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NFI Leadership Team

Christopher Brown, President

chrisWhere I come from

My mother’s womb, where did you think? Seriously, I was born in Rochester, New York. My parents hated the cold and snow. When my father landed a teaching position at Arizona State, they moved us to Tempe, Arizona when I was only a year old. That was a huge mistake. My mom couldn’t stand the heat and scorpions...Several found their way into mine and my brother’s bed. So, when I was 4 years old, my father landed a position at the University of North Texas, and we moved to Denton, Texas, just north of Dallas, where I grew up a huge Cowboys and Rangers fan.
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Erik Vecere, Vice President, Program Support

erikWhere I come from

Born in Western Pennsylvania, moved to southern California during my grade school years, and then back to central Pennsylvania. Ended up full circle in western Pennsylvania again after attending Robert Morris University and meeting my amazing wife!
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Melissa Steward, Vice President, Marketing

MelissaWhere I come from

I’m an only child, born in Richmond, VA, grew up taking art classes and singing in church and high school choirs, with a Pekingese dog named Randy as my furry little “brother.” Later in life, I graduated George Mason University with a B.A. in Communication, and earned Graphic & Web Design Certificates from Montgomery College.
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Program Support

Greg Austen, Senior Program Support Consultant

GregWhere I come from

Grew up in small town southern New Jersey with a strong work ethic and a love for precision, trouble-shooting, and advising. Attended Cairn University, then Southern Seminary before becoming a community strategist and licensed Presbyterian minister.
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Ave Marie Mulhern, Senior Program Support Consultant

aveWhere I come from

Grew up in Ardsley, Pennsylvania and come from a large family of eight children.  I am number six, but the first girl, and then followed by two more sisters. I met my husband when I was 15, married at 18 (still married and 2 children, 4 grandchildren) and have lived in that area all my life… Until 2013 when we moved to Milton, Delaware.
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Tim Red, Senior Program Consultant, Military

timWhere I come from

I was born in Houston, TX. I joined NFI after 30 years of military service with the last twenty in an Active Duty status. I served four years as the State Family Program Director for the Texas National Guard. At the end of my career I was mobilized and then deployed overseas in support of the Kosovo Peacekeeping mission for seventeen months. I have been a Dallas Cowboys fan all my life. I am also a loyal Texas Rangers and Dallas Mavericks fan along with supporting all University of Texas teams.
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Jacqueline Hannan, FatherSOURCE Manager

jacquelineWhere I come from

I was born in Landstuhl, Germany and currently reside in Germantown, MD.
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Marketing and Communications

Ryan Sanders, Director, Marketing & Communications

ryanWhere I come from

I'm a native Tennessean, I studied psychology and religion at Middle Tennessee State University. After graduating, I went to The Southern Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky for the Master of Divinity.
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Christa Sutherland, Administrative Assistant

christaWhere I Come From

I am a native Washingtonian. I grew up in McLean, Virginia when it was a relatively new and small suburb. What is now a jungle of traffic, metro tracks and high-end retail was nothing but a little mall with adjoining grassy fields. After a few jaunts to other parts of the country, including Tennessee, North Carolina and Missouri, I landed once again in this area, this time on the Maryland side. I now live in Olney, which has got to be one of the greatest places on this earth.
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