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Meet Our President, Richard Stearns

Rich has brought strong leadership and oversight to World Vision U.S. since 1998, when he left his position as CEO of Lenox to follow what he felt as a distinct call from God on his life. Prior to his tenure at Lenox, Stearns was CEO of Parker Brothers Games.

He holds a B.A. in neurobiology from Cornell University and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. In 2009, Stearns was appointed to the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

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Meet Our President, Richard Stearns

Rich Stearns is pictured here with his wife, Reneé, and a student at a primary school in Zambia.

Meet Our Leadership Team

World Vision U.S. Officers

Larry Probus

Larry Probus:
Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President, Strategic Solutions

Larry Probus provides oversight and direction for World Vision’s financial, information technology, legal, and corporate service functions. He came to World Vision in 2003 with more than 25 years of experience in public accounting and corporate finance.

Probus graduated from Western Kentucky University and is a certified public accountant. His previous experience includes serving as a supervisor at Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) and SVP of Brown-Forman Corporation, whose leading brands included Lenox, Gorham, and Jack Daniel’s. His broad range of responsibilities at Brown-Forman included accounting, treasury, tax, and investor relations.

In addition to his role as CFO of World Vision U.S., Probus served as interim CFO for the global partnership of World Vision from 2006 to 2008. In 2009, he was recognized as CFO of the Year for nonprofit organizations in Washington state.

He currently serves as a council member for the Not-for-Profit Advisory Committee of the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB). Since 2010, Probus has also provided oversight as the organization’s accountable executive for water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) programs. World Vision is now the largest nongovernmental provider of clean water in the developing world, bringing clean water to more than 2 million beneficiaries in 2014.

Joan Mussa

Joan Mussa:
Senior Vice President, Mobilization

Joan Mussa provides World Vision U.S. with leadership and insight in the areas of fundraising, communications, donor relations, and church relations. She holds a B.A. in psychology from Augsburg College and an M.A. in telecommunications from the University of Michigan.

Mussa has extensive experience across a variety of communications fields. She joined World Vision in 1985 as the first female videographer in Ethiopia to raise awareness of the food crisis that would become a historic famine, and she provided support throughout Africa before coming to work in the United States office in 1988.

In 2004, Mussa was named senior vice president for Advocacy and Communications, with fundraising added to her portfolio five years later. In her tenure with World Vision, she has provided brand leadership and overseen the development of advocacy and government relations initiatives, the creation of award-winning print and electronic communications, and the launch of a $500 million campaign. She has been an advocate for women in philanthropy and leadership, as well as spearheading other groundbreaking communications and marketing efforts.

Mussa currently serves on the board of directors for VisionFund, World Vision’s microfinance subsidiary.

Christine Talbot

Christine Talbot:
Senior Vice President, Human Resources

Christine Talbot serves as the head of human resources for World Vision U.S., overseeing more than 1,100 employees across the country. She joined World Vision in 2015 and leads the organization’s human capital strategies and programs to facilitate a culture of individual and team performance, while also partnering on key transformation initiatives resulting from changing business needs.

Talbot has more than 25 years’ broad experience in human resources leadership, with a focus on building staff capability and navigating change. Before coming to World Vision, she was vice president of human resources at Kaiser Permanente, working to support Kaiser’s business and shared services functions.

Most recently, Talbot provided operations leadership for Kaiser Permanente’s National Diversity and Inclusion department and for related initiatives that promoted care and health for diverse communities. Prior to Kaiser Permanente, Talbot worked at both Qwest and AT&T, with a focus on providing HR support to technology teams.

Earning a B.A. in psychology from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, Talbot also completed graduate coursework in human resources at Benedictine University. While at Kaiser Permanente, she participated in an executive education program at Harvard University. She has long been active in supporting the career development of women, and she volunteers with college students to help them discover how faith informs their vocation and work.

Chris Glynn

Chris Glynn:
Senior Vice President, Transformational Engagement

Chris Glynn provides oversight to World Vision teams responsible for the acquisition and distribution of resources from corporations, including cash funds, product donations, and service-in-kind donations. He also leads World Vision’s major gift philanthropy and U.S. programs teams, and he is the chair of World Vision’s Campaign For Every Child.

In his role, Glynn is responsible for creating dynamic partnerships that result in significant investments of time, talent, and treasure, and facilitating lasting change in the lives of children, families, and communities around the world, as well as World Vision supporters.

Glynn joined World Vision in 2010 after 25 years of for-profit leadership roles in sales, operations, customer service, and total quality management. Glynn is uniquely gifted at leading organizations to deliver superior results, while creating an environment where individuals can reach their personal potential.

In his role at World Vision, Glynn is continually working to help his team enhance operations on behalf of the children and donors World Vision serves. Over the last four years, Glynn has led World Vision’s fundraising teams to a 60-plus percent growth in cash donations, while reducing fundraising expenses by more than one-third.

A Master Lean/Six Sigma Black Belt, Glynn holds a BBA in management from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and an MBA with a concentration in strategic quality management from Eastern Michigan University.

Kent Hill

Kent Hill:
Senior Vice President, International Programs

Kent Hill collaborates with World Vision International, the global partnership of World Vision, to facilitate the overseas allocation of resources from government grants, corporate in-kind donations, and individual donor gifts, and leads World Vision U.S. advocacy efforts that engage American lawmakers and the general public. Hill joined World Vision in 2011 after more than three decades serving in U.S. government, academic, and nonprofit leadership roles.

Hill holds a master’s degree in Russian Studies and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Washington. He has extensive experience working with a variety of U.S. government agencies, multilateral organizations, and international development organizations, such as USAID. In addition, he spent six years as an associate professor at Seattle Pacific University.

At World Vision, Hill has helped to ensure integrated strategies for World Vision U.S. and the global partnership of World Vision. He has also assisted World Vision International in addressing the needs of the world’s most vulnerable children by spearheading an initiative on fragile states.

Hill serves as a representative of World Vision before senior leaders of the U.S. government on matters of humanitarian concern.

2015 World Vision Board of Directors

  • Dr. Leith Anderson | President, National Association of Evangelicals
  • Dr. Vinh Chung | Surgeon, Vanguard Skin Specialists; rescued by World Vision’s Operation Seasweep, 1979
  • Rev. John Crosby | Senior pastor, Christ Presbyterian Church
  • Lisa Trevino Cummins | President, Urban Strategies
  • Gary Duim, Secretary/Treasurer | Vice Chair, U.S. Bancorp (retired)
  • Sandy Grubb, Vice Chair | Columbia-Willamette Women of Vision; partner, Social Venture Partners Portland; author
  • Doug Treff | Chief Administrative Officer, Collective Brands/Payless Shoes
  • Christin McClave | Chief People Officer, Cardone Industries
  • Katie Smith Milway | Partner and Head of Knowledge, The Bridgespan Group; author
  • Deborah Pegues | CPA; author, motivational speaker, and CEO, The Pegues Group
  • Dr. Soong-Chan Rah | Associate professor, North Park Theological Seminary; urban church planter
  • Dr. Joan Singleton, Chair | Vice President, Milton Hershey School
  • Richard E. Stearns | President, World Vision U.S.
  • Roland C. Warren | President and CEO, Care Net; board member, National Fatherhood Initiative
  • Jerry White | President Emeritus, The Navigators International
  • Bonnie Wurzbacher | Chief Resource Development Officer, World Vision International