A Little Bit About Me

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It has been said of me that I don’t know what I want to be when I grow up. I’ve made a living in a variety of ways in my life from working cattle on a ranch to making lumber in a sawmill. I’ve been an oilfield worker, professional photographer, carpenter, minister  realtor, developer, writer, speaker, founded an organization that empowered 120,000 volunteers to provide 20 million meals for disaster relief in Haiti and spend a great deal of my effort empowering people to feed the hungry. I’m exactly what I want to be: curious and flexible.  I leave very few stones unturned.

I have a variety of hobbies, but what I enjoy most is sitting on a veranda on a cool spring evening talking to someone like you. I’d love to hear your story, what makes you get out of bed in the morning, what your goals are, what makes you happy, what makes you angry.  I’d like to know what makes you get out of bed in the morning. People are more important than organizations.

Breathe life. Breathe deep.

My Vocation

I currently serve as the Vice President of Private and Public Partnerships for an international nonprofit, Outreach, Inc.  I also serve  as Treasurer of the Executive Board for the Alliance to End Hunger in Washington, D.C. and c0-chair the Alliance’s Advocacy Committee.

I became intensely aware of hunger leading a Central American mission trip when a starving girl asked me to feed her. I dedicated myself to fighting world hunger and recruiting volunteers to help.  I founded Numana Inc., a non-profit that in the first six months of 2010 empowered over 120,000 volunteers to package over 20 million nutritious meals for the Salvation Army’s response to the Haiti disaster and recovery.

I am an innovator and advocate in the hunger space as evidenced by creating and implementing the Kansas Hunger Dialogue, which gathered top administrators, faculty, and students from Kansas’ institutions of higher learning to collaborate on hunger. I’m also the 2012 recipient of a National Innovation Award from the Alliance to End Hunger for my Healthy Foods/Hunger Free Community model. I also serve on the Steering Committee for the Universities Fighting World Hunger Summit in Kansas in March 2013.

I blog frequently on hunger issues at Universities Fighting World Hunger.

I was once asked what I would like to have said about me after I leave this world.  Here’s my answer:  He fed a lot of hungry people and he loved well.

1 Comment to "A Little Bit About Me"

  1. June 3, 2015 - 7:19 pm | Permalink

    Dear Rick,
    I am going to be at the AgTechXChange Forum in Kenya next week. Is your profile on the website because you will also be there? If so I would like to learn more about your Healthy Foods/Hunger Free Community model.

    Our company, Real IPM (Kenya) also set up an NGO, Real Impact, which develops and demonstrates agro-nutrition to help small-holders make more efficient use of their small chances to succeed in life. We have designed a half acre small holder farm which integrates a wide range of food production technologies, including production of insect protein for animal and human food supplements and hydroponic fodder. See our websites for more information.

    The commercial company, Real IPM, mass produces biological control agents to replace chemical pesticides in crop production. All the crop production technologies demonstrated by he NGO, is protected with these low pesticide programmes.

    Hope we can meet up in Naivasha nest week?

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