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.
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