Leadership

Board of Directors

Nell Becker-Sweeden

Nell Becker Sweeden has been serving in Nazarene Compassionate Ministries since 2004 and is presently the international director and CEO of NCM, Inc. She has conducted trainings and lectured in over a dozen countries. Nell holds a Ph.D. in practical theology from Boston University and is an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene. Nell’s research is on hospitality practice and the life of the Church in light of transnational migration and specifically U.S. Latino/a immigration. She is the author of Church on the Way: Hospitality and Migration.

Nell and her husband, Josh (academic dean of Nazarene Theological Seminary), most recently served as assistant professors of theology and Richard B. Parker co-chairs in Wesleyan Theology at George Fox Evangelical Seminary in Portland, Oregon, before returning to Kansas City. In their spare time, Josh, Nell, and their sons, Elias and Asher, spend as much time as possible outdoors, camping, biking, and hiking.

Subodh Kumar

Dr. Subodh Kumar is the Chief Data Officer (CDO) with World Vision International based out of Phoenix, Arizona. In his role as CDO, Dr. Kumar is responsible for developing a shared vision and providing strategic leadership for data-driven business transformation and creating value out of data and becoming a truly best in class data-driven organization. Based on his 30 years of experience in Monitoring and Evaluation and managing field programs, Subodh brings in the business context to the overall growing data asset and makes data more engaging and generates business insights for program adaptation and learning, and evidence for impact and effectiveness.

Before joining World Vision International, Subodh served as Senior Director for Evidence, Impact and Data Intelligence function in FH. He was responsible for enhancing FH’s Data Intelligence Capability to leverage external driven data (Big Data) and internal data to drive evidence-based decision-making.  Subodh holds a Ph.D. in Statistics and Missiology from Bangalore, India with specialization in evaluations. He earned his bachelor’s degree with majors in Mathematics and Statistics and his Master’s Degree in Statistics from University of Agra, India.

Eileen Martin-Yeboah

Eileen is a member of World Vision, Inc.’s Legal Department where she serves as both an attorney and a member of the Grants & Contract Services team supporting the acquisition and implementation of the US federal assistance awards. Her responsibilities include advising on compliance issues related to public and private sector award funding. Eileen also serves on WV’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion/Belonging (DEI/B) Council, educating and raising awareness regarding DEI/B efforts within and without the organization.  She holds a juris doctor, from American University, and a B.S. degree from Cornell University.

Originally from Ghana, Eileen emigrated to the US with her nuclear family in 1989 and grew up in the Bronx, New York.  A certified city girl, she currently lives on the H Street Corridor in Washington, DC, and serves as an elder at her church.  In her spare time, she can be found walking a new path to the Capitol building while listening to a number of podcasts or cooking from an improvised recipe for her weekly gatherings with neighbors or friends.

 

Neal Joseph

Neal Joseph brings more than 35 years of senior-level leadership experience in the corporate, church and nonprofit worlds to his role on the Accord Network board. He currently serves as Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Mission:Leadership. Prior to this, he served for six years as the Vice President of Nonprofit Recruiting at Slingshot Group, and was a former label President at Warner Bros. Records, Chief Operating Officer at Generous Giving, and Senior Vice President of International Partnerships at Compassion International.

Neal spent the first 20 years of his career in the music business at Word Records and as a label president at Warner Bros., earning five Grammies and numerous Dove Awards. He has traveled to 50+ countries throughout the world—both Western and developing—and understands the challenges and opportunities of doing both ministry and business in cross-cultural, multi-national settings. Neal lives just outside of Nashville, TN, with his bride of 40 years, Wendy.

Herb Ehresman

Herb joined Compassion International in 2006. He has held a variety of program director roles focusing on program design and delivery throughout Compassion’s network of field countries and partner churches. He currently serves as the program development principal for strategic alliances, a new global function intended to increase Compassion’s collaboration and engagement with like-minded organizations. Prior to Compassion, Herb has worked in both corporate and military settings, holding jobs as a civil engineer, university professor, and business consultant. He holds a BS in civil engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy, an MS in geotechnical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from Duke University.

Herb, his wife Dawn, and their four children live in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where they enjoy raising goats, being outside, and attending a church planted by the Anglican Church of Rwanda.

Michael Cerna

Michael Cerna serves as VP of strategy with Mission: Hope, providing direction for programs, collaborative partnerships, and development of U.S.-based and global staff. He has a master’s degree in international policy and a passion for helping unite the local and global Church to vibrantly proclaim and demonstrate the gospel.

Prior to joining Mission: Hope, Michael served as a missions pastor at an Atlanta-based, multi-site church. He previously worked with various nonprofits, domestically and abroad, as an economic policy analyst focused on China, the Palestinian Territories, and South America. Mission: Hope’s focus on people-focused, community transformation combines Michael’s experience in strategic partnerships and leadership development with his desire to strengthen the local church.

Mike Mercer

Mike is the founder and CEO of Compassion First, a Christian relief/anti-trafficking organization that has pioneered holistic, long-term care and rehabilitation for survivors of child sex trafficking in Indonesia. Their work is also supported by peer-to-peer law enforcement training efforts, legal advocacy for survivors, and community development work in severely vulnerable communities.

Prior to working for Compassion First, Mike was the co-founder of Foursquare Disaster Relief (FDR) and served in various pastoral roles in Beaverton, Oregon, following his graduation from Multnomah University in 1995. Mike remains an advisor to FDR International and an ordained minister in the Foursquare Church. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife, Kymra, their three children, and an Australian Labradoodle. He loves golf and martial arts and is good at neither.

Micah Payton

Micah has the ‘pleasure’ of serving as a Chick-fil-A Owner/Operator in Manteca, CA.  Prior to his new mission to see lives impacted through serving a delicious chicken sandwich, he served as an attorney representing nonprofit organizations, charter schools, and churches, and as Assistant General Counsel for Compassion International, focusing on HR matters, contracts, marketing, and religious freedom issues.

He is a graduate of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and James Madison University. He lives, serves, and plays in the Central Valley in California with his wonderful wife, three children, and his Newfoundland dog.

Lara Lambert

Originally from South Africa, Lara serves as the Director of Program Development for Water Mission, leading a team of subject matter experts in WASH service delivery models, behavior change communication, and monitoring, evaluation, research, and learning. With 10 years of professional experience within the WASH sector, Lara has provided both technical and program support in Sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Lara holds a master’s degree in both Higher Education and community-based Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation.

Staff

Chad Hayward

Chad Hayward serves as Executive Director for Accord Network. Prior to this role, Chad served  as the senior adviser for the Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives at USAID.

Prior to joining USAID, he spent several years on Capitol Hill, where he served as communications director & policy aide to members of Congress. Before his time in Washington, Chad worked as director of operations for an organization working to encourage engagement with persecuted Christians worldwide, as well as for a development/consulting firm that specialized in helping nonprofits. Chad holds a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma Wesleyan University and resides in Southwest Michigan.

Peter Howard

Peter serves as Senior Fellow for Transformation at Accord. Prior to joining Accord, Peter worked for 18+ years at Food for the Hungry. As Chief International Operations Officer, he provided strategic leadership to Food for the Hungry’s 20+ country operations and field programs worldwide in responding to human suffering and graduating communities from extreme poverty.

Prior to his role as CIOO, Peter led FH’s 2004 tsunami relief efforts as Country Director in Indonesia, launched FH’s public policy and advocacy department in Washington DC, and led FH’s global emergency response team from Oxford, England.
Peter holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Bethel University, a Masters in Christian studies from Denver Seminary, and a Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School, where he was a Catherine B. Reynolds Fellow for Social Entrepreneurship at the Center for Public Leadership. Peter lives in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife and children. He is passionate about journeying with people around the world through beauty, goodness and truth to Jesus Christ and His Kingdom.

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