Board of Directors

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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.

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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.

Dan Royal

MBA 

Director Member Executive Board

Dan has been on CDI’s board and several committees, almost from the very beginning. He’s also traveled worldwide on behalf of CDI and its humanitarian endeavors. He’s also keenly interested in affordable housing, given he lives in one of the most expensive regions in the US, the Greater Seattle area. He and his wife Katie (RN) have also volunteered at our Love Heals clinics both here in the US and Internationally.

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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 an 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.

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John Gavin MSW

Director Member Executive Board

As director for research and community analysis for the Center for Creative Ministry, John’s passion for providing information and resources for front-line human service and ministry is immediately apparent.  He has served as associate professor and chair for the Andrews University social work program at Washington Adventist University and director for the Center for Metropolitan Ministry.  His early work in professionalizing Adventist Community Services led to his appointment to the North American Division overseeing the disaster response, inner-city and disadvantaged areas grants program, and training programs for leaders in community services.  John’s background in organizational development, finance, fundraising, social research, and voter engagement enriches the work of the CDI Board of Directors.

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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.

Donna Collins Lewis Baton Rouge, Louisiana (2018)

Director Member Executive Board

Metro Councilwoman for the East Baton Rouge Parish and the City of Baton Rouge, she served as CDI’s housing director in Louisiana for 7 years before retiring. She previously had worked for the Baton Rouge Housing Authority, HUD in the Hurricane Katrina response, the YMCA, and among others. She’s a community servant at heart, and she has also served on the volunteer staff of several Love Heals clinics in Baton Rouge, along with her husband Cliff (public educator, and former Green Bay Packer), she’s a treasured friend to CDI and the people it serves.

Lucille Krull, RN, PhD, FNP

Director Member Executive Board

Lucy is a life-long nursing educator.  She has held the position as Dean of the School of Nursing for Walla Walla University for over 20 years.  In addition to administration of the School of Nursing on two campuses, she teaches courses such as Pathophysiology, Pharmacology and Research Methods. While she has previously lived in Massachusetts and California, she is delighted to now live in Portland, Oregon with her husband, Paul.  Lucy currently serves on several non-profit boards for organizations the serve the public.  She enjoys traveling with her family as well as reading and geocaching.  She and her family have found geocaches in 10 countries and 24 states.