About Us | Leadership
CHF’S leadership team is made up of real people who have given their lives to the pursuit of helping children in need. Meet the team.
Dave Phillips, President
As Dave Phillips stood alone in the corridors of a children's hospital in Honduras, he knew he was at a crossroads. The devastating poverty he saw, the hopelessness of the ill, hungry children he met, changed him forever. Shortly after that trip, Dave and his wife Lynn founded Children's Hunger Fund, distributing food and aid from their garage.
With a heart to serve hungry children here in America and around the world, Dave reached out to his corporate contacts for help. His desire to help local churches build relationships with the poor in their communities developed into the unique home-delivery model of service CHF employs today.
Dave's family tree includes the founders of several well-known charities, so the non-profit world was a natural fit for him. In fact, Dave's first job after graduating from Westmont College was at a relief organization, World Opportunities International.
Tim Kirk, Vice President
When Tim Kirk graduated from Westmont College and started working in the fast-paced world of retail management, he never would have dreamed where his life would be ten years later. Motivated by his desire to be a family man, Tim was looking for a career change. His goals and desires ultimately led him to take a position at CHF as Operations Manager.
Tim has watched CHF grow and stands amazed at how God provides. On occasion he has come into work to an empty warehouse and has seen how God fills it with food to give to needy children.
Tim has travelled with CHF to Peru, Mexico, Russia, Ukraine, and El Salvador. But it is a trip to Uganda that changed his life forever. He developed relationships with the orphans there, and was touched by the instability and need for parents. He was inspired and his eyes were opened to the need for adoption here in America. Tim and his wife Jill ultimately adopted three children of their own.
Today Tim and Jill live in Simi Valley, California with their five children.
Mark Rodriguez, Executive Director of Ministry Development
Mark Rodriguez is no stranger to ministry work. For nearly twenty years he has been involved in pastoral ministry. After graduating from Cal State University of Northridge with a degree in Mexican American Studies, Mark attended The Master's Seminary where he was trained for ministry. He served as the chaplain for the Los Angeles Dodgers for eight years.
When Mark first came to CHF, he knew God was blessing CHF and causing it to thrive. Now as the Executive Director of Ministry Development he sees the importance of advocating for the poor.
Mark has learned that by teaching a pastor how to better serve the needy, he is essentially reaching communities and children. His spiritual heroes live in other countries. They are pastors all over the world who love Christ and serve people out of genuine compassion. Mark strives not just to tell men how to do ministry, but to do it himself.
Christopher Sue, Executive Director of Ministry Operations
After finishing school at Biola University, Christopher Sue went on to a successful career in the highly demanding world of public accounting. Throughout his career, he served as a CFO for several different corporations. But chest pains and a major health scare prompted him to leave that life behind. Soon after that, Chris and his wife Stephanie pursued the dream opening a coffee shop of their own—Muddhouse Coffee.
Chris serves as CHF's Executive Director of Ministry Operations. He has travelled for CHF to Belarus, Ukraine, and Rwanda, where he was amazed by the care the local church provides for hurting kids, taking them in as their own and asking for nothing in return.
Today, Chris and Stephanie live with their two sons in West Hills, California. Chris desires to teach his sons that there is more to life than wealth. He wants them to be servants, to lead with humility, and to dedicate their lives to impact the world.
Michael Richards, Executive Director, South
With a background in retail management, Michael started working at Children's Hunger Fund doing procurement and logistics. After faithfully serving CHF for nine years, he took a huge leap of faith, packed up his family, and moved to Texas to serve as the Regional Director of CHF’s Southwest office. Over the years Michael has travelled with CHF to thirteen different countries. His first trip to Indonesia broke his heart, turned his world upside down, and opened his eyes to compassion ministry. Working for CHF has taught Mike that nothing is impossible for God who does astounding things!
Our Board of Directors
Dr. Dana Scannell, Chairman
President, Scannell & Wight
Dick Griffith, Vice Chair
Ted Cox, Secretary
Owner, TPC Investments
Steve McCormick, Treasurer
Mark Tatlock, Chaplain
Sr. Vice President/Provost, The Master’s College
Vice President of Human Resources, Dole
Senior VP & CFO, Zachry Corporation
Director of Supply Chain, Nestle
President, Premier Interior Development
CEO, Regency Lighting
President, International Textiles