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Tim Breene, CEO


Tim Breene brings a wealth of relevant experience to World Relief, where he served on the Board from 2010 to 2015 before assuming the role of Interim CMO last fall. Tim’s business career spanned nearly 40 years with organizations like McKinsey, where he was a Partner, and Accenture where–in over a decade of different global leadership roles–he acted variously as Group Chief, Executive Business Consulting, Chief Strategy and Corporate Development Officer and Founder and Chief Executive of Accenture Interactive. Tim is also the co-author of Jumping the S-Curve published by Harvard Publishing as well as several Harvard Business Review articles. He serves on the Board of Trustees of Gordon College in Wenham Massachusetts. Tim and his wife Michele, who is a longtime friend and supporter of World Relief have a wealth of international experience including working with Christian leaders in the majority world.


Stephan Bauman  

Stephan Bauman, President


Stephan Bauman is the President of World Relief, an international relief and development organization that serves more five million vulnerable people each year through more than 100,000 church-based volunteers. Stephan’s pursuit of justice led him to transition from a successful career in the Fortune 100 sector to Africa where he directed relief and development programs for nearly a decade before returning to the United States to lead World Relief’s global operations. Stephan lives to see people everywhere rise to the call of justice and give their lives in ways that empower the poor towards real change, a journey he continues to pursue. Stephan holds degrees from Johns Hopkins University, Wheaton College and the University of Wisconsin. He is a poet, an author, an ordained minister and a Certified Public Accountant. He considers his African friends his most important teachers, and his wife, Belinda, his most important mentor. Stephan, Belinda, & their two sons, Joshua and Caleb, live near Washington, D.C., and, together, enjoy the woods, the arts & late night conversations with friends.
  Kevin Sanderson, SVP International Programs and Chief Information Officer


Kevin Sanderson is Senior Vice President of International Programs and Chief Information Officer.  Kevin began working with World Relief in 1991 in Nicaragua. Since that time, he has been a key leader in the International Programs Division, as well as serving four years as the organization's Chief Financial Officer. His focus on agricultural value chains, organizational development and his many years of experience in the field of program design and management, have allowed Kevin to engage diverse roles around the world for World Relief. Kevin holds a Master of Public Policy from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, as well as a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Missouri. Kevin resides in Maryland with his wife, Alcira, and their two children.
  Dan Kosten, SVP U.S. Programs


Dan Kosten is Senior Vice President of U.S. Programs.  The organization's U.S. Programs Division primarily serves refugees, immigrants and victims of trafficking.  Prior to joining World Relief in 2001, Dan worked for nearly ten years in Africa; initially as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer, and then with Christian Blind Mission International. Dan holds a Master of Missions and Intercultural Studies from Wheaton College and a Bachelor of Arts from Calvin College. He and his wife, Holly, reside in Maryland with their two daughters, Hannah and Martha Nadine.
Gil Odendaal   Gil Odendaal, Ph.D, D.Min, SVP of Integral Mission


Gil Odendaal serves as Vice President of Integral Mission. Prior to joining World Relief he served as the Global Director for PEACE Implementation with Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California as well as Global Director for the HIV/AIDS Initiative under Kay Warren. Other professional engagements include serving as Regional Coordinator for Africa with Medical Ambassadors International and also as Regional Coordinator for Russia and Eastern Europe. He has 30 years of ministry experience as missionary, pastor, educator, leader and public speaker. Deeply committed to the seamless combination of Word & Deed ministry and to unleash the untapped human resources latent in the church worldwide, Gil has developed innovative programs, projects and campaigns which include the effective engagement of short term mission teams to empower the local church globally for implementing wholistic ministry resulting in spiritual and physical transformation of communities. Gil and his wife, Elmarie, were born and raised in South Africa. They have three adult children and four grandchildren.

James Misner, VP of Church Partnership

James Misner serves as World Relief’s VP of Church Partnership where he leads teams in the US and around the world to deepen and expand cross-cultural partnerships. Prior to joining World Relief, James, served on the pastoral staff at Wheaton Bible Church giving leadership in Global Outreach and Mobilization efforts, and before that on the outreach staff of McLean Bible Church. James has an undergraduate degree from American University and a masters in intercultural studies from Wheaton College. He lives in Maryland with his wife, Sabrina, and their daughter, Evelyn. 
  Mark Reddy, VP of Brand


Mark Reddy serves as World Relief’s VP of Brand. Originally from Sydney, Australia, Mark is a strategic thinker & cultural innovator with nearly two decades spent honing his craft of storytelling, implementing vision and leading highly capable teams. He has key strategic involvement with various organizations, including; Christian Media Australia, SPARC (Founders), Karbon (Founders), The Australian Christian Channel, Hillsong, Parachute Music, Easterfest, Compassion (Australia), CBM, Open Doors, Opportunity International, Hope Rwanda, Bible Society, Samaritans Purse, and others. Mark also serves as the Executive Director of The Justice Conference. He lives in Chicago with his wife, Vickie, and their two daughters.


john   John Gichinga, Director of Spiritual Formation


John Gichinga is the Director of Spiritual Formation for World Relief where he serves as lead chaplain for all World Relief offices. In addition, John serves as an advisor to the senior leadership team. Reverend Gichinga attended Wheaton Graduate School and Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School. As the former Director of Church Mobilization in the World Relief Kenya Office and leader of the 3,000 member Nairobi Baptist Church for more than 30 years, John provides significant pastoral and leadership expertise.

Jenny Yang, VP of Advocacy and Policy

Jenny Yang is the Vice President of Advocacy and Policy, providing oversight for all advocacy initiatives and policy positions at World Relief. She has worked in the Resettle­ment section of World Relief as the Senior Case Manager and East Asia Program Officer where she focused on advocacy for refugees in the East Asia region and managed the entire refugee caseload for World Relief before their arrival to the United States. Prior to World Relief, she worked at one of the largest political fundraising firms in Maryland managing fundraising and campaigning for local politicians. She is co-author of Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compas­sion and Truth in the Immigration Debate, is Chair of the Refugee Council USA (RCUSA) Africa Work Group which brings NGOs and government partners together on the protection of African refugees, and was recently named as “50 Women to Watch” by Christianity Today.

Lilian Samaan  

Lilian Samaan, VP of Strategic Partnership

Lilian is World Relief’s Vice President for Strategic Partnerships where she oversees and leads the organizations major advancement initiatives. Originally from Amman, Jordan, Lilian is considered to be one of the few Middle Eastern, Evangelical women-leaders in the United States today. As World Relief-Chicago’s Executive Director previously, she oversaw a variety of programs and partnerships benefiting refugees and immigrants. During her tenure, Lilian launched a major gifts program and established a major gifts advisory board which allowed for higher exposure to World Relief’s mission, and significantly higher giving and partnership levels. Lilian led strategic marketing and public relations initiatives, and national award winning marketing campaigns as part of her career in Christian Higher Education prior. Additionally, Lilian served with OM (Operation Mobilization) in a missionary capacity, in 33 countries on four different continents. Lilian brings substantial strategic planning experience, global perspective to World Relief’s executive leadership, a desire to witness individual and collective transformation through giving, and a strong commitment to the vulnerable and the role of the church in the holistic transformation of families and communities. Lilian holds a Master’s degree in Community Development from North Park University, Chicago.


World Relief Board of Directors

Mr. Steve Moore -
Rev. Sanders "Sandy" Willson -
Vice Chairman
Mrs. Kathryn Vaselkiv -
Casely Essamuah -
Rev. Secretary of the Board

Rev. Leith Anderson
National Association of Evangelicals
Rev. Paul Borthwick
Development Associates International
Katherine Barnhart
Dr. Judith Dean
Brandeis University

Dr. Roy Taylor
National Association of Evangelicals
Bill Westrate
Veolia Environmental Services
Tim Traudt
Wells Fargo
Dr. Timothy Ek
Tim Breene

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