Frank joined the Fields of Life family in July 2017 in the role of Executive Director, USA. This appointment marks a very exciting step for Fields of Life and we are excited for the new opportunities it will bring. We thought you should get to know Frank a little bit better…
Tell us a bit about yourself:
I’ve been married to my best friend, Cathy, for 35 years and we have a son, Sean, and a daughter, Kara, who is married to Dan. We live in Portland, Oregon, in the beautiful Pacific Northwest region of the United States where we enjoy exploring the ocean beaches and mountains. I also enjoy travel, cooking (and eating), square dancing and researching family heritage (Irish, English and German).
I’ve worked in non-profit management and fundraising for 25 years in international aid organizations, universities and hospitals.
Tell us a fun fact:
Just out of university, my wife and I spent a year as short-term missionaries teaching English and supporting a church in Nagoya, Japan.
When did you first get involved with Fields of Life and Why?
While leading another organization that served children in East Africa, I met Richard and some of the trustees via Skype. I then visited the headquarters team in Belfast while on vacation last year. I was so impressed with Field of Life’s focus, integrity and positive impact in people’s lives that I decided to help re-ignite the US organization, first as a board member and now as US executive director.
What is your favourite thing about your job?
I love helping people see the ways we can connect their interests and passions with Fields of Life’s priorities to make a positive difference for children and families in East Africa through local Christian partnerships.
What’s been the most exciting thing since you started?
Obtaining non-profit status for the US office and learning more about the projects and programs that make Fields of Life’s mission so unique.
What 3 words would you use to describe yourself?
Initiator, Compassionate, Listener