Our Team

Deborah Atwood

Deborah Atwood, Board Chair

Washington, D.C. Ms. Atwood joined the Meridian Institute in January 2011 and serves as Executive Director of the Meridian’s AGree: …

Timothy Beans

Timothy Beans, Board Vice Chair

Timothy Beans joins the board from the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Regional Development Mission in Asia, where …

Beth Keck ACDI/VOCA board member

Beth Keck, Governance Committee Chair

Bentonville, Arkansas Beth Keck has an extensive background in international business and corporate social responsibility. Currently, she is Practitioner-in-Residence of China …

Luis Sahmkow, Audit and Risk Committee Chair

Chaska, Minnesota Mr. Sahmkow is Vice President and Treasurer of AgriBank, responsible for balance sheet strategy, loan transfer pricing, and …

Cathy Lanning

Cathy Lanning

Westerville, Ohio Ms. Lanning is Nationwide Insurance’s vice president of strategic partnerships. In this role, she is responsible for leveraging …

Dawn Thomas

Dawn Thomas

Dawn Thomas consults for several international development organizations on strategic planning, institutional capacity building, and the design of complex economic …

Jerry Fenner

Jerry Fenner

St. Paul, Minnesota Mr. Fenner is a legacy cooperative director representing AgriBank, FCB.  Mr. Fenner retired from AgriBank in 2016 …

Marlon Chigwende ACDI/VOCA board member

Marlon Chigwende

Gerrards Cross, England Marlon Chigwende is Managing Partner and co-Founder of Arkana Partners. Prior to founding Arkana Partners, Mr. Chigwende …

Mortimer Neufville

Mortimer Neufville

Washington, D.C. Dr. Neufville has been ACDI/VOCA chairman since June 2008. Before that he chaired the board’s Projects Committee and …

Shona Warner

Shonda Warner

Clarksdale, Mississippi Ms. Warner is the founder of Chess Ag, which manages a suite of funds that are invested in …

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