Jeff Buterbaugh, Ph.D. | Chair

Jeff became Hagar USA’s Vice-Chair in 2017 and has now assumed the role of Board Chair for 2018. He is an account manager for National Instruments, where he has served in various roles in the Midwest since 1998. He has over 20 years of church leadership experience and has been involved with refugee resettlement in the Columbus, Ohio area. These and other experiences have helped Jeff develop an awareness for both the challenges faced by children internationally, and the tangible opportunity to love and serve them in a globally connected world.

Jeff was introduced to Hagar by Jennifer Fleming, a Hagar International board member and long-time friend from the University of Virginia. After graduating from UVA in 1991, Jeff earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry from The Ohio State University in 1998.

Jeff has been married to his wife Nancy since 1992. They home educate their six children and endeavor to help them cultivate both an accurate vision of God’s love for all people and an appreciation of the great privilege of participating in the ministry He prepared in advance for us to do.

 Deborah Manzanares | Vice Chair/Secretary

Deborah Manzanares began as the Secretary for the Hagar USA Board in late 2015. She has now added the role of Vice-Chair for 2018. Debbie has been involved in anti-trafficking efforts in Southern Colorado since 2008. Her background includes more than 5 years working in both private and public sector environments. Debbie currently works for Hewlett Packard in eBusiness Operations and also serves in the Colorado Army National Guard. She graduated from Colorado Christian University and has one daughter, Chelsea.

Bruce N Messenger cpa.citp, PMP, PSM | Treasurer

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Bruce began as Treasurer of Hagar USA and the chair of our Financial Committee in January of 2017.   Bruce has over thirty years of experience in accounting, business management, and information technology.  Most of his career has been in management and consulting roles, providing oversight and guidance to organizations, people, and projects.   Mr. Messenger is currently a Director and Utility Sector Lead for the Florida and East Ohio region of Sogeti USA (part of Capgemini America).

Bruce and his wife Karen have been part of Xenos Christian Fellowship in Columbus, Ohio, since 1990.  They are co-leaders of a home church and have been actively involved in international student ministries and global missions support for over two decades.  Bruce and Karen live in Worthington, Ohio, where they raised four daughters, now all grown and two living and working abroad.  They are now proud grandparents of grandchildren on two continents.

Having traveled in the past to Cambodia and the resulting appreciation of the people, culture, and challenges of that country were some of the things that drew Mr. Messenger to Hagar.

Daniel Stoltzfus | Board Member

Daniel joined the Hagar USA board in June 2015, served for two years as Vice Chair, and served as Board Chair in 2017. Daniel’s public service experience includes leadership positions with faith-based organizations in Arizona, Colorado, New York City and New Jersey as well as program development for a large behavioral health organization. Nearly 20 years of management experience in the not-for-profit community led him to his current role as the Chief Executive Officer at Interfaith Community Services in Tucson, AZ. Previously, he served as Chief Program Officer of The Bowery Mission, a historic faith-based institution serving homeless men, women and at-risk youth in New York City. He has extensive experience in program development, grant writing and strategic collaboration building. Daniel earned a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) in nonprofit management & public policy from New York University’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service in May 2009.

James Hall | Board Member

James R. Hall is currently a member of the Department of Defense.

He has worked in various command echelons, multi-national partnerships and other U.S inter agencies. His work has involved significant travel across the United States and abroad.

His civilian education includes: B.A. Political Science, Oral Roberts University (Magnum Cum Laude); M.A. Communications and M.A. Public Policy, Regent University.

He and his wife Kim are owners of a shabby chic furniture store and have two daughters.

Alex Brown | Board Member


With the separation of Hewlett-Packard Company Mr. Brown has recently moved to the position of Director, Americas End User Customer Operations. He has responsibility for Account Operation Managers in the United States and Canada, and Latin America as well as the Customer Support Center, the Manage Print and Supplies Pricing Team and the Customer Sales Support Managers all based in Guadalajara, Mexico. In his six and a half years at Hewlett-Packard he has served as Director, PPS US Corporate Inside Sales since September 2013. He was responsible for 10 managers and 103 individual contributors who handle the top 900 corporate accounts in the United States. This account base is responsible for approximately three billion dollars in PPS sales annually. Prior to that Alex was the Inside Sales Manager for HP PSG and later PPS since April 2009.

Alex has held various positions with Fortune 200 companies to include his former position as Vice President of Western Canadian Operations for Future Shops, LLC, which is now part of Best Buy Canada. He has also worked as a Finance Director/Manager for both Lexus and Ford dealerships in the auto industry. Prior to that, Alex worked as a Regional General Manager, Regional Human Resource Director, and Regional Operations Manager all with Circuit City Stores, Inc.

Mr. Brown attended Wake Forest University where he majored in History. Alex is also a recent graduate of the HP/Stanford Accelerated Development for Managers Program.

Alex’s current location is Albuquerque, NM USA.

Bahiyyah A. Walker | Board Member


 Ms. Walker is currently the Vice President for Legal Compliance for Southern Energy, USA, an international brokerage firm specializing in the acquisition and trade of raw materials, forestry resources and commodities. Previous to this position, Bahiyyah served as Director of the Critical Legal Skills Department and Professor of Advanced Criminal Law at The Charlotte School of Law. For several years, she directed the three tiered program in legal skills and ethics for over fifteen-hundred law students.  She also taught Advanced Criminal Law, specializing in the areas of criminal justice administration, judicial discretion, and criminal bias.

Ms. Walker is a former Magistrate Judge, and faithfully served the people within the 14th Judicial District of North Carolina for several years. Before her judicial appointment, Bahiyyah was the Director of the Center for Criminal Justice Research and Policy and an adjunct professor of Criminal Law at North Carolina Central University.

Within her personal interests, Bahiyyah is deeply committed to examining how specific social, economic, legal, and cultural frameworks develop and support criminal advocacy efforts in undeserved populations. Ms. Walker’s research and scholarly interests lie at the intersection of criminal bias, privilege and restorative justice.