Board of Directors
Chris Ordway — Executive Director
Chris earned his undergraduate degree from The University of Michigan in 1991 and began his career working for Kellogg Company in foodservice sales. In 1993, he returned to the University of Michigan, where he completed a Master of Business Administration with a focus on marketing and international business.
Following graduate school, Chris and his wife moved to Singapore, where he ran the Asia-Pacific operation for a supplier of pumping equipment used in petro-chemical production. It was while living in Singapore that he became familiar with Motorola and their leadership position in the global telecommunications marketplace. This eventually led to an opportunity with Motorola during which Chris spent 12 years in various roles including product marketing, strategy, account management, and sales leadership.
In 2008, Chris and his family relocated to London to lead the European and African consumer products division of Motorola, and eventually returned to the US to run the North American operation focusing on all major carriers and retailers including Verizon, ATT, Best Buy and Wal-Mart. Chris left Motorola in 2011. He and his family moved to Rwanda to join Hope International, a Christian microfinance institution dedicated to “providing a hand up and not a hand out” through small business loans to people who typically live on less than $1 a day.
Now back in Chicago, Chris works with a group of Christian investors who build sustainable businesses, where profits are redeployed back into missions and development work around the world. Currently, the two main businesses are commercial poultry farms and hydro-electric power plants. Chris Ordway joined the Board of Directors of Gordon Food Service in 2013 and Diversified Conveyors Inc. in 2014. Chris and his wife have three daughters. He enjoys running and biking and is an active member at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois.
Tom Phillips— Board Member
Tom and Beth Phillips are the owners of Diversified Conveyors, Inc. (DCI) in Memphis, Tennessee. They started DCI in 2000, and Tom currently serves as COO of the corporation. God has blessed the business, and it has grown tremendously.
Tom is also owner of Ikiraro Investments which he started after several trips to Rwanda. He began this business because he saw the great need for protein in the diet of the children. Protein is essential for proper brain development in children from birth to five years old.
Tom met Beth in college, and they recently celebrated 35 years of marriage. Tom received his BA in Business and Economics from Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas. Beth received a BA in English from Hendrix College as well as an MA in Speech Pathology from the University of Memphis. Beth recently completed her MBA in May 2015. They have 3 children; Nate, Nicholas and Natalie.
Tom is ruling elder at Independent Presbyterian Church (IPC), but he is currently on loan to Grace Community Church, a recent church plant. He is actively involved in the Business as Mission (BAM) movement.
Robert George — Board Member
Robert lives in Northwest Arkansas. He married his high school sweetheart and together they have raised two sons. Robert earned a bachelor’s degree from Arkansas State University and a law degree from the University of Arkansas School of Law.
As a follower of Jesus, Robert has sought out opportunities, both in traditional church-based ministries and through his career as a lawyer, to extend God's grace to those in need.Robert has a heart for international missions. He regularly leads short-term mission trips to Haiti to work alongside local ministries working to meet spiritual, physical and financial needs of the Haitian people. Robert is also honored to serve as the Vice President and Associate General Counsel of Litigation and Regulatory affairs for Tyson Foods, Inc., the world's largest producer of protein products and a key strategic partner for One Egg. In his role at Tyson Foods, Robert leads a team of lawyers responsible for representing the company’s interest in a broad range of civil, criminal and administrative proceedings as well as in regulatory matters before state, federal agencies and foreign governments.
Dave Juenger — Board Member
Dave graduated with a Bachelor of Agriculture Sciences degree from Missouri State University in 1981. He is the Senior Advisor for Support Services at Cobb-Vantress, Inc. Since 2007, he has been responsible for all acquisitions, expansions, and renovations of Cobb’s infrastructure worldwide. Additionally, he manages and oversees international contracts and philanthropic efforts.
Prior to his current role, he was Director of Cobb Pedigree Operations from 1997 until 2007. Responsible for all aspects of Pedigree production pipe-line. His experience at Cobb of 20 plus years has given him a wide breadth of knowledge from poultry husbandry and farm management to distributor dealings and global expansion projects.
He currently serves on the board of directors for African Sustainable Agriculture Projects (ASAP), Zamura Feeds, Ltd. (Rwanda, Africa), Sheep Dog Impact Assistance (SDIA), and OneEgg.org.
Jefferson Miller—Board Member
Jeff is a professor of agricultural communications at the University of Arkansas in the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences. He earned his Ph.D. in agricultural education from Oklahoma State University in 2001. Since then, he has led the growth of the agricultural communications academic program at the University of Arkansas, which prepares students to work as public relations specialists and journalists in the agriculture, food, and environmental science industries. One of Jeff’s professional passions is providing international experiences for his undergraduate and graduate students. He has helped place student interns and graduate student researchers in numerous countries, including Australia, Belgium, Haiti, Rwanda, Uganda, and the United Kingdom.
Jeff began his work with OneEgg in Rwanda, where he and his students conducted research related to the OneEgg effort there. He then developed teams of nutrition researchers to conduct child nutrition studies on children receiving eggs through OneEgg in Uganda and Haiti. He also led the grant writing effort that resulted in the construction of the OneEgg-Haiti layer farm funded by Tyson Foods and Cobb Vantress.
Jeff and his wife Marci live in Springdale, Arkansas, where they and their children, Rally and Olivia, both high school sophomores, are active members of Springdale First United Methodist Church. Jeff is also on the advisory board of the University of Arkansas Wesley Foundation college ministry.
Jenise Huffman — Board Member
Jenise graduated summa cum laude and First Ranked Senior Scholar from The University of Arkansas with a degree in International Economics and Business with a minor in French and international area studies in Art History. She received the "Outstanding Graduate of the Year" award from both The Sam M. Walton College of Business and the Department of Economics.
Miss Huffman worked for Kellogg's in Chicago for a year as Senior Manager of Sales Planning and had a 10-year career with Tyson Foods as a Financial Analyst, Business Operations Analyst, Sales and Operations Planner, National Account Executive on the Wal-Mart/Sam's Club team, Competitive Intelligence Director, Director of Corporate Strategy & Development and most recently Director of Sustainability. In 2008, Miss Huffman was the only employee to receive a fellowship from Tyson Foods to work with Millennium Promise in New York City on sustainable hunger-relief strategies in The Millennium Villages in Africa. While there, Miss Huffman started a poultry project for Tyson in Rwanda with the financial assistance of philanthropist Tom Phillips. The goal of the 10,000-hen operation is to bring affordable protein to Rwandans, feed undernourished children and pregnant/nursing mothers, provide an income especially for women and be a sustainable business for the community.
Jenise Huffman is also a founding board member of African Education Resource Center (AERC), a non-profit providing scholarships to girls in Kenya to attend secondary school.