Meet Our Leaders
Heifer’s leadership brings a robust level of experience to Heifer’s mission in ending hunger and poverty in a sustainable way.
Pierre Ferrari, President and Chief Executive Officer
Pierre Ferrari was born in the Belgian Congo (today the Democratic Republic of Congo). Ferrari received a master’s degree in economics from The University of Cambridge and a Master's of Business Administration from Harvard Business School. He joined Heifer with more than 40 years of business experience at companies like Coca-Cola USA, CARE and the Small Enterprise Assistance Fund.
Hilary Haddigan, Chief of Mission Effectiveness
Hilary Haddigan has worked with Heifer since October 1999. As Chief of Mission Effectiveness, she leads the development of organization strategy, as well as cross-cutting initiatives that advance change. Prior to Heifer, Hilary worked with Christian Aid in the UK, Volunteer Missionary Movement in Zimbabwe and as a teacher in the northwest of England - her homeland.
Robert “Bob” Bloom, Chief Financial Officer
Robert “Bob” Bloom is a Certified Public Accountant with an accounting degree from the University of Illinois. Bloom brings a wealth of financial experience to Heifer. He has previously worked at Vestcom, a communications provider; Acxiom Corp., a data processing and content provider; a sporting goods company and an accounting firm.
Cindy Jones-Nyland, Chief Marketing Officer
Cindy Jones-Nyland has a degree in marketing from Washburn University and a Master's of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington. Drawing from her vast experience in digital engagement and technology, she directs Heifer’s global branding, marketing and fundraising efforts. She has previously worked with Lifeblue Media and Susan G. Komen For the Cure as well as Oracle, MetaSolv Software and SBC.
Oscar Castañeda, Vice President for the Americas Program
Dr. Oscar Castañeda has worked for decades designing, implementing and evaluating community-based sustainable development programs. Before joining Heifer, Oscar served World Neighbors as Country Director for his native Guatemala. He has also been a consultant and part-time professor in the fields of agroecology and organic agriculture, authored several publications, and led numerous workshops on sustainable organic agriculture and project planning and monitoring. Oscar is fluent in Spanish, English and German.
Mahendra Lohani, Senior Vice President of Programs
Dr. Mahendra Lohani, a native of Nepal, has served Heifer International for more than twenty years as both a volunteer and, currently, as Senior Vice President of Programs. He is a veterinarian with Masters and Doctorate degrees in animal nutrition and agricultural economics. As Senior Vice President of Programs, Dr. Lohani provides direction and leadership for Heifer programs in Africa, Asia and Europe. Under Dr. Lohani's guidance, the program is dedicated to building strong social capital in addition to livestock development and pro-poor wealth-creating value chains. Dr. Lohani leads a team of highly motivated staff, focused on accountability systems at both project and management levels.
Rene Rockwell, Board Liaison and Executive Office Director
René Rockwell joined Heifer International in July 2000. She has more than 20 years of experience in managing a fast-paced executive office and in directly coordinating and managing Board of Director and executive leadership functions and processes. Prior to joining Heifer, René provided human resource support and management to a national lending institution. Prior to its merger with the Arkansas Democrat, Rene also worked for the “oldest newspaper west of the Mississippi”, the Arkansas Gazette. René holds a B.A. from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.