Leadership

Christian Taylor, Co-Founder and CEO of Warzone Initiatives

Christian Taylor, CEO & Director

Christian is a Masters of Science candidate in Conflict Analysis & Resolution at George Mason University. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in History with a focus in history of religion and the ancient Near East from University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2008. During his time at UCLA he was a member of the Bruins football team for four years and served as the team captain for the last two. In 2012, Christian co-founded Warzone Initiatives. Christian has served as the organization’s CEO since 2012. Under Christian’s leadership the organization has implemented peacebuilding, water, sanitation, hygiene, and medical projects in Somalia, Central African Republic, Gaza, Afghanistan, and Myanmar. Christian and his wife, Holly, were married in 2014. They have two daughters, Tatum and Sadie.


Isabelle Finney, Director

Isabelle Finney is an independent strategy and philanthropy consultant and former Director of Development and Strategic Partnerships at International Justice Mission. Ms. Finney began her career in Finance with Unilever in South Africa, after which she transitioned to investment banking in London. Over a period of eight years, she was with DHL International in Belgium and the U.S., where she served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for North and South America. Ms. Finney has a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Marketing, and a Graduate Degree in Management Accounting from the University of Natal, South Africa. She has traveled to over 40 countries and resides in northern California with her husband and sons.


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Mark Drever, Director

Mark received his B.S. Degree in Economics from the University of Pacific in 1979 and his J.D. from the Loyola School University School of Law in 1982. In 1988, Mark joined Fresh Express, a packaged salad manufacturer in Salinas, California. He served in various capacities for 18 years, including as President from 1993 – 2001 and as CEO until July 2005 when the company was sold to Chiquita. In 2007, Mark co-founded (with Steve Taylor) organicgirl. organicgirl develops, markets, and sells premium, organic food products including salads, dressings and juices. The company has grown from a start-up in 2007 to the second largest and fastest growing organic salad brand in the country. Mark has served as the CEO and Chairman of the company since 2008. Mark has been married to Robyn since 1980. They have two children Kevin and Bryan. Mark is active in numerous civic and ministry-related activities and organizations. He has a particular interest in community transformational models that assist non-profit service providers to coordinate and operate more effectively.


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Steve Taylor, Director

Steve was born and raised in Salinas, California. He graduated from UC Berkeley with a BA in Psychology and from Harvard Business School with an MBA in 1985. In 1987, Steve joined Fresh Express where he created and developed the packaged salad industry. He became Chairman and CEO of Fresh Express in 1993. After building Fresh Express to $550 million in sales, the company sold in 2001. Steve and partners from Fresh Express invested in a turnaround vegetable company in 2006 and started Organic Girl (organic salads) in 2007. Steve and his wife, Kathy, have been married 33 years. They have three children: Meghan, Kyle, and Christian. Steve and Kathy are involved in various ministries at First Presbyterian Church in Salinas and are engaged in the public policy arena around the country.


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David “Mac” McQuiston, Director

David “Mac” McQuiston’s career in Christian leadership spans 45 years and encompasses key roles in some of America’s most recognizable and influential Christian ministries. After graduating from Indiana Wesleyan University, Mac went to work for World Wide Pictures in association with the Billy Graham Organization. He then served as Senior Vice President for Chuck Swindoll’s Insight for Living ministry. And in 1977, he joined Focus on the Family as one of the original board members and a signatory of Focus’ incorporation. He became Vice President of Administration and Development and helped launch Dr. James Dobson’s City Wide Seminars in 1977 and Dobson’s first film series in 1978. He held increasingly responsible positions within Focus during his 21-year tenure with the ministry. When the CEO Forum was launched within Focus on the Family in January of 1995, Mac was appointed its President/CEO, a role he has filled ever since. In 2005, the CEO Forum became an independent organization headquartered in Colorado Spring, Colorado. In addition to providing executive leadership to the Forum, Mac personally serves as spiritual mentor to a number of Forum members. In August 2011, he received an Honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree from his alma mater, Indiana Wesleyan University. Mac and his wife Karen have two daughters and four grandchildren and reside in Colorado Springs, Colorado.


 

Luke Miner, Director

Luke Miner is an entrepreneur, traveler, adventurer and learner. His main business achievement is co-founding the crowdfunding platform YouCaring.com. Since inception in 2011, YouCaring has raised over 250M for causes. He has travelled to 15 countries, many of them 2 or 3 times. One of his top dreams is to hike Machu Picchu. He is currently the Entrepreneur in Residence for Shasta Venture Hub, and has a passion for partnering with local entrepreneurs.


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Benjamin Church, Director

Benjamin is the co-founder of Warzone Initiatives. From its founding in May of 2012 until late 2014 he oversaw Warzone Initiatives’ Somalia operation. Under Benjamin’s leadership, the organization has implemented sustainable, impactful projects; developed an effective Somalia team; and has created structure and systems to expand project capacity. Benjamin, a philanthropist and lover of life, has devoted his life to the betterment of mankind. His passion for the improvement of developing nations led him to attend a cross-cultural school of missions in Mozambique Africa, in 2011. He also completed three years at Bethel School of Ministry in Redding, CA. Benjamin has been involved with humanitarian work in some of the most challenging environments in the world. His experience working in devastated areas, his passion to save lives, and his vision to see global poverty come to an end inspired him to co-found Warzone Initiatives. In January 2015 Benjamin founded To The Stars Marketing, a strategic consulting agency that helps organizations and businesses increase brand awareness and profits through implementing digital marketing strategies.


Michael Watson, Director

Michael is the Treasurer, Senior Relationship Manager and a Partner at Carlson Capital, L.P., a multi-strategy hedge fund. As Treasurer, he is responsible for cash and collateral management as well as managing all financing relationships. Michael is also the Senior Relationship Manager for Carlson, overseeing all investment research relationships. Previously, Michael managed Carlson’s global convertible arbitrage portfolio and was responsible for hedging Carlson’s currency and interest rate exposures. Michael graduated magna cum laude from Texas A&M University in 1997 with a B.B.A in Finance and Accounting. Michael has lived in Dallas, Texas for the past 17 years and has traveled to 57 countries for work, charity, and leisure. In addition to serving on the Warzone Initiatives Board, Michael serves on the boards for Capital For Kids, an investment-industry charity which focuses on helping abused and underprivileged children in North Texas; and the S.M. Wright Foundation, which assists and empowers underprivileged children and families who live in the South Dallas/Fair Park community. Internationally, Michael has served on the Committee for Young Life in the Former Soviet Union.