Our Team

Executive Leadership

Department Directors

  • Dr. George Beals, Director of Strategic Development
  • Heather Beatty, Director of Rural Development and Child Sponsorship Program
  • Keith Norris, Director of Water & Sanitation
  • Dr. Phil Smart, Director of Church Engagement
  • Wayne Macbeth, Director of Church Engagement
  • Gabrielle Crofford, Communications Director
  • Dylan Moses, Director of Information Technology

Country Directors


  • Kim Rankens, Short-term Team Coordinator
  • Haley Clark, Sierra Leone Clinical Supervisor
  • Abigail Brougher, Donor Relations Coordinator
  • Lindsey Smart, Development Coordinator

Team Biographies

John Lyon

President of World Hope International

As President of World Hope International (WHI), John Lyon brings substantial global developmental experience and has served WHI for many years. Prior to being elected as President by the WHI Board of Directors in September 2013, John was VP of Programs/Director of International Programs. He has been an advocate and volunteer for the organization for 13 years and served on the board for over four years. As a WHI volunteer, John was instrumental in executing several projects, including the redevelopment of the Caribbean Wesleyan College in Savanna-la-Mar, Jamaica, the development of a water and sanitation plan for WHI concepts in La Ceiba, Honduras and a water and sanitation plan for WHI programs in Sierra Leone.

Prior to his service at WHI, John had a long career in law. He practiced at the international law firm WilmerHale for seven years, during which he helped WHI develop its microfinance program, the First Step Special Economic Zone in Sierra Leone, and Africa Felix Juice in Sierra Leone. John also worked with Houghton College, First Step and Africa Felix Juice to develop WHI’s Outgrowers program. He has also served the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Missouri as a Law Clerk for various units and departments.

In addition to a compelling law and non-profit career, John also served as a water and sanitation volunteer for the Peace Corps from 1998 to 2000. During his service, he organized a community-based construction committee and raised $210,000 for a primary school in St. Leonards, Jamaica, and also helped to raise awareness and capital for a typhoid-proof latrine model.

John earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Sociology and Political Science from Houghton College and his JD from the University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law. John is a licensed law practitioner in the state of Missouri and the District of Columbia.

He currently resides in Alexandria, Virginia with his wife and two children.

Gayle Rietmulder

Vice President of Finance/Chief Financial Officer

Gayle Rietmulder joined World Hope International in 2011 with a wealth of non-profit experience, having served in leadership roles for more than 16 years with organizations such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Habitat for Humanity.

She has also served on several non-profit boards that address the needs of the poor and disadvantaged as board chair and treasurer. Prior to working for non-profit organizations, Gayle held top financial positions with a variety of companies, restaurants and manufacturers.

Gayle holds an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the Pennsylvania State University and a Masters in Organizational Leadership from Woodbury University. She is a licensed C.P.A. in the State of California and is a member of the Nonprofit Committee of the California Society of CPAs.

Alison Padget, Ph.D

Vice President of Programs, World Hope International

Dr. Alison Padget currently serves as the Vice President of Programs at World Hope International managing all of WHI’s programs and their effectiveness.

Dr. Padget brings an impressive background in anti-trafficking, data collection, international program development, grant proposal writing and nutrition program development to her role.
Prior to joining World Hope, Dr. Padget served in various roles at NetHope in London. From 2011-2014, she was the Deputy Chief of Party for NetHope’s USAID Global Broadband and Innovations Alliance where she led the rural broadband access and infrastructure program working to solve development challenges through technology. She also managed operations and finance for the Global Broadband and Innovations Alliance from 2011-2012.
Before joining NetHope, Dr. Padget served as a monitoring and evaluation specialist for The Bell Group where she led efforts for a multi-state underage drinking program developed by Mothers Against Drunk Driving.Dr. Padget earned a Doctorate Degree in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Texas at Austin and her Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. 

Dr. George Beals

Director of Strategic Development

Before joining the staff of World Hope International in March 2014, George served for 25 years as the missions pastor of his local church. His role was to help the church to strategize their role in the Great Commission, which often led them to partner with World Hope International. George completed a doctorate degree at Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, studying relief and development. Currently he serves on the Lausanne Movement Business as Mission Think Tank. George is a Kern Fellow at the Acton Institute, and the founder of the Missions Pastor Forum for West Michigan which brings together mission pastors from many churches to exchange ideas.

George earned his undergraduate degree at Northwest Nazarene University, and his master’s degree at Seattle Pacific University. George and his wife have been married for many wonderful years and have two adult sons.

Heather Beatty

Director of Rural Development/Hope for Children Program Director

Heather holds an undergraduate degree in Social Work and a Masters in Business Administration from Anderson University. She also received a Masters in Social Work, specializing in Community Development, from Boston University.

After graduate school, Heather opened a children’s retail store that focused not only on selling children’s items but helping low-income mothers pursue a college education. Heather has also taught entrepreneurship classes at a local college and helped found a non-profit organization that focused on providing quality housing for low-income families in her county. In 2005, Heather began to volunteer at WHI and has been passionate ever since about empowering the poor through community based development.

Keith Norris

Director of Water and Sanitation

Keith Norris joined World Hope International as a Program Director in 2004, bringing significant on-the-ground experience in rural development and education. Prior to joining WHI, Keith worked in the field of construction for four years managing a subcontracting business. During his seven years living in Indonesia, Keith founded Lembaga Harapan Sejahtera, a local organization focusing on economic development and childhood education. The organization later became the implementing arm of WHI in Indonesia. Keith also taught in the Wesleyan School of Theology and served on the Board of Directors at the Indonesian Wesleyan Church.

Prior to Indonesia, Keith lived in Australia for four years, serving on the pastoral staff at the Wesleyan Methodist Church in Toowoomba, Australia and on the founding Board of Directors of World Hope Australia. He is an ordained minister in The Wesleyan Church. Since coming to WHI, Keith has overseen various rural development projects focused on clean water, food security and school construction. Specifically, Keith oversaw WHI’s housing reconstruction project after the 2004 Asian tsunami, and, under his direction, has helped WHI construct more than 800 water wells for rural communities. Today, Keith oversees WHI’s Water and Sanitation program, as well as the holistic Village Partnership rural community development program. Keith holds an undergraduate degree from Asbury College and a Masters in Philosophy from the University of Kentucky and a Masters in Cross-Cultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary.

Dr. Phil Smart

Director of Church Engagement

Phil brings an eclectic background to his role at World Hope International. He has served 10 years as a missionary to Brazil, worked as an International Business Manager and has served in various pastoral positions, most recently, as the Global Outreach Pastor for Kentwood Community Church. These varying experiences and insights have helped him understand and relate to churches and leaders regarding relief and development and the many ways that partnerships can be established and advanced.

Phil has traveled to over 50 countries, speaks fluent Portuguese, recently completed the Chicago Marathon and has authored the book By Any Means.  Through the John Maxwell EQUIP institute he has taught leadership seminars in seven different countries.  Phil has a love for learning about different cultures, advocating for those who are marginalized or experiencing injustices, and enjoys music, snow skiing, table-tennis and sports cars. His favorite cities are: Rio de Janeiro, Cape Town, San Francisco and Amsterdam.

Phil earned his Doctorate in Leadership and Global Perspective from George Fox Seminary and his Master’s degree from Golden Gate Seminary. His bachelors was awarded to him at Southwest Baptist University in Missouri, where he met and married LeAnn. They like exploring new ethnic restaurants, Broadway shows and traveling.  Phil is grateful for their three grown children and two granddaughters and is especially thankful to be working for an agency that advocates for the millions who are less fortunate.

Daniel Chavango

Country Director, Mozambique

Currently a Co-Director for World Hope International, Mozambique, Daniel first joined the team in 2004, coming on board as Program Manager. Though born and raised in the province of Maputo, in the Southeastern region of Mozambique, Daniel received his secondary education in Swaziland before graduating from Wesleyan Bible College in Xai-Xai, where he was then ordained as a pastor. He is currently working on a second degree in Business Management at St. Thomas's University of Mozambique.

Saidu Kanu

Country Director, Sierra Leone

A native Sierra Leonean, Saidu Kanu brings an abundance of knowledge and depth of passion to his position as World Hope International’s Sierra Leone Country Director, a position he has held for over 14 years. As Country Director, Saidu has overseen the drilling of clean water wells, the development of Village Partnerships, the creation of WHI’s Trafficking in Persons Recovery Center, and the establishment of village parent groups fighting trafficking through prevention education. Saidu additionally worked with Houghton College and First Step Special Economic Zone to establish WHI’s Outgrowers Project to connect rural Sierra Leonean farmers with an international supply chain.

Prior to his tenure with WHI, Saidu was employed by the Wesleyan Church of Sierra Leone –where his positions ranged from National Youth Director to National Secretary. Saidu has consulted for a number of international organizations, including Associates in Rural Development, Tear Fund UK and Community Hope Trust Fund. Alongside his current position as WHI Country Director, Saidu also serves as the Director of Projects for the Rotary Club of Freetown.

Saidu received his Bachelor of Arts and Master’s Degrees in Education from Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone in Freetown.

Talmage Payne

Country Director, Cambodia

Mr. Talmage Payne is a humanitarian entrepreneur and INGO leader. He is the founder of a number of social ventures. Talmage has lived in South East Asia most of his adult life serving in both non-profit and for profit social impact sector. For nearly a decade Talmage was global CEO of Hagar International (protection and recovery of survivors of human trafficking), and helped establish Hagar in nine countries using their integrated non-profit and for profit model.

Prior to Hagar Talmage served with World Vision for fifteen years including Asia Regional relief roles, Country Director for World Vision Cambodia and the founding Chair of VisionFund Cambodia. The Royal Cambodian Government has recognised his humanitarian work numerous times including twice receiving the People’s Medal as well as the Royal Order of Sahametri. Talmage has BA in Economic Development from Wheaton College.

Carrie Jo Cain

Program Manager, Isolation Facility and Infection Control

Bio coming soon!

Scott Drury

Development Advisor

Bio coming soon!