David is originally from Rochester, Minnesota. From 2005-2010 David served as COO of World Hope International, a relief and development organization working with the poor in 23 countries. Prior to this, David served for 20 years as President & Co-Founder of Samaritan Inns, Inc., an award-winning community and faith-based organization providing alternative treatment, housing, and support services to formerly homeless men and women in recovery from drug and alcohol abuse.
In 2001, David was named an Ashoka Fellow for social innovation and entrepreneurship. In 1999 he was recognized by The Meyer Foundation as “one of the region’s most visionary nonprofit leaders for the 21st century.” Previously he launched the economic and demographic forecasting firm Woods & Poole Economics and served as Economic & Policy Analyst at the U.S. EPA. David holds a Master of Public Policy degree from Harvard University and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota-Morris.
Chief Operations Officer
Tim joined the ECHO staff in August of 2009. He graduated from Nyack College with a BS in Missions and also met his wife, Ruth, there. He earned a Master's degree from Columbia International University. Tim, a missionary kid from Mali, worked for 23 years in community development. Based in Burkina Faso, he served as a regional consultant for CAMA Services in health, education, micro enterprise and food security.
Director of Agriculture
Rick received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Tennessee in Plant and Soil Science. His involvement in Asia began in the mid-1980s when he worked with an agricultural project in the southern Philippines. Ten years later Rick and his wife, Ellen, co-founded the Upland Holistic Development Project offering agriculture and community development outreach among hilltribe communities along the Thai-Burma border. Between 2009 and 2013, he directed ECHO's Regional Impact Center in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Rick has served as Director of Agriculture at ECHO in Ft. Myers, Florida, since 2013.
Director of Strategic Initiatives
Bruce is an internationally experienced leader who has served as a pastor, team leader, educational adviser, and consultant. Bruce worked in Indonesia for eleven years before returning to the US in 2002 to serve as the missions pastor at College Church in Wheaton for fourteen years. Bruce graduated from Wheaton College and has done further study at the Wheaton Graduate School and Universitas Padjadjaran. Bruce has spoken at colleges and seminaries around the world. His travels have taken him to 60 countries. Bruce and his wife, Becky, have been in pastoral and cross-cultural ministry for 30 years. They have two adult sons.
Executive Administrative Assistant
Kristen is from Ohio and received her BA in Psychology and Sociology from Bowling Green State University. She has a background in social work, business administration, small group leadership, and worship ministry. In Ohio, Kristen operated a property management business, homeschooled her two boys and served as a vocalist/ worship leader at her local church. Kristen, her husband Garrett, and her two boys moved to Florida in 2015 and have watched God rebuild their lives in a new community. Prior to joining ECHO, Kristen filled the dual role of Executive Assistant and HR Project Manager at Living Waters Church.