Board of Directors

Our leaders have been passionately called to help deliver lasting hope against hunger around the world.

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Dennis R. Morrow. Ph.D.

BOARD CHAIRMAN

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.

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Rod Sebastian

BOARD VICE-CHAIRMAN

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.”

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Greg Dugger

BOARD TREASURER

Greg lives in Noblesville, Indiana with his wife Kay and has two children.

Greg has worked in the Banking industry for 35 years. The majority of his career has been spent with a Credit Union in Indiana. Mr. Dugger is active in local community activities. He has been a board member of the youth recreational sports league in his community. The league oversaw soccer, baseball and basketball programs which involved 2,500 children. Greg was a founding board member for Hamilton County Llamas, a club that supplies animals for 4H and gives youth experience of farm life and managing animals. He is active on a committee for Indianapolis Habitat for Humanity to help with lending compliance. Mr. Dugger has been an active mentor with Hamilton Southeastern high school Academy of Finance and a speaker.

“I have grown up with ECHO and witnessed the men that have placed their mark on ECHO’s mission. ECHO has been an incredible resource for small farms, feeding others and bringing hope to those in need. I am humbled to be a part of ECHO and its mission”.

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Kate Lingbeek

BOARD SECRETARY

Kate was ECHO’s 2010 Tropical Lowlands intern and has lived much of her life in francophone West Africa. She studied International Community Development at Covenant College and has filled technical advisor roles in the international microenterprise and agricultural development sectors, serving for 3 years as an agricultural extension agent with Peace Corps Senegal. Kate and her husband Brandon live in State College, PA and enjoy gardening, compost-making and preserving monarch butterfly habitat.

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Ron Tschetter

Ron earned his bachelor’s degree from Bethel University in psychology and social studies education.

He and his wife joined the Peace Corps and served in India beginning in 1966. He then did additional graduate work at the University of St. Thomas and was awarded an honorary doctorate from the College of Charleston.

Along with his successful career in the investment industry, Ron joined ECHO’s Board of Directors in 2010 and became ECHO’s Board Chairman from 2012-2016.

As a former Peace Corps Volunteer and Director of the Peace Corps, Ron understands the reality of food insecurity in the world today. His recognition of these needs, coupled with his deep faith, has fueled Ron’s passion to advance ECHO’s impact, reducing hunger and improving lives worldwide.

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Rebecca Garofano

Rebecca Garofano was the 2011/2012 ECHO Community Gardens Intern. She then went on to serve until 2016 as the Office Manager for the ECHO Asia Regional Impact Center in Chiang Mai, Thailand. She has a B.A. from Calvin College in International Community Development and Sociology and a background of working in environmental health-related nonprofits in the United States. She is interested in community health and nutrition, particularly as they relate to culture, agroecology, and empowerment. Rebecca now lives with her husband and son in her hometown of Syracuse, NY where she is passionate about her garden and her community.

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Gordon E. Lindquist, CLU

Gordon E. Lindquist is the retired CEO of Mutual Service Insurance Companies and is a graduate of the University of Minnesota. Gordon is married to Joyce, and they have two children and seven grandchildren. He lives in New Brighton, Minnesota.

Since retirement from corporate life, Gordon has worked in more than 30 countries as a volunteer consultant. His assignments have included economic development, health, insurance, and intelligence gathering. He has served on many national and international cooperative boards. He recently concluded his service on the Governing Council of Daystar University located in Nairobi, Kenya.

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Ron Vos Ph.D.

Ron Vos is professor emeritus of Agriculture and Environmental Studies at Dordt University, Sioux Center, Iowa. Although semi-retired he owns and operates his farm along with his wife Nancy. They have three adult children and nine grandchildren. Ron has degrees in Biology/Chemistry, Environmental Science, and a Ph.D. in Agronomy/Economics. At Dordt, Ron was responsible for the establishment of the Ag Missions major and the Community Development department. Ron also teaches Ecological Agriculture for Au Sable Institute in Washington and has worked on rural community development in several countries.

Ron has attended approximately 20 International Agriculture Conferences at ECHO, usually bringing Dordt students with him. He finds it an honor to serve on the ECHO board, an institution that he has been familiar with for decades.

Dr. Karen Stoufer

Dr. Karen Stoufer has served with Christian Veterinary Mission for 30 years, first as a veterinary trainer and rural community development advisor in Nepal and then as Director of Training and Regional Director for Asia based in Seattle, WA.  She graduated from Cornell University with a BS and DVM and earned a master’s degree in Christian leadership from Azusa Pacific University.  Prior to her overseas service, she was in veterinary practice for 12 years in New York and California.  She and her husband have recently moved to Pennsylvania to be near their two grandchildren.  Karen is excited to be able to combine her passions for community development, participatory training and gender equity by serving on the ECHO board. 

Rosanna Hess

Rosanna Hess grew up a farm girl in Pennsylvania.  She is married to Nelson. She has a Bachelor’s of Nursing from Columbia University, NYC and Masters in Intercultural Studies Missiology from Wheaton Graduate School.  Rosanna served as a missionary nurse educator with the Christian & Missionary Alliance in Gabon Africa  from 1980-1998.   There Rosanna served at the Bongolo Hospital and later led the Primary Health Care ministry using Community Health Evangelism.  Since completing a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree at Case Western Reserve University in 2002, she has taught nursing research in the School of Nursing at Malone University, Canton, OH.   She led the non-profit organization, Research For Health Inc., 2005-2018 and has been a part of numerous US and international research studies.  Rosanna and Nelson live in Cuyahoga Falls, OH and Lehigh Acres, FL.  They enjoy golf and biking.

Barbara A. Anderson

Barb is very honored to begin a term on the board of ECHO. Her life experiences include being a wife to Rollie, a mother to two adult children, and grandmother to five. 

Barb earned an MS in education from St Cloud State University, and an MA in Counseling Psychology from Bethel University in St.Paul, MN. She taught primarily family education and child development in a local school district over a span of 20 years. She found the work with at risk families to be challenging and rewarding. As a counselor she worked in a women’s college with the student population, and a pro-life clinic as the Counseling Director. She is retired from employment.

Barb has been a long term member of Discovery Church, Sauk Rapids, MN and over the years has served in a wide variety of capacities. She has traveled with evangelistic ministries internationally and has served on a number of boards both nationally and locally.  She and Rollie live in MN with their Golden Retriever.

Dr. Doug Carlson

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 local doctors and staff.  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.”