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Get to know the members of our Leadership Team and learn more about
their desire to serve suffering children through the local church.

Dave Phillips

Founder & President

The devastating poverty Dave witnessed at a children’s hospital in Honduras changed him forever. With a united passion to impact the next generation and help local churches build relationships with poor children in their communities, Dave and his wife Lynn founded Children’s Hunger Fund, first distributing food and aid from their garage.

Dave’s family tree includes the founders of several well-known charities, so the non-profit world was a natural fit for him. In fact, Dave’s first job after graduating from Westmont College was at a relief organization, World Opportunities International. Dave and Lynn live in Simi Valley, California with their four sons. Dave often travels overseas with his sons hoping to inspire them to service through their own personal poverty encounter.

Michael Richards

Senior Vice President

“My first trip to Indonesia broke my heart, turned my world upside down, and opened my eyes to the needs in the world. Working for CHF has taught me that nothing is impossible for God Who does astounding things!”

After faithfully serving CHF for nine years, Michael took a huge leap of faith, packed up his family, and moved to Texas to launch and expand CHF’s ministry in the Southwest. Michael married his high school sweetheart, Carrie. They live in San Antonio, Texas with their three sons.

Jason Hartung

Vice President of Finance (CFO)

Before coming to CHF, Jason spent nearly 23 years working in administrative roles in Christian higher education. Through the struggles and joys of raising four children, including one with special needs, he and his wife, Mary, experience first-hand the impact of timely demonstrations of kindness and care by God’s people. Jason is thrilled to support CHF’s efforts to help local churches love those in need in their communities. The Hartungs live in Santa Clarita, California.

Buddy Brewer

Executive Director, Operations

Buddy brings to Children’s Hunger Fund diverse experience from both corporate business and international missions work. Buddy spent 15 years working for Fortune 500 companies in the areas of sales, sales planning, sales strategy, and business analytics. Before coming to CHF, Buddy—along with his wife and two children—spent 10 years in Germany, where he worked as a pastor and church planter and even created a German-based non-profit organization. Buddy has a passion for pastors, the local church, and seeing lives transformed by the power of the gospel.

Mario Aguilar

Executive Director, Ministry Development

Mario was born in El Salvador and moved to the US in 1998. His greatest desire is to see impoverished communities treasure Jesus as the only one Who could satisfy the deepest need of their hearts. The Lord directed Mario’s vocational efforts to join the ministry of CHF in 2012. Combining his business training with his passion for the gospel, God has allowed Mario to equip churches worldwide towards a gospel-centered mercy ministry.

Mario lives in Santa Clarita, CA with his beautiful wife, Maria, and their two children.

Board of Directors

Dana Scannell

Chairman of the Board

Scannell & Wight
Organizational Psychologist/President

Steve McCormick


McCormick Construction
General Building & Consulting Contractor

Mike Trujillo


Riot Games
Senior Vice President & Treasurer

Mark Tatlock


The Master’s Academy International
President, Chairman, and Professor Global Studies/Missions

Dick Griffith

Executive Board

Money Management Concepts

Jim Wicker


J.W. Logistics, LLC
Founder & CEO

Léonce B. Crump Jr.

Renovation Church
Pastor/Business Leader

Scott Olson


Dave Phillips

Children’s Hunger Fund

Lori Young

APEX/Greenough Consulting Group
CPA Consultant

Glenn Carpenter

CC&B Investment Group Inc.
Real Estate Investor

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