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.
Christine joined HOPE in 2010 as the SCA specialist, going on to serve as Africa SCA regional director and providing business development leadership to various HOPE departments. In 2017, Christine stepped into the role of CEO for Urwego Bank in Kigali, Rwanda. 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, London. Christine’s professional background includes over 20 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 manager at Tulane International LLC; managing director of the privatized national printing company (INR); director of banking operations at the Bank of Commerce, Development, and Industry; and senior manager for the Credit Card Department, where she launched the first electronic payment service in the country. Christine has four children: Keza, Rama, Muco, and Wera.
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.
HOPE Board Member; Editor at Large, Christianity Today; & Author of A Woman's Place
In her nine years with Christianity Today, Katelyn co-founded the women’s site Her.meneutics and served as editorial director of the This Is Our City project. Katelyn holds the distinction of being the youngest managing editor in the magazine’s history, as well as the first woman to serve in the role. She is the author of A Woman’s Place: A Christian Vision for Your Calling in the Office, the Home, and the World. A native of Dayton, OH, she graduated from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI, in 2006. She has written for The Atlantic, The New York Times, and Books & Culture. After joining HOPE’s local board in Chicago in 2015, Katelyn joined the board of directors in 2016.
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.
HOPE Board Member; Chief Investment Officer, Southside Wealth Management
Doug Bolles serves as chief investment officer of Southside Wealth Management, based in Tyler, TX. 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, TX. They have three sons (Noah, Seth, and Joseph), two daughters-in-law (Natalie and Nicole), and one grandchild (Evelyn).
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. Since 2014, he has served as art director, managing the design disciplines within the marketing team and consulting throughout the organization. Jeff leads HOPE’s innovation team that focuses on building organizational culture and competency in the area of innovation.
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. He holds a Bachelor 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 is currently pursuing his Masters of Arts in design management from the Savannah College of Art and Design. He resides in Lancaster, PA, with his wife, Allison, and three boys, Miles, Emerson, and Hutchins.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
He received a B.S. in international business from Messiah College and an MPP from Harvard’s Kennedy School.
As an advocate for the Church’s role in missions and alleviating extreme poverty, Peter has been a speaker at a number of conferences, and he has been featured by Christianity Today, World, Forbes, CNN, and RELEVANT.
He has also written The Spiritual Danger of Doing Good (with Anna Haggard, 2013), Mission Drift (with Chris Horst, 2014; 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), The Giver and the Gift (with David Weekley, 2015), 40/40 Vision (with Greg Lafferty, 2015), and Created to Flourish (with Phil Smith, 2016).
Currently, Peter serves as the entrepreneur-in-residence at Messiah College and as a Praxis Venture Partner.
Peter and his wife, Laurel, live in Lancaster, PA, with their three children, Keith, Lilianna, and Myles.
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 three children, Desmond, Abe, and June, and live in Denver, CO, where they are active members of City Church Denver.
In his role as country director of HOPE’s savings program in Haiti, Dr. Lesly Jules brings 25 years of experience in community and economic development in Haiti. With a master’s degree in entrepreneurship and a Ph.D. in leadership & mastery of change, Lesly is also the principal author of three management books; the latest is a handbook for church management. In his time with HOPE Haiti, Lesly has been instrumental in securing legal registration, leading the strategic plan process, implementing formal human resource and finance processes, and helping build capacity in the local staff and volunteer church facilitators and field coordinators. He lives in Port-au-Prince with his wife, Kerline, and their son, Oliver.
In his role as country director, Francis has big dreams for the savings program in Zimbabwe: “I see the Church being able to deliver effectively in a holistic sense. I see previously unreached communities getting to know Christ through this ministry. I see previously economically marginalized groups becoming more and more productive.” Francis brings to HOPE over 18 years of practical experience in the development sector, having previously served as program officer with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Harare, Zimbabwe; project coordinator, programs manager, and executive associate with World Vision International Zimbabwe; and programs director with World Vision International Sierra Leone. He holds a bachelor’s degree in rural and urban planning from the University of Zimbabwe and an MBA in leadership development from Eastern University in the U.S. Francis and his wife, Esther, have two sons and live in Harare.
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.
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.
Cathi Linch, CPA, CGMA
HOPE Board Treasurer; Senior Vice President of Loan Administration, MidFirst Bank
Cathi Linch serves as senior vice president of loan administration with MidFirst Bank. Prior to that position, she 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. Before 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, live in Edmond, OK, with their three children.
Gideon Maniragaba has served with HOPE since 2014, initially as director of operations at HOPE Congo, where he helped lead the program through significant growth and quality improvements. In 2016, Gideon transitioned to his role of managing director at Turame Community Finance. Previously, Gideon was the business growth and development manager at Equity Bank Uganda Limited for nearly three years before serving as operations manager with Five Talents Uganda, a Christ-centered microenterprise development organization. Gideon holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Kyambogo University and an MBA in finance and financial management from Makere University, Kampala. He lives in Bujumbura, Burundi, with his wife, Rebecca, and their two children, Laban and Linda.
HOPE Board Secretary; Head of European Operations, Diversified Conveyors, Inc.
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.
Josh joined HOPE in June 2013 after completing his graduate studies from the University of Missouri-Colombia. Before his time with HOPE, he received a B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; worked for seven years at Capital One Financial; and served for three years in San Jose, Costa Rica, at a Christian bilingual high school. In his current role, Josh oversees operational processes for the savings and credit association team, including methodology, training, quality, reporting, and budgeting. He also has the privilege of supporting SCA programs and partners in the Philippines and India. Josh and his wife, Christy, have three children—Lizzy, Sam, and Kate—and reside in Lancaster, PA.
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.
Roger joined HOPE in September 2005 and serves as HOPE’s regional director for microfinance programs in Africa. Roger holds a degree in medical microbiology from Westminster Medical School in London, where he also completed his post-graduate studies. Roger worked at Becton Dickinson, a medical device and diagnostics manufacturer, for over 20 years as a vice president in marketing, supply chain, and IT roles. He attended the international executive program of INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France. As VP and GM with the Global Healthcare Exchange (GHX), he successfully led the health care industry’s initiative in Europe to establish an internet trading exchange for medical products. After switching to development, Roger completed the Microenterprise Development Institute at Southern New Hampshire University and IMA International’s Institute for Development Studies. Roger gained a diploma in company direction with the U.K. Institute of Directors and puts this to use frequently with HOPE’s country boards. Roger is a member of St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Brussels, Belgium, where he lives with his wife, Karen. His three sons live in London, England.
As Zambia country director, Brian is responsible for leading HOPE’s 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.
With his strong academic credentials, extensive experience in microenterprise development, and pastoral heart, Reverend Erisa Mutabazi brings a unique perspective to his work with the savings and credit association team. 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 families in poverty through HOPE’s savings and credit association program.
Alex Nuñez began serving Esperanza International, HOPE’s partner in the Dominican Republic, 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 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 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.
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 three children. Sarah and Ryan are actively involved in children’s ministry at their church.
Founder & Board Chair, 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 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.
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 an 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 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 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.
Durwood Snead is the director of globalX, the international service division of North Point Ministries in Alpharetta, GA. Through partners all over the world, globalX helps meet the spiritual and physical needs of at-risk children and families in a sustainable way. Before joining North Point in 2001, Durwood had 26 years of business experience, including executive assignments at Construction Market Data Group and A.C. Nielsen, where he served people, pioneered new businesses, engineered international purchases, and crafted joint ventures.
Durwood is passionate about business as ministry, helping families and children at risk, and bringing the Good News of the Kingdom of heaven to the unreached of the world. He has traveled extensively, doing business and ministry in over 70 countries. Durwood is a graduate of the University of Richmond and has an MBA from the College of William and Mary in Virginia. He and his wife, Judi, have five children and 11 grandchildren.
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, PA, with her husband, Phil, and daughter, Anastasia.
With both an MBA and a master’s degree in theological education, Walter brings a unique mix of business and ministry skills to his work with HOPE. He has held a number of roles with the organization, serving both the microfinance institution (MFI) and savings and credit association (SCA) teams. In his current role on the SCA team, he leads the risk management process, works with internal audit and finance to ensure excellent risk management procedures, and oversees existing and new programs and partnerships in Latin America. He and his wife, Krishana, live in Lancaster, PA, with their two children, Noelle and Rowan.
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.
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.
Dan joined HOPE in 2011, bringing a passion for working with the global Church to bring about holistic transformation. He studied international business at the University of South Carolina and, after graduating, served for 2 1/2 years as a missionary in Niger with Assemblies of God World Missions. Dan has served in a variety of roles at HOPE, first working with HOPE’s partner, Esperanza International, in northern Haiti then returning to the U.S. to serve as a microenterprise technical advisor. With his extensive field experience, Dan has played a significant role in bringing the Church and the client’s voice into discussions about program design. He and his wife, Ashley, live in Durham, NC, where they are active members of Christ Central Church.
Andy first came to HOPE as the regional director for our Latin America programs, living in the Dominican Republic. Prior to coming to HOPE, Andy served as the director of operations at PEER Servants and Marketplace Network, two organizations that share HOPE’s passion for empowering dignified work. Andy holds a bachelor’s of business administration from Furman University, a dual master’s from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Old and New Testament, and a master’s of theology from Harvard University. In his role as interim country director for HOPE Rwanda, Andy has continued to demonstrate a deep commitment to following Christ, loving people, and equipping the Church. He and his wife, Marie, live in Kigali with their three children.
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