Biographies of Compassion International Board of Directors.

Board of Directors

Paul Ackerman, General Director

Paul Ackerman serves as Executive Vice President and Treasurer where he oversees funding, liquidity management, capital management, corporate asset-liability management, the high-grade investment securities portfolio, and Strategic Planning.

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Francisco J. Batres, General Director

Francisco J. Batres was born in Guatemala City, Guatemala, and has served on Compassion International’s Board of Directors since 1998. He received his Bachelor of Science and his Master of Business Administration from the University of San Carlos in Guatemala. He is fluent in Spanish, speaks conversational Italian, and has a good understanding of Portuguese.

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Jean-François Bussy, General Director

Born in Versoix, Lake of Geneva, Switzerland, Jean-François joined Compassion International's Board of Directors in June 2008, as a Limited Director representing Compassion Switzerland. He attended Continental Theological Seminary in Brussels, Belgium, and graduated with a B. A, B. Th, and a minor in music.

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Dr. Judy Briscoe Golz, Secretary

Dr. Judy Briscoe Golz was born in Kendal, England. She has a bachelor's degree in psychology from Wheaton College, and received a master's degree and doctorate in community psychology from New York University. She joined Compassion International's Board of Directors in September 2004.

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Robert L. Hawkins, General Director

Robert L. Hawkins joined Compassion International's Board of Directors in 2001. He has a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania, and a juris doctorate degree from Widener School of Law and a certification in business organization law from the Institute of Delaware Corporate Law.

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Mike Jeffs, General Director

Mike Jeffs is a Christian businessman who is committed to God, his family, the local church, and the vision the Lord placed in his heart. He serves on the Compassion Australia board.

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Ronald C. Mathieu, General Director

Ronald C. Mathieu was born in Oakland, Calif., and joined the Compassion Board in February 2008. He has degrees from the University of Rhode Island and Rhode Island College, where he taught courses in literature.

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Laurent Mbanda, Vice Chairman

Mbanda became a part of the Compassion International family in 1993, where he held several different positions in the ministry, including the Vice President of Africa Region. He also serves on the Board of International Justice Mission (IJM), and chairs the Board of Kigali Institute of Education, Rwanda.

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Kenneth F. Morgan, General Director

Kenneth F. Morgan was born in Southern England and educated at Harrow School as a Chartered Accountant. He joined a small firm in Staines-upon-Thames and spent his career specializing in helping businesses reach their full potential.

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Santiago "Jimmy" Mellado, President

Santiago “Jimmy” Mellado was born in El Salvador and has served on Compassion International’s Board of Directors since 2013, when he was appointed president and chief executive officer. Jimmy graduated cum laude with a Mechanical Engineering degree from Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, TX and earned a Master of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School in Allston, MA.

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Karen Wesolowski, Chair

Karen K. Wesolowski was born in Appleton, Wis. She received a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and a doctorate of law from the Marshall-Wythe Law School at the College of William and Mary, where she was executive editor of the Law Review.

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