 2002. Prior to joining HOPE, he worked as operations manager and research and product development manager for the Première Agence de Microfinance in Madagascar, which is part of the Aga Khan Agency for Microfinance headquartered in Switzerland. Dera says, “The most rewarding thing in my life will be to become a tool for Jesus to bless and relieve people from their day-to-day struggles and especially to help them realize they are more than conquerors in Christ (Romans 8:37).” A native of Madagascar, Dera and his wife, Tahiry, currently live in DRC with their daughter, Mihanta, and their son, Tony.

Ghenadie Russu

Ghenadie has been the executive director of Invest-Credit since January 2005. He acquired his diploma of license from the Academy of Economic Studies, Chisinau, and his MBA from Grenoble Graduate School of Business. He has since been involved in numerous microfinance and other economic development initiatives.

David Saint-Hilaire

David Saint-Hilaire is Haiti country director for Esperanza International, HOPE’s partner in the Dominican Republic and Haiti. He has worked with Esperanza since 2006, when he started as a loan officer. He was promoted first to loan supervisor and then to his current position overseeing Esperanza’s entire lending program in northern Haiti. David graduated with a degree in accounting from the Universidad Dominicana O & M in the Dominican Republic. A prime example of having the head of a banker and heart of a pastor, David regularly uses his years of seminary studies as he leads devotions for staff and training for clients. He and his wife have three children.

Regina Sulla

Regina Sulla began serving with Turame Community Finance, HOPE’s partner in Burundi, in January 2013. She has an extensive background in development and finance, including positions with Adventist Development and Relief Agency, IRC, ARC, ChildFund, Women for Women International, and Salone Microfinance Trust. Regina earned an MBA from the University of Wales and undergraduate degrees from Uganda Martyrs University and Mindolo Ecumenical Foundation. During her time with Turame, Regina has leveraged the expertise she gained in microfinance, financial risk, project management, and strategic planning to lead Turame in spiritual, economic, social, and cultural transformation.

Jeff Rutt (Chair)

Founder, HOPE International; Founder/CEO, Keystone Custom Homes

Jeff Rutt is the founder of HOPE International and currently serves as the chairman of the board of…

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Jeff Rutt (Chair)

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. Distinguished as Central Pennsylvania’s largest independent homebuilder, the company is building homes in 44 communities. Jeff has been named the winner of the Builder of the Year Award by Builder Magazine 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 microenterprise development, is centered on the Gospel. Jeff believes HOPE’s work empowers families in poverty and restores dignity 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 a graduate of Dallas Baptist University.


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Brian Lewis (Vice Chair)

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, Brian earned an M.Div. from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA. 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.

Christopher Crane (Treasurer)

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.

Katie Macc (Secretary)

Katie Macc serves as co-founder and vice president of business development at Juntos, which makes mobile personal finance tools for the underbanked in the U.S. 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, Katie played a significant part in HOPE’s growth, increasing revenue from $6 million in 2008 to almost $10 million. Katie currently resides in California.

Katelyn Beaty

Katelyn Beaty is print managing editor of Christianity Today magazine, based in the Chicago suburbs. She has been with the magazine for nine years, where she co-founded the women’s site Her.meneutics and served as editorial director of the This Is Our City project. She is the author of the forthcoming book A Woman’s Place: A Christian Vision for Your Calling in the Office, the Home, and the World, out in July 2016 from Howard / Simon & Schuster. A native of Dayton, Ohio, she graduated from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 2006. She has written for The Atlantic, The New York Times, and Books & Culture.

Douglas Bolles

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).

James Deitch

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

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.


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Dennis Hollinger

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, IL. He also completed post-doctoral studies at Oxford University. Dennis and his wife, Mary Ann, have two daughters.

Cathi Linch

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, OK.

André Mann

André Mann is a multilingual entrepreneur and international business manager with 18 years of business experience in Latin America and Asia. In 2011, he co-developed Sovereign’s Capital, a private equity fund that invests in Kingdom businesses. He graduated from Georgetown University in 1992 with a degree in international economics from the School of Foreign Service. André began his career at Procter & Gamble in Puerto Rico and Mexico and then transferred to Citibank Mexico, where he was the director of core banking over all consumer banking products. In 2002, André 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. He is currently the head of European operations for Diversified Conveyors, Inc., a fast-growing company in the materials handling business, and resides in Raleigh, NC.

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