Bread for the World is delighted to announce the election of new members to our Board of Directors.
They were elected by Bread for the World’s membership and board to terms beginning January 1, 2023, and join existing members listed at bread.org/board.
The board guides Bread for the World’s work together to end hunger. They provide high-level policy and programmatic guidance, are some of Bread’s most visible ambassadors, and, like all Bread members, pray, act, and give toward the end of hunger.
Please warmly welcome Bread for the World’s newest board members.
- Vic Adamo has been a Bread for the World member since 1974. He is the retired president of ProAssurance Corporation and a community volunteer with Bread for the World, Community Soup Kitchens of Birmingham, and All Saints Episcopal Church.
- Dr. Heber M. Brown, III is a community organizer, ordained reverend, and budding farmer who served as pastor of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church in Baltimore, Maryland, for 14 years before founding the Black Church Food Security Network in 2022.
- Richard Coll is executive director for Justice, Peace, and Integral Human Development at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. In that capacity, he works closely with Bread on the Circle of Protection, the alliance of Christian leaders committed to ending poverty. This is an election to a second term of Bread for the World’s board.
- Jason Fileta is editor and contributing author of Live Justly and founder of Lion and Lamb Publishing, which donates 50% of all profits to organizations advocating for justice. Fileta was previously vice president at Tearfund USA and is the former director of Micah Challenge USA, a Christian movement to end extreme poverty that mobilizes people to challenge attitudes, behaviors and policies that perpetuate injustice.
- Pati Frey is a philanthropist, businesswoman, mother, and long-time member and activist with Bread for the World. After spending twenty years in sales and national account sales management at FedEx, Frey has made global advocacy the center of her life. Frey is also a founding member of Recyclocraftz Zambia, where she manages sales distribution and marketing for the United States.
- Kate Judge is the Harvey J. Golschmid Professor of Law and Vice Dean for Intellectual Life at Columbia Law School. She is an expert on banking, financial innovation and crises, and regulatory architecture, and authored Direct: The Rise of the Middleman Economy and the Power of Going to the Source. She is a member of the Host Committee of Bread for the World’s Annual Gala to End Hunger.
- Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe is the recently retired general secretary of the General Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church, where she currently serves as consultant to further strengthen the agency’s presence and witness in advance of the 2024 General Conference. Previously, she was dean of the chapel and religious life at Emory University for 22 years. This is an election to a second term of Bread for the World’s board.
- Rebecca Middleton is Chief Advocacy and Engagement Officer for World Food Program USA. She brings more than 25 years of experience in policy, advocacy, and strategy to her leadership of a team responsible for educating members of Congress and their staff on the work of the UN World Food Program and the importance of continued robust U.S. government support for global food assistance. Middleton was previously Executive Director of the Alliance to End Hunger.
- Dr. Beverly Mitchell is the Douglas R. Chandler Church History Chair and professor of Systematic Theology and Church History at Wesley Theological Seminary, where she regularly co-teaches a class on domestic and global poverty. Mitchell has authored numerous articles and books; her recent scholarship focuses on challenges to human dignity in the face of white supremacy, economic injustice, and genocide. This is an election to a second term of Bread for the World’s board.
- Jennifer Pelling is a film producer focused on social impact documentaries that emphasize personal stories. She is also founding member of the Tsuha Foundation, where she developed the Tsuha Global Fellows program with the University of Western Australia to empower emerging leaders from countries in the Global South to develop high-priority research and policy solutions that directly relate to United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in their respective communities.
- Stephen Reeves is Director of Advocacy for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, where he helps encourage, educate and equip advocates in the Fellowship to impact their communities for justice. He also leads Fellowship Southwest, an ecumenical Cooperative Baptist Fellowship partner organization serving churches and meeting needs in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona, and Southern California.
- Rev. Eric Roemer is the Lead Pastor of Greentown Wesleyan Church, adjunct professor of Spiritual Formation at Wesley Seminary in Marion, Indiana, and adjust professor of Expository Preaching at Kingswood University in Sussex, New Brunswick, Canada. He is a leader activist with Bread for the World.
- Joyce Rothermel is a community activist. She co-chairs the SW PA Bread for the World chapter and provides advice to Bread for the World Institute research. Before retiring in 2011, Rothermel co-founded and served as CEO of the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, where she oversaw the annual distribution of millions of pounds of food to struggling families. This is an election to a second term of Bread for the World’s board.
- Rev. Jeanette Salguero is pastor at The Gathering Place, vice president of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition, and executive director of the Carrión Hispanic Leadership Center at Southeastern University in Florida. Salguero is a member of Bread for the World’s Latino Advisory Board.
The full board is listed at bread.org/board. All Bread for the World members are invited to nominate future candidates to the board. Email Jamie Thomas, [email protected], for more information.