The Deeper Missions Board

Derek Reinhard, PMP

Executive Director, Founder (2010)
Derek’s day job is as a

Program Analyst for Loan Guaranty Service, Department of Veterans Affairs. Developing and training on project/program management best practices. Founder of Deeper Missions with 12 trips to Sierra Leone and one to Kenya, Uganda, leading teams of up to 12 for work including sanitation construction, solar installation, as well as academic enrichment.
Certificates: Project Management Professional (PMP); Photovoltaics (design and installation); MSc in Nonprofit Management (2018)

The health of students is paramount for learning and for worker productivity. I saw this being met by green technology solutions and the training/sensitization to give communities ownership and the ability to maintain these solutions. Travel to West Africa broadened my appreciation for other people and cultures as well as seeing that often times a small, strategic “hand up” can break a community’s felt need for seeking “hand outs.” Because of enriching travel experiences, I wanted to share that through Deeper Missions travel teams who would work alongside local workers to implement these projects.

Ross Meglathery

Board President (Joined 2014)

Ross is a recent graduate of Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, earning a Masters in Public Administration. He currently serves as a lieutenant colonel in the US Marine Corps Reserve. Prior to earning his MPA, Ross spent over 15 years as a leader, facilitator and motivator in defense, national security, energy, international civil affairs and international relations, and public policy.

While on active duty, Ross served as a United Nations Military Observer in Western Sahara, Africa where he saw first hand the effects of conflict and the importance of water availability for sanitation and quality of life. These views were reinforced when he served in Iraq and conducted numerous civil affairs projects dedicated to enhancing medical and educational opportunities, in addition to providing clean water and sanitation to a population caught in the middle of a devastating conflict. Ross is the recipient of the Purple Heart Medal. Ross also earned a MS degree in the management of information technology from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce. He joined the board of Deeper Missions in July of 2014.

Kimberly Hanson

Board Vice President (Joined 2013)
Kim is an organizational & individual development for social impact facilitator with a large training company. She recently returned from serving as a Global Health Corps fellow in Kampala, Uganda where she was a Resource Mobilization Officer for Africa’s largest pediatric HIV/AIDS clinic, Baylor-Uganda. Prior to her move, Kim was a communications consultant at USAID’s flagship Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP) in Washington, DC.

Kim’s passion for global and community development was first initiated by through an international youth leadership conference and solidified after a semester living and working in Namibia. While her scholarly and job experience varies across a number of fields, she is primarily interested in tackling social welfare issues by mobilizing youth to create change in their communities. In her spare time, Kim likes to act in plays and produce independent films. Kim holds a BA and MA in International Development & Social Change from Clark University in Worcester, MA.

Anthony Triplin

Board Member, CFO (Joined 2014)

Anthony currently serves as a budget analyst with the Department of Energy’s Loan Programs Office in DEPARTMENT OF Washington, DC. Prior to that he was a budget analyst in the Executive Office of the President. He is Deeper Missions’ CFO responsible for facilitating the budget, overseeing bookkeeping and audits.


Victoria Xie

Board Secretary (Joined 2015)

Victoria is from Montreal, Canada and a recent graduate of McGill University where she earned a BA in Economics and International Development. She just completed her first year at Columbia Law School, NYC. Victoria has done volunteer travel to Kenya where she supported a rural primary school as a teacher and led weekly meetings for a woman’s co-operative.


Michelle DeFreese

Board Member (Joined 2013)

Michelle’s experience includes strategic communications and outreach, social media planning, and partnership building. Originally from New Jersey, she completed a BSc in Anthropology from Rutgers University.  She has studied at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, earned a MA in International Studies from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, University of Geneva.

Following her first trip to Africa in 2011, she has been increasing involved in international development projects and initiatives.  She has traveled throughout sub-Saharan Africa documenting development success stories. She will be working with Deeper Missions senior leadership to develop contacts and partnerships and to promote the organization at international events and conferences.


Mohamed Nabieu

Board Member, Sierra Leone (Joined 2014 (has known Derek since 2005))

Mohamed volunteers as the Deeper Missions Project Coordinator in Sierra Leone. He earned Bachelor of Science Degree (B.Sc.) in Environmental Sciences with Honors/major in Development Studies from Njala University, Sierra Leone, 2013.