Tiger Dawson, Managing Director and Co-founder
Tiger Dawson is Managing Director and Co-founder of Edify. He also is head of Edify’s Clapham Circle, which empowers current and former CEOs to pursue their passion in educating God’s beloved poor children in the developing world.
Chris Fenton, Chief
Chris Fenton joined Edify in September of 2011 as Sr. VP of Operations and CFO. Prior to joining Edify, Chris served for 6 years as COO of Compendia, Inc., an information company providing homeowner maintenance and manufactured product warranty documentation to buyers of new homes on behalf of production home builders.
Abigail Bach, Vice President of Program Strategy and Business Development
Abigail Bach joined Edify as the Vice President of Program Strategy and Business Development in August 2013. She spent the previous seven years working for Opportunity International and comes to Edify with a strong background in microfinance. She is fluent in French and specializing in Francophone Africa for Edify.
Ken Appenteng-Mensah, Vice President of African Programs
Ken Appenteng-Mensah joined Edify in August 2013 as the Vice President of African Programs. Before joining Edify, Ken worked for the German International Cooperation (GIZ) managing a project aimed at facilitating the development and implementation of an agricultural insurance system in Ghana.
Dr. Makonen Getu, Chief Transformation Officer and Vice President of Program Assessment
Dr. Makonen Getu, in his role as Chief Transformation Officer works to identify and implement best practices for Christian transformation for Edify-financed schools. Additionally, Dr. Getu oversees the global coordination of metrics to measure Edify’s field effectiveness, especially in the area of Christian transformation.
Gates Bryant, Director of Education Partnerships
Gates Bryant, Director of Education Partnerships, works at Edify to develop new partnerships and programs to improve educational quality and to encourage Christ-centered teaching and discipleship. In addition to his responsibilities at Edify, Gates continues to advise high-growth companies in the education industry.
Vanessa Folsom, Director of Operations
Vanessa Folsom joined Edify in May 2011 as Director of Operations. Prior to joining Edify, Vanessa served at Horizon Christian Fellowship in the accounting department and then transitioned to help launch its subsidiary Horizon College of San Diego. In coordination with Horizon International Ministries, she lived in Central Mexico and assisted in several outreach and relief projects.
Reuben Thiessen, Chief Information Officer
Reuben Thiessen joined Edify in September 2010 as the Chief Information Officer. Prior to joining Edify, Reuben was the Product Manager and Chief Architect for OptINnow.org, developing the peer-to-peer giving website run by Opportunity International.