People

WHRI Staff

Rebecca Mann, Interim Executive Director & Education Director
Rebecca a long-time friend of the farm.  Her first exposure to WHRI was through a Baylor class about World Food Problems in 2003. She graduated from Baylor University with a B.A. in International Studies focusing on economics.

Rebecca came to the farm in 2012 as interim Office Manager and realized the farm was a great fit for her and her family.  At the end of summer 2014, she took the position as Education and Business Director merging her previous experience working with and teaching kids with her business interests.  She oversees our Local Education program which includes on-farm education programming and school garden programs.

Recently, Rebecca stepped in to serve as Interim Executive Director as the organization begins to consider next steps after the departure of Matt Hess in early 2017,

Rebecca and her husband are glad to have returned to Waco after three years in Houston. They had their first child, Bridge, in 2013.

Patrick Lillard, Farm Operations Director

Patrick Lillard grew up among the lakes of central Texas and attended Texas A&M University, earning his B.A. in English in 2000. He then volunteered on Heifer International’s educational farm in Massachusetts for a year, which led to his “ag conversion” and a passion for learning about different farming systems. He spent a couple years traveling and working on farms in Australia and New Zealand before returning to Texas A&M to pursue his M.S. in Horticulture and a Ph.D. in International Agricultural Development. Before coming to World Hunger Relief, Patrick was at Purdue University working on an international project studying organic weed management. He currently serves as the vice president of the Texas Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association and is a member of Southern SARE’s administrative council.

 Patrick and his wife Aime are very glad to be back in their native Texas, as are their three children: Aurora, Sophia, and Rowan.

Joel Scott, Development and Outreach Director

Kelly Ezell, Training Manager

Daniel Stewart, Sales and Marketing Manager

James Fairchild, Farm Manager

Erin Williams, Administrative Assistant

Board of Directors

President: Kasey Ashenfelter

Vice President: Jo Anne Beaty

Secretary: Ivy Hamerly

Treasurer: Bell Weeden

Dee Dee Carson

Todd Stoner

Frank Drew