About Our Board and Staff


JANE LETOURNEAU
Founder & President

For over 20 years, Jane has volunteered with nonprofits serving the elderly and people confronting life-threatening illnesses in cities throughout the United States. She has also launched and supported international programs that address HIV/AIDS, womens’ empowerment, clean water and sanitation, gardens and nutrition, job creation, and education. Jane has worked in Ethiopia, Namibia, and extensively in the townships of Cape Town, South Africa. A native of Minnesota, she makes her home in Sun Valley, Idaho.

 

JOHN FREY
Treasurer

A longtime advocate for social justice issues, John is the Managing Partner of Sun Country Management in Ketchum, Idaho. He also serves as CEO of Minneapolis-based Wabash Capital Management and as President of the Blue Lake Trust Company of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Additionally, John is a director of the Frey Foundation. He has previously served on the boards of the One Percent Club, the Jeremiah Program, and Open Arms of Minnesota. John and his wife, Jane Letourneau, live in Sun Valley, Idaho. (Pictured to John’s left is Mandla Majola of the Movement for Change and Social Justice.)

 

KENT LINDER

Kent’s life and career have focused on social justice issues. After living in a Catholic Worker house, which served homeless guests, he spent 15 years working at Open Arms of Minnesota, working directly with clients, expanding programming, and becoming involved with international programs. After several years working with The Advocates for Human Rights, he now coordinates the finance team at the Bush Foundation. An avid traveler who lives in Minneapolis, Kent is committed to Acacia Global and is a tireless advocate for our work. (Kent is pictured with Priscilla Ligwa.)

 

DAVID PLANTE
Secretary

Engaged in issues of peace and human rights since earning his undergraduate degree in Peace Studies, David has spent the past two decades volunteering with nonprofits committed to working for social justice. David is a director at Target Corporation, where he leads a global retail and consumer insights team. His skills and experience in marketing have proven invaluable in his role on the board of Acacia Global. When not exploring the world, he enjoys life in Minneapolis with his husband, Kent Linder.

 

Staff:
KEVIN WINGE
Executive Director

Motivated by the HIV/AIDS pandemic, Kevin spent much of the past 18 years leading two innovative nonprofits that prepare and deliver nutritious meals to people living with HIV/AIDS and other critical diseases: Open Arms of Minnesota in Minneapolis and Project Open Hand in San Francisco. Since 2000, Kevin has collaborated with partners in South Africa and Ethiopia to create and sustain programs to support people with HIV/AIDS in Africa. He is the author of Never Give Up: Vignettes from sub-Saharan Africa in the Age of AIDS. Kevin has a Master’s of Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School.