Nine new members elected to Bread's Board of Directors

February 24, 2017
Board member Vic Adamo, second from right, and Bread members from Alabama preparing to visit their member of Congress at Lobby Day 2016. Bread for the World photo.

Bread for the World is delighted to announce nine new members of the Board of Directors. Thousands of Bread members voted in our annual election of board members – you chose an exceptionally committed group of activists, faith and community leaders to help set the broad direction for the organization’s initiatives. The new members began their term, which range from one- to three-years, on January 1, 2017.

The new members are: 

  • Arturo Chavez
    San Antonio, Texas
    President and CEO of the Mexican American Catholic College.
    At MACC, led the transition from a Cultural Center to a Catholic College that offers B.A. and M.A. degrees in pastoral ministry. Has worked for more than 30 years in a variety of ministries—as a teacher, youth minister, a chaplain to incarcerated people, and a community organizer. Founder of JOVEN, a nonprofit youth organization. Former appointee to the White House Council for Faith Based and Community Partnerships. Recognized by Catholic Charities USA as “…a national champion of the poor” with the 2010 “Keep the Dream Alive Award” in honor of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Catholic.
  • Mike Goorhouse
    Holland, Mich.
    President/CEO, Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area.
    Recipient of the Catalyst Award by Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy. Previously served as a member of the youth advisory council, development committee, 60th anniversary task force, and as vice president for donor development at the Community Foundation. Named one of the top 30 civic leaders under 30 in the nation by Splashlife and the National Conference on Citizenship. Former board member for Project Clarity, Learning to Give, Kids Food Basket, Association for a More Just Society, and the Fellowship Reformed Church. Reformed Church in America.

  • Tom Hart
    Washington, D.C.
    North American executive director of ONE.
    Responsible for ONE’s advocacy, communications, and campaign activities in the United States and Canada. Leads a bipartisan team dedicated to proposing and passing government policies to fight disease, hunger, and poverty, mostly in Africa. Before joining ONE as senior director of government relations, Hart was director of government relations for the Episcopal Church and an aide to Sens. Alan Cranston and Jay Rockefeller. Episcopalian.

  • Hee-Soo Jung
    Sun Prairie, Wis.
    Bishop, United Methodist Church, North Central Jurisdiction, Wisconsin Episcopal Area.
    President, General Board of Global Ministries. President, UMC Korean Ministry Plan. Former board chair, United Methodist Committee on Relief. Former vice president, JustPeace. Served eight years as Bishop of the Northern Illinois Conference. Has served congregations in Wisconsin, California, and Texas since his family moved from Korea to the U.S. in 1982. Former chair, department of religion and philosophy, Kangnam University and Seminary; and member of the General Commission on Christian Unity and Interreligious Concerns. United Methodist.

  • Melena Nelson
    La Plata, Md.
    Controller, Corporate Operations, McKissack & McKissack.
    Formerly controller at Center for Children, and before that at Community Health Charities and Wesley Housing Development Corporation. Has a breadth of financial expertise in nonprofits, including budgeting, forecasting, cash management, financial infrastructure, and IT systems.

  • Dawn Pierce
    Boise, Idaho
    Licensed practical nurse and community advocate.
    Sought-after presenter and community educator. Makes the connection between hunger and health in a personal way: She has told her story of losing her job and needing food stamps at Bread’s 2013 National Gathering, in the Institute’s 2016 Hunger Report, and on a White House panel with Rep. Jim McGovern. Community advocate, Idaho Food Bank. United Methodist.

  • Frances Simpson Allen
    New York, NY
    Programme Management Officer, Office of the Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth at the United Nations. 
    Previously, worked on the global launch of the Sustainable Development Goals as Coordinator of the Post-2015 Strategy Hub in the United Nations Secretary General's office. Formerly worked on the global campaign to "crowd-source" the Goals, leading on technology and innovation partnerships as lead Consultant with the United Nations Millennium Campaign. Prior to which, served as an organizing fellow for Obama for America in 2012. Board member, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Young Leaders. Middle Collegiate Church.

  • Susan Stall
    Greenville, S.C.
    Community volunteer.
    Former corporate banker with SunTrust Banks in Atlanta. National board member, JustFaith Ministries. Facilitator, Greenville JustFaith groups. National board member, Dining for Women, an 8,000-member giving circle. Trustee, F.W. Symmes Foundation, which serves the needs of the Greenville Community. Member, Triune Mercy Center, a nondenominational church that serves homeless and marginalized people in Greenville. Formerly directed the Nexus Center, which sponsored conferences on integrated spirituality. Nondenominational.

  • Kate Weaver
    Austin, Texas
    Associate professor of public affairs at the University of Texas’s Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs.
    Co-director, Innovations for Peace and Development at the University of Texas. Her research focuses on the modernization of international development aid, including transparency and accountability reforms. Distinguished Scholar, Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law, where she founded the Next Generation Scholars program, and is a core researcher in the Center’s programs on climate change in Africa and complex emergencies in Asia. Former Brookings Institution research fellow in foreign policy studies and assistant professor of political science at the University of Kansas.

We also celebrate the re-election of the following board members to second terms: Victor Adamo, Iva Carruthers, David Miner, Jim McGovern, Shirley Reed, Jonathan Reyes, and Angela Rupchock-Schafer.

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  • Fact Sheet: Hunger by the Numbers

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