Gordon Wright – Vice Chairman
Gordon A. Wright is Founder and President of over 40 years with JIMI International and is an Elder at Tulsa Christian Fellowship. Mr. Wright owned and operated a lawn and tree service business for nearly 15 years. Mr. Wright also served with the US Army for three years in the 1960s.Two of Mr. Wright’s years were spent in South Korea as a Brigade Intelligence Sergeant. Mr. Wright has provided mentoring and counseling to spiritual leaders around the world; with specific attention to individuals in Russia, Ukraine and former Soviet Bloc countries. Mr. Wright helped to found and direct East/West Resources International and Global Assistance Partners International. Mr. Wright has served as one of the original founding board of directors for Shelter For Life International. Born in Erie, Pennsylvania, Gordon grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and currently resides in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Victor Weir III – Secretary
Victor A. Weir, III, or Trey, is Managing Partner for Bull Session, Inc., and Trey Weir Media, LLC. Prior to these roles Mr. Weir was Partner for Spectraband Inc., a company that specialized in providing Mergers and Acquisitions consulting to telecom and internet companies. Before working with Spectraband, Mr. Weir was Director of Strategic Development for CoServ, an electric cooperative serving members in North Texas. Prior to CoServ, Mr. Weir was Strategic Development Manager for US Wavelink, Inc., a wireless network developer specializing in LMDS technology. Mr. Weir holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Finance, Entrepreneurship and Real Estate from Baylor University. He has over 15 years of experience with financial analysis, contract negotiations, mergers and acquisitions, strategic business development, and capital funding and management. Originally from Arlington, Texas, Mr. Weir has knowledge of telecom, internet, deregulated power, and digital media industries. Trey currently resides in Fort Worth, Texas.
Brint Patrick – Chairman of the Board
Brint Patrick is the Executive Director of Restoration Gateway. The mission of Restoration Gateway is to bring hope and healing to the war-torn people of northern Uganda through the focus of orphan care, medical and dental care, and empowering Ugandans through ministry-related activities. Prior to Restoration Gateway Mr. Patrick was the Director of Operations for Mateffy Engineering,Inc., and before that was Office Manager for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. He has also worked as a Consultant for All Peoples and was the Vice President of Administration for Coldwell Banker, Jim Stewart Realtors. Mr. Patrick contributes management, business development, as well as technical expertise in construction and design to Shelter For Life International. He holds a Bachelor of Administration from Baylor University, and an Associate’s Degree in Architectural Drafting and Design from Texas State Technical College. Originally from Waco, Texas, Mr. Patrick has demonstrated ongoing involvement with work in developing countries— from medical clinics in Guatemala and China, to business development in the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia, to outreach in Latin America and Europe. Brint has lived and served in London and Singapore. Brint and his family currently reside in Waco, Texas.
Kyle Newkirk – Treasurer
Kyle A. Newkirk is Director of Commodity Risk Management for S&D Coffee. Prior to holding this post with S&D Mr. Newkirk was Senior Manager of Global Risk for The Hershey Company, and before that was Senior Global Sourcing Manger for General Mills. Mr. Newkirk also has work experience with USAID as a Foreign Service Officer. He holds a Master of Science degree in Animal Science and a Bachelor of Science in Education from Oklahoma State University. He has public and private sector experience in Asia, South America and Europe. In addition, Mr. Newkirk has knowledge of government contracting and assistance regulations, USAID programming and foreign assistance, sustainable agriculture development, and global supply chains. Originally from Kansas, Kyle has lived and worked overseas with USAID in Afghanistan and Thailand. Kyle resides in Concord, North Carolina.
Thomas Lane – Director
Thomas M. Lane is owner of Advanced Metal Roofing, a construction company that manufactures and installs metal roofing. A retired carpenter and ironworker with over 45 years of experience in the construction industry, Mr. Lane has a wealth of expertise in drafting, design, sheet metal work, plumbing, electrical, roofing, steel fabrication and erection, wood construction and excavation. Mr. Lane also has experience in the fields of agriculture, horticulture and aquaculture. Tom and his wife, Michelle, have eight children and live in Chardon, Ohio.
Mustafa Omar has worked in Shelter For Life’s field projects and headquarters organizational management positions, leading operations and business development around the world. Mr. Omar has managed and overseen a variety of projects in some of the world’s most difficult places to work, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Liberia, and South Sudan. He holds a degree in Economics from University of Wisconsin and an MBA from the University of St. Thomas, and is working on another graduate degree in Urban and Regional Planning here at Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.