Meet our board of directors

Many times, we're asked by givers how they can be certain that National Christian Foundation will be the same Christ-centered organization 25 years from now that it is today. This question is important because so many have included us as a beneficiary in their wills, trusts, insurance policies, and retirement plans.

One answer is the character, mission, and stability of our board of directors. The following guidelines help ensure the continuity and strength of our board for years to come:

  • Consistency in beliefs – Every year, all board members must reaffirm our statement of faith.
  • Members for life – Though each member is elected annually, there is an expectation they will serve for life.
  • Handpicked selections – The current board has identified a list of highly-qualified prospective future members.
  • Active givers – Each person has been a long-time participant in our ministry because they have personally chosen to give through National Christian Foundation.
  • Experts in key subjects – Each member brings valuable expertise and experience to the process of governing a large, financially-oriented non-profit.

Our board members know they are charged with a great responsibility. Their goal is to make certain every dollar that comes to us is ultimately distributed according to our Christian mission and the desires of the givers we serve.


 
rennie2   Reynolds (Rennie) Faulkner – Board Chair
Rennie has served as Chief Financial Officer of Transportation Insight, LLC since May 2010. Rennie previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for two publicly traded retail companies, Kirkland’s Inc. and The Cato Corporation. He began his finance career as an investment banker, first with Lehman Brothers and subsequently with The Robinson-Humphrey Company. Rennie graduated with an Economics degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he was a John Motley Morehead Scholar. He received his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Rennie serves as the Chairman of the Board for NCF Carolinas and he invests his personal time in several ministries located in Charlotte. Rennie has been married to his wife Mary Ruth for 23 years, and their four children Kathleen, Julia, Courtney and Matthew range in age from 14 to 21.
 
    Cliff Benson III – Vice Board Chair
Cliff currently serves as the National Christian Foundation Carolinas Vice Board Chair. He is president of the Palin Foundation in Raleigh NC. The two most influential books that have impacted him are The Bible and The Treasure Principle by Randy Alcorn. Cliff is most passionate about causes that reach young people for Christ. NCF's ability to utilize tax-wise solutions for transferring wealth to God's Kingdom is just one of the many reasons Cliff remains in support of NCF.
 
    Tom Darden
Tom currently serves as the CEO of Cherokee Investment Partners in Raleigh NC. He served as the Chairman of Cherokee Sanford Group, the largest privately-held brick manufacturing company in the US for 16 years. Howard Dayton's Your Money Counts (formally known as Your Money: Frustration or Freedom) has been influential in shaping Tom's spiritual growth. He is most passionate about causes concerning poverty, race and pollution. He believes in NCF's ability to work with complex gifts including real estate is a great vehicle for creating philanthropic capital.
 
  Deborah Millhouse
Debby is the Owner and President of CEO Inc. She has been honored as one of the Top 50 Most Influential Women by The Mecklenburg Times, inducted into the Business Leader Hall of Fame as one of the top entrepreneurs in the Charlotte area, and given the Women in Business Achievement Award winner by the Charlotte Business Journal. Debby has served as the Board Chair for Pregnancy Resource Center of Charlotte and was on the board for YMCA. She lives in Charlotte with her husband and two children.
 
    Traynor Reitmeier
Traynor serves as Vice President, Financial Advisor for CapTrust in Raleigh NC. He is a relationship manager for high net worth individuals, affluent families and professional athletes. The book that has been most influential to his spiritual growth is When You Can't Come Back by Dave Dravecky.  Traynor is passionate about discipleship, especially those students at Broughton High School. He believes NCF's ability to give highly appreciated securities to futher the cause of Kingdom Giving is one of NCF's best giving strategies.
 
  Ken Samuelson
Ken is a Principal at The Morehead Group. His specialty area is providing guidance for wealth transfer planning that aligns with a family's sense of purpose and vision. He is active in several civic and community organizations in Charlotte, including the Charlotte Rotary Club, Queens University Estate Planners Day Committee, the Charlotte Estate Planning Council and Uptown Church. Ken has served as a past Board member of AALU and past Chairman (and current member) of the Advisory Board of Partners Financial. He is also a Life and Qualifying Member of Top of the Table. Ken was married 35 years to his beloved wife, Ruth, and they have four grown children and five grandchildren.
 
  Tim Sittema
Tim is a Managing Partner of Crosland Southeast and is responsible for strategic growth, management and capital markets. Prior to the formation of Crosland Southeast, Mr. Sittema served as President of Crosland Investment Services, Crosland’s leasing, asset and property management service business unit. From 2005-2009, he served as a Lead Developer for Crosland Retail where he focused on identifying and leading development efforts for new retail and mixed-use opportunities throughout the Carolinas, Tennessee and Kentucky. Prior to joining Crosland, Sittema served as President for Sittema Properties, Inc., in Colorado. While there he specialized in retail development projects in the Rocky Mountain States including several large land assemblage projects for large format retailers such as Lowe’s Home Improvement and grocery-anchored developments. Previously he was a Managing Partner for Sittema-Bullock Realty Partners and Marketing Principal for Trammell Crow Company. Mr. Sittema has over 28 years experience in the shopping center industry.
 
    Michele Stone
Michele is president of The Stone Agency, a company in the business of communicating ideas that spark positive changes in society.  Michele's walk with God was strongly influenced by her involvement in Triangle Leadership Forum. This 2 year program helps leaders set a clear vision for life's priorities.  Michele enjoys learning what it means to be a true disciple of Christ and letting people see what is really in your life so deep relationships can be be formed.  She values how NCF challenges people to think about their current giving and stewardship decisions so as to leave a legacy honoring to God.
 
  Randy Thrasher
Randy is the Chief Operating Officer of the National Christian Foundation. He is responsible for marketing strategy, communications, and development of innovative giving solutions across NCF's national network of local offices. He leads NCF's growth initiatives to increase awareness and enhance the giving experience and value proposition for donors, ministries, and financial advisors. Previously, Randy was owner, Chairman & CEO of Leader Enterprises, a national full-service marketing firm. He also spent ten years as a consulting Partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers in its Global Marketing & Media Communications practice. Randy has founded and partnered in successful start-ups, served on Boards, held interim executive positions, and consulted to non-profit and ministry organizations throughout the world. He also served six years as a War Games Strategy Specialist in the U.S. Army Reserves. He graduated from the School of Commerce and Business at The University of Alabama. Randy and his wife Pam have been married more than 42 years, live in Atlanta, and are blessed with three children, Todd, Chad, Kimberly, and six grandchildren.

 

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