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.
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.
David Norman, Senior Vice President of Investment Programs
Norman is a development leader with a long background in establishing and leading large international and domestic development and financial operations. David has been with Heifer International since March 2016 and currently serves as Sr. Vice President of Investment Programs responsible for designing and implementing programs focused on the deployment of capital within Heifer’s programs globally. Prior to joining Heifer David spent 21 years in agriculture development with Winrock International and 16 years in agriculture finance with the Farm Credit System. David was a founding Board Member of two new development organizations: NetHope and VEGA (Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance). David has a B.S. in Agriculture Business from Arkansas Tech University and a M.S. in Agriculture Economics from the University of Arkansas.
Christy Moore, Vice President of Marketing
Christy Moore has worked with Heifer International since 1994. As Vice President of Marketing, she has developed well-performing and sustainable fundraising programs, attracting new donors, retaining current donors and reactivating past donors, as well as increasing the number of monthly donors supporting Heifer’s projects around the world and here in the U.S. She has risen through the ranks at Heifer International, is responsible for more than 70 percent of the organization’s income and directs its mail, telemarketing, mass marketing, email marketing and digital marketing and engagement teams. Christy has won the Fundraising Success’ Nonprofit Fundraising Star Award given by editors at Fundraising Success Magazine, she was named Top Women in Fundraising and her team was awarded the Nonprofit Organization of the Year Award by the DMA.
Michelle Dusek-Izaguirre, Vice President of Marketing and Resource Development Operations
Izaguirre provides strategic leadership for MRD operational efficiencies, budget and finance, organizational reporting and monitoring, business intelligence, education operations and policies and procedures. She has been employed with Heifer since 2001 and holding several positions throughout her career at Heifer Ranch and HQ, including Director of Operations – Americas and Senior Director of Learning Centers. She worked in Honduras in rural development with the US Peace Corps before relocating to Arkansas. She has one son and enjoys spending time and traveling with him.
Gregory Kearns, Vice President of Institutional Partnerships
Kearns joined Heifer in 2014, coming to Heifer from ChildFund, where he was most recently the Director of Grants and Strategic Partnerships. Prior to joining ChildFund, Kearns worked for World Vision in a variety of roles. He has 25 years of experience in the International NGO sector, has worked in 40 countries, has secured more than $200 million in funding from partners, and has led significant overseas trainings and capacity building. He holds an MBA from Eastern University, a master’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh, and a bachelor’s degree from Muhlenberg College.
Chad Avery, General Counsel
Avery currently serves as General Counsel for Heifer International, coordinating legal services in areas such as intellectual property, immigration, charitable solicitation, grants and contracts, compliance, nonprofit tax, and corporate law. Prior to joining Heifer, Chad worked with the organization externally as a shareholder and director with the law firm of Gill Ragon Owen. Chad earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Central Arkansas in 1995, after which he served two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Uzbekistan—where he taught marketing and economics courses at Karshi State University and studied Russian. Upon returning, Chad earned his law degree at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law, graduating in 2002 with High Honors. Chad has been admitted to the Arkansas and Missouri bars, and is a member of the American Bar Association and FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association. Chad also serves on the Legal Advisory Council for InsideNGO, and acts as Heifer’s representative to Stichting Heifer Nederland, a Dutch NGO carrying out Heifer’s mission in Netherlands. Chad lives in Little Rock, Arkansas with his wife and two sons.
Julie Wood, Vice President of HR Strategy and Operations
Julie Wood has worked in the Human Resources (HR) Department of Heifer International since 2001. As the Vice President of HR Strategy & Operations, Julie leads the global strategic vision of HR in areas such as Talent Management and Development, Total Rewards, Workforce Planning, and Employee Relations. Prior to Heifer International, Julie served as the Community Outreach Coordinator for an Arkansas based nonprofit organization, Arkansans for Drug Free Youth. There she was responsible for community/volunteer recruitment and outreach as well as grant-writing and fundraising. Julie has earned certifications as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and as a SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP). She received her bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) and has worked towards a Master’s degree in Public Administration at UALR.
Jessica Ford, Assistant to the CEO and Board Liaison
Ford joined Heifer in 2007 and soon transitioned into the executive office as Manager of Operations and Assistant to the COO. In 2012, she was relocated to Heifer's country office in Peru, as part of Heifer's first leadership development program giving her the unique opportunity to dive head first into Heifer's work "in the field" for a year. Since Peru, she has served as a writer and event planner for Heifer. She is now back in Arkansas with her son, and back in the Executive Office, where she loves watching her son play basketball, reading, rowing crew and drinking Dr Pepper.