Leadership Team

Kathleen Stack
Interim President and CEO

Kathleen Stack
Kathleen Stack

Interim President and CEO

Kathleen Stack has thirty-seven 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.

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 Blood Source in 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.

Melanie Chen
Senior Director, Program Development

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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

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


Jessie Tientcheu
Deputy of Programs

Christian M.X. Loupeda
Director, Financial Inclusion

Gabriela Salvador
Senior Director, Microfinance and Health Protection

Sybil Chidiac
Director, Africa & Global Savings Program

Cassie Chandler
Global Manager, Microfinance and Health Protection

Mona McCord
Manager, Institutional Giving

Claudio Castañon
Program Associate

Research and Evaluation

Megan Gash
Research Director

Bobbi Gray
Research Director

Technical Training Services

Edouine François
Director, Product Development

Walt Colt
Technical Advisor, Instructional Design

External Affairs

Michael O'Donahue
Director, Major Gifts

Brent Farrar
Manager, Creative Services

Kim Andrup
Major Donor Relations Officer

Julie Uejio
Editor, Document Services

Tiffany Lee
Donor Relations Specialist

Sherry Jeng
External Affairs Coordinator

Finance, Human Resources & Information Technology

Conan Wickham
Director, Finance

Eric Gelatt
Manager, Information Technology

Cathryn Moore
Human Resources Generalist

Dana Mueller
Accounting Specialist

International Offices

Burkina Faso

Richard Simbiri
Project Manager

Alice Lompo
Administrative/Financial Assistant

Manéré Ouedraogo
Technical Advisor, Agriculture

Claude Konsiembo
Technical Advisor, Technology

Mohamadi Bagyan


Amelia Kuklewicz
Program Manager

Rocio Chavez
Project Coordinator

Elisa Peñaherrera
Training/Curriculum Developer

Freedom from Hunger India Trust

Soumitra Dutta
Microfinance and Health Protection Manager, Calcutta

Aloke Chakraborty
Program Assistant, Calcutta

Saraswathi Rao
Country Coordinator, New Delhi

Deboshree Mazumdar
Program & Research Associate, New Delhi

Manisha, Kabra
Project Coordinator, Rajasthan


Nadége Gbaguidi
Technical Advisor

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