BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Bob graduated with a undergraduate degree in business from the University of Nebraska and acquired his MBA from Creighton University. He has spent over 22 years working for large consumer product goods companies in various supply chain roles. His current role is with Selig Sealing Products, Inc. as the Global Vice President of Purchasing in Chicago. He is also the current Senior Pastor of Grace Covenant Christian Center in New Lenox, IL. He sat on two nonprofit boards prior to participating in Project HOPEFUL’s board. Bob has been married for 22 years to his beautiful wife Carla and has two children, Bryan who is attending Iowa State to be an engineer and Hannah who is attending the University of Nebraska to become an Orthodontist. They reside in Frankfort, IL, a suburb of Chicago.
Tom Davis is the CEO of Launch, an international non-profit organization that specializes in designing transformative projects for the poor and disenfranchised around the world by providing leading academic research & data, sustainability strategy development & execution for organizations & companies, and investment opportunities for sustainability projects that yield significant impact. He is also the Managing Partner of FinePoint Professionals, a leadership company focused on inspiring authentic leaders around the globe.
Tom previously served as the President/CEO of Children’s Hopechest for 13 years – (www.hopechest.org), an international child advocacy organization bringing God’s hope and love to orphans around the world. He has also served as a professional trainer in leadership development with Fortune 500 CEO’s and their executive staffs.
Tom is the author of five books: Fields of the Fatherless, Red Letters, Confessions of a Good Christian Guy, and two novels: Scared – A Novel on the Edge of the world and Priceless.
Audrey is the mother of seven children, three by birth and four through the miracle of adoption, both internationally (Ukraine) and through the US foster care system. After spending years volunteering with the staff of Project Hopeful, Audrey has joined our board of directors bringing a wide range of valuable insight both about Project Hopeful and non-profit management generally. Prior to dedicating her time to Project Hopeful, Audrey was on staff at her church where she was tasked with managing a variety of different church mission groups.
Bart and his wife Lyndsay are the proud parents of seven children ranging in age from 21 to 1. With the adoption of three beautiful children, their family has become passionate advocates for orphans here in the US and around the world.
A graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles, Bart is an Orthodontist by profession with his private practice in Orange County California. He has participated in and led dental mission trips to Ethiopia and Guatemala and is dedicated to providing care to those who need it the most. He and his family live in Cypress, California.
Ronnie and his Wife Carol have been married for over 30 years and are parents of 4 children. Together they are active members at Birchman Baptist Church in Fort Worth Texas where Ronnie serves as a deacon as well as president of the mens ministry.
He has a entrepreneurial background as a Real Estate broker and investor and has been actively engaged in the Dallas Fort Worth Texas Real Estate market since 1979.
On August 18th, 2013 his family experienced the earthly loss of their oldest child, Christina, to cancer at the age of 27. Ronnie considers this the defining moment of his life and one that has propelled him and his wife Carol into orphan ministry.
Christina had long been a champion of those who could not help themselves, and was involved in orphan ministry herself since the age of 1 7, sponsoring 7 year old Satish in India through Compassion International. When Ronnie and Carol took over sponsorship of Satish, now 17 years of age, they were moved by the words that he used to describe his sponsor Christina, “she was more like a mother to me than a sponsor”, “l vow one day to sponsor a child as Christina did for me”.
Carrying forth Christina’s legacy of compassion, Ronnie is now actively engaged in orphan ministry, through his church, as an advocate for Compassion International, and as a humanitarian photographer around the world.
Traci and her husband Scott are parents to 10 children through adoption. Her children come from Russia, Ethiopia, and Ukraine and have come home as young as 10 months and as old as 17. Traci believes there is no special need greater than needing a family, and she is passionate about finding families for children and equipping those families to thrive.
She has held a staff position with Project HOPEFUL for many years, first assisting wherever necessary and then managing FIG grant funds and speaking at conferences and other events. She is now the Director of Financial Stewardship as well as board treasurer.