Barbara Brown, Executive Director
Barbara joined the HFCF Board in 2010, serving as Secretary from 2012 to 2017 and currently serving as Executive Director. She has participated in multiple site visits and looks forward to seeing the children thrive on each trip she takes to Addis Ababa. Barbara is committed to using her skills in strategic planning, stakeholder engagement, and project planning to improve the quality of life of vulnerable children in Ethiopia. As a health promotion professional, her career is dedicated to providing consultation and direct services that support informed choices and improved health outcomes. Past clients include the National Institutes of Health, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation. Barbara holds a Master’s degree in Management from Johns Hopkins University and a certificate in Public Health from George Washington University. Along with her husband, Ben, she has been a loving child sponsor since 2006.
Elizabeth McDavitt-Centenari, Board President
For over three decades Elizabeth has been a partner at THE Artist Agency, Washington’s premiere modeling agency where she has marketed and developed professional talent from across the country. Elizabeth has served as Board president for HFC Fund for 6 years. She has always devoted considerable time to philanthropic endeavors. Elizabeth’s passion for helping others was truly ignited in May 2012 when she and her family spent two weeks at Hope for Children in Ethiopia working with the extraordinary children there. Elizabeth and her family currently sponsor three children in Addis Ababa. She and her family have since traveled to Ethiopia and continue to be amazed with the progress the organization has made in providing a better future to those less fortunate. Elizabeth considers herself privileged to be a part of an organization that helps change the lives of those in need.
Addis Getachew, Board Member
Addis ran Hope for Children’s Youth Center in Ethiopia from 2008 to 2012 and is credited with its tremendous success. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Physics from the University of Gondar in Ethiopia and studied Information Technology in Turku University of Applied Sciences in Finland. He has certificates in project management and leadership skills. Addis currently resides in Baltimore. Throughout the course of his studies and career, Addis has remained committed to helping HIV+ and vulnerable youth. He stays in close contact with the many youth supported by HFCF, who look to him as a mentor and role model, and acts as a consultant to local NGOs in Ethiopia.
Elizabeth Ferenczi, Board Member
Elizabeth is originally from New York City. She spent thirteen years teaching elementary grades at The Chapin School before becoming their Director of Lower School Admissions from 1999-2005. She has a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University, as well as a Certificate in Independent School Management from Johns Hopkins. Family moves took her first to Paris and then to Washington, where she continues to tutor reading to low-performing elementary school students and to teach English as a second language. Elizabeth became committed to improving educational outcomes for vulnerable children following her first visit to Ethiopia in 2009 where her daughter served in the Peace Corps. She has since returned five times and is a great believer in the mission and the effectiveness of the Hope for Children Fund. Elizabeth and her family have been the proud sponsors of two scholarship students.