Board of Directors

Jim Agnello joined the JBFC Board in 2009.

Jim Agnello joined the JBFC Board in 2009.

Jim Agnello joined the JBFC Board in 2009. He was elected Board President in 2014. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Information Systems and Programming from Iona College and a Masters and Professional Degree from the City University of New York in Counseling. He has spent his career as a high school educator and counselor in New York and coaches Varsity Cross Country running in the fall and Varsity Ski team in the winter. He travels to JBFC and Nicaragua with his students yearly. He is a member of the Bridges to Community Board and The State University of New York's System wide Enrollment Management Board. He is also a certified Emergency Medical Technician - EMT-D.
Kristin Bender joined the JBFC Board in 2008.

Kristin Bender joined the JBFC Board in 2008.

She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. She went onto receive an M.B.A. in Marketing from the University of Colorado. Kristin and her husband live in Tulsa, Oklahoma and are the proud parents of  Jonathan, Lizzie, and Torie, who‘ve all visited Tanzania and volunteered at JBFC. Kristin serves on the Board of Directors for Tulsa Opera and St. Simeon’s Foundation.
Ron Gates joined the JBFC Board in 2006.

Ron Gates joined the JBFC Board in 2006.

He received his Bachelor's Degree in Business in 1981 from the University of Colorado. A 20 year veteran in the technology industry. Gates spent much of his career as President of MasterMind Internet Services, providing internet access to schools and libraries.  He is currently working with Law Enforcement & Correctional facilities to graphically track offender's locations via GPS tracking.  Ron, and his wife Carene have been married for 28 years and have two sons, Nicholas and JBFC Founder & Executive Director Christopher.
Andy Paul joined the JBFC Board in 2011.

Andy Paul joined the JBFC Board in 2011.

He is the co-founder and Managing Partner of EEF. Mr. Paul has been actively engaged in private equity and venture capital investing for 28 years, primarily focused on healthcare services. Prior to EEF, Mr. Paul spent 16 years at Welsh Carson Anderson & Stowe ("WCAS") where he was a Managing General Partner. After retiring from WCAS in 2000, Mr. Paul focused his energies on investing in small capitalization companies and in 2005, he co-founded EEF. He is the most senior member of EEF's Investment Committee. Mr. Paul serves on the Board of Directors of Correctional Healthcare Companies, Guardian Healthcare, Aphena Pharma Solutions, NextCare Urgent Care, and MedTest. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Cathy Herrin joined the JBFC Board in 2011.

Cathy Herrin joined the JBFC Board in 2011.

She is a native Tulsan, who attended Holland Hall School from kindergarten through 12th grade. Upon graduation in 1976 she went to Pepperdine University where she graduated with a Liberal Arts degree and an Elementary Teaching Certificate.  Exposure to the Montessori method of teaching during her high school intern program led Cathy to get a Montessori teaching certificate from the Santa Monica Montessori Institute.  From 1983-2002 she worked for Tulsa’s Undercroft Montessori School as a Primary and Lower Elementary teacher as well as a PE and substitute teacher. She also served on the school board as well as vice president of the Parent-Teacher Association. In 2002, after the death of her mother, she took over the management of the family’s oil and gas mineral properties. She is a current member of the National Association of Royalty Owners and has served on the board of the Oklahoma chapter. Cathy is married to Steve Herrin and have two children, Sam and Catie. Her daughter, Catie, first went to Africa the summer of 2009 and in 2010 Cathy went with Catie excited to help with the new school.  
Cindi Gortner joined the JBFC Board in 2011

Cindi Gortner joined the JBFC Board in 2011

She holds a bachelors degree in Economics from UC Berkeley and an MBA from UCLA. She spent many years as a Marketing Director at Nestle USA where her last project was to develop and launch Nestle Flipz, a chocolate covered pretzel. She is currently the Executive Director of Haiti Healthcare Partners which funds a health clinic in rural Haiti serving 6,000 annually. She was also awarded Volunteer of the Year by her hometown of Oak Park, CA for her work heading up the school district’s wellness policy development. She is the mother of three children. Her oldest, Devyn Gortner, spent a month at JBFC last summer and is one of the student ambassadors. Cindi is also Ron Gates’ first cousin.

Ed Nunelee joined the JBFC Board in 2006.

He is a graduate of the University of Arkansas, majoring in Accounting.  After a tour in the United States Air Force serving as a pilot reaching the rank of Captain, he returned to civilian life in Tulsa.  He worked with Warren Petroleum and later joined IBM.  He spent 33 years with IBM in Sales and Marketing retiring in 1989.  Ed became a consultant to Wal-Mart stores and retired again in 1993.  He is married to Anne (51 years) and they enjoy having four children as well as nine grandchildren.  He presently spends time caring for the family rental properties.  He enjoys playing golf, skiing and being a spectator of all sports. 

Lindsay Fick joined the JBFC Board in 2006.

She is the President/CEO of Saint Simeon’s, a continuing care retirement community, in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Prior to Saint Simeon’s Lindsay held positions in both the oil and gas, and telecommunications industries in Houston, Chicago and London.  Lindsay holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Colorado, majoring in accounting.  Lindsay is married and finds great joy in her role as a grandmother!  Lindsay’s service on the Board of JBFC is a highlight in her years of volunteer and Board appointments.
Sophie Oppenheimer joined the JBFC board in 2013.

Sophie Oppenheimer joined the JBFC board in 2013.

Sophie received a dual Master’s degree from Tufts University in Public Health (Epidemiology and Biostatistics) and in Food Policy and Applied Nutrition (International Nutrition Interventions). She has been working as a Program Evaluation Consultant since 2010 with various non-profit organizations focusing on food security, health, nutrition and education, and joined Spark Policy Institute as a Research Associate in 2014. Her main interest is in using evaluations as a tool to translate research into practice in order to improve program implementation, fundraising efforts, and organizational capacity for clients. Sophie also co-founded Sustainable Empowerment and Economic Development Services (SEEDS) with her brothers Eric and Luke, a company that focuses on using sustainable food production through permaculture and agroforestry as a means of improving project sustainability for organizations in domestic and international settings. She has working with JBFC since 2011 and has visited the campus several times, helping to improve food security and nutrition for the JBFC family.