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Brenda Pearson

President, Assoc Dip Bus

Brenda has worked at Global Development Group Australia and in the “not for profit” sector since 2003 and currently holds the position of COO. Prior to this, she was Office Manager at Cargill Oilseeds Australia as well as consulting to various small businesses in an accounting capacity.

Her business focus, industry knowledge and team approach has contributed to significant growth at Global Development Group, now reaching over 30 million dollars in donations p.a.

Brenda has had the opportunity to visit many projects and presented at various conferences in Singapore, India, Cambodia and Thailand.

While Brenda is not working she is normally found at the beach reading a good book.

Colin Armstrong

Treasurer, BSc

Colin Armstrong holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. He taught Math and Science in private school, but spent most of his career in the chemical/pharmaceutical production industry. He has worked for facilities in Australia and the USA as QC Chemist, Production Specialist, and Supervisor/Manager. Colin retired in 2002. He has served on the Board of GDG USA since its inception and works as a volunteer in the office for GDG USA, serving as Treasurer.

Rebecca Pearce

Board Member

Rebecca Pearce graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in Management. She has worked as an Office Manager and Bookkeeper and is currently employed at Specialized Physical Therapy as an Office Manager. Rebecca also owns her own small business. Rebecca enjoys being a part of the ministry at her church and serving on the Board of Directors of Global Development Group USA. She lives with her husband and two small children in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Sandra Vander Griend

Board Member

Sandy VanderGriend attended Kuyper College before moving to Nigeria, West Africa for a period of time. She was a home-maker and home-schooled her children through high school. She has held positions in retail, and as a receptionist. Sandy’s experience of having lived in an impoverished nation has given her an expertise in varied areas when dealing with our projects. This makes Sandy a highly regarded Director of the GDG USA Board.

John Pearce

Board Member

John Pearce has a Bachelor of Arts in Management from Southeastern University.  He has been employed at credit unions in Florida and Tennessee for 10 years and is currently a branch manager at Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union. With John’s expertise, he serves as a valued advisor in numerous areas.

Jessica Corrie

Board Member BCom, MBus

Jessica Corrie has been on staff with Global Development Group for over 10 years as a Senior Accounts Officer. During this time Jess has had the opportunity to monitor projects in China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Laos and Vietnam, this gives her a fantastic understanding of the requirements and needs our partners face daily.

Jess graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Commerce and followed this up with a Masters of Business (Accounting) from the Queensland University of Technology.

Born and raised in Malaysia Jess speaks 4 languages which has certainly come in useful during her time with GDG. Jess’s experience both within GDG and abroad make her a valued member of the GDG USA board.

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