Board of Directors
Chad Gregory, Chair, came to work
for United Egg Producers in 1998 and currently serves as President and
CEO. Chad spends all of his time managing UEP, which represents 95% of
the U.S. egg production. Chad also represents UEP's interests on the
International Egg Commission.
Chad earned a Bachelor of Science
degree in Marketing and a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from
Southern Illinois University in 1993.
Teri Plummer McClure, Vice-Chair and Treasurer,
serves as chief legal, communications and compliance officer at UPS.
In this role, she oversees all UPS ethics and compliance, audit and
legal initiatives in more than 220 countries and territories where the
company does business. Teri leads UPS worldwide public affairs and
government relations efforts advocating increased global trade, stronger
business competitiveness, and improved economic growth worldwide, as
well as many other public policies. She also leads the global
communications and brand management function at UPS, one of the most
recognized and trusted brands in the world.
advises and supports the UPS Board of Directors and is a member of the
Company's Management Committee, the team responsible for setting
strategy and profit and operating plans for the company's worldwide
A native of Kansas City, Kansas, Teri received a
bachelor's degree in marketing and economics from Washington University
in St. Louis, MO, and a juris doctorate degree from Emory University
School of Law in Atlanta. She began her legal career in private
practice focusing on labor and employment-related civil litigation and
prior to joining UPS, practiced with the Troutman Sanders Law Firm in
In addition to her corporate responsibilities, she is a
member for various bar associations and serves on the board of trustees
of The UPS Foundation, which distributed more than $49.2 million in
charitable giving in 2012. Teri also serves on the boards of Emory
University Board of Trustees, The Task Force for Global Health, and
Teri, her husband and their daughters live
in Atlanta where they are active with many church-related, civic and
Kathy Ott, Secretary, is an associate
at Merchant and Gould, an intellectual property law firm in Denver,
Colorado. Kathy's practice is concentrated on patent prosecution and
analysis. She focuses on drafting and prosecuting patent applications in
a variety of technology areas from software to medical device
technologies. Her practice also involves providing non-infringement and
invalidity opinions regarding patents and products from a broad spectrum
of technology areas, including pharmaceuticals to medical devices to
radio frequency transponders.
In addition to her emphasis in
patent prosecution and opinion work, Kathy has experience prosecuting
and litigating trademarks. Specifically, she has counseled clients
regarding trademark portfolio strategies and has negotiated a trademark
dispute through settlement in favor of her client. Kathy also provides
general litigation support, including drafting motions, briefs, and
other documents, and aiding in case strategy. As a member of the
Technology Transfer Practice Group, Kathy has experience in drafting and
evaluating licensing agreements involving intellectual property.
strongly in public service, Kathy provides pro bono legal assistance to
immigrant victims of domestic violence through the Denver Center for
Crime Victims. Kathy also provides pro bono legal assistance through
ProBoPat, which offers patent search and prosecution services to
qualified low-income applicants.
In addition to her corporate
responsibilities, she is a member for various professional
affiliations. Kathy, her husband Ted, their son Conner and their
daughter Lauren reside in Denver, Colorado where they are active with
many church-related, civic and community organizations.
Ian Maxwell works at Heart for Africa. Ian’s
vision for self-sustainable food security for all people is at the core
of community transformation. Ian successfully unites and partners people
from many nations to work together for comprehensive and lasting
Ian has a degree in economics from Bishops University in Lennoxville,
Quebec and is the former vice-president of operations for Onyx
Marketing Group in Toronto, Canada.
Janine Maxwell works for Heart for Africa. At the age of
24 she founded what would become one of the most successful
marketing companies in Canada. For 16 years Janine led Onyx Marketing Group
boasting some of the most well known companies in North America.
On 9/11 she
found herself a part of thousands fleeing New York City. This life-changing
event sent Janine on a search for the meaning of life. Her journey took her to
Africa where she encountered the AIDS pandemic, hunger and disease. Janine was
stirred by the faces of children, mothers and grandmothers fighting daily for
their life. She turned from her boardroom savvy to be the voice sounding an
alarm for those too weak to cry for help.
Together Janine and her husband Ian co-founded Heart For Africa, a faith
based organization focusing on Hunger, Orphans, Poverty and Education in
Janine is a
graduate of Evangel University. She is the author of two books, Is It Okay With You?
Not Okay With Me.
Tom Finucane is a Vice President for Health Systems for Cardinal Health, Inc., a Fortune 15 diversified Medical, Surgical and Pharmaceutical company. Tom grew up in Chicago and is proud father of 3 daughters (Meagan-15, Teresa-13 and Moira-6) and husband to Linda Ann for 16 years. He has held a variety of professional positions while employed with Cardinal Health and other companies such as American Hospital Supply, B. Braun and CVS/Caremark that includes international responsibility and assignments. He is an undergraduate with a B.B.A. at University of San Diego and post-graduate work and M.B.A. at the American Graduate School of International Management. Both personally and spiritual experiences include a three year term as Chairman of the St. Cletus Parish Pastoral Council, Chairman of the Development Committee, Big Brother/Big Sister Program Volunteer and the Les Turner ALS Foundation (Lou Gehrig’s disease) Volunteer.
Tom made his first trip to Africa last summer and spent the majority of his time not only working with the Swazi people, but mainly at Project Canaan where he gained an appreciation for the love, vision and spirit of Heart For Africa. Since his return he has been active in fundraising and campaigning efforts that have initiated a "presence" or "footprint" in the Chicago-land area. He has also volunteered and is a member of the Heart for Africa Advisory Council for the development of the Canaan Medical/Dental Clinic.
Jeff Chapman's career began in automotive retail sales. In 2012 he began his own business helping auto dealers process their used cars faster. It was a full faith endeavor and God has overwhelmed Jeff and his family with His gracious favor.
Jeff's experience with Heart for Africa dates back to its origin as Dream for Africa. He believes that God is moving in Swaziland and he loves being connected to something that God is so obviously a part of.
Jeff is married to his high school sweetheart, Stefanie. They live in Raleigh, NC with their 5 beautiful children: Kylie, Averie, Benjamin, William, and Weston. They regularly attend The Summit Church in Durham, NC. Jeff and Stefanie serve in the middle school and high school ministries.
Russell J Caso, Jr is President of Strategic
Business Consulting, LLC where he leverages 20 years of experience in the
private sector, Executive Branch and Legislative Branch at very senior levels
to advise companies on future direction, marketing, strategic development,
opportunity identification, capture and teaming.
Previously, Russ served as the Chief of Staff and National Security Advisor to the Vice
Chairman of the Armed Services and Homeland Security Committees within the
United States House of Representatives.
In this capacity he advised the Chairman on all issues pertaining
to National Security to include intelligence matters, military affairs, operations
and maintenance, and environmental remediation on military bases. Russ also advised the Chairman on
military aviation programs to include the Presidential Helicopter Program,
Joint Strike Fighter and, foreign companies in the defense industrial base
supporting the United States Military.
working on Capitol Hill, Russ worked in the Pentagon for the Chief of Naval
Operations, Secretary of the Navy and the Secretary of Defense in various
Russ attended Temple University in Philadelphia on a Division 1 Football
in Alpharetta, Georgia with his beautiful wife Dyan. Together they have 6 children (3 boys, 3 girls). Russ and Dyan attend Fellowship Bible
Nate Ferguson serves as Lead Pastor for The Village Christian Church in Minooka, IL. He and his wife and 25 of their friends started The Village in October of 2004 meeting at a local school gymnasium. God has blessed the church tremendously and they are now reaching 700 plus people every week!
Nate was challenged by his brother and sister-in-law (Jeremy & Raelenna Ferguson) to visit Heart for Africa in 2014. On that trip, Nate’s heart was touched by the incredible work being done each and every day. Nate is passionate about getting other churches and pastors to visit Heart for Africa and helping the ministry in any way they can!
Nate has a bachelor’s degree in ministry from Lincoln Christian College and a Masters Degree in Leadership from Lincoln Christian Seminary.
Nate is married to the love of his life (Rachelle Ferguson) and has two incredible sons (Kaden and Carder) and one really cool dog (Rascal).
Tim Lambert has worked his entire career in Agriculture. He graduated from the University of Guelph in 1983 with an Honours degree in Animal and Poultry Science. He is currently the CEO of Egg Farmers of Canada, a position he has held for over 12 years.
Tim is the Vice Chair of the International Egg Commission (IEC) and Chair of numerous committees at the international level. The IEC is the Global Network for the egg industry with members in over 75 countries around the world with partnership links to the FAO and OIE.
Tim serves on the Board of Trustees for the International Egg Foundation whose purpose is to increase egg production and egg consumption in developing countries, to provide undernourished infants, children and families with an independent, sustainable, high quality protein supply.
He is also a board member of the Egg Industry Center (EIC) of Iowa State University. The EIC is focused on providing value through information dissemination and collaborative research efforts.
Before joining EFC in June of 2003, Tim worked in the beef cattle industry for 8 years as CEO and General Manager of Beef Improvement Ontario, a genetic improvement company based out of Guelph, Ontario. Prior to his experiences in the beef industry Tim was the CEO and General Manager of Ontario Swine Improvement and spent a total of 10 years in the pork industry.