Santiago "Jimmy" Mellado, President and CEO
President and Chief Executive Officer of Compassion International Santiago "Jimmy" Mellado is passionate about Compassion’s church-based approach to rescuing children from poverty in Jesus’ name. The son of an engineer, Jimmy spent his childhood in the developing world and saw firsthand the powerful impact thriving local churches can have on their communities, especially in under-resourced environments. Before taking office as CEO of Compassion International in September 2013, Jimmy served for 20 years as the president of the Willow Creek Association.
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Dr. Bambang Budijanto, Regional Vice President of the Asia Area
Expertise: Holistic Child Development, Leadership Development, Community Development, Church and Society, Inter-faith Dialogue (Islam)
Dr. Budijanto has been serving the ministry of Compassion for over 14 years. As Regional Vice President for Asia, he is a passionate believer in Compassion’s strategy to partner with local churches in developing countries.
James Finwick, Vice President of Information Technology
As a strategic implementer with a leadership agenda focused on business performance, Jim has a track record of effective leadership in 30+ countries and cultures. As Compassion’s Vice President of Information Technology, Jim has global responsibility for all aspects of Compassion’s ministry technology including application development, networking, integration and system stability.
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Mark Hanlon, Sr. Vice President of Global Marketing & Engagement
Mark’s first contact with Compassion was as a sponsor in 1977. He became a staff member in 1978 and has been a member of the Global Executive Leadership Team since 1998. Mark had a strong Christian missionary upbringing, as his parents ran inner-city missions in Washington, D.C. and Chicago. This early exposure to the needs of men, women, and children in poverty had a lasting impact on Mark’s life and helped prepare his heart for the ministry of Compassion.
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James Hansen, Vice President of Risk Management
James joined Compassion and the Global Leadership Team in 2009. He has vast experience as an auditor, including serving as the Principle Auditor with the Colorado Springs Office of the City Auditor and 19 years with Farmers Insurance Group in Los Angeles. James is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Information Systems Auditor, and Certified Fraud Examiner. He also serves as an officer in the Association of the Certified Fraud Examiner.
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Michael Hinckfoot, Vice President of Strategy Integration
Mike joined Compassion in 2002 and has served on the Global Leadership Team since 2008. Mike has earned bachelor’s degrees in both civil engineering and Christian education as well as a master’s degree in the holistic development of families. Prior to his current position in Strategy Integration, Mike served Compassion in the Sponsor Tour area and as the Director of the Leadership Development Program.
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Edouard Lassegue, Regional Vice President of the Latin America & the Caribbean Regions
Edouard joined Compassion’s Global Leadership team in 2006, after serving in the ministry as the Haiti Country Director and as the Associate Area Director and then the Area Director for the Central America and Caribbean Area. After graduating from high school in Haiti, Edouard studied in America. He earned a bachelor's degree in Bible education and a master's degree in educational administration and supervision before returning to Haiti, where he founded and pastored a church for 17 years prior to joining Compassion.
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Sidney Muisyo, Regional Vice President of the Africa Region
Sidney joined Compassion in 2002, serving in various roles in the Compassion Kenya office including Communications Specialist, Sponsor & Donor Manager, and Kenya Country Director, before joining the Global Leadership Team in 2010. In addition to his work with Compassion, Sidney serves as a board member for 410 Bridge in Kenya and for The Kenya Alliance for Advancement of Children.
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Stephen Oakley, Vice President of Legal Services and General Counsel
Steve joined Compassion as General Counsel in October 2011 and is responsible for overseeing all of Compassion’s domestic and international legal affairs. He practiced in commercial litigation for the first six years of his career, before transitioning into commercial transactions for the remainder of his 12 years in private practice. Upon graduating from Moody Seminary, Steve resigned as a partner from Hinshaw & Culbertson in Chicago to serve as Vice President and General Counsel of the Moody Bible Institute. Steve has a Bachelor of Art from the University of Illinois in history, a Juris Doctorate from the John Marshall Law School and a Master of Ministry from the Moody Theological Seminary.
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Cassandra Shepard, Vice President of Human Resources
Cassandra Shepard joined Compassion’s ministry in 2010 and currently serves as Vice President of Human Resources where she is responsible for assuring the effective employment, engagement and management of human resources worldwide. She brings a robust breadth and depth of human resources leadership experience to Compassion, having transformed teams and business results through the effective use of human resources at prominent companies including Pepsi-Cola and T-Mobile.
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Scott Todd, Sr. Vice President of Global Advocacy
Dr. Scott Todd joined Compassion in 2003 and has served on the Executive Team since 2012. Scott leads the organization’s Global Advocacy efforts and represents Compassion in networks focused on children, mission, development and poverty eradication. He is the author of Fast Living: How the Church Will End Extreme Poverty and is also one of the architects and Board Chair of the 58: organization — an action-based alliance of world-class, poverty-fighting organizations that have joined together to unleash the power and possibilities of the global Church to end extreme poverty. Prior to his work at Compassion, Scott was an award-winning scientist, winner of multiple grants in medical research and a senior author on over a dozen scientific articles published in biomedical journals.
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Dawn Williams, Vice President of Finance
Dawn joined Compassion in 1994 and is currently responsible for monitoring, controlling and safeguarding all corporate financial assets and systems. Prior to joining Compassion Dawn was certified as a Public Account and worked for a regional public accounting firm, where she developed a broad range of skills in auditing, tax litigation, and business consulting. She also had the opportunity to focus on quality standards for other accounting firms through a national peer-review program.
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Jeffrey Wood, Sr. Vice President of Solution Design & Deployment
Jeff joined Compassion in 1989. He has served the ministry in a variety of leadership roles in Accounting, Information Technology, Corporate Planning, Corporate Project Management, Global Strategy and Ministry Services. Jeff is an avid learner, earning a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Wheaton College and continuing his education in accounting, business, information technology, and project management with courses from Elmhurst College, DePaul University, Keller Graduate School, and Stanford University.
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Mark Yeadon, Sr. Vice President of International Program
Mark joined Compassion in 1984 when he accepted a position in the South America Area Office and moved his family to Quito, Ecuador, where he served for three years as Associate Director of Operations and for four years as the Area Director for South America. In 1993, Mark took on the responsibilities of Program Director at Compassion’s Global Ministry Center in Colorado Springs. In his current position as Sr. Vice President of International Program, he is responsible for providing the leadership of Compassion’s program development and management worldwide.
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