We are pleased to introduce you to the Senior Staff that will launch our work in the Capital Area. Please click on each individual’s name to learn more about them.

Mack McCarter
Founder of Community Renewal International

Bari Hochwald-Cagnola
Executive Assistant to the Founder/Director of Resource Development

Valentin Miafo Donfack
Director of International Relationships

John Mein
Associate Coordinator

Adam Palmer
Neighborhood Ambassador

Timothy Tilghman
Friendship House Coordinator

Dan Wagner
Director of U.S. Veterans’ Community Renewal Corps

Teshome Wakene
International Community Coordinator

Sharpel Welch
Director of Renewal Team & Friendship House Trainer

National Advisory Board of Community Renewal International

Board members with an * are residents in the Capital Area

The Honorable John & Margaret Dalton*
Chairman, CRI National Advisory Board; Former Secretary of the Navy; President, Housing Policy Council, Financial Services Roundtable

The Honorable E.C. “Pete” Aldridge*
Former Secretary of the Air Force; Chairman, President’s Commission on Moon, Mars & Beyond (Retired)

Camille Alexander*
Head of Global Sales and Distribution, BNY Mellon

Burnadine Anderson
Assistant Superintendent, Caddo Parish School System (Retired); Chief Assistant to the Mayor, City of Shreveport (Retired); Chair, CRI Board of Directors

Dr. Ray Belton
President/Chancellor, Southern University System, Baton Rouge

Michelle Briggs
Founding President and Chief Executive Officer of the Avedis Foundation, Shawnee Oklahoma (Retired)

Kix Brooks
Professional Musician, Brooks & Dunn; Host, American Country Countdown

John C. Calhoun*
Senior Consultant, U.S. Department of Justice; Founder, Former President & CEO National Crime Prevention Council

John D. & Jane Caruthers
President, I-69 Mid-Continent Highway Coalition (Retired)

Charles E. Cook, Jr. & Lucy Cook*
Editor/Publisher, The Cook Report

Dr. Ronald L. Cook
Director, Doctor of Ministry Degree Program, George W. Truett Theological Seminary, Baylor University (Retired)

Steve Danzansky*
Attorney; Former Member DC Board of Elections & Ethics; Former Director of International Economic and Cabinet Affairs for Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush; Chief of Staff, U.S. Department of Education (Retired)

Don & Sallie Davis
CEO, Rockwell International Corp. (Retired)

Linda Fuller
Co-Founder, Fuller Center for Housing and Habitat for Humanity (Retired)

Dr. W. Paul Farmer
CEO, American Planning Association (Retired)

Michael Garrison
Professor of Architecture, University of Texas School of Architecture; Cass Gilbert Teaching Fellow; Research Fellow UT-Austin Energy Institute Graduate Advisor

Robert E. Hall
Author, Consultant, Speaker, and Relationships Expert. Author of the Best Selling This Land of Strangers (2012)

Virginia Harris
President, Harris Association; former Chair of the Christian Science Board of Directors

Kathy Harrison

Dr. Jim Henderson
President, University of Louisiana System

Arthur L. Herold*
Managing Partner, Webster, Chamberlain, & Bean

Dr. Raymond A. Hicks
Former President of Grambling State University

Dr. Chris Holoman
President, Centenary College of Louisiana

Connie Currier Holoman
Senior Advisor, Council of Independent Colleges (Washington, DC)

Phillip & Mary Amelia Howell
CEO & President, The Frost Foundation

Senator J. Bennett & Mary Johnston *
Former U.S. Senator; CEO, Johnston & Associates

The Honorable Margaret G. Kibben*
Chaplain, U.S. House of Representatives; Former Chief of Chaplains of U.S. Navy

Dr. Don C. Mills
Distinguished Professor of Education & Former Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Texas Christian University (Retired)

Floyd K. Morris, Jr.
Former President of Children’s Futures, and former Senior Program Officer for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

William J. O’Brien
Chairman and CEO of O’Brien Energy

David & Claudia Oliver
David Oliver, Tax Partner with Carr, Riggs and Ingram (retired) has been volunteering as Chief Financial Advisor for CRI since 1994 . Claudia has been volunteering with CRI since 1994 as well as Founding President of the Women of CRI

Patrick Ottensmeyer
President & CEO, The Kansas City Southern Railway Company

Ravish Patwardhan, MD
Founder, Innovate Our World

Jim Reining
Senior Vice President, System Development Division, STR

Dr. Rhonda Davis Poirier & Rick Poirier
Managing Partner, Trega Partners International, LLC

Sally Prouty*
Former Senior Fellow PACE, Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement. Former Interim CEO, National Conference on Citizenship. Former CEO, The Corps Network. And Former Deputy Director, Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

The Honorable Joe R. Reeder*
Former Undersecretary of the Army; Partner, Greenberg Traurig

Dr. David Rowe
President, The Windermere Group, LLC. Former President, Centenary College

Scott & Diane Sealy
CEO, Sealy Companies

Deno Seder*
CEO, Deno Seder Productions

Steve Skrivanos
CEO, Skrivanos Engineering

David Snell
President, Fuller Center for Housing

Sterling Speirn*
Interim President and CEO of the Maine Community Foundation, Former CEO of The Kellogg Foundation, former CEO of The National Conference on Citizenship

Ralph Taylor
Chairman of the Board, Taylor Companies

David Toms
Professional Golfer; CEO, David Toms Foundation

Thomas J. Williams
President, Williams Financial Advisors

Amos Winbush, III
Founder, CEO Cyber-Synchs, LLC


Dr. Larry & Mary Ann Faulkner
President Emeritus, Houston Endowment, Inc.; President Emeritus, University of Texas

Charlie McBride
CEO, Charlie McBride Associates, Inc.

The Honorable Sean O’ Keefe
Former Secretary of the Navy; Former NASA Administrator; Former Chancellor of Louisiana State University; CEO, EADS North America

Dr. Betty Pfefferbaum, MD, J.D.
Chairman, Dept. of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, University of Oklahoma; Director, Terrorism & Disaster Center

Dr. Richard Van Horn  
Former President, University of Houston and University of Oklahoma

Steve and Nancy Walker
Regional President of Chase Bank


Don Beeler
President & CEO, Christus Santa Rosa Health System

Dr. Harry Blake
Pastor, Mt. Canaan Missionary Baptist Church Shreveport, Louisiana

Bishop Friend
Founding Bishop, Shreveport Diocese Catholic Church

The Honorable Robert C. “Bud” McFarlane*
CEO, McFarlane & Associates; Former National Security Advisor to President Ronald Reagan

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