Extreme Response Leadership

Extreme Response Board of Directors: Committed to Serving Others

Speaker-Jerry-CarnillJerry Carnill co-founded Extreme Response International and has served as its President and CEO since 2001. A Michigan native, Jerry first became concerned about the plight of those living in poverty when he and his wife Dawn accepted a position serving as school administrators and teachers in Honduras in 1986. After returning to the U.S., Jerry co-founded Project Build International (PBI), an organization specializing in training and mobilizing groups to do short-term teams in developing countries. PBI soon merged with World Thrust in order to expand its reach and impact. n 1995, Jerry joined HCJB Radio in Quito, Ecuador, overseeing work teams that traveled to the area. It was in Quito that he witnessed the extreme poverty of people working in a local dump and decided to do something about it. For the next few years, Jerry and many volunteers worked in the dump to bring education, kids programming, nutrition, and hygiene. The informal group that would become ER eventually was able to offer medical and dental assistance, childcare, worker support and counseling. Throughout its history, ER has engaged thousands of volunteers from several countries and continues to grow in scope, geography and impact. ER now has offices in Ontario, Quito, Manila, Cape Town, and Atlanta. Jerry is a visionary humanitarian who oversees 40+ staff on four continents. He provides unique and highly effective leadership, with an emphasis on strategic development, fundraising and relationship management. A passionate storyteller, Jerry speaks frequently at conferences, short-term team training, and international strategy meetings. Jerry lives near Atlanta, GA, with his wife Dawn, who coordinates ER Christmas celebrations globally. They have four adult children. Contact Jerry at jcarnill@extremeresponse.org

Russ Cline co-founded Extreme Response International. He serves as ER's Chief Strategy Officer. Russ was born in Southern California but spent his adolescent years growing up in Quito, Ecuador. Russ met his wife Gina at Azusa Pacific University, and worked with young people before moving back to Quito in 1994 to launch Youth World, an organization training leaders to work with young people in Ecuador. In 2005, Russ began to focus on global leadership training which identified strategically placed leaders around the world and brought them together to receive training, resources, coaching and community. To date, more than 200 leaders from 19 countries have participated in leadership summits and events. In 2010, the Clines returned to Southern California to join the Extreme Response team, working primarily in leadership training and partner development. The Leader Mundial vision merged into Extreme Response, creating a clear focus on leadership and organizational training. Russ completed his Masters degree in Organizational Leadership, is a certified trainer with the Cultural Intelligence Center and speaks, writes and consults on global and non-profit leadership issues. Russ and Gina, a marriage and family therapist, live in Southern California and have three adult children. Russ’ passion is to see leaders equipped, to see organizations operating effectively, and to see lives being changed. Contact Russ at rcline@extremeresponse.org.

Jon Beckman, President and CEO of GE Foodland, Inc., Dallas, TX

Jon is married to Denise. They have two children, Anna and Jillian. Jon has spent the last 17 years in the highly competitive retail grocery environment operating supermarkets in the Dallas market. Jon is passionate about helping people feed people. “I believe the partnership-focused strategy of Extreme Response is one of the most efficient and effective ways to help those living in extreme situations.”



Dick Blanc, Executive Director, Cedarville University Entrepreneurship AcceleratorManaging Partner-Retired, Accenture, LLP

Dick is married to Cyndi. They live in Carrollton, TX and have four children and two grandchildren.  “We love the mission and people of Extreme Response and are blessed to have this opportunity to serve those who live in extreme situations.”


Don Clapham, President, Proto Cast, Inkster, MI

Don has been married to Kim since 1979. They live in Lake Angelus, MI and have two children, Philip and Stephanie. “I am motivated to care for “the least of these” – people who are living in impoverished conditions and lack opportunities. ER is dedicated to coming along these people and providing help and hope. I am blessed to be involved with the work ER is doing around the world.”



Linda Cripps, Dealer Principal, Aitken Chevrolet/Buick/GMC, Simcoe, Ont., Canada; Director, ER Canada, Simcoe, Canada

Linda lives in Simcoe and has two married children and three grandchildren. She has spent more than 30 years working in dealerships and has co-led ER Canada for more than 10 years. "I was drawn to ER in 2014 while on a trip to Ecuador where I saw first-hand the actions of the organization. On that trip the phrase, 'No home, No help, No hope' was mentioned a few times as the staff worked alongside the homeless. Seeing people without jobs or a future created a stirring in my heart. I made a decision to get involved. It's been my joy to volunteer with ER and help change one life at a time."


Jim Hastings, President, Vital Home Security and Automation, Inc., Glendora, CA

Jim is married to Christine and they live in Glendora, CA. They have three daughters: Laruen, Erin and Kate. Jim has owned and operated several businesses focused on marketing and services during the last 18 years. Jim grew up in Ecuador and saw many of the needs ER and our partners face first-hand. “I appreciate ER because it is helping people escape poverty. Working with ER, I’ve seen lives changed right in front of me.”


Eric B. Jacobs, Chief Development Officer – North America, Marriott Select Brands, Marriott International

Eric is married to Sally. They have four children: Hillary married to Matt Reininga, Taylor married to Annie Laurie, Joshua and Lilyan. “I believe in ER’s commitment to consulting, providing leadership and business planning to organizational leaders who are in need and want to have greater impact. We’re helping ensure that each program has sustainability and long-term impact in a region. ER is truly committed to serving those who cannot help themselves, working in tough and sometimes the hardest parts of the world.”