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BOARD OF ADVISORS

BOARD
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PETER THORRINGTON

Board Chair

Retired as President of UTi Worldwide Inc, a global supply chain and logistics company, which went public on NASDAQ in 2000. Previously, president of BAX International, president of WTC Inc and founder of Rand Freight Lt. Post retirement he served 11 years in board leadership at Opportunity International, a Christian microfinance organization. He is also past chair of the Westmont College Board of Trustees.

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KATHY DRAKE

Kathy is retired from a career as portfolio manager at the investment firm of Dodge & Cox and now spends her time volunteering at faith-based organizations. These include a Board at The Fuller Foundation and New Door Ventures; Opportunity International Ambassadors Council; Steering Committee, JPOW (the Justice Poverty Oppression and Women Initiative);, Generous Giving. In addition, Kathy is involved with the Barnabas Group (consulting for faith-based non-profit organizations).

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CHRISTIAN HILLIARD

Christian Hilliard started his first cable television company at the age of 16.  Christian then attended Colorado College where he earned his BA in Economics. For the next thirty years, he started and sold over two dozen telecom companies in seven different states. Christian served on the National Cable Television Co-Op board and received the honor of Cable Television Pioneer. 

Outside of telecom, Christian is involved in outdoor advertising and real estate. Last year, he sold the majority of his companies, celebrated his 26th wedding anniversary, and dropped his youngest daughter off at Pepperdine University – all on the same day.  Married to his high school sweetheart, Karyn, they have four children, a son-in-law, and four dogs. As for hobbies, Chris likes snow skiing, leading men’s small groups and missions trips, fly fishing, sailing, dog training, and flying airplanes with friends.

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RACHEL McDONOUGH

Rachel McDonough is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Professional and a Certified Kingdom Advisor® with over 20 years of experience helping generous, values-driven families manage wealth in a way that holistically reflects their stewardship mindset. She loves watching clients become clear regarding their goals, understand the practical trade-offs of their financial choices, and make powerful decisions that have a multi-generational impact on their families and communities. In 2021, she founded Wealth Squared, a team of EverSource Wealth Advisors, to serve, guide, and care for clients – partnering with them to pursue God’s plan for their lives.

In addition to receiving the Larry Burkett Award from Kingdom Advisors in 2022, she is a published author and frequent speaker on faith-driven investing and generosity. She also founded Wealthfluence, LLC, a consulting practice that helps other Christian wealth advisors and asset managers on investing with biblical values. Away from the office, Rachel serves as a worship leader at her church, and loves her "other job" as a homeschooling mama of 3.

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JEFF MEYER

Jeff Meyer is President and CEO of Baillie Lumber Co. Jeff graduated from Wheaton College and Harvard Law School, and practiced law at Kirkland and Ellis in Chicago. Since 1990, Jeff has worked in various capacities at Baillie Lumber. Jeff has served on boards including Wheaton College, Opportunity International, Cabrini-Green Legal Aid Clinic, the Nichols School, National Hardwood Lumber Association, Hardwood Manufacturers Association and his local church.

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SAM MWALE

Samuel Mwamburi Mwale is an economist, policy advisor, and business leader whose career spans public and private sectors. He has served in top public service leadership positions in the Kenyan government as well as executive and non-executive positions in the financial services sector including non-executive board director in commercial and investment banks, and insurance sector, boards of several international and local charities, and in Kenya’s apex business organization – Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) where he is a trustee and honorary US representative. His lifelong passion and vision is to invest towards a transformed, prosperous, and thriving Africa through job and wealth creation by business and sound public policy.

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HERVE SARTEAU

Investment Committee Chair

Herve is a former Founding Senior Partner of CarVal Investors, a private equity firm where he ran a global portfolio and held multiple roles, including on its investment committee. Prior to his time at CarVal, he managed M&A and strategy projects for both Cargill and HP Europe. He is a board member of several start-ups (Mymeds and Zivix), and for many years served on the global and US boards of Opportunity International, as well as its affiliate banks in Ghana and Mozambique. He was raised in France and holds both a MSEE and an MBA from INSEAD.

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DAVE TOLMIE

Dave Tolmie is a Founding Partner with Edgewater Funds, a private equity firm with $2.7 billion in committed capital.  Prior to Edgewater, he was CEO of YesMail and previously a consultant with McKinsey & Company.  He serves on several Edgewater company boards, the Illinois Venture Capital Association, is a founding board member 1871, was a longtime board member of Opportunity International, and is active in civic and business leadership positions.  He is Chairman of The Faraja Fund Foundation, which supports the Faraja Primary School for children with physical disabilities in Tanzania.  Dave received his MBA from Harvard Business School plus several entrepreneurial leadership awards. 

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DANA WICHTERMAN

Dana Wichterman is an impact investor (venture, PE, and angel), and is also working as Senior Advisor to Impact Foundation.  She serves on the boards of Noble Story Co and Five Talents US, and she co-founded the Washington, DC chapter of Faith Driven Entrepreneur and Investor. She is an active member of Potomac Angel Capital and ReNew Capital. 

Dana has a Master’s in International Economic Development from Columbia University. She worked for the US Agency for International Development and International Trade Administration for 20 years, managing over 30 staff and $60 million in foreign aid.

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