Staff | National Board of Directors
As President and CEO, John brings his strong faith and charismatic leadership to the mission of NPH USA. He believes that unconditional love has the power to transform lives and unlock the potential of every child.
John’s life changed from the moment he encountered the mission of NPH and became part of “La Gran Familia” in 2008. Since his first visit to an NPH home, John has been a tireless champion for the children we serve, bringing a strong focus on collaboration and mission to his previous roles on the NPH USA National Board of Directors and as President of the Father Wasson Legacy Endowment Board.
Stemming from his experiences at NPH and with a desire to serve God through serving others, John left the corporate world to lead stewardship and development efforts for the Catholic Diocese of Knoxville. There he restructured a lagging annual appeal, reimagined planned and capital giving, and revitalized a number of diocesan foundations. John also directed diocesan strategic planning, serving on the Bishop’s Senior Leadership Team and oversaw the most significant capital fundraising effort in the diocese’s history.
In addition to fundraising, John brings over 25 years of sales, marketing, and executive leadership experience to the mission of NPH USA, working in consumer products sales and marketing, most recently with Bush’s Beans. To the kids at NPH, John is still affectionately known as “Señor Frijol” (Mr. Bean).
Blessed by unconditional love from his family and with a deep understanding that we are called to share what we have in serving others, John praises his parents as models and mentors. Now in their 80’s, they have dedicated their lives to serving others and continue to actively lead a homeless ministry today. One of six children, John was raised in upstate New York and graduated Cum Laude from the University of Rochester. He has additional educational experiences through the Wharton School of Business, the Center for Creative Leadership, and the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.
John’s wife Crystal and their three children are also active champions of NPH – visiting the homes, raising funds and hosting pequeños on trips to the U.S. John and Crystal have sponsored their godson in El Salvador for over 10 years, in addition to sponsoring a current university scholar.
Along with his family, John enjoys bikes, boats, beer and occasional barks (from his two dogs, Melvin and George) .
Chuck Allworth, Regional Director – Midwest
Chuck joined NPH USA in March 2009, as the Director of the Midwest Region. Prior to his arrival at NPH USA, Chuck had a 29-year career in the non-profit and education sectors. Most of his career was spent as a professional fundraiser with organizations such as Lions Clubs International Foundation, Loyola Academy, DePaul University, Boys Hope Girls Hope, and Marist High School.
Chuck received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from St. Norbert College where he majored in International Business and Spanish. Although he has worked in international organizations in the past, his position with NPH USA is the first time in Chuck’s professional career where he is able to regularly communicate in Spanish. He enjoys introducing NPH USA donors and friends to NPH homes for the first time, and he considers himself fortunate to have been able to experience NPH homes in seven of the nine countries where NPH conducts program operations.
Chuck lives in the Chicago suburb of Glenview with his wife and two of his three children (his oldest adult child is “off the payroll”). His family sponsors a goddaughter who lives at the NPH home for high school students in Cuernavaca, Mexico, and a godson who lives at NPH Guatemala.
Christian Delgado, Chief Operating Officer/Chief Financial Officer
Christian joined the NPH family in November of 2011. For over five years, he oversaw all administrative functions at NPH USA as the Director of Finance & Operations. During this time, Christian was able to make significant and lasting contributions to the organization by heavily investing in the organization’s human capital and technological infrastructure.
Prior to joining NPH, Christian worked as a senior financial analyst for PepsiCo’s Business & Information Solutions division. In this role, he worked within the Project Management Office that managed a global SAP implementation project. Christian has always been driven by an entrepreneurial spirit having owned and operated several small businesses in mortgage banking and real estate investment.
In January of 2017, he accepted a promotion to serve as the Chief Financial Officer & Chief Operating Officer of NPH USA. In this new chapter, Christian is excited to work closer with NPH International to conceptualize and drive high-impact, international initiatives that strategically strengthen the organization’s core operations.
Christian is the proud sponsor of two university students at NPH.
Kim Dumke, National Marketing Manager
Kim was hired as the Marketing Coordinator for Friends of the Orphans Arizona in July 2002. Following the merger of the U.S. fundraising offices in 2005, she became the Marketing Coordinator for the new national organization. Today she serves as NPH USA’s National Marketing Manager and is responsible for developing and/or overseeing all print and electronic communications, including direct mail, e-mail, the Web site, and materials for all six regional offices.
Originally from a suburb of Chicago, Kim has a BA in Communication Studies with a minor in English from the University of Iowa. Prior to joining NPH USA, Kim worked in the hotel industry and then spent four years in the marketing department at Phoenix Art Museum. She also has written several articles for the National Geographic Education website, including one on NPH’s relief efforts following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.
Kim enjoys traveling and has visited 15 countries and 25 states, plus Washington, DC. In April 2017, she was thrilled to meet the boy she has sponsored at NPH Guatemala for 14 years. She also has visited the homes in Honduras, Mexico and Nicaragua.
Ross Egge, Regional Director – Northwest
Ross Egge joined NPH USA team in August of 2016 after more than 11 years working on the operational side of NPH, in country with the children and staff. Ross supported our homes and programs in Nicaragua, Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Haiti, before being asked to serve as Co-National Director of NPH Honduras, where he lived and worked from 2010 – 2016.
Ross studied Philosophy and Religious Studies at Santa Clara University before beginning his work with NPH as a volunteer in Nicaragua. Through his many roles with NPH, Ross has worked closely with the incredible children, staff, volunteers, and donors that make the NPH global family what it is. NPH also led Ross to meet his wife, Erin, who serves on the NPH International Leadership Team as Director of Communications.
Serving now as Northwest Regional Director for NPH USA, Ross is grateful every day for the opportunity to share the transformational work of NPH with the phenomenally supportive Northwest community where he was born and raised and where he was first introduced to NPH, not knowing that it would become his life’s work. Ross and Erin both sponsor children in Honduras and love to get back to the homes, children and communities of NPH as often as possible.
Stephanie M. Pommier, Regional Director – Upper Midwest
Stephanie joined NPH USA in July 2016 as the Director of the Upper Midwest Region. Before joining NPH USA, Stephanie has been a professional fundraiser for Girl Scouts, Humane Society of the United States and the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine.
Stephanie attended the College of Saint Benedict and pursued her BA in Psychology. She then attended Augsburg College where she completed her MA in Leadership and is currently finishing her doctorate in education with an emphasis on philanthropy at Saint Mary’s University.
Stephanie resides in North Branch, Minnesota, with her husband and two children. She thrives in her work to be a mentor to children and being a catalyst for social change. It is her philosophy everyday to be able to teach the importance of philanthropy to others and to celebrate philanthropic efforts and all that it accomplishes. It is her passion to ensure that the donor bill of rights and fundraising ethics are utilized at all times. She is driven to work collaboratively and to convey sensitivity to the needs of benefactors. Stephanie currently sponsors one child.
Jennifer Rayno, Director, St. Damien Pediatric Hospital Fund
Jennifer has more than 20 years of working experience in both the corporate and non-profit sector. She currently serves as the Director of the St. Damien Pediatric Hospital Fund at NPH USA and has been tasked this year with raising matching funds for a generous $1 million gift in cooperation with Fr. Rick Frechette, Country Director of NPFS Haiti.
Jennifer joined the NPH Family in 2004 and worked closely with the Friends leadership and National Board of Directors in 2005 helping unify five grass roots organizations across the U.S. that were supporting the children from an office in Northern Virginia that was a collaboration with Our Little Brothers and Sisters. Jennifer worked with the national office under the CEO to coordinate infrastructure, marketing, communications and direct mail. At the end of 2007, the Virginia office poised to homogenize with the other fundraising offices and activities and by the beginning of 2008, Jennifer had recruited a staff and regional board that set off to focus solely on fundraising activities. In 2009, Jennifer was asked to work with Fr. Rick to fund St. Damien Hospital and established the Haiti Initiative to raise operating funds for St. Damien Pediatric Hospital in an effort to relieve NPH/NPH homes of the hospital’s operating costs. In 2011, Jennifer led the expansion of NPH USA into the Boston community executing a feasibility study that she had conducted together with the graduate students of the Harvard Business School in 2008.
Prior to joining NPH USA, Jennifer spent seven years in various banking institutions both state-side and in Germany providing support services to the U.S. Military and an additional seven years as Vice President of Operations for HSO Business Systems, a global software consulting firm based in Holland.
Jennifer received an Associate’s Degree in Marketing from Strayer University after completing many courses through the University of Maryland while overseas. Jennifer is a graduate and former member of the American Institute of Banking and a graduate of Georgetown University’s Non-Profit Management Program.
Jennifer currently resides in her native New England after relocating from Washington D.C. where she spent 17 years. She sponsors two children and has visited the homes in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Mexico and Nicaragua.
Tempie Thompson, Regional Director – Mid-Atlantic/Northeast
Bringing 20 years of innovative non-profit fundraising, program development and direct response marketing, Tempie joined the NPH USA leadership team in December of 2018. Prior to joining NPH, Tempie was recruited as change-agent for the Greater Providence YMCA to consolidate and revitalize the philanthropy, marketing and communications efforts. During her tenure she mentored and grew a small, but high-performing team, lunched a new website, created and implemented fundraising events, and led the development team to raise over $1MM for the organization.
Other career accomplishments include leading the American Red Cross Rhode Island Chapter. Trained in disaster response and recovery communications and fundraising, Tempie was deployed to serve with local governments to establish Resource Centers for communities devastated by the floods in Texas and Louisiana, and other disaster response fundraising efforts in North Carolina to support recovery.
Tempie also worked for Plan International and the Military Order of the Purple Heart Service Foundation and implemented multi-year fundraising and marketing plans that raised millions of dollars to support both organization’s National efforts. Her extensive travel across the United States, Canada, Latin America and Asia, as well as living in Europe and Africa have provided a foundation and unique understating of myriad cultures and diverse points of view.
Tempie graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and minor in Political Science. In addition, she has taken graduate classes at Cambridge College in Business Management and keeps her CPR / First Aid / AED certification current. When not working Tempie enjoys adventure time with family, traveling off the beaten path, and spicy food.
Xavier Walker, Regional Director – Southwest
Xavier joined the NPH team in 2017. Previously, Xavier worked with the YMCA of Southern Arizona for five years. At the Y, he held several positions with the last being the Financial Development Director. Xavier has an extensive volunteer and staff member nonprofit background as he serves on the board of directors with the following organizations: Susan G Komen, Educational Enrichment Foundation and Urban League Young Professionals.
Xavier attended the University of Arizona where he earned his Bachelors Degree in Public Management and Policies. He is a proud Wildcat for life!
Xavier is a world citizen and is dedicated to bettering not only his own community, but our entire society. He sponsors a child in Mexico whom he met on his first trip to an NPH home.