ECHOcommunity Updates

Leadership Transition 2015-07-02

David Erickson

ECHO is in the midst of a leadership transition, so it has been helpful for us to remember the bedrock principles that have been critical to our past and will be essential to our future.  Undergirding everything is our desire that what we do and how we do it will bring glory to God.   We are also clear that we want to impact the lives of small-scale farmers in such a way that hunger is reduced, livelihoods are improved and that women, men and children have more opportunities to flourish.

The ways we pursue these objectives must be principled but responsive to opportunities and needs.  In the last few years, ECHO has taken bold steps to move closer to the people we seek to serve – to share with them, learn from them, and help them to connect with each other.  Our Regional Impact Centers and ECHOcommunity.org have been key elements of this strategy.  These initiatives have been blessed and we have seen tremendous impact.  In the past year alone, ECHO has had a direct impact on many thousands of people.  Through them, by their own reporting, the secondary impact has exceeded a million people.

But the needs and the opportunities are so much greater.  In early June, over 20 members of ECHO’s worldwide training staff gathered together to build our capacity to be more effective trainers – ways of preparing, delivering and reinforcing the learning process so that beneficial plants, practices and technologies will be better understood, applied and shared.  It was a humbling, challenging and inspiring time.  The lessons learned are already being incorporated into our work around the world…and we’ve just begun!

Stan Doerr has served as President/CEO for 9 years and was instrumental in the “globalization” of ECHO’s outreach.  After reflecting on this Stan stated:

For some time now, I have been praying about what is next, for what I see as the last 10 years of my career. Much of the leadership training I have participated in suggests that it is best, but rarely seen, to change organizational leadership during a time of strong growth to minimize the negative impact leadership change often creates.”

Though he will be missed, the Board has unanimously accepted Stan’s resignation from the role of President/CEO and a succession plan has been implemented

The Board has appointed David Erickson, ECHO’s Chief Organizational Development Officer, as Interim President/CEO. For the past five years, we have been privileged to have him lead ECHO’s international engagement and advance our strategic development.  Mr. Erickson has nearly 30 years of executive leadership experience including 10 years leading international operations of development organizations. David earned his Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard University and undergraduate degrees from the University of Minnesota. He is married to Jennifer and they have been blessed with two children and three grandchildren.

In accepting his appointment, David observed that:

Over the past few years, my respect for the gifts, experience and faithfulness of ECHO’s worldwide staff has only grown.  I am also very grateful for the privilege that we have of partnering with extraordinary people and organizations all around the world.  Together we are making a difference in the lives of millions of women, men, children and communities.  I look forward to embracing the challenges and opportunities of our future together.

Thank you all for your engagement with ECHO and for making a positive difference in the lives of others.

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Upcoming events

Tropical Agricultural Development I: The Basics
Mon, 27 July 2015 » Fri, 31 July 2015

ECHO Campus, United States

Course Description: Those interested in preparing for short/long-term involvement in agricultural development internationally  are encouraged to participate in this one-week course held four times a year. Course participants will gain an introduction to aspects of poverty and community development and an orientation to ECHO. They will also receive instruction on proven agricultural principles/practices and practical techniques, systems and technologies to meet agricultural and nutritional nee...

Tropical Agriculture Development II: Appropriate Technology
Mon, 17 August 2015 » Fri, 21 August 2015

ECHO Campus, United States

This intermediate class is geared toward experienced overseas workers with involvement in agricultural development or those who have participated in Tropical Agricultural Development I. This is a week-long course offered at the ECHO farm in North Fort Myers, Florida. Course attendees will participate in an in-depth look at new and different subjects that will be announced after the first of the year. This course is a combination of small classroom instruction, hands-on work on the farm, visit...

ECHO Asia Agriculture and Community Development Conference
Tue, 6 October 2015 » Fri, 9 October 2015

Holiday Garden Hotel, Thailand

The 5th Biennial ECHO Asia Agriculture and Community Development Conference will be happening from October 6-9, 2015 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The theme for this conference will be “Equipping Workers.” ECHO Asia is looking forward to bringing together a wide and diverse assemblage of NGO workers, agriculture missionaries, development agents, farmers, and organizations from across Asia for a time of mutual learning and encouragement that will bring forth an abundance of practical ap...

Health, Agriculture, Culture & Community Course
Mon, 12 October 2015 » Fri, 16 October 2015

ECHO Campus, United States

This workshop is for MedSend qualified applicants only.  It is designed to enable Christian health & community development personnel to help people improve their own health, agriculture, & nutrition through understanding & applying scientific, biblical, & culturally appropriate principles, and making behavior changes necessary for transformational development.  

Best Practices in Areas of Conflict
Tue, 3 November 2015 » Fri, 6 November 2015

Christus Center - Arua, Uganda

  Greetings! You are cordially invited to join us for the ECHO East Africa Best Practices in Areas of Conflict Symposium 2015. We hope that you will make time to gather with us at this very important and effective meeting. It will be a valuable time of learning, information sharing and networking for those working and serving in the East Africa Region. This symposium will be held at Christus Center in Arua, Uganda. Best Practices in Areas of Conflict is aimin...

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