Board of Directors, Foundation 4 Orphans

Rev. Wayne Lavender, Ph.D.
Executive Director F4O

Wayne Lavender is a United Methodist pastor dedicated to creating a world of peace and justice for all people. The author of 5 books, his newest book, Who Will Care for the Orphan: If You Are A United Methodist, It Could Be You will be available December 1, 2015.  Wayne served as a professor at the University of Human Development in the Kurdish city of Sulaymaniyah in northern Iraq from 2011-2012—and an adjunct professor at both Virginia Wesleyan College and Drew University. A native of Ridgefield, Connecticut, Wayne ministered at several churches throughout the area and received the esteemed Harry E. Denman Award in 2004 from the United Methodist Church for his outstanding leadership and service to the church. He earned his college degree at Drew University, two Masters degrees from the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California, and a Ph.D. from the School of Public Policy at George Mason University.

Lance Wolf
President and Managing Director, F4O

Lance Wolf is an independent consultant in the pharmaceutical industry specializing in project management of strategic and global information systems. He has worked for companies such as Merck, where he implemented a global system monitoring and reporting on all adverse events for products worldwide; and RadPharm, where he developed and implemented systems supporting several new drug applications for cancer treatments. Most recently, Lance managed the Catalent Pharma Solutions initiative to create a standardized global Laboratory Information Management System for more than 20 laboratory sites in the US, Europe, South America and Asia. He holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Drew University and a M.S. in Management of Information System from New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Coreena D’Alessandro
Vice President, F4O

Coreena D’Alessandro is an accomplished aroma therapist, teacher and Reiki Master. She finds peace through yoga and meditation and connecting with nature. In addition to her volunteer efforts with various local organizations and family, Coreena spends her downtime cooking her favorite vegetarian dishes.

Rev. Stephen Wall-Smith, Ph.D.
Treasurer, F4O

Steve Wall-Smith is a retired UMC pastor and staff corps Captain from the U.S. Navy Reserve with more than 25 years of experience helping service members and families choose and maintain positive values and healthy lifestyles. He is currently employed as a learning specialist with a Navy contractor in Norfolk, VA, and also serves as the pastor of a local United Methodist Church. Steve is a former adult education curriculum writer and facilitator of college and continuing education courses. In addition, he has served as the academic assessment officer for several higher education institutions. Steve received his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and earned graduate certificates from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Naval War College, Joint Forces Staff College, and Naval Postgraduate School.

Bonnie Shepherd
Secretary, F4O

Bonnie Shepherd is a Business Executive at Spark Modern Fires in Bethel, Connecticut. She has a passion for helping children in developing world countries to receive an education, and makes contributions to assist with tuition needs. Bonnie serves as Secretary on the Board of Directors for the Mozambique Orphanage Fund and is a recipient of the Harry Denman Evangelism Award for her leadership in the United Methodist Church. She received the 2004 “Citizen of the Year” award by the General Assembly – State of Connecticut through the Rotary Club of New Milford.

Hardi Kamali
Kurdish Region, Iraq, Project Manager

Hardi Kamali is a humanitarian support worker who currently serves as a reporter and program coordinator for the United Nations World Food Program (UNWFP). In this role, he assists refugees in Iraq who have fled from both the Syrian Civil War and ISIS. Raised as an orphan himself, Hardi has been committed to his work with orphans since 2009, and has volunteered his services to the Foundation 4 Orphans since 2013. He holds a Bachelors degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Human Development in Sulaymaniyah, Iraq.

Mimi Wood
At-Large Director, F4O

Mimi Wood is an accomplished Human Resources leader with 25+ years of combined work experience in not-for-profit, for-profit and publicly traded companies. Most recently Mimi worked for MasterCard developing and implementing the people strategy for acquired organizations, enhancing MasterCard’s product capabilities in the digital, mobile, loyalty, processing and consulting spaces. Outside of work, Mimi is passionate about giving back and volunteers her time supporting organizations that focus primarily on the needs of women and children. Aside from F40, Mimi has volunteered her time with organizations such as Girls Scouts, Africa University, Jesse Lee Memorial United Methodist Church, Appalachia Service Project and the local Dorothy Day Hospitality House. In addition, Mimi is on the board of Evercare, a New York based non-profit organization committed to the growth and development of community-based programs that keep those under its care safe and healthy in their own homes.

Dieudonne Karihano
Project Coordinator, Mozambique, F4O

Dieudonne Karihano, who studied agriculture at Africa University, began his work in Mozambique in 2001 as a agriculturalist with the United Methodist Church’s program, Hope for the Children of Africa. Eventually he applied for and was accepted in to the General Board of Global Ministries Missionary program. Originally from Burundi, Dieudonne was the long time agriculturalist growing food for the children of the Carolyn Beleshe Orphanage and teaching them agricultural techniques.  Now he is expanding into construction work and evaluates ongoing projects and new sites on behalf of Foundation 4 Orphans in Mozambique.

David Black
At-Large Director, F4O

David Black has recently retired as president of Eastern University, having previously served as president of Lakeland College in Wisconsin and as vice president, dean and professor at three other universities. He holds the B.S., M.S., and PhD degrees from Lee University, the University of Tennessee and Ohio University, respectively. During his presidency, a 2300 student Eastern College grew into a 4400 student doctoral-granting university with a residential college of arts and sciences, an honors college, a college of graduate and professional studies, an urban junior college, a seminary, and three research centers.

He has been married to Valerie for forty-five years. They have two married sons named Christopher and Justin and a granddaughter named Emerson.