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Rise Against Hunger Executive Leadership

Rod Brooks

President & CEO

Rod Brooks has served as CEO of Rise Against Hunger since July 2006. Now. He provides leadership and direction toward the achievement of the organization’s mission to end world hunger, focusing on service programs, fundraising, financial and administrative management. Rod has spent nearly twenty years working in the non-profit sector. Prior to directing Rise Against Hunger, Rod worked for 16 years creating Exploris (now titled Marbles Kid’s Museum), an interactive museum about the world, ultimately serving as Vice President for Administration.

Rod is active in the community as a member of the Cary Rotary Club, the Raleigh Host Lions Club, Fairmont United Methodist Church and NC Partners of the Americas. He has been recognized for his leadership of Kids Voting Wake County and received the James S. Bramham Humanitarian Award from NC Partners of the Americas. He received a B.A. in Economics and Spanish from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He speaks Spanish fluently. Rod lives in Raleigh with his wife, Terry Jasper Brooks, and daughter, Vivian.

Bob Dixon

Chief Financial Officer

Bob Dixson is an experienced financial executive, having served as CFO or COO for a variety of companies in diverse industries as manufacturing, high tech, retail, importing and distribution, services and non-profit.

He has established three, five and 25-year plans (business plans and detailed cash forecasts), raised capital for equity and bank credit, guided mergers including due diligence, introduced financial reporting and control systems, created costing systems and product pricing models, negotiated leases and economic incentive packages, restructured 401(k), stock option and other incentive packages, and revitalized accounting departments by implementing new software, reorganizing personnel, hiring and training.

Bob holds a BA in economics from Emory University where he was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society. He attended Columbia University in a Ph.D. program in economics as a Fellow of the Faculty. He was certified by the Institute of Management Accountants with a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) certificate. He is a member of the Center for Entrepreneurial Development and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

Tom Barbitta

Chief Marketing Officer

Tom has more than 30 years of global brand sales and marketing experience focused on innovative brand strategy, elevating organizations and building strong teams. His experience spans a wide range of U.S.-based multinational companies specific to consumer packaged goods categories.

Prior to his role at Rise Against Hunger, Tom served as Vice President of Marketing for the Carolina Beverage Corporation, overseeing the marketing of Cheerwine. Tom previously served as a consultant to several Southeast Asian firms, conducting brand building seminars in Vietnam, Indonesia and Thailand. Tom’s background also includes positions with Miller Brewing Company, Thomas J. Lipton (Unilever), the Oberto Company and Nabisco.

Tom received a nomination to the United States Military Academy at West Point and earned a B.A. in Economics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He is actively involved in the community. He is married with three adult children. Tom’s family founded a non-profit organization called Cake for Kids Cambodia. He travels bi-annually to Cambodia to work in local hardship areas, teaching children English and life skills and applying resources toward the most critical needs.

Edna Ogwangi

Chief Impact Officer

Edna Ogwangi holds a Masters in Social Work (MSW) degree with specialization in International Development and Administration. Prior to joining Rise Against Hunger, she served for 17 years at Land O’Lakes, most recently as Senior Manager of the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Department.

She is an accomplished International Project Management, Monitoring and Evaluation Professional, with extensive experience in managing and implementing economic development and school feeding programs around the globe. She has managed US Federal Government, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs.

Edna has extensive knowledge in donor reporting procedures, best practices, guidelines and applicable tools for monitoring and evaluation of development, school feeding and nutrition projects. She has served as an active member of the USAID Learning Lab where she has contributed to several webinar sessions and learning blogs. Edna also co-lead the Land O’Lakes International Development Gender Task Force which spearheaded gender initiatives in all of their programming.

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Kate Day

Board Chair

Kate has over 27 years of professional management experience that includes international technology sales and operations, strategy and business development. Her expertise focuses on building new organizations and expanding lines of business. She has been selected as a guest speaker at international conferences in Europe, Canada and the US. Kate was recently awarded the prestigious 2013 Chief Learning Officer Magazine’s Gold Award for Innovation.

As Vice President of Global Workforce Enablement for MetLife, Kate is responsible for building and implementing an early-in-career development program for the Global Technology and Operations Division. She draws upon her industry experience gained over the past decade while working at Cisco Systems, Inc., both in America and overseas in the UK. During her tenure with Cisco, her most recent role was that of Global Director for Cisco’s Graduate Hire Sales Program. The program received three industry awards for talent development, operational excellence and innovation, and has also been highlighted in several books and publications.

Prior to joining Cisco, Kate spent seven years with Oracle Corporation where she held various positions in Sales, Marketing and Business Development Management.

Kate holds a BA in History from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. She attended the University of Michigan for her MBA.

Community work includes:

  • Current Board Member, Rise Against Hunger
  • Current Board Member, United Arts Council
  • Past Co-chair, Connected Women of North Carolina
  • Past Board Member, Triangle Red Cross, RTP
  • Past Board Member, MacMillan Cancer Ball, London, UK
  • Founding member of the Women-In-Technology Incorporated Chapter, RTP
  • Co-founder of the Cisco Women’s Action Network RTP Chapter

Kate and her husband, Stephen, own a restaurant in Raleigh, North Carolina, which reflects their passion for International travel and love of global food. Kate and Stephen have a son and a daughter, and reside in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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Anne Bander

Board Vice Chair

Anne Grimsley Bander retired from North Carolina State Government in 2013. During her long career with the State, she served as Chief Operating Officer of the Department of Administration, where she was responsible for managing and monitoring the day-to-day activities and operations of the Department and taking a leadership role in the establishment of performance indicators; she also worked with the Office of the State Controller on a new data analytics program. Prior to her work with NCDOA and NCOSC, most of her career was with the North Carolina Office of State Budget and Management, where she was the Assistant State Budget Officer for Government Evaluation and Review, and where she had also served as the Assistant State Budget Officer for Education. She is the recipient of the Order of the Long Leaf Pine.

Prior to coming to North Carolina, Anne worked for the American Bar Association, a major consulting firm, and the University of Maine.

A native of South Carolina, Anne lived in many places around the country and in Europe as an Army “brat.” She received a B.A. from the University of Maine at Orono and her M.A. from University College Dublin (part of the National University of Ireland).

Anne served on the Board of Trustees at Temple Beth Or, where she also served as Executive Director and Temple President, and long-time Finance Committee member. For over two decades, she also worked a regular route delivering Meals on Wheels.

After more than 30 years in North Carolina, Anne now resides in Beaufort, South Carolina, where she continues her volunteer work with Rise Against Hunger. She also volunteers as an adult literacy tutor, and with the local Meals on Wheels program.

Walter Gaskin

Board Secretary

Walter E. Gaskin took office as the Managing Director in Charge of Operation Management Complex of Global Bank on July 16, 2014.

As the Managing Director, Mr. Gaskin is responsible for ensuring the Bank’s internal operations, policies and systems are designed and implemented to maximize development activities in line with the commitment to make the Global Bank Group an open, results-based and effective organization.

Mr. Gaskin’s core activities of the Management Complex are aimed at ensuring that countries can access the best global economic expertise and help generate cutting-edge knowledge for promoting sustainable economic development. Key priorities include delivering measurable results, promoting openness and transparency to the process that allows access to information for developing countries.

Under Mr. Gaskin’s leadership, the Management Complex will implement the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals which includes ending extreme poverty by 2030, closing the growing global infrastructure funding gap, and maintaining economic sovereignty notwithstanding the perils of climate change. Mr. Gaskin is responsible for coordinating the efforts on gender integration, by promoting gender equality and empowerment of women achieving economic policy development. This is especially relevant in fragile and war-torn states. Under the direction of the Chairman of the Board of Governors, the Managing Director will work with countries to collect, analyze, and distribute practical knowledge to boost sustainable economic development, prosperity, and growth.

Additionally, Mr. Gaskin is an active board member of Savannah State University, Rise Against Hunger and the African Lifestyle Project.

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David Hood

Board Treasurer

David is an audit partner with more than 20 years of public accounting experience at Ernst & Young. He has served both public and private clients primarily in the technology and life science industries. David has significant experience in coordinating audit and other services for strategic growth companies as well as large public companies with international operations. David has also been involved with equity and debt raising transactions for public and private clients, as well as merger and acquisition transactions on both the buy and sell side.

In addition to his public accounting experience, David worked outside the firm from 1993-2000 as VP Finance at Quintiles Transnational Corp., a Contract Research Organization (CRO). In his corporate role, he managed the financial portions of the IPO process for Quintiles’ successful IPO in April 1994. As part of his operations role, he oversaw the implementation of a consolidation system (Hyperion), ERP system (Peoplesoft) and the financial due diligence and subsequent integration of more than a dozen different acquisitions. He worked alongside the Quintiles Americas CRO Division CEO to manage revenue growth from $40 million to $400 million during his seven-year tenure at Quintiles. David has served several public companies including BTI Telecom, ChannelAdvisor (IPO), Consonus Technologies (IPO), Factory Stores of America (IPO), Ply Gem (IPO), Quintiles (IPO), Sciquest, Sensus, Spectrasite, Triangle Capital (IPO), and others. David earned his B.S. in Accounting from Guilford College in 1984 and is a CPA. He is a member of the AICPA and NCACPA. He is currently Chair of the Finance Committee for the Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED), Chair of the Audit Committee on the Guilford College Board of Trustees and past Chair of Finance (currently member of Trustees) at Highland United Methodist Church. David also chaired the Finance Committee for Waterpartners for several years starting in 2001.

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Lucy Dinner

Board Member

Rabbi Lucy Dinner, Senior Rabbi of Temple Beth Or, Raleigh, North Carolina, since 1993, works with congregants to foster involvement in all areas of Jewish life. Rabbi Dinner has overseen the expansion of Temple Beth Or’s membership, programming, educational activities and facilities. Some of the innovations she has helped to bring to the congregation include: innovative worship opportunities, family education, Israel education, young adults and family programming, mitzvah day, interfaith dialogue, and ongoing lay Torah study.

In addition to her congregational duties, Rabbi Dinner has served on many boards and committees in the Triangle including: Rise Against Hunger, the Advisory Boards of the North Carolina Food Bank the Urban Ministries Advisory Board, the Interfaith AIDS Commemoration Committee, the Duke Symposium on Care at the End of Life, and the Martin Luther King Observance Breakfast, amongst others. Rabbi Dinner also oversees the Triangle Rabbis’ Introduction to Judaism classes, and leads congregational and community trips to Israel and other Jewish communities.

Nationally, Rabbi Dinner has served on the ARZA World Union North American Board, the URJ Committee on the Jewish Family, the UAHC-CCAR Commission on Youth, the Commission on Synagogue Affiliation, the CCAR – URJ Committee on Rabbinic/Congregational Relationships, the HUC/CCAR Rabbinic Mentor Committee and the CCAR Resolutions Committee. Rabbi Dinner is a member of the Reform Rabbi’s “Reform Vision Initiative”, which is reimagining Judaism for the next century.

Rabbi Dinner has been published in a chapter in the book The Woman’s Torah Commentary. She has been honored with the induction into the YWCA’s Academy of Women and The Women’s Club Academy of Women. In 2012, Rabbi Dinner was one of five rabbis selected to write Torah Commentary on an entire book of Torah for the Union for Reform Judaism’s Ten Minutes of Torah series.

Rabbi Dinner grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Public Policy Analysis, and her Rabbinic ordination and graduate degree in Hebrew Letters from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. At Hebrew Union College Rabbi Dinner helped to found an overflow homeless shelter and received the Sisterhood Award for Women Rabbinic Students. Upon ordination, Rabbi Dinner served as Associate Rabbi at Shaare Emeth congregation in St. Louis, Missouri.

Rabbi Dinner is married to Jeffrey Dinner and has two sons. She met her husband and found a profound love for living, celebrating and teaching Judaism at the UAHC, Henry S. Jacobs Camp in Utica, Mississippi. The combination of a family that emulated Jewish values through everyday experience commitment to social justice and the embracing spiritual life inspired Dinner to pursue the rabbinate.

Leon Abbas

Board Member

Dr. Abbas is a native of Iowa, having grown up on a commercial farm. Following an undergraduate degree from Iowa State in Agricultural Business and Production, he joined the Peace Corps serving as an assistant cantonal agricultural extension agent in Ecuador. Subsequently, he joined the Peace Corps staff in Bolivia as a contractor via the Heifer Project. After earning a Master of Science degree in agricultural economics at Montana State, he completed a doctorate in economics at Oregon State. He has served on the faculty at the University of Georgia and North Carolina State University.

For many years, he has operated his own business, offering financial services and consulting to the public. He is also CFO of a firm in international commodity trading.

His volunteer activities include: Rotary, of which he has been a member since 1984, former president and Secretary, and is currently Board Director for International Service. Over the years he oversaw many humanitarian projects in Bolivia. Current projects are in the Ukraine, Colombia, Guatemala and Brazil. Leon is also a member of CADRE, a small group of volunteers who evaluate projects onsite for the Rotary Foundation.

Leon was a founder of the Alliance Medical Ministry. He served as the initial secretary for the first three years.

Leon is active in supporting Bahamas Habitat. Currently he is involved in building an orphanage and renovating a former church into a building suitable for volunteer housing and base of operations.

Leon is a member of the First United Methodist Church/Cary Endowment Committee. This activity involves consulting with potential donors and overseeing the arrangements for future transfers.

Leon is married to the former Sallie Wright; they have twin sons and three grandchildren. Sallie is president of the North Carolina Partners of the Americas and he supports her in her work in this organization which does international exchange projects.

Geoff Griffin

Board Member

Robin Hager

Board Member

Robin Hager is Director of Global Logistics and Transportation at Hanesbrands Inc. In this position, she is responsible for the logistics and transportation of materials and finished garments into and between Hanesbrands global manufacturing facilities, U.S. and International Distribution network. Currently working to leverage Hanesbrands logistics coverage for the expanding global markets in China, India, and Brazil, as well as, continued growth in Japan, Australia, New Zealand and Central America markets. Prior to this, Robin worked to establish the logistics services to support Hanesbrands manufacturing start up in Asia with factories in China, Vietnam and Thailand.

Before working in Global Logistics, Robin’s 20-year career with Sara Lee apparel companies, now Hanesbrands Inc., included work in manufacturing supporting growth in operations in Central America and the Caribbean, as well as U.S. distribution. Robin’s work on supply chain strategists was featured in Apparel Industry Magazine, and she is a licensed U.S. Customs Broker.

Robin received a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies with a core in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1989, and a Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from Wake Forest University in 1992.

Robin hails from Denver, North Carolina, and has been a resident of Winston-Salem, North Carolina for over 15 years. As part of Robin’s undergraduate studies, she participated in language programs in Quebec, Canada, and Bordeaux, France. Robin worked at Kokusai Securities in Tokyo, Japan as part of her graduate studies. Through studies, work, personal travel, and mission work, Robin has travelled to over 35 countries and territories, and currently serves on the Board of Advisors for UNC Global at Chapel Hill, and Forsyth Technical College.

Robin’s personal interest include: being a private pilot, a Rescue Level scuba diver, mountain and road cycling. Robin is an active member of Maple Springs United Methodist Church where she serves on the Church Council and is the chairperson of the Discipleship Committee responsible for community outreach and missions.

Mack Parker

Board Member

Mack has been self-employed for 22 years as a retirement planner where he represents Lincoln Financial Group, John Hancock Life and other companies. During the first 10 years of his career he worked in industry for two Fortune 500 Companies, namely, Celanese and Stauffer Chemical Company. These early years involved employment in marketing and sales and he covered areas in the eastern part of the United States and Canada. Mack has also taught courses in business and economics at the college and community college level.

He has a Bachelor of Science degree from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University in Greensboro. He earned a Master of Business Administration Degree in finance from the University of New Haven in West Haven, Connecticut. Mack has been married to Wanda for 35 years. She is a project leader at Duke Clinical Research Institute, part of Duke University Health Systems in Durham. They have two daughters, Alysia (husband Cornelius) and LaTosha; and one granddaughter, Cynthia. Alysia is a Certified Nurse Midwife and LaTosha is an educator, currently teaching U.S. and World History in Antigua, an island in the Eastern Caribbean. LaTosha is a Peace Corps Alumna, as she served two years in South Africa. Mack’s hobbies include scuba diving, snow skiing, golf, tennis and walking.

Mack has held leadership positions in the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. This includes serving as chairman of the Board of Trustees of the United Methodist Retirement Homes, Inc. Under Mack’s leadership, the Board authorized the building of a $15 million continuing care retirement center to replace an aging facility in Lumberton, North Carolina. He was a delegate to the 2000, 2004 and 2008 General Conference and the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference. The General Conference is the law making body of the church, and the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference elects the Episcopal leaders. He is the Southeastern Jurisdictional Representative to the General Commission on United Methodist Men. He is a past conference president of the United Methodist Men.

Mack joined the Rotary Club of Millbrook in 1998. In 1996, he transferred to the Rotary Club of North Raleigh. There he has served as secretary and director, and during the 2006-2007 Rotary year, he served as club president. For five years he served as district chairman of the Rotary Against Drugs Speech Competition. Mack and Wanda have served as a host family counselor for a World Peace Scholar student from Sweden, when he was enrolled at Duke University Peace Center. He has served as an Assistant Governor for the five Raleigh area clubs and just stepped down as District Governor June 30, 2012. Mack is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow, a sustaining member, a Benefactor and a Bequest Society Member.

Richard Skinner

Board Member

As a native North Carolinian, Richard grew up in Hertford, North Carolina and graduated from North Carolina State University in 1987 with a B.S. in Applied Sociology. He is a Project Manager at Allscripts. Prior to joining Allscripts, Richard has also worked with the North Carolina Medical Society, the Durham-Orange County Medical Society, GE Capital Mortgage Insurance and Capitol Broadcasting Company, where he held various positions in Sales, Marketing, Project Management and Business Development.

Richard has over 25 years of professional management experience that includes business development, project and account management, marketing, fundraising and leadership development. One of his areas of expertise focuses on building successful internal and external relationships.

He has served in numerous leadership and volunteer roles including the following civic and charitable organizations: American Red Cross, Triangle Area Chapter- Board of Directors, Triangle United Way, Jimmy V Golf Classic, American Heart Association, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Works of Heart, Avon Breast Cancer Walk, International Affairs Council of North Carolina and Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity. He is also member of Edenton Street United Methodist Church.

Richard and his family reside in Raleigh, North Carolina. He also appreciates spending weekends at Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, with family and friends.

Beth Watkins

Board Member

A North Carolina native, Beth was born and raised in Henderson. She graduated from Meredith College with a BA in Home Economics and completed requirements for a Business Administration degree.

After graduation, she was employed by Liggett Group, Inc. and traveled to New York to work with several of their subsidiaries. She relocated to Greenville and began her financial services career with Peoples Bank in various branch positions. Her mortgage career began at Peoples Bank and continued with positions at RIHT Mortgage, BancBoston Mortgage, and Fairfield Financial. She transitioned to GE Mortgage Insurance as a National Underwriter. While at GE, she worked in risk management, compliance/audit, as well as the acquisition of MICC in Canada and the start up of mortgage insurance business in the UK. She later worked closely with the Quality Teams as a Six Sigma Green Belt. Beth transitioned to Centura Bank as a mortgage trainer and later became the Performance Consultant for RBC Mortgage Company, a national mortgage firm. Other roles included systems integration and business analyst as well as Senior Manager, Mortgage Sales and Marketing Strategy.

A career shift in 2012 brought her into the world of a Financial Advisor with AXA Advisors, LLC.  Currently she is employed at Ameriprise Financial as a Paraplanner.

Beth has been a member of the Junior League of Raleigh and served on the board of the American Lung Association. Other volunteer activities include the Jimmy V Celebrity Golf Classic, the V Foundation and working with special children at Victory Junction. In her spare time, she works during basketball season with ESPN as an operations assistant/runner, bakes and enjoys various crafts. She has been a licensed Real Estate Broker since 1977, has a CMB (Certified Mortgage Banker) designation as well as her ADFA (Advanced Divorce Financial Analyst) designation. She holds Series 6, Series 7, Series 63 and Series 65 licenses as well as life, health and long term care licenses in North Carolina.

Greg Guidotti

Board Member

Greg Guidotti is the Vice President of Marketing for Meals at Kraft Heinz, and currently leads the iconic brands of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, Velveeta Shells & Cheese, Stove Top, Shake ‘n Bake and Taco Bell. Growing up in Stamford, Connecticut, Greg has a BA from Bates College in English and Spanish, and an MBA in Marketing from the University of Connecticut. With over 20 years of experience across U.S. and International assignments with Grey Advertising, Gillette/P&G and Kraft Heinz, Greg has had the opportunity to lead many extraordinary brands like Capri Sun, Kool-Aid, Post Cereals, Duracell Batteries & Gevalia Coffee. He is a highly skilled marketer, proven brand-builder and an expert in developing highly functioning organizations. Greg currently resides in Wilmette, Illinois, with his wife, Paige, and their three kids, Thomas, Peter and William.

Bill Musgrave

Board Member

Bill Musgrave started his career as a licensed CPA in both Ohio and North Carolina, before joining Ford Motor Company in 1973 as a dealer operations representative. In 1975, he moved to the retail side of the business serving in executive positions for the automotive dealership industry. Today, he has five North Carolina dealerships representing seven franchises.

Musgrave, a member of Providence United Methodist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina is involved with numerous organizations, including The Good Fellows Club (service to working poor in Charlotte area) and Rise Against Hunger in Raleigh, North Carolina. Musgrave has served on The Salvation Army of Greater Charlotte advisory board since 1984. Through his leadership involvement with the Greater Charlotte Automobile Dealers Association, he has procured the Platinum sponsorship for the organization’s annual Steak & Burger dinner benefitting The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Charlotte for the last several years. His past volunteer services have included working at a local homeless shelter and providing transportation for senior citizens.

On a global scale, Musgrave created JustWater4Haiti, an initiative that builds wells and brings clean water to rural areas of Northern Haiti. He was inspired after a trip to the country with his wife in 2012. He also supports a medical clinic in Haiti and participates in a microcredit lending program for Haitian women who sell their goods in local markets.

He and his wife, Wanda, reside in Charlotte, North Carolina, and have two children and four grandchildren.

Don Wight

Board Member

Don Wight is an operational sales leader with a proven track record of revenue creation and successfully scaling a sales organization in hyper-growth phase. Don focuses on scaling the Demandbase organization through improved sales process, laser focus on delivering more new customers and extending the company’s rapidly extending partner ecosystem. Wight is a dynamic leader, whose success is attributed to a collaborative approach, inquisitive nature and a commitment to deliver success through hard work and focus.

Prior to this role, Wight held leadership roles at Power Reviews (acquired by Bazaarvoice), Jaspersoft, Open Harbor and Netcentives, Inc. In these roles he was responsible for creating scale through growth, for dramatically increasing revenue and the customer-base, and for extending operations from North America to EMEA, LATAM and APAC. Don holds a BA in International Business from the University of California at Berkeley.

Dr. Anne L. Matthews

Board Member

Dr. Anne L. Matthews is president of Matthews and Associates, an educational consulting firm in Columbia, South Carolina. Anne is an educator by profession, a published author, an education accreditation commissioner and a public speaker. She has three earned degrees, including a doctorate from the University of South Carolina and an honorary doctorate from Coker College.  Anne served as president of several national educational organizations, including the National Business Education Association, and on numerous boards, including her undergraduate alma mater. She is the recipient of honors, including two appointments from U.S. President Ronald Reagan. Anne has spoken in all 50 states and 30 foreign countries on educational issues and/or The Rotary Foundation. She has served on NID teams and participated in humanitarian work in several developing countries. Anne’s passion is feeding the hungry and she is heavily involved in this effort in her state.

Anne has served Rotary in numerous capacities. These include: president of the Rotary Club of Columbia East; governor of D7770; COL delegate; International Assembly Trainer in Anaheim in 2003 and 2004; Zones 33 and 34 Institute Chair; Zone 33 Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator; International Assembly Lead Seminar Trainer in San Diego 2008 and in 2009; D7770 Rotary Foundation Chair;  RI President’s Representative;  member of the Future Vision Committee; Moderator, Speaker and Panelist  RI Conventions; Chair, Rotary Reunion, New Orleans Convention; Trustee, The Rotary Foundation; RI Director, and RI Vice President in 2013-14.

Presently, Anne serves as vice chair of the Rotary Peace Centers Committee and the Polio Eradication Advocacy Task Force for the US. She also serves as a member of RI Finance Committee and the RI Investment Committee.

Anne is a Paul Harris Fellow, Major Donor, charter member of The Rotary Foundation Bequest Society, Benefactor, and a charter member of the Paul Harris Society in District 7770.

Our Founder

Ray Buchanan: A vision to end world hunger

In 1998, envisioning a world without hunger, Ray Buchanan — a United Methodist minister — founded Rise Against Hunger (formerly Stop Hunger Now). After enlisting as a U.S. Marine during the Vietnam War, Ray Buchanan quickly recognized that accomplishing a mission required “commitment to something larger than yourself.” Over the past three decades, that principle has driven Ray’s mission to eradicate world hunger.

As a divinity graduate student at Duke University, Ray began working with the poor and hungry. He continued that work at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he received his master’s degree in divinity, and as a pastor at five rural United Methodist churches in Virginia. As a pastor, Ray joined the effort to save the lives of starving Ethiopians during the 1973-75 famine in Ethiopia.

Driving Ray’s hunger work is the recognition that “ending hunger is more than just feeding people.” So Rise Against Hunger “focuses its feeding programs in areas where we can see transformational development,” he says.

Ray embodies the ideal of a servant leader. And he understands that volunteers and organizations working together can build a global movement that will stimulate the political will to marshal the resources that are essential — and available — to eradicate hunger.

Rise Against Hunger has realized positive, annual growth mainly through expansion of the meal packaging program into new communities. Rise Against Hunger continues to further Ray’s legacy of commitment both to domestic and international crisis response including relief from famine, natural and manmade disasters and health epidemics.