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.
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).
Tom Hall. Over several
decades as the Executive Creative Director or CEO of major blue chip
advertising agencies: J. Walter Thompson, Foote, Cone & Belding and Ogilvy
and Mather, Tom earned a reputation for creating, stewarding and reinvigorating
great American brands, while winning dozens of awards in every category, from
Cannes to Clios, Tellys, and Effies.
Some campaigns he wrote or directed are:
“I Wish I Were an Oscar Meyer,” “America Loves Burgers,” and “We’re
America’s Burger King,” “This World
Calls for Lowenbrau,” “5 Ounces of Milk in Each Kraft Single,” “Kawasaki Lets the
Good Times Roll,” “A Touch of Hyatt,” “At MB Bank, We Know Why You Work,” “Breyers
All Natural,” “Pump Up the Volume” and
“The DieHard” for Sears.
developed successful campaigns for over 60 other great American brands.
He has created
three super bowl commercials and recently wrote and directed commercials
featuring Kurt Warner Super Bowl MVP, two Miss America’s and one with Dwight
Howard. He has directed over two dozen more well-known celebrities and
He wrote and
directed many of the infamous Ronco commercials including “The Inside the Egg
Shell Egg Scrambler,” “Miracle Broom,” “Spin Slicer” and “Mr. Microphone.” Isn’t
that amazing? He wrote dozens of interactive
infomercials for the Cable Shop Network in Boston, and wrote and appeared in
over 200 commentaries for CBS Chicago.
He also wrote and produced the award-winning documentary, “The Quest for
Nutrition” and “Health Moment” series with Mandalay Entertainment which aired
on Discovery Networks worldwide. He also
produced and directed the Beach Boys Special, “A Day in D.C.”
He was Chief
Brand Officer for Amway and most recently, in addition to creating campaigns
for LiftMaster, MB Financial Bank and DeVry University, he has been working with
the United Egg Producers, the American Egg Board, and the Egg Farmers of Canada.
Farmers of Canada, he originated an idea for a worldwide streaming egg
network. Eggcentric T.V. is now the most
complete and best offering of delicious egg recipes and egg related content
ever. It is accessible via Apple,
Chromecast and Roku.
Tom grew up in Evanston, IL. He attended the
University of Pittsburgh on an athletic scholarship and while at J. Walter
Thompson New York, he commuted to teach creative strategy development at the
University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. He has served on numerous boards, including
The Off the Street Club, Steppenwolf Theatre, and the Chicago Youth Symphony.
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.