Leadership Team

Steve Hollingworth
President and CEO

Steve Hollingworth
Steve Hollingworth


Steve Hollingworth has served as President of Freedom from Hunger since September 2011. An expert in international development, his fields of expertise include: microenterprise and microfinance, health, education, agriculture, environment, civil society strengthening, local capacity-building, governance and emergency relief and rehabilitation.

Prior to joining Freedom from Hunger, Hollingworth spent 26 years with CARE, most recently as Chief Operating Officer, based in Atlanta, GA. In this capacity, he was instrumental in developing and implementing organization-wide strategy and was responsible for direct line management of global operations and programs with a total of 13,000 employees and a budget of $650 million. He has also held senior field positions in Asia (India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh), Africa (Lesotho) and Latin America (Bolivia), building collaboration between practitioners, technical assistance providers, donors and government agencies.

Mr. Hollingworth has an M.S. in Economics, Development Studies, from Victoria University of Manchester, UK and a B.A. in Economics from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois.

Ron Forrest
Vice President, Operations and CFO

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Ron Forrest serves as Vice President, Operations and Chief Financial Officer of Freedom from Hunger. A CPA with more than 20 years experience in public accounting, non-profit health services and commercial real estate development, he oversees operations, finance and risk management for Freedom from Hunger.

Mr. Forrest began his career with Price Waterhouse based in Sacramento and Brisbane, Australia. Prior to joining Freedom from Hunger in 2009, he worked as Director of Finance for the Sacramento-area commercial real estate developer, Granite Bay Ventures, LLC. He also served as Operations Manager for BloodSourcein Sacramento and as Chief Financial Officer for MacFarms of Hawaii, a cookie and macadamia nut food company. With his unique breadth of experience, he brings a valuable combination of non-profit and for-profit skills to provide strategic leadership in the areas of finance, legal, human resources and general business operations.

Mr. Forrest graduated Summa Cum Laude from California State University, Sacramento with a BS in Business Administration Accountancy.

Kathleen Stack
Vice President, Programs

Kathleen StackKathleen E. Stack

Kathleen Stack, Vice President, Programs, has thirty-five years of experience in international development with expertise in program design and management, strategic business planning, microfinance and microenterprise development.

Ms. Stack has been a leader in the design of financial services for the poor including Credit with Education and Savings Group methodologies. She led the development of Freedom from Hunger’s business education curriculum and was instrumental in the design of the Global Financial Education Program curriculum and approach. In her various roles with Freedom from Hunger, she has provided capacity-building, training and evaluation services for microfinance and civil society organizations in Africa, Asia and Latin America and is a founding member of The SEEP Network.

Prior to joining Freedom from Hunger, Ms. Stack served as Associate Director of Plan International in Burkina Faso before becoming a Program Manager for a USAID women’s credit and nutrition project in that country. She served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mali.

Ms. Stack holds an M.A. in International Administration from the School for International Training Graduate Institute and a B.A. in Psychology from Clark University. She speaks fluent French.

Melanie Chen
Senior Director, Program Development

Melanie ChenMelanie Chen

Melanie Chen has over eighteen years’ experience in international development program planning and business development, covering multiple sectors and broad geographic span. Prior to joining Freedom from Hunger, she served as CARE-USA’s Associate Vice-President for Competitive Bids, and prior to that she was a Project Development Officer with the U.S. Agency for International Development, serving in Poland, Jamaica and the Philippines. She has successfully led large-scale, interdisciplinary program design efforts and conducted dozens of workshops around the world to build the capacity of NGO staff on proposal development. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in economics from Northwestern University and her MPA Degree in Development Studies from Princeton University.

More to come soon...

Piper Gianola
Senior Director, Development and Communications

Piper GianolaPiper Gianola

Piper Gianola joined Freedom from Hunger in April of 2015, more to come soon...


Christian M.X. Loupeda
Director, Financial Inclusion

Gabriela Salvador
Senior Director, Microfinance and Health Protection

Cassie Chandler
Global Manager, Microfinance and Health Protection

Mona McCord
Manager, Institutional Giving

Marja Sainio
Program Associate, Latin America


Research and Evaluation

Megan Gash
Research Director

Bobbi Gray
Research Director

Technical Training Services

Edouine François
Director, Product Development

Jessie Tientcheu
Deputy, Programs

External Affairs

Brent Farrar
Manager, Creative Services

Kim Andrup
Major Donor Relations Officer

Jessica Delgado
Manager, Translation

Julie Uejio
Editor, Document Services

Finance, Human Resources & Information Technology

Conan Wickham
Director, Finance

Eric Gelatt
Manager, Information Technology

Cathryn Moore
Human Resources Generalist

Dana Mueller
Accounting Assistant

International Offices


Amelia Kuklewicz
Program Manager

Rocio Chavez
Project Coordinator

Freedom from Hunger India Trust

Soumitra Dutta
Microfinance and Health Protection Manager

Aloke Chakraborty
Program Assistant, Calcutta

Saraswathi Rao
Country Coordinator

Deboshree Mazumdar
Program & Research Associate, New Delhi

Manisha, Kabhra
Project Coordinator


Sybil Chidac
Director, Africa

Nadége Gbaguidi
Technical Advisor

Aly Ouédraogo
Technical Advisor, Burkina Faso

Yvonne Gaba
Administrative Financial Assistant

Dieu Donne Avonyo



Matilde Olazábal
Regional Director, Mexico

Rocío Egremy
Training Services Manager

Lupita Islas


Naldi Delgado Cruz
Country Manager, Peru