Dennis R. Morrow. Ph.D.
Denny Morrow, Ph.D. is the President/CEO of Renewal Associates (a coaching & training organization for licensed professionals). He is the former Executive Director of Daystar University’s U.S. office and a lifelong Educator. His international experience also includes Associate Executive Director of ReachGlobal and principal of Hong Kong International School. He and his wife, Pat, are parents of three adult children. They live in Minneapolis, MN.
Board Vice Chairman
Ron earned his bachelor’s degree from Bethel University in psychology and social studies education.
He and his wife joined the Peace Corps and served in India beginning in 1966. He then did additional graduate work at the University of St. Thomas and was awarded an honorary doctorate from the College of Charleston.
Along with his successful career in the investment industry, Ron joined ECHO’s Board of Directors in 2010 and became ECHO’s Board Chairman from 2012-2016.
As a former Peace Corps Volunteer and Director of the Peace Corps, Ron understands the reality of food insecurity in the world today. His recognition of these needs, coupled with his deep faith, have fueled Ron’s passion to advance ECHO’s impact, reducing hunger and improving lives worldwide.
Orlando Logelin has been associated with ECHO since 1992, serving numerous terms on the ECHO Board. In 2005, he stepped off the board and joined the ECHO staff as Director for Planned Giving Services and Personal Assistant to the President and CEO. Orlando is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, earning a Bachelor's degree in Education and a Master's degree in Educational Psychology. Upon completing his studies at the University, he served in the St. Paul Educational System teaching architecture and mathematics.
In 1969, he entered the nonprofit world and established Planned Giving services for numerous organization. During his career, he has served as National Director of Financial Planning for the Christian Broadcasting Network , Vice President for Development at Every Home for Christ, Executive Vice President for the Assemblies of God Foundation and at numerous churches.
Orlando and his wife Marcy have three daughters and five grandchildren and reside in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.
Rod Sebastian is a USDA Risk Management Specialist in St. Paul, MN. He earned a Master’s degree in Agricultural and Applied Economics from the University of Minnesota. While operating a grain and hay farm in Northwest Iowa, Rod self-financed his undergraduate studies in Agricultural Business at Iowa State University. He responded to God’s call to become involved in agricultural missions by first visiting ECHO’s Global Farm and completing Tropical Agricultural Development (TAD) training courses offered by ECHO. When participating in a charity bicycle tour in Burundi, Africa, Rod had the opportunity to share a thumb drive from an ECHO TAD course with a development worker. The worker later followed up with how he was putting the information into practice. Rod says, “The excitement of his response spoke volumes to me of the value that ECHO provides to agricultural development work worldwide.”
Kathryn A. Witt, Ph.D., RD/N
Kay Witt teaches nutrition at Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania. She completed her undergraduate work at Hope College in Holland, Michigan, a M.S. in Exercise Physiology from Purdue University, and a PhD in human nutrition from The Ohio State University. She is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist who especially enjoys learning and teaching about maternal and child nutrition and community health. Kay and her husband Bill live in Dillsburg, Pennsylvania and have two children.
"I am excited by the way in which ECHO brings a diverse group of people together to work towards locally sustainable solutions for the problems leading to poverty and hunger"
Laura Meitzner Yoder, Ph.D.
Laura Meitzner Yoder is Director of the Human Needs and Global Resources program and Professor of Environmental Studies at Wheaton College, Illinois. She has taught in state universities in Papua and post-tsunami Aceh, Indonesia, and led field-based sustainability education programs in Bhutan, Thailand, and Indiana. Her research centers on policies and practices of land and forest control in Southeast Asia, especially Indonesia and Timor-Leste. She holds degrees in Biology from Messiah College, International Agriculture and Rural Development from Cornell University, and a Ph.D in Forestry and Environmental Studies from Yale University.
Dr. Robert Petterson
Dr. Robert Petterson is president of Power Story, Inc. He moved to Naples from New York City, where he was the East Coast President of Mastermedia International, a ministry to film and television executives in Hollywood and New York City. Bob earned his Masters of Divinity degree from Covenant Theological Seminary in 1974 and received his D.Min from Fuller Seminary in 1985. He has previously served as the Pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Tulsa, Oklahoma from 1974-1993 and later at Christ Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC) in Houston, Texas till 2000. Most recently he is the former Senior Pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Naples, Florida.
Doug Carlson M.D.
Dr. Carlson is a retired ophthalmologist living in Stillwater, MN. He received his BA degree from Bethel University and his MD and residency training at the University of Minnesota. He has served as managing partner of a large ophthalmology practice as well as chief of staff and board member of Lakeview hospital. He has participated in numerous medical and surgical mission trips to the developing world with the goal of creating permanent eye centers operated and run by doctors and staff native to that country. He has three children and eight grandchildren.
“God has called us to care for the poor and ECHO provides the opportunity to be the hands of Christ in reducing hunger and improving the lives of the poor.”
Gordon E. Lindquist, CLU
Gordon E. Lindquist is the retired CEO of Mutual Service Insurance Companies and is a graduate of the University of Minnesota. Gordon is married to Joyce, and they have two children and seven grandchildren. He lives in New Brighton, Minnesota.
Since retirement from the corporate life, Gordon has worked in more that 30 countries as a volunteer consultant. His assignments have included economic development, health, insurance, and intelligence gathering. He has served on many national and international cooperative boards. He recently concluded his service on the Governing Council of Daystar University located in Nairobi, Kenya.
Greg lives in Noblesville, Indiana with his wife Kay and has two children.
Greg has worked in the Banking industry for 35 years. The majority of his career has been spent with a Credit Union in Indiana. Mr. Dugger is active in local community activities. He has been a board member of the youth recreational sports league in his community. The league oversaw soccer, baseball and basketball programs which involved 2,500 children. Greg was a founding board member for Hamilton County Llamas, a club that supplies animals for 4H and gives youth experience of farm life and managing animals. He is active on a committee for Indianapolis Habitat for Humanity to help with lending compliance. Mr. Dugger has been an active mentor with Hamilton Southeastern high school Academy of Finance and a speaker.
“I have grown up with ECHO and witnessed the men that have placed their mark on ECHO’s mission. ECHO has been an incredible resource for small farms, feeding others and bringing hope to those in need. I am humbled to be a part of ECHO and its mission”.
Rebecca Garofano was the 2011/2012 ECHO Community Gardens Intern. She then went on to serve until 2016 as the Office Manager for the ECHO Asia Regional Impact Center in Chiang Mai, Thailand. She has a B.A. from Calvin College in International Community Development and Sociology and a background of working in environmental health-related nonprofits in the United States. She is interested in community health and nutrition, particularly as they relate to culture, agroecology, and empowerment. Rebecca now lives with her husband and son in her hometown of Syracuse, NY where she is passionate about her garden and her community.
Ron Vos Ph.D.
Ron Vos is professor emeritus of Agriculture and Environmental Studies at Dordt University, Sioux Center, Iowa. Although semi-retired he owns and operates his farm along with his wife Nancy. They have three adult children and nine grandchildren. Ron has degrees in Biology/Chemistry, Environmental Science, and a Ph.D. in Agronomy/Economics. At Dordt, Ron was responsible for the establishment of the Ag Missions major and the Community Development department. Ron also teaches Ecological Agriculture for Au Sable Institute in Washington and has worked on rural community development in several countries.
Ron has attended approximately 20 International Agriculture Conferences at ECHO, usually bringing Dordt students with him. He finds it an honor to serve on the ECHO board, an institution that he has been familiar with for decades.