The Board of Directors is responsible for the governance of ECHO, including establishing its mission and policies, approving its budget and annual goals, and overseeing its operation to assure its financial health and the fulfillment of its mission. Directors are elected for a three-year term and may serve two successive terms before rotating off the Board for at least one year. All Board members are committed to ECHO’s Statement of Faith, and all members serve on a voluntary, unpaid basis supporting the ministry of ECHO through their time and resources.
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 seven 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.”
Jimiro Feliciano, D.D.
Dr. Jimiro Feliciano serves as the Senior Pastor of the Rosa De Saron Church, a large Assembly of God church in Fort Myers, FL and he serves as the Executive Treasurer of the Southeastern Hispanic District of the Assembly of God. He has earned a Doctorate in Theology and Pastoral Ministry from Latin University of Theology. He is active in community Faith-based programs. He is also known internationally as an inspiring speaker. He has a local/international television program broadcast by the Christian Television Network. Pastor Feliciano brings to ECHO an international perspective, extensive experience in ecclesiastic team management and cultural diversity.
"It's a great joy to serve as one of the Board members and witness God's blessing through ECHO."
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.
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.
Gerri Westlund, M.A.
Gerri Westlund served on the ECHO board from 2001-2008, and for five years she served as Board Secretary. She has a Bachelors of Arts in Elementary Education from Macalester College and a Masters in Special Education from St. Thomas University, both in St. Paul, Minnesota. She was a teacher and church choir director for 24 years, and was a member and soloist with the Valley Chamber Chorale of St. Paul, Minnesota. She has served as the Program Director for the annual Minnesota U.N. Rally and as Program Planner for the International Relations Program of the St. Paul Branch of the American Association of University Women. Gerri currently serves on the Mission and Justice Committee of the Peace River Presbytery, sings with the Southwest Florida Symphony Chorus of Fort Myers, Florida, and the Faith Presbyterian Church Choir of Cape Coral, Florida. She also volunteers at ECHO.
"ECHO's mission to help people by providing sustainable agricultural training, resources, seeds and information is truly worthy of support."
Having retired from a career in insurance brokerage, Jim has a second calling to missions where he came across ECHO. He serves on the Board of New Harvest Mission International, an African led church planting ministry in West Africa. He also serves on the Board of Remember Nhu, a ministry dedicated to preventing young people from the horrors of human trafficking. He is also the Mission Team Leader for Crossgate Church.
"ECHO embodies the values I search for in mission organizations in that they seek after excellence, are cost effective and reflect the heart of Jesus in serving the poor and afflicted".
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 Associate 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. Bob Petterson
Dr. Bob Petterson became the senior pastor of Covenant Church of Naples (PCA) in the fall of 2002. 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 doctorate 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. Bob is a well-known national and international speaker, having preached to more than 2 million people in 60 countries. He has an international media
Benny is the President/Owner of Circle of Business LLC & Panamerican Flooring Services, Inc. He resides in Orlando, Florida.
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.”