BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Madeline has 10 years of experience in office management, accounting and human resources. She has been involved in the development of numerous business startups and serves as director of human services for The Vacation Club Inc. a nation-wide member only vacation club. Madeline also provides accounting and financial support to Supply Hope.
Brenda is retired plant manager of Basler Electric Co., an international distributor of electric components, where she managed more than 100 employees providing leadership. Brenda contributes operational and leadership expertise to Supply Hope.
Audra is Midwest account director for Oprah Magazine. Her nearly 20 years experience in entrepreneurship, launching and developing brands, developing and executing communications plans and effectively managing and marketing organizations means she contributes to businesses at multiple stages of development. In her home city of Chicago, Audra has served on several boards as a director of fundraising, as well as a volunteer of various local organizations.
A former independent trader at the Chicago Board of Trade, Warren has volunteered in multiple areas at Willow Creek Community Church, a 20,000-member church based in South Barrington, Ill. He has served on its board of directors, its local and global compassion and justice advisory boards, and developed the church’s financial stewardship ministry. Warren served for more than eight years as director of the Global Compassion and Justice Ministry, developing and directing partnerships and grants to churches in Latin America and Africa. He has served on the Board of Governors for Opportunity International, one of the largest microfinance organizations in the world, and serves as a consultant to nonprofit and church leaders globally.
Geralyn lives and works in Nicaragua, serving as director of the community economic development program at Opportunity International, one of the largest a microfinance organizations in the world, that combines asset-based community-development strategies with successful microfinance strategies in 28 countries. Geralyn has been a faculty member at the Asset-Based Community Development Institute of Northwestern University since 1994. She has consulted, provided training and authored books for use by community leaders both in the U.S. and internationally. She received her master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. She has a J.D. from Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, Minn., and was awarded a fellowship in international development through the Kellogg Foundation and Partners of the Americas in 1992. She was granted a Bush Leadership Fellowship in 1994 to further her studies in community and economic development at Harvard University.
A native Nicaraguan, Eddy was born in Puerto Cabezas. His post-graduate degrees in social management, education and business prepared him to invest his talents in improving life of his fellow Nicaraguans. Eddy serves as field director for ORPHANetwork, a nonprofit organization rescuing abandoned children in Nicaragua. His diverse work experience includes the United Nations Development Program, where he served as national coordinator with the Ministry of Education School Feeding Program. Eddy also served for six years as a liaison between the United Nations World Food Program and the Nicaraguan Ministry of Education. He continued his work with the UN as a consultant for food and nutrition security for the World Food Programme, guiding an assessment on nutritional status in six municipalities of Nicaragua. He collaborated with the Emergency Food Security Assessment after Hurricane Felix hit the Caribbean coastline of Nicaragua.
Rich is an 18-year veteran of the financial services industry and founder of Smart Stewardship Advisors. He is a founding member of the Stewardship Alliance, a national network that assists families by connecting their faith, feelings, facts and finances for maximum meaning and impact. The group has helped clients direct hundreds of millions of dollars to the causes they are passionate about. Rich is a graduate of Northwestern University (economics) and has been a participating member of several national organizations including the National Association of Family Wealth Counselors and the Legacy Wealth Coach Network.