Doug Carlson M.D.
Dr. Carlson is a retired ophthalmologist living in Stillwater, MN. He received his BA degree from Bethel University and his MD and residency training at the University of Minnesota. He has served as managing partner of a large ophthalmology practice as well as chief of staff and board member of Lakeview hospital. He has participated in numerous medical and surgical mission trips to the developing world with the goal of creating permanent eye centers operated and run by doctors and staff native to that country. He has three children and eight grandchildren.
“God has called us to care for the poor and ECHO provides the opportunity to be the hands of Christ in reducing hunger and improving the lives of the poor.”
Board Vice Chairman
Ron earned his bachelor’s degree from Bethel University in psychology and social studies education.
He and his wife joined the Peace Corps and served in India beginning in 1966. He then did additional graduate work at the University of St. Thomas and was awarded an honorary doctorate from the College of Charleston.
Along with his successful career in the investment industry, Ron joined ECHO’s Board of Directors in 2010 and became ECHO’s Board Chairman from 2012-2016.
As a former Peace Corps Volunteer and Director of the Peace Corps, Ron understands the reality of food insecurity in the world today. His recognition of these needs, coupled with his deep faith, have fueled Ron’s passion to advance ECHO’s impact, reducing hunger and improving lives worldwide.
Dennis R. Morrow. Ph.D
Denny Morrow, Ph.D. is the President/CEO of Renewal Associates (a coaching & training organization for licensed professionals). He is the former Executive Director of Daystar University’s U.S. office and a lifelong Educator. His international experience also includes Associate Executive Director of ReachGlobal and principal of Hong Kong International School. He and his wife, Pat, are parents of three adult children. They live in Minneapolis, MN.
Orlando Logelin has been associated with ECHO since 1992, serving numerous terms on the ECHO Board. In 2005, he stepped off the board and joined the ECHO staff as Director for Planned Giving Services and Personal Assistant to the President and CEO. Orlando is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, earning a Bachelor's degree in Education and a Master's degree in Educational Psychology. Upon completing his studies at the University, he served in the St. Paul Educational System teaching architecture and mathematics.
In 1969, he entered the nonprofit world and established Planned Giving services for numerous organization. During his career, he has served as National Director of Financial Planning for the Christian Broadcasting Network , Vice President for Development at Every Home for Christ, Executive Vice President for the Assemblies of God Foundation and at numerous churches.
Orlando and his wife Marcy have three daughters and five grandchildren and reside in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.
Kathryn A. Witt, Ph.D, RD/N
Kay Witt teaches nutrition at Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania. She completed her undergraduate work at Hope College in Holland, Michigan, a M.S. in Exercise Physiology from Purdue University, and a PhD in human nutrition from The Ohio State University. She is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist who especially enjoys learning and teaching about maternal and child nutrition and community health. Kay and her husband Bill live in Dillsburg, Pennsylvania and have two children.
"I am excited by the way in which ECHO brings a diverse group of people together to work towards locally sustainable solutions for the problems leading to poverty and hunger"
Laura Meitzner Yoder, Ph.D
Laura Meitzner Yoder is Director of the Human Needs and Global Resources program and Professor of Environmental Studies at Wheaton College, Illinois. She has taught in state universities in Papua and post-tsunami Aceh, Indonesia, and led field-based sustainability education programs in Bhutan, Thailand, and Indiana. Her research centers on policies and practices of land and forest control in Southeast Asia, especially Indonesia and Timor-Leste. She holds degrees in Biology from Messiah College, International Agriculture and Rural Development from Cornell University, and a Ph.D in Forestry and Environmental Studies from Yale University.
Dr. Robert Petterson
Dr. Robert Petterson is president of Power Story, Inc. He moved to Naples from New York City, where he was the East Coast President of Mastermedia International, a ministry to film and television executives in Hollywood and New York City. Bob earned his Masters of Divinity degree from Covenant Theological Seminary in 1974 and received his D.Min from Fuller Seminary in 1985. He has previously served as the Pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Tulsa, Oklahoma from 1974-1993 and later at Christ Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC) in Houston, Texas till 2000. Most recently he is the former Senior Pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Naples, Florida.
Rod Sebastian is a USDA Risk Management Specialist in St. Paul, MN. He earned a Master’s degree in Agricultural and Applied Economics from the University of Minnesota. While operating a grain and hay farm in Northwest Iowa, Rod self-financed his undergraduate studies in Agricultural Business at Iowa State University. He responded to God’s call to become involved in agricultural missions by first visiting ECHO’s Global Farm and completing Tropical Agricultural Development (TAD) training courses offered by ECHO. When participating in a charity bicycle tour in Burundi, Africa, Rod had the opportunity to share a thumb drive from an ECHO TAD course with a development worker. The worker later followed up with how he was putting the information into practice. Rod says, “The excitement of his response spoke volumes to me of the value that ECHO provides to agricultural development work worldwide.”