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Myal Greene

President/CEO

Myal Greene has a deep desire to see churches worldwide equipped, empowered, and engaged in meeting the needs of vulnerable families in their communities.  In 2021, he became President and CEO after serving for fourteen years with the organization.  While living in Rwanda for eight years, he developed World Relief’s innovative church-based programming model that is currently used in nine countries. He also spent six years in leadership roles within the international programs division.  He has previous experience working with the U.S. Government. He holds B.S. in Finance from Lehigh University and an M.A. from Fuller Theological Seminary in Global Leadership.  He and his wife, Sharon, have three children.

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Alexis Brown

CPO

Alexis has been in executive public administration and human resources management for 15 years working in various educational, workforce development and youth nonprofits and government agencies serving multicultural families. She graduated from Walden University in 2016 with a Ph.D. Public Administration. She also holds a master’s degree in Zoology and is Lean Six Sigma Greenbelt Certified. For nine years and counting, Alexis has served as a member and volunteer treasurer for the Continental Societies, an international nonprofit member organization that is dedicated to providing services and scholarships to youth from vulnerable communities.

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Kevin Sanderson

CAO

Kevin Sanderson began working with World Relief in 1991 in Nicaragua. Since that time, he has been a key leader in the International Programs Division, as well as serving four years as the organization's Chief Financial Officer. His focus on agricultural value chains, organizational development and his many years of experience in the field of program design and management have allowed Kevin to engage diverse roles around the globe for World Relief. Kevin holds a Master of Public Policy from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, as well as a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Missouri. Kevin resides in Maryland with his wife, Alcira, and their two children.

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Dick Oyieko

CFO

Dick Oyieko has been working with World Relief since 2001 starting in Kenya working in several Africa Regional Finance Roles. In 2006, Dick transferred to our Home Office Finance Department in Baltimore to work in the role of International Finance Manager. From that time forward he has been a key leader in the Department and since 2015 has been the VP of Finance managing all of the key activities and tasks of the Department and being promoted to CFO in 2021. Dick holds an accounting degree from The University of Eastern Africa, Baraton and has in depth acumen and wealth of experience across the broad spectrum of nonprofit accounting, financial management, and compliance. His work and expertise has been instrumental in World Relief’s robust capacity and solid track record in these areas for many years. Dick resides in Maryland with his wife, Carol, and their two sons.

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Francesca Albano

VP of Marketing and Brand

Francesca joined World Relief in 2016 and has played a variety of roles with progressively expanding responsibilities. She is a passionate storyteller and cross-cultural communicator, having spent much of her childhood in Kenya and the U.K., before immigrating to the U.S. as a teenager. She holds a B.A. in Anthropology and International Affairs from Colby College and an M.A in Strategic Marketing Communications from Georgetown University, and is also a Storybrand Certified Guide. Today, her passions and expertise converge to help us tell the story of what God is doing through World Relief and the local church all around the world. She is deeply committed to stewarding this story, and the stories of those we serve, with great care and dignity as we also seek to inform, inspire and invite others to come alongside the work of World Relief. She lives close to Boston with her husband, Joe, and son, Teddy.

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Carla Ray

Interim SVP Strategic Engagement

Dr. Carla Maxwell Ray is a visionary leader whose expertise includes major donor coaching, fundraising, marketing, donor base expansion, strategic planning, external relations, Board development and non-profit management. Carla has helped successfully conclude many campaigns, cumulatively raising over $1,000,000,000. Throughout her career, Carla has worked with faith-based leaders, educators, CEOs, philanthropists, pastors, dignitaries and celebrities. She is the author of Five Pillars of a First Class Life, a spiritual guide to fulfilling and funding your mission in life. Carla graduated Valedictorian from her undergraduate class at Lincoln University and earned an MBA from the University of Delaware. She is a Certified Fund Raising Executive, and her passions for innovation, finance, education and healthy living positively impact the Christian Community.

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Jenny Yang

SVP of Advocacy & Policy

Jenny Yang is the Senior Vice President of Advocacy and Policy at World Relief where she provides oversight for all advocacy initiatives and policy positions for the organization and leads the organization’s public relations efforts. In this position, she coordinates and leads the marketing, programs, and strategic engagement division teams on media relations, public engagement and brand elevation strategies. She also represents the organization’s advocacy priorities to the U.S. government and leads mobilization efforts for churches on advocacy campaignsShe has worked over a decade in refugee protection, immigration policy, and human rights and was on an active deployment roster for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Previous to World Relief, she worked at one of the largest political consulting companies in Maryland. Jenny is co-author of “Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion and Truth in the Immigration Debate" and contributing author to three other books. Jenny was named one of the “50 Women to Watch” by Christianity Today.

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Lanre Williams-Ayedun

SVP of International Programs

Lanre Williams-Ayedun is a global development leader with 17 years of experience in strategy and systems building for new business acquisition, technical program design, and program management. Most recently, she served as a Senior Program Advisor at Jhpiego, supporting the organization to pivot its resource base and technical assets to match changing global health demands, and helping to raise millions of dollars for strategic new projects. For ten years Lanre worked for World Vision US in various roles, including as director for the Child Protection and Education team, managing a global multi-million dollar portfolio of projects funded by US government donors, individual philanthropists, corporations, and foundations. Lanre currently sits on a working group advising the World Bank on the creation of a research agenda related to faith and development, and is a 2022 World Trade Center Institute Emerging and Developing Global Executives (EDGE) fellow. She holds master’s degrees in international development and public health from The George Washington University. Lanre speaks fluent Yoruba, French, and basic Spanish; her career has included working in Sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia, Central America, and the Caribbean. Lanre and her husband Yomi live in Sterling, Virginia and lead in various capacities at Fairfax Church.

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Heather Woodward

Interim co-SVP US Programs

Heather Woodward has been working at World Relief for more 13 years in the Finance Department, International Programs and currently in U.S. Programs. Throughout her tenure, she has supported and managed several projects in finance, international and U.S. programs including interim office leadership in South Sudan, and most recently was the Director of Finance and Operations on the USAID-funded SCOPE Project. In her current role, she sits on the U.S. leadership team and drives improvement in operational processes and procedures, expansion and growth, and as interim line manager to several of our regional offices. Heather holds a master’s degree in International Business Management from the University of Maryland, and a BS degree in Finance from the University of Rhode Island. She lives in Rhode Island with her husband John, and has three grown children and two grandsons. Both Heather and her husband are active in church-related ministries serving those in Haiti and Central and South America.
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Abha Treohan

Director of Strategy

Abha Treohan brings a wide range of experience in high-performing positions, including  14 years of experience in Fortune 500 companies in the pharmaceutical, construction, auto and food Industries. After completing her Global Executive MBA with a concentration in Strategy from The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, she began seeing signs of her calling. Over the last several years she has had the privilege of serving several amazing organizations including the Augusta Dream Center and Elevation Church. Abha thrives on the energy of big ideas and putting those ideas into execution. She loves being at the intersection of strategy, analytics and innovation, especially in the area of her passion — community impact. 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Steve Moore

Chairperson

Nexleader

Service on Board since 2008

Erin Donovan

Vice Chair

rootED LLC

Service on Board since 2018

Rev. Dr. Casely Essamuah

Secretary

Global Christian Forum

Service on Board since 2008

Walter Kim

National Association of Evangelicals

Service on Board since 2016

Pat Mazorol

Service on Board since 2016

Matthew P. Gerkens

Service on Board since 2018

Galen Carey

National Association of Evangelicals

Service on Board since 2019

Abigail Frederick

Service on Board since 2020

Dakota Pippins

InterVarsity

Service on Board since 2020

Dr. Carrie Tibbles

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Service on Board since 2020

Myal Greene

World Relief

Service on Board since 2021

John Cusey

American Enterprise Institute

Service on Board since 2021

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