"I'm inspired every day by the resilience, agency, and generational impact of the farmers we serve."
- Barry Mattson,
Chief Executive Officer
With expertise in non-profit operations and a focus on global impact, Barry has a strong commitment to serve in international hunger eradication. Prior to joining Rise Against Hunger, Barry worked to launch agriculture programs for people facing hunger in the southern highlands of Ethiopia. This experience impacted Barry’s personal commitment to end hunger immeasurably. He previously served as Vice President, Regional Operations for The Mission Continues and has over a decade of experience in capacity building, international supply chain management, agribusiness, civic engagement and donor stewardship. He also served combat deployments in the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army in Iraq.
Barry holds a B.S. in Biology from the U.S. Air Force Academy, an MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurial Management from the Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania, and an MA in International Development and International Security Studies from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.
Chief Financial Officer
Travis joined Rise Against Hunger in 2013 and is a committed ally in the fight against food insecurity. He has worked to maximize the organization’s resources and build a financial foundation for operational success. Travis brings people, financial processes and resources together to achieve the organization’s mission.
Travis holds culinary and management degrees from Johnson and Wales University and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. He’s a longtime member of the Raleigh chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants, and is credentialed as a Certified Management Accountant and Certified in Strategy and Competitive Analysis.
"Helping those in need is a big job. It requires contribution from everyone, even accountants."
- Travis Huckaba,
"If you want to go fast, go alone. To go far, let’s go together."
- Edna Ogwangi,
Chief Programs Officer
Edna leads Rise Against Hunger’s development around strategic efforts in advancing food security, humanitarian relief response and resilience pathways. She spearheads initiatives for measuring effectiveness, impact and sustainability of all Rise Against Hunger programs globally.
A native of Kenya, Edna has worked in international development for 25+ years in the areas of economic development, food and nutrition security and non-profit management. Edna has contributed to U.S. Agency for International Development, U.S. Department of Agriculture and Bill and Melinda Gates programs in more than 100 countries. Edna holds a Bachelors in Agricultural Economics and a Masters in International Development and Administration from Andrews University.
Chief Operating Officer
Rick joined Rise Against Hunger in 2007, applying his diverse skills and experiences in banking, teaching, ministry and missions to various roles with the organization. Beginning as a Community Engagement Manager in Eastern North Carolina, Rick launched Rise Against Hunger’s second meal packaging location and subsequently worked in logistics, distribution, operations and community engagement.
Rick leads the organization’s supply chain, operations, process improvement and community engagement teams. Rick strongly believes that passion may draw a person to Rise Against Hunger, but purpose and fulfillment will sustain them. Rick holds a B.S. in Business Administration from UNC Chapel Hill.
"Taking action to end global hunger begins in our own hearts and neighborhoods."
- Rick Kearney,
"Taking great care of our people is a powerful first step toward serving others."
- Amy Lewis,
Chief People Officer
Amy is a results-oriented business professional with 20+ years of experience in human resources management, business operations and nonprofit leadership. During her career, Amy has built a solid infrastructure of systems, processes and programs for organizations where HR was broken or nonexistent. She has served as a strategic business partner using creative synergies to successfully lead and influence teams to achieve results.
A strategic thinker with strong problem solving and project management skills, Amy has developed and enhanced HR programs and services. Her extensive financial management experience, full-cycle talent management, benefit plan design, compensation plan management and technology system knowledge makes her an important contributor to our success.
Chief Development Officer
Troy oversees the organization’s development strategy, manages the annual fundraising portfolio and engages individual, foundation and corporate supporters.
With 25+ years of senior-level experience in development within the non-profit sector, Troy has a background in building business strategies and leading innovative initiatives to establish profitable fundraising campaigns. He has extensive experience in donor relations, major gifts, fundraising and strategic planning. Troy previously served as Chief Development Officer for the organization Camp Fire and in fundraising roles for Habitat for Humanity, United Way, Holy Family Foundation, Youth Villages Inc. and Playworks Inc. Troy holds a B.A. in Rhetoric and Communications from Kent State University.
"Social justice doesn't exist for any of us if every person on the planet doesn't have it."
- Troy Robinson,
"My passion is leveraging our brand to help children reach their own life potential."
- Jolynn Berk,
Chief Marketing & Communications Officer
Jolynn leads marketing, communications and brand strategy to further our mission. She focuses on building our global brand proposition and driving revenue through collaboration and support of our meal packaging business, fundraising and awareness initiatives.
Jolynn has 30 years of marketing, advertising, brand, development and communications experience across corporate, nonprofit and agency sectors. She has a proven track record in building and leading teams to integrated solutions and consistently improved performance. She has led strategic campaigns, including total rebrand and product launches, for Fortune 500 corporations and the largest privately held U.S. company. Jolynn holds both a B.S. in Management and MBA from Friends University.
Board of Directors
Real Estate Community Development Manager, Google
Board Vice Chair
Founder & CEO, EverGrain
Executive Director, Ernst & Young Advisory Services
President and CEO, Center for Entrepreneurial Development
Immediate Past Chair
Partner, Smith Anderson Law Firm
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer – Commercial, United Airlines
Vice President of Quality, Product Development and Consumer Affairs, Sazerac
Jojo de Noronha
President, Kraft Heinz Northern Europe