Each member of our team at Heifer Foundation brings a level of experience in financial planning and resource management. We are dedicated to making sound investments that assist in our ultimate mission to end hunger and poverty in a sustainable way.
Heifer Foundation President
Ardyth Neill is President of Heifer Foundation, an international philanthropic foundation established for the primary purpose of building an endowment to generate ongoing support for the work of Heifer International; educating the public on planned charitable giving; and to serve as fiduciary for its donors.
Ardyth came to Heifer Foundation in 2001 after serving as Director of Accounting for more than four years with Heifer International. She served as CFO and Vice President of Asset Management for Heifer Foundation from 2001-2012. She started her non-profit work as a Comptroller with the Greater Ozarks Chapter, Blood and Tissue Region of the American Red Cross after beginning her professional career as an Accountant for Dillon’s Springfield Division. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration with minors in accounting and economics from Drury University.
Ardyth is currently a member of the Rotary Club 99 of Little Rock and serves on the board for the Rotary Club 99 Foundation. She is also a member of the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA), Society for Human Resource Management, Central Arkansas Human Resources Association, the Rachel Donaldson Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and The Order of Daughters of the King. Additionally, she is Heifer Foundation’s representative for the Misssion Investors’ Exchange, a member of the Forbes Nonprofit Council, Partnership of Philanthropic Planning (formerly NCPG) and the Arkansas chapter of the organization (Arkansas Charitable Gift Planning Council), as well as Drury University’s Breech School of Business Administration’s Advisory Board and a member of the Board of Directors for Women Thrive Worldwide. She is an active member of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church where she has previously served as treasurer and a member of the Outreach, Finance and Audit Committees.
Ardyth is married to Jerry Neill and lives in Maumelle, AR.
Vice President of Asset Management
Jennifer spent nearly 20 years working at Alltel and Windstream (telecommunications companies). In the spring of 2015, she decided to take time off for her family and explore opportunities in the non-profit sector. She spent time developing various human resources and finance skills and determined she wanted to utilize those skills to work with non-profits.
Most recently, Jennifer led the Compensation and Benefits teams at Windstream. Her work with those teams required considerable partnership with finance, as the total compensation and benefits expenses combined to be the second-largest expense for the company. She worked directly with the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors to develop the executive compensation program each year. While she has not worked in traditional finance roles her entire career, her roles have required significant financial acumen, attention to detail, and executive-level presence. Jennifer is a graduate of Hendrix College with a degree in Economics and Business and lives in Little Rock with her husband Brady, their two daughters Allison and Meredith and the family’s pet schnauzer, Molly.
Vice President of Planned Giving
Debbie comes to Heifer Foundation from the Cape Symphony and Conservatory in Hyannis, MA where she was the Director of Development. Prior to working with the Cape Symphony, she served as the Director of Planned Giving for the National Wildlife Federation and Planned Giving Manger for the Best Friends Animal Society, both national organizations. She is a licensed attorney in California, Nevada and Pennsylvania and has worked in private practice as a probate and estate planning attorney. Debbie has extensive development/planned giving experience managing a large portfolio of major and planned giving donors as well as charitable gift annuity programs. She has worked as a grant writer, an adjunct professor teaching Legal Compliance and Public Disclosure as part of a Nonprofit Certificate program at the University of Nevada Las Vegas and began her career as the Executive Director of a non-profit organization in California and a legal services office in Pennsylvania.
Debbie is a graduate of Loyola University, the University of Denver Law School and received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Baltimore Law School. Her professional memberships include the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning (PPP), the National Capital Gift Planning Council, and the Bar Associations of California, Nevada and Pennsylvania.
In her leisure time, Debbie performs pro bono legal work for animal welfare organizations around the country and loves cooking, gardening and travel.
Asset Management Accountant
Jake was born and raised in Wisconsin. He came to the Foundation in July of 2015 following a move to Arkansas for his wife Katie to complete her graduate education. Jake graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay with a Bachelors’ Degree in Finance; while at the university, he completed an internship at Schreiber Foods International, a large dairy manufacturing company. He is currently pursuing his MBA from Harding University. In his leisure time, he enjoys most outdoor activities, as well as watching and playing sports. He and his wife Katie live in North Little Rock, AR and enjoy cooking, traveling to see family and friends, and spending time with their dog, Samson.
Planned Giving Analyst
Devin is the Foundation’s Planned Giving Analyst, and has been with Heifer Foundation since 2014. A recent transplant to Arkansas from the Pacific Northwest, Devin has a background in retail banking with a side of small business consulting, social work and library reference/document management, encompassing nearly 10 years’ experience in customer service. She has a BA in Economics and Anthropology from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN and a MA in Social Entrepreneurship from Hult International Business School in London, England. Devin is a member of the Association for Fundraising Professionals and the local chapter of the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning as well as the Arkansas Charitable Gift Planning Council. In her spare time, Devin enjoys working at a local microbrewery and growing hot peppers in the community garden.
Donor Relations Administrative Associate
April joined the Foundation team in July 2016; previously she worked as a temp for Heifer International in the Revenue Accounting and Accounts Payable departments. Prior to coming to Heifer, she worked for the DoubleTree hotel in Little Rock where she served as President of the CARE Committee. She also worked at PPG Protective and Marine Coatings in Alexander, AR and served on the United Way Committee.
April is originally from the northwest Indiana/Chicagoland area and moved to Arkansas in July of 2010 to be closer to family. Prior to her move to Arkansas, she attended Commonwealth Business College in Indiana pursuing paralegal studies; she has an accounting and banking background. While in Chicago, she worked for the Institute for the International Education of Students (IES), a non-profit study abroad provider. While at IES, she served on the Interculturalist Editorial Board and Social Committee.
April loves snow and cold weather, crafts, and curling up with a good book. She recently discovered the joy of camping with friends and family. She enjoys football and hockey; of course, her favorite baseball team is the Chicago Cubs.
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