Meet Our Board

Our board and committees are comprised of dedicated volunteers who are committed to helping Oikocredit US promote and facilitate the global work of Oikocredit International. Our goal is to catalyze a movement supporting partnership approaches to social investing and economic ecosystems that enhance human dignity and sustainability.

Judy Andrews, President and Board Member

Judy focuses her professional law practice on nonprofit corporation law, tax-exempt organizations and public finance.  She represents nonprofit organizations on corporate and tax exemption issues including determination of tax-exempt status, legal obligations of directors, organizational structure and roles of board and staff, conversion, merger and affiliation issues, federal tax-exemption issues and special fund revenue bond financings.  She currently serves as an adjunct professor at Seattle University’s Law School, as a member of the Secretary of State’s Charities Advisory Council and as chair of the Washington State Bar Association Nonprofit Corporations Committee.  She helped found and served as the first President of Washington Attorneys Assisting Community Organizations (WAACO).  She is a graduate of Beloit College and Notre Dame Law School.

Sara Price, Vice President and Board Member

Sara is an energetic and innovative collaborator with a passion for achieving maximum potential through start-ups and commercialization, sustainable business growth and economic development. Experienced strategy practice manager & consultant focused on growth strategy, innovation and collaborative commercialization. Experienced in a variety of sectors, including energy, construction, transportation and emerging technologies. Sara is passionate about: economic empowerment, environment, health, disaster and humanitarian relief, politics, poverty alleviation, and science and technology.

Steven De Board, Treasurer and Board Member

Steven believes that community and collaborative enterprises are essential to a more peaceful and just world. He has worked with local community organizations such as the Fremont Abby Arts Center. He is working toward a degree in Computational Mathematics and holds a B.A. from the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington.

Linley Kirkwood, Secretary and Board Member

Linley Kirkwood is the Senior Operations Manager at Malaria No More, where she manages the organization’s portfolio of grants and contracts, human resources, legal and regulatory issues, and risk management, and supports the annual strategic planning process across the global MNM team. Linley has more than nine years of experience in project management for nonprofit and social impact organizations, including Habitat for Humanity and an interim coordinator role with Oikocredit US. Linley graduated summa cum laude from Villanova University and received both an MBA and an MPA from Cornell University, where she focused her graduate studies on nonprofit management, sustainable global enterprise, and managerial finance. She serves on the boards of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network Seattle and Oikocredit US. In her free time, Linley enjoys baking, traveling, and exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

John Berry, Board Member

John has been engaged in promoting financial inclusion of marginalized populations for thirty years.  John has held senior management positions internationally and John is a published author and has written numerous articles and reports on microfinance.  He speaks fluent French and Spanish and holds a master’s degree in development economics from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s degree in international relations and French from American University. After a 30 year absence, John is again based in the Pacific Northwest and committed to supporting OikoCredit's work in sustainable financial empowerment from Seattle.

Chad Toppass, Board Member

Chad Toppass has a passion for people and has made it his life mission to help others reach their full potential of leadership. He has an MBA and Certificate of Supply and Value Chain Management from Texas Christian University. He has more than 10 years of experience in the field of Customer Experience management. He currently manages the Voice of the Customer program at Nintendo of America. Prior to moving to Seattle he served as Chair of the Young Leaders Society of United Way, Tarrant County.

Katelyn Haas, Board Member

Katelyn Haas-Conrad is a Policy Analyst for the Allegheny Conference on Community Development. She joined Oikocredit as an intern in 2014 and joined the board in 2015.  She attended the AGM in Accra, Ghana in 2017 and in Noordwijkerhout, Netherlands in 2016. Her interest in Oikocredit stems from her experiences living in rural Sierra Leone where people have very little if any access at all to credit.  She completed her masters degree in Public Administration with a focus on Public and Nonprofit Management at the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.  She holds a bachelor's degree in Chemistry and Psychology from Case Western Reserve University. She also volunteers for the Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Sciences, serves as an adviser for the Beta Nu chapter of Delta Gamma at CMU and serves as a member of the session at East Liberty Presbyterian Church. She served in the Peace Corps in Sierra Leone from 2010-2012 and now lives in Pittsburgh.

Charlotte Lott, Board Member

Charlotte Lott is Associate Professor of Economics at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA.  She teaches a broad range of economics courses with her primary field of interest in economic development in Asia, Africa, Latin America.  She joined the Oikocredit Support Association Board in Western Pennsylvania in 2004 and the Oikocredit US Support Association Board in 2017.  Oikocredit’s emphasis on sharing resources and financial inclusion combines her professional and personal interests in working for a just world.  She attended the Oikocredit International 40th anniversary celebration in Bonn, Germany in 2005 and the 50th celebration in Potsdam, Germany in 2015 along with three other Oikocredit International meetings.  She has a B.A. in history and an M.L.S. (library science) from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Pittsburgh.  She is an active member of the Community of Reconciliation, an interracial and multidenominational church in Pittsburgh, PA where she resides with her husband Randy.  She has four grown children and four grandchildren. 

Rachel Reid, Board Member

Rachel has been involved with Oikocredit since 2013 and has a passion for economic empowerment. She currently works in consulting for PSI Services, which is one of the largest assessment provides in the world. She specializes in project planning, coordinating and conducting job analysis, and developing training materials. She also has helped to implement executive assessments, develop technical tests, and has consulted clients around their application processes. She has a Master’s in Public Administration with a concentration in public and nonprofit management from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh.