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 an 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.
Steve Denne, Chief Operating Officer
Steve Denne earned his Master's of Business Administration from Yale University, School of Management, after receiving his bachelor of arts degree in Economics and English from Denison University. Before moving to Heifer, he worked at the American Red Cross for 26 years in fundraising and communication. He has also worked at the Pentagon as a defense analyst.
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, Executive Vice President of Marketing and Resource Development
Cindy Jones-Nyland has a degree in marketing from Washburn University and a Master's of Business Adminstration 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.
Rene Rockwell, Executive Office Director and Board Liaison
René Rockwell has a degree in journalism from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. Before joining Heifer in July 2000, she coordinated and directed an agricultural lending institution’s personnel function including human resource policy and procedures, compensation and benefits administration, performance management, training, recruitment and selection, affirmative action and legal compliance.
Hilary Haddigan, Director of Planning and Enterprise Effectiveness
Hilary Haddigan obtained a master’s in development studies from the School of Oriental and Africa Studies at the University of London. She now leads Heifer’s work in organization-wide planning. In this she leads teams focused on training and staff development; the global network; integrating and aligning organizational strategy change management and strengthening Heifer’s global partnerships.