Board of Directors

C. Fredrick Cornforth    BA, MDIV
Chief Executive Officer   Chairman of the Board   Executive Board Member

Using his gifts as a visionary leader, Fred guides CDI in its continued growth and success. He has over 18 years of experience in management and oversees the operations of CDI. He has a working knowledge of funding sources, including: Federal and State Credits; HOME Funds; USDA Funds; Federal Home Loan Bank Affordable Housing Funds; Supportive Housing Funds, as well as numerous grant and donation programs.

Keith Hanson    BA in Business
Director   Member Executive Board

Keith has been with CDI from the beginning and has played a leading role in the construction of various orphanages, clinics and schools around the world. His experience in the insurance industry and leadership of various organizations allows Keith to bring a caring heart, a seasoned eye and a diverse perspective to CDI. He currently serves by traveling the globe to verify the needs of humanitarian facilities. His counsel is vital in guiding CDI to allocate resources where they do the most good. Keith enjoys spending time with his wife and family, especially his two granddaughters, and developing a hobby farm, garden, berry patch, orchard and vineyard.

Mark Carr    MDIV, PhD
Director     Member Executive Board

Dr. Mark Carr received his PHD in Religious Ethics from the University of Virginia. He has taught Clinical and Biomedical Ethics and was Co-Director of the Center of Bioethics at Loma Lina University. He then served as the chair of the Dept. of Humanities and Social Sciences at Kettering College in Dayton, OH. As one who grew up in Alaska, he is happy to be back home in Anchorage. He is the Regional Director of Ethics for Providence’s four hospitals and other associated health ministries. His family has also fished the shores of Bristol Bay, Alaska for over 30 years. His wife Colette is French and among other things, she translates books for a Swiss Christian Publishing House. He has two children, Tyler and Melissa. He has served on the board of CDI for several years and brings a rich background of governance to the board and its mission.

Twyla Leiske Bechtel    BA in Business Management
Director   Member Executive Board

Twyla has experienced a varied career in business.  While a college senior, Twyla served as the first female president of the associated student body.  After graduation, she managed an employment agency and then worked as administrative assistant in a hospital before starting independent businesses in product sales while raising her two children.  Twyla was marketing manager for Christian radio and then spent 14 years as an OR Principal Real Estate Broker and WA Real Estate Broker.  Also, she was chairman of the continuing education committee.  Twyla managed the Walla Walla University Havstad Alumni Center, where earlier she served as alumni president and alumni board chairman.  Currently, Twyla is Community Relations Coordinator for Positive Life Radio and enjoys her outreach for others.  She supports her family in their passion for mission and service.

Donald Bedney    BA, MDIV, MSA, JD (Notre Dame), CFRE
Director   Member Executive Board

Donald L. Bedney II is a native of Southern California and has a diverse work experience as a school teacher, a pastor, a departmental director in the areas of Stewardship, and as a Conference Executive Secretary and Director of Human Resources, and is now staff in the Development team of Andrews University. Don has been married to the former Elynda A. Dunn of Cleveland, Ohio for 33 years. Elynda serves as the Director of Student Financial Services at Andrews. The Bedneys are blessed with two adult sons, Donald III and Daniel, both of whom are pursuing their respective careers in the sunshine state of Florida. For recreation and relaxation, Don enjoys singing and listening to music, walking, writing, reading, golf and traveling with family and friends.

John Gavin    MSW
Director   Member Executive Board

John currently serves as the chair of the Department of Social Work and Director of the Center for Metropolitan Ministry. He teaches courses in sociology, social welfare, values and ethics, and social work methods. Previously he served as Executive Secretary for the National Voluntary Organizations active in Disaster.  As part of his work with the Center for Metropolitan Ministry he does consulting with churches and church organizations and conducts training in strategic planning, church ministry, agency and program administration, evaluation, resource development and disaster response.  Outside of his professional responsibilities, John and his wife have three daughters and enjoy sailing on the Chesapeake Bay and surrounding waterways. 

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