Our Board and Team
Rick and Ellen Burnette
With three decades of international agricultural development experience, Rick and Ellen Burnette have established two successful non-profit agencies. Since moving to S.W. Florida in 2013, the Burnettes have been engaged in local church and non-profit efforts to mitigate food insecurity.
Dr. Patrick Anderson
Pat Anderson is a former college professor with extensive experience in non-profit organizational management, fund raising and donor networking. He serves as Executive Director of Christian Ethics Today and has been an associate director of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Florida. Dr. Anderson also served as interim Coordinator for the national Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, headquartered in Atlanta, GA.
Rev. Dr. Jeffrey DeYoe
Rev. DeYoe has served as a local pastor in the Presbyterian Church (USA) for 37 years in Kansas, Minnesota, Ohio and Florida. He is presently serving as pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Fort Myers, Florida. Dr. DeYoe is also serving the Presbyterian Church (USA) at the national level as the moderator of its Israel Palestine Mission Network. In addition to pastoral duties, Dr. DeYoe served a term on the Kittson County (MN) school board, was an adjunct philosophy instructor at Ridgewater College in Willmar, Minnesota for five years, and served for three years as the board president of a domestic violence shelter and outreach program in Flagler County, Florida.
Rev. Rachel Gunter Shapard
Rev. Shapard has a B.A. in music from Florida State University and a Masters of Divinity with an emphasis in Christian Education from McAfee School of Theology. Rev. Shapard currently serves as Associate Coordinator of Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Florida. She has served on staff at First Baptist Church of Tallahassee, Florida, Central Baptist in Newnan, Georgia and First Baptist Church of Gainesville, Georgia. Rev. Shapard worked as a hospice chaplain for three years in Lubbock, Texas and in social services as an Eldercare Advocate at Baptist Health in Jacksonville, Florida. She also served as Coordinator for Baptist Women in Ministry.
Heath Davis is a 5th generation Floridian, born, raised, and domiciled in Cedar Key. He is a churchman, a clam and oyster farmer, a family man concerned about sustainability and caring for God's creation. He is regarded highly in local, regional, and statewide circles familiar with fair play and taking care of each other as needed. And, If you grow up in a small town and you can make it through a few tough years they will let you run the local Bank and be Mayor, which is what happened with Heath Davis.
Rev. Rubén N. Ortiz
Rev. Ortiz is a native of Santiago de Cuba. He holds degrees in music, communication and theology and is a certified Spiritual Director. Rev. Ortiz served as the Regional Communication Coordinator for MAP International in Ecuador, a nonprofit organization specializing in reaching and developing impoverished communities through holistic missions. After relocating to the United States, he served as the senior pastor of La Primera Iglesia Bautista Hispana de Deltona, Florida, for 16 years. Rev. Oriz currently serves as Latino Field Coordinator for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.