Food for the Hungry's board is a diverse group of leaders. Board members serve as strategic advisors and work closely with the President/CEO to hold them accountable for FH’s ministry.
Françoise André, Board Secretary, Switzerland
André joined Food for the Hungry’s board in 1999 after retiring as a social consultant in Switzerland. Married to a businessman, André traveled the world and developed a special interest in how microenterprise projects help impoverished communities recover economically. Her interest in Food for the Hungry stemmed from FH’s ministry of meeting both physical and spiritual needs. She believes that a dual-approach is necessary to effectively minister to the poor. André started working with impoverished communities in London as a child with her family. She continues to serve on FH’s board with a focus on encouraging the dignity and empowerment of vulnerable people. André is married with three children, who are currently all involved in missions.
Steve Corbett, Board Member, United States
Corbett is an Assistant Professor of Community Development at Covenant College and serves as a Community Development Specialist for the Chalmers Center for Economic Development. He previously served as Director of Field Operations and Training for the Chalmers Center. Prior to joining Covenant College, he worked for Food for the Hungry, first as self-supported field staff, then as Director of Staff Training for nine years and finally as Regional Director for Central and South America for two years. He has a B.A. from Covenant College and a M.Ed. in Adult Education from the University of Georgia and is co-author of the books, When Helping Hurts and Helping Without Hurting in Short-Term Missions. He is married with seven children.
Jeanie Dassow, Board Member, United States
Dr. Dassow works as a professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga, Tenn. She specializes in care for medically under-served women. After completing medical school in Lexington, Ky., she did her residency in St. Louis, Mo. Dassow came to Food for the Hungry in the fall of 2008. She brings a love for the people of the nations and a passion to promote others to live into the great gift of reconciliation that she has experienced in Jesus Christ. She and her husband Paul, a family medicine physician, have two boys and four girls.
Donnah Kamashazi Gasana, Board Member, Rwanda
Donnah Kamashazi Gasana has over 15 years experience working with United Nations, National Unity and Reconciliation Commission, and the International Rescue Committee, in the fields of gender, human rights, HIV and AIDS, women economic security, governance, political participation as well as violence against women and children. She holds a Master’s Degree in Human Rights and Democratization from the University of Pretoria in South Africa and a Master’s Degree in Gender Culture and Development from the University of Rwanda. She is a Founder and Managing Partner of Ethos Attorneys and Consultants, a member of the security sector reform community of practice for the United Nations and is a founding member and first President of Maryhill Old Girls Association of Rwanda. She is married with three children, two adorable sons and one beautiful daughter.
Paul Graves, Board Member, United Kingdom
Graves is an innovator and visionary driven by a passion for change and making a difference. A british national, Paul is currently the principal of See Seven, a Seattle-based management consulting and brand strategy company. In this role, he develops strategic relationships and oversees client relationships while shaping both the company’s internal culture and external customer experience. He has more than 15 years of experience creating and managing trailblazing brands for a number of startups and global fortune 50 companies.
Alan Holmer, Board Member, United States
Holmer brings over 20 years of business leadership experience to FH. His impressive history of board leadership with international corporations and organizations includes serving on the board of Corbus Pharmaceuticals and the Metropolitan D.C. Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Holmer’s career includes positions at the U.S. Treasury Department, Office of the US. Trade Representative, the Commerce Department, and the White House, where he served as deputy assistant to the President under the title of "ambassador" for intergovernmental affairs. He also led the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) as president and CEO for nearly a decade.
Larry Jones, Board Chair, United States
Jones is the Director of Program Development and Evaluation at University of Wisconsin’s Cooperative Extension. Jones began working with Food for the Hungry in the early 1980s, after FH founder Dr. Larry Ward visited Wheaton College in Wheaton, Ill. Jones served with FH in Thailand, Bangladesh, Somalia, Kenya and Ghana. In 2007, Jones was approached by FH to serve as a board member. His focus is on the effectiveness of using biblical worldview for transformational development and creating partnerships to accomplish great works. He also has a passion for the entrepreneurial spirit FH uses to customize programs for the specific needs of impoverished communities. Jones is married with two daughters and one granddaughter.
Peter Mogan, Board Vice-Chair, Canada
For the past 33 years, Mogan has been active as a business lawyer in Ontario and B.C., with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions and financing. He is a partner with nine other Christian lawyers in Access Law Group, a Vancouver law firm that seeks to live out their values of compassion, authenticity and empowerment. In 2005, Mogan started working with Food for the Hungry in Canada. In late 2009, he accepted an invitation to join the Food for the Hungry Board. His heart has been deeply moved to respond to God's call to walk with and serve the poor. He leads teams from his local church in their community-to-community partnership with a small community in Lima, Peru.