Strategic Partnerships

Meet the Team!

This team of dedicated staff is here to walk you and your church through each step as you define the best partnership for your congregation, fund projects, and even visit the field!

CELESTE BROWN

Sr. Manager of Strategic Partnerships – USA

Celeste has been with Food for the Hungry (FH) for over 14 years. She began her journey with FH in the rural areas of Bolivia where she supported microenterprise initiatives with local farmers, helping them to generate additional income for their families. She went on to serve a myriad of roles in Latin America, the Caribbean and the U.S., and most recently joined Strategic Partnerships.

Celeste met her husband, Joel, who also worked for FH in La Paz, Bolivia. With their son, they recently relocated to Phoenix in the fall of 2016. Celeste and Joel are passionate about using their gifts to serve the most vulnerable and educating partners about what it means to live in relationship with God, ourselves, others and creation. Contact Celeste via email.

RYAN TRITCH

Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations – USA

Ryan began his journey at FH in October of 2017 following seven years in business development and four years as a middle school teacher. Although the sector switch from for-profit to non-profit was intimidating, Ryan felt driven to help the world’s most vulnerable populations and was impressed with FH’s reputation and motivated staff. In his short time at FH, Ryan has focused on building FH’s capacity for corporate and foundation partnerships, including lending perspective on how to institutionalize innovation at FH. In his free time, Ryan enjoys creative writing, playing basketball, and spending time with his wife (Mandy), daughter (Ellie), and two dogs (Mack and Tucker).

Jeff Getz

Director of Foundations and Major Funding – USA

In August 2016, Jeff joined Food for the Hungry (FH) as a specialist in strategic partnerships. Jeff has served as a pastor for 14 years and as a leader in urban missions for nine years. As a coach for church planters, Jeff led his denomination’s churches growth initiatives. In 2007, Jeff moved to New York City to establish a mobilization platform for church planting among the city’s least-reached people. He directed relief efforts, which funded the repair of various homes following Hurricane Sandy.

Jeff often speaks at leadership events, church conferences, college campuses and parenting seminars, but he especially enjoys motivating other parents to lead families-on-mission. His wife Christina and three daughters have each found their own unique ways to join causes of justice and mercy.He enjoys golfing, Penn State football, English literature and helping generous people do something ‘good and great’. Contact Jeff via email.

Kathy Feruglio

Sr. Manager of Planned Giving – USA

Kathy has been with Food for the Hungry (FH) since 2013 as a specialist in planned and legacy giving. Every day offers her new opportunities to see how God has entrusted us to steward His assets in ways that honor Him. She feels blessed to be a part of an organization that values and offers spiritual formation to all staff members as we bring physical and spiritual transformation to the poorest communities in the world. She also enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, pouring into them the love of Jesus. When she can, Kathy loves to go on personal retreats where she enjoys reading, quiet reflection, listening to God, and seeing Him in the beauty of His creation. Contact Kathy via email.

Rick Olson

Lead Major Gifts Officer  – USA

Rick brings leadership and enthusiasm to our work with the Ministry Partners of FH.  Rick has a heart for stewardship and helping others find joy in their giving. His experience in the business world, being on church staffs, and giving leadership with various faith-based non-profits, help him connect with a wide variety of people.  Rick spends his free time with his wife and four children and all of their activities.  Contact Rick via email.

 

 

 

 

 

Sherry Varughese

Strategic Partnerships Specialist – USA

Sherry started at FH in January 2017 as a Church Engager and then transitioned to her current role as a Specialist within Strategic Partnerships. After graduating from Villanova University, she moved to New York and married Justin, her bi-vocational husband (attorney and pastor). Sixteen years later, they are blessed with two brilliant, kind, and creative boys: Colin (8) and Travis (7).  Together, they helped plant Lighthouse Community Church in Long Island, NY and after having led the communication/media efforts there, she is currently one of their Worship Leaders and a Certified Facilitator through Mending the Soul. Both of Sherry’s parents were born and raised in some of the poorest communities in India, so she is eagerly committed to God’s call in advocating for and bringing hope to the most vulnerable. She practices and encourages others to use creative expression to share their story, find their voice, break the unjust cycles of poverty, prejudice, and corruption, and to tell the world about Jesus, a man all should be known by and is certainly worth knowing. Sherry enjoys public speaking, art & song, reading & writing, and sharing stories over coffee and wine.

Michael Mancari

Donor Relations Specialist – USA

Michael joined Food for the Hungry (FH) at the start of 2016 and is a specialist in FH donor relationships. He is thrilled to be part of such a dynamic organization that passionately pursues taking hope to the hardest of places. Since he was a child, he has always had an interest in reaching out to people around the world. The majority of his vocational life has been dedicated to pastoral ministry, other ministry endeavors and educational work. His heart for missions has taken him to 18 countries throughout Europe, Asia and Latin America. When he has time, he continues to enjoy public speaking, teaching and training, and inspiring others to great things. Michael and his wife serve in various ministries in their local church and they enjoy hanging out with each other and with their five children. Contact Michael via email.

Debra Bower

Donor Relations Specialist – USA

Debra joined Food for the Hungry in March 2017, and serves on the Strategic Partnership team as a donor representative working from Chicago. Having spent the last 16 years living in England, Debra brings a unique experience to her role, working extensively with local churches supporting multiple giving initiatives including Food for the Hungry, UK. Combining her background in Human Resources from the hotel and convention industry, with her strong faith and call to serve those in need, she is blessed to work with the generous donors of Food for the Hungry.

Debra is married, has three sons, and enjoys music, sailing, cycling, and travel. She is extensively involved with local community charities, and is proud to now have the opportunity to serve such a strong and successful international organization in Food for the Hungry.

NIKKI CRAWFORD

Teams & Systems Coordinator – USA

Nikki is a specialist in teams and systems with Food for the Hungry (FH). She recently graduated from The University of Toledo with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications. Nikki previously worked as the Administrative Coordinator and Assistant to a young adult pastor where she helped build and run a growing young adult ministry for almost four years. Nikki first encountered FH as a volunteer in the artist program where she helped connect children to sponsors at local events. Having experienced mission work in Mexico and Haiti, Nikki found her call to join the fight against world hunger and her passion to help children living in poverty. In her spare time she enjoys quality time with her husband, music, spending time with people, and hanging out at coffee shops. Contact Nikki via email.

Juan Pablo Belmonte

Field Liaison Manager – Bolivia

Juan Pablo has worked with church partnerships and short-term teams at Food for the Hungry (FH) for over six years. He believes deeply in FH’s vision, mission and values, seeking to live them out in every area of his life. As an experienced speaker, Juan Pablo can help motivate your church to minister overseas. He lives in La Paz, Bolivia, with his wife and four children. Contact Juan via email.

Jordan Gustafson

Partner Development Liaison – USA

Jordan has been serving at FH since October 2018 within Strategic Partnerships by engaging with and connecting local churches into the mission of FH and ultimately further into the mission of God. He is married to the love of his life, Gabby, and together they have a lovely and energetic daughter named Norah (2).
Jordan graduated from Arizona State University with his Bachelor’s degree in Nonprofit Leadership and Management and later from Fuller Theological Seminary with a Master’s degree in Theology. Over the years Jordan has served in numerous ministry roles beginning his career in the mission of Young Life and then moving into pastoral ministry within the local church, first in the Phoenix Metro area and most recently in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of Washington, DC.
Jordan has a strong belief in the role of the local church and the impact that it can have on its community and the world. He has a passion to mobilize the local church to address situations of poverty and a desire to see it fully living into its God given calling and identity.
Jordan enjoys quality time with his family, developing young leaders, teaching the bible, college football, and a great cup of coffee with good company.

Carlos Nuñez

Field Liaison – Dominican Republic

Carlos previously served as the Short-term Teams Coordinator in Food for the Hungry (FH) Dominican Republic for three and a half years. Prior to that he was the Sponsor Relations Agent in his hometown of Los Botados, Dominican Republic where he was also an active volunteer. Los Botados is a former FH community where Carlos grew up as a sponsored child. He is honored to walk closely to strengthen church relationships with FH and he looks forward to helping make a significant difference in the lives of vulnerable people. He lives in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. In his spare time, he enjoys reading biography books, playing sports, and mentoring youth. Contact Carlos via email.

Amalia Toc

Field Liaison – Guatemala

Amalia previously served as the Short-term Teams Coordinator in Food for the Hungry (FH) Guatemala for five years. During this time, she acquired valuable experience while helping to implement FH programs. As a former sponsored child with FH, Amalia loves interacting with sponsored children and their sponsors, encouraging them to form a stronger relationship. She is honored to walk closely with you to strengthen your relationship with FH, and she looks forward to helping make a significant difference in the lives of vulnerable people. She lives in Coban, Guatemala. In her spare time, she enjoys music, books and good movies. Contact Amalia via email.

Morghan Pereira

Administrative Assistant – USA

Morghan is a 2018 graduate of Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona, where she majored in Sociology. Morghan first came to Food for the Hungry (FH) as a student volunteer before eventually joining the Strategic Partnerships team as an administrative assistant. Morghan enables her team members to complete projects by performing a variety of tasks to support the team while juggling a variety of responsibilities. In her free time, Morghan enjoys creating hand-lettered art, spending time with family and friends, and serving in her church.

Mackenzie Cleveland

Administrative Assistant – USA

After traveling to Guatemala with Food for the Hungry in 2017, Mackenzie fell in love with the heartbeat of the company immediately. Almost a year later, she is newly employed at FH and couldn’t be happier to serve alongside such an impactful group of people. Before starting work at FH in October 2018, Mackenzie spent the previous five years at home raising her young children and supporting her husband, Chris, while he is on the road as a touring musician. They will celebrate seven years of marriage this year and have three beautiful children, Kingston, Parker, and Chase

Aaron Coe

Future City Now Founder/CEO – USA

Aaron Coe is the founder of Future City Now and leads the Church Mobilization effort for Food for the Hungry. As an organizational strategist, Aaron has had the privilege of serving some of the largest non-profit ministry organizations in the United States for over 20 years. In 2013, Aaron founded Future City Now and leads a team of change agents and problem solvers who specialize in organizational strategy, real estate solutions, church mobilization, and urbanization initiatives.
With a Ph.D. in Urbanization, Aaron is passionate about living life on mission and making a way for churches to engage with the world on a local and global level. Aaron and his wife, Carmen, live in Atlanta with their four children where he is a pastor at Passion City Church.

Meri Kate Boynton

Future City Now Project Coordinator – USA

Meri Kate Boynton serves as a Project Coordinator for Future City Now to aid in Food for the Hungry’s Church Mobilization effort. She has the privilege of walking with churches and businesses as they explore partnership with Food for the Hungry, discovering how to come alongside the world’s most vulnerable. Meri Kate graduated from Auburn University with a degree in marketing and a minor in international studies. She and her husband, Chris, live in Atlanta where they have the opportunity to build community and serve their local church.

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