Leadership

The leadership of “Tikkun Olam International” is given the responsibility of ensuring the stewardship of the organization, and the positive impact of T-O-I programs. This diversified leadership team has brought together an amazing depth of experience in development, philanthropy, business, and outreach to the most vulnerable peoples of the world. It is with this depth of experience, coupled with a heart for helping people that they work with our field team, donors, and other stakeholders to chart the strategic course of the organization and shape the most meaningful programs for long term positive impact on the lives of our beneficiaries.

David Payne – Chief Executive Officer

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David Payne is a graduate of Indiana State University. He has spent 16 years working in the financial sector in the United States. During this time he spent twelve years as a CEO. David was called to serve the poor in 2008 and worked in Ghana, Africa as the Chief Operations Officer of Opportunity International until 2010. Dedication to serving others lead him to Afghanistan in 2010, where he led the turnaround of what became the first sustainable microfinance organization in Afghanistan, Oxus. He continued to serve with Oxus as both the CEO of their Kyrgyzstan operation and as the Regional Manager for Central Asia. David joined T-O-I with the vision of more effectively serving the poor with sustainable, life changing, solutions. As the CEO of T-O-I, David is intimately working with both board members and field leadership to ensure that the work T-O-I is facilitating is consistent with the Vision, Mission and Core Values of T-O-I.

Paul Richardson – Chief Transformation Officer

paul-richardsonHe is originally from Lynchburg, VA. He studied Biblical Studies at Liberty University from 1994-1997. Paul moved to Paulding County, Georgia in 1997 to help start West Ridge Church and today serves as the Lead Pastor for Ministries and Leadership Development. Paul is also the Executive Director of Engage Burkina, an effort he started in 2008 that focuses on bringing clean water, education, and development in the West African Country of Burkina Faso. Paul and his wife Angela married in October 1997. They have two boys Will Franklin, and John Wesley.

Robert J Skinner – Chief Financial Officer

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He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the State of Georgia. He has completed his Master’s Degree in Accountancy from Kennesaw State University. His career began with Ernst & Young and later worked with two Fortune 500 companies in their tax departments successfully implementing tax and legal strategies along with litigating federal and state tax cases, before opening his private practice in 2002. Robert met his wife Becky in college and after graduation, they married and relocated to a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia. Robert and Becky have three children, two of which are teenagers and reside with them. The Skinners attend Macland Baptist Church in Power Springs, Georgia. Robert and Becky are active in their children’s lives which consist of Boy Scouts and various high school band programs.

Frank Gamble

frank-gambleBorn in India, Frank lived in East and West Pakistan and Thailand in his youth. He was educated in Scotland, as an Open Scholar to Fettes College where he won the Governor’s Prize for Economics, and Dundee University (Begg Memorial Scholarship). He holds an MA in Economics (with Class Medal and the Bowie Memorial Prize), is an Associate of the Institute of Bankers in Scotland (holding the Sir John Ross Prize) and a Fellow of the PNG Institute of Banking and Business Management. After joining the Bank of Scotland in 1978 in St. Andrews, his career took him to London as a Corporate Banker, with Grindlays Bank. This was followed by postings in Kenya, Sharjah, Zurich, Qatar, Bangladesh, Papua New Guinea, Dubai, Sri Lanka, London and South Korea. Post his (first) retirement in 2006 he became the Chief Operating Officer (Africa) for Opportunity International based in Uganda, and after a year was appointed as Global COO for Opportunity International. A return in 2010 to PNG saw him take up a contract position as Chief Risk Officer North West Pacific for ANZ Bank and this was followed by 2 years as Chief Credit Officer for Bank of South Pacific. In 2013 he returned to Uganda as Deputy Regional Director Africa for FINCA International.

He lives with his wife Hether in rural Scotland, and has 3 adult children and has interests in golf, gardening, reading, travel and business.

Rani Payne – Chief Development Officer

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Rani Payne has accumulated over 15 years of professional experience spanning accounting, mortgage lending, construction project management, philanthropy, program management, and business development. Additionally, Rani has been personally involved in orphan-focused work since 2007 and is responsible for the vision implementation of the T-O-I programs. Mrs. Payne has had the honor of serving in both Africa and Asia. As the heart behind the TOI model Rani enjoys working directly with T-O-I field staff to continue to improve the lives of the most vulnerable people in the world. As a mother, and an adoptive mother, Rani intimately understands the need, and impact, and the importance of T-O-I programs, and the hope they give.