Board of Directors and Staff
Jesse Casler, HOPE International
Michael Cerna Mission:Hope
Edward Densham, Samaritan's Purse
BJ Goergen, East African Ministries/Radler Foundation
Ravi Jayakaran, e3Partners
Lucas Koach, Food for the Hungry
Mark Mosely, Cross International
Gil Odendaal, World Relief Corporation
Emily Sarmiento, Compassion International
Randall Tift, World Vision
Jonathan Wiles, Living Water International
Chad Hayward, Accord Network--ex officio
Chad Hayward, Executive Director, Accord Network
Jon Creasy, Member Services Director, Accord Network
BJ Goergen is executive director of The Radler Foundation, where she oversees the Foundation’s work in the U.S. and East Africa. In this capacity, she provides strategic direction for new programs, manages day-to-day operations, and builds strategic partnerships for the future.
The Foundation educates, equips, and empowers young people to maximize their potential and make a difference in their communities. The foundation runs a non-governmental organization in Uganda and South Sudan that restores unreached communities through clean water, health, and leadership development.
BJ has 15 years of government and non-profit experience, including work at the National Math and Science Initiative, the U.S. Department of State and The White House. BJ has a J.D. cum laude from SMU’s Dedman School of Law, with a focus on international human rights law, and a B.A. degree in journalism from Baylor University. She lives in Fort Worth, Texas.
Mark Mosely serves as Senior Director at Cross International / Cross Catholic Outreach, engaged in program management from disaster relief to sustainable development services in +20 countries, including supply chain management, program assessment, and disease prevention. Managing provision of +$300 million worth of medicines, supplies, food, shelter and services annually through Cross partners on four continents, Mark’s senior level experience in +50 countries with Partners in Health, MAP International, and other INGOs includes 12 U.N. defined complex humanitarian emergencies and 7 armed conflicts. Accomplished through partners ranging from UN World Health Organization to national ministry of health personnel, Mark’s service has been accented with an undergraduate degree from Mercer University and study, training and service with Harvard Medical School’s Department of Social Medicine/Program In Infectious Disease and United Nations procurement and logistics services.
Jonathan Wiles is Vice President of Program Excellence at Living Water International. In that role, he leads a team of subject matter experts—integrating disciplines like public health, sustainability, engineering, and missiology—who focus on new approaches, tools, and organizational learning. He also leads Living Water’s long-range strategic planning efforts, consults with other organizations on strategy development and change management, and chairs the steering committee of the Accord WASH Alliance.
For six years, Jonathan was based at Schloss Mittersill, an intentional Christian community and study center in Austria, where he served as Director of Communications and a member of the senior leadership team. He has completed an MA in International Development from Eastern University and postgraduate work in biblical and cultural studies at Regent College. Jonathan and his wife Maridyth have three children and are based in Houston, Texas.
Gil Odendaal serves as the Vice President of Integral Mission with World Relief. Prior to holding his present position he served as Global Director for PEACE Implementation with Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California and as Global Director for the HIV/AIDS Initiative under Kay Warren facilitating the deployment of more than 10,000 short term missionaries. He has thirty years of ministry experience as missionary, pastor, educator, and leader. For the past 15 years he has progressively immersed himself in community development and the church’s fight against HIV and AIDS, especially in the African context.
Other professional positions held by Gil include Regional Coordinator for Africa with Medical Ambassadors International. He also served as Regional Coordinator for Russia and Eastern Europe for a period of two years.
Deeply committed to unleash the untapped human resources latent in the church worldwide and to see health equity become a reality in the southern countries, Gil is committed to mobilize the global church to serve the most vulnerable effectively, spiritually and physically. He has developed innovative programs, projects and campaigns that empower the local church globally toward education, prevention, treatment and care for the infected and affected in the pandemic.
Gil and his wife, Elmarie, were born and raised in South Africa. They have been married for 37 years. They have three adult children and four grandchildren.
Lucas Koach is Director of Public Policy and Advocacy for Food for the Hungry (FH) based out in FH’s Washington, DC Service Center. In his role, he creates strategies for FH’s engagement with the U.S. government, foreign governments, and other key domestic and international stakeholders. He educates audiences on FH’s programing and advocates for effective international relief and development policy specifically in areas of international development assistance, international food assistance, and global health. He designs and implements FH’s advocacy by building sectorial and constituent coalitions nationally and internationally.
As an ordained Anglican priest, Koach walks with faith and policy leaders, exposing them to issues of extreme poverty and casting a faith based vision for compassionate advocacy. Koach brings over twenty years’ of diverse experience in ministry, non-profit, business and political settings. He holds an MA from Denver Seminary, and graduated magna cum laude as an Honors Scholar in Government and International Studies from West Virginia Wesleyan. Koach lives in Arlington, VA with his wife and two children.
Jesse Casler has been with HOPE International since 2004. He has a B.A. from Eastern Nazarene College and both an M.A. and an MBA from Boston University. The field of microfinance falls at the intersection of these degrees, combining Jesse’s heart for developing countries and his business expertise. Prior to and during his graduate work, Jesse gained experience in international banking at State Street Corporation’s international headquarters in Massachusetts and later at a subsidiary of Advent Software. He has traveled extensively throughout Eastern Europe, Africa, Asia, and Latin America working in the finance, accounting, operations, and administration teams while at HOPE. He has served as a church board member and treasurer and is deeply committed to HOPE’s Christian mission. Jesse and his wife, Krista, live in Lancaster, PA, with their two sons.
Emily Sarmiento has been with Compassion International since 2009, where she currently serves as Child Sponsorship Program Director within Compassion’s Global Program Group. She leads a team in child and youth development program design, support of program implementation, and delivery of church and program participant communications for the benefit of 1.6 million children and youth via 6,500 church partnerships across 26 countries.
Prior to joining Compassion, Emily served with three other International Non-governmental Organizations (INGO) in roles spanning program, operations and fundraising. She has also taught high school, worked with university international students, and aided the start-up of an outreach ministry to immigrants.
Emily’s academic background includes dual undergraduate degrees in International Management and Spanish, with a graduate certificate in Education, all from Missouri State University. She also holds a Masters in Organizational Leadership for International Development through Eastern University which she achieved as a member of a Latin American cohort of development and ministry practitioners.
Emily, her husband and son, live in a rural community outside of Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Edward Densham is the Director of International Projects with Samaritan’s Purse (SP), in which he provides management oversight to the international activities around the world. This includes the 15 SP field offices and numerous partner programs.
Edward started working with SP in 1999 in South Sudan as the Country Director, moving to the International Headquarters in 2004 as a Regional Manager for Operation Christmas Child, before moving into the Projects department as a Regional Director for East and Southern Africa in 2005. Edward accepted the position of Deputy Director of International Projects in 2008 and transitioned into his current role as Director in 2010. He provides general direction and solutions for complex issues to improve coordination, cooperation, and consistency worldwide in all SP Projects and Programs; most recently leading the emergency response for Samaritan's Purse in Liberia and the Philippines.
Edward has his undergraduate and post graduate degrees from Loughborough University in the UK and his MBA from Sydney Graduate School of Management in Australia. Married for 18 years, Edward and his wife, Bethany have two school age children and enjoy many activities with them, including hiking and a variety of sports activities.
Dr. Ravi I. Jayakaran has well over three decades of experience in International poverty reduction and strategic development programs. He is the Director of Community Transformations for e3 Partners /I am Second. He is also the Catalyst for Integral Missions for the Lausanne Movement. Dr. Jayakaran has worked in senior management positions in the corporate sector, International NGOs, the Asian Development Bank and the UNDP. He has lived and worked long term in India, Cambodia, China and the US and provided technical support in more than 23 countries on issues of Transformational Development, Integral Mission, Relief & Development, Participatory Poverty alleviation and development, IDP care and management, prevention of trafficking. Ravi and his wife Vimla live in Dallas TX where e3partners/I am Second headquarters is based. Their older son Amit David Jayakaran lives with his wife Allison in San Francisco CA and their younger son Rohit Jonathan Jayakaran lives and works in Dubai.
Ravi serves on the Board of Forward Edge International, Manyata Ministries and the Chalmers center. More information on Ravi’s work can be found on his web site at www.ravijayakaran.com
J. Randall Tift is Senior Director for Policy for World Vision US, one of the largest humanitarian and development organizations in the world. Over nearly 30 years, Randy worked as a US Congress staff member, policy analyst, and in field-based operations in global development, international affairs, human rights, and national security.
Randy manages policy for World Vision in the United States addressing foreign assistance policy, aid effectiveness, counter-terrorism, human rights, and operational risk / security. He coordinates support by WVUS for global programs supporting advocacy and policy change as a driver of development in nearly 100 countries. He advises World Vision leaders on emerging trends that may affect WV brand, message, and mission.
Randy managed international development programs in the Balkans for ten years (1995-2005), serving as a Chief of Party and USAID Democracy and Governance advisor. He led the USAID-funded Community Revitalization through Democratic Action (CRDA) program, providing $40 million over five years in post-conflict assistance in Serbia. Randy managed Democracy and Governance programs for USAID in Romania, including civil society and media strengthening, parliament and political party assistance, and cross-border democracy promotion.
Previously, Randy served as national security and foreign policy legislative assistant to US Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA). He managed Congressional delegations to the former Soviet Union addressing human rights, Romania for post-communist elections, and Bosnia / Croatia addressing war and post-conflict issues. He worked with US Members of Congress over several years to promote political reconciliation efforts with leaders in the Balkans and to support youth leadership and humanitarian programs in post-war Croatia.
He also served as a policy analyst and communications specialist for security, foreign policy, and human rights thinktanks, such as Freedom House, based in Washington DC.
Michael Cerna serves as VP of Strategy with Mission: Hope, providing direction for programs, collaborative partnerships, and development of US-based and global staff. He has a Masters degree in International Policy and has 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 non-profits, 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.
Chad Hayward has served as Executive Director for Accord Network since 2007.
Prior to this, Hayward served in the federal Faith-Based Initiative as the Senior Adviser for the Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). USAID is the primary United States governmental agency extending assistance to countries recovering from disaster, trying to escape poverty, and engaging in democratic reforms.
Prior to joining USAID, he spent several years on Capitol Hill where he served as Communications Director for Rep. Jim Ryun of Kansas and Policy Aide to Rep. John Thune of South Dakota.
Before his time in Washington, Hayward worked as Director of Operations for Prayer for the Persecuted Church, an organization working to encourage involvement among the church to the subject of persecuted Christians worldwide as well as for a development/consulting firm that specialized in helping non-profit organizations.
Chad holds a Bachelors degree in political science and history from Oklahoma Wesleyan University and resides in Washington DC.
Jon Creasy has been the Member Services Director for the Accord Network since June of 2016.
Jon has experience in relief and development nonprofits both internationally and domestically, as well as a working familiarity with Congressional offices and nonprofit lobbying. Before he worked at Accord, Jon interned with the Austrian Red Cross, the LSZ Burgenland, and for a midwestern Republican Congressperson.
Jon graduated in 2015 from Bryan College with a Bachelor's degree in Political Science, and a Bachelor's degree in Music Performance. He is an Eagle Scout originally from Tennessee, and he now lives in Northeast DC with his wife, Virginia.