John Winings came to his role as executive director of Haiti Fund, Inc. following a successful 25-year career in industry. His broad skills in science, marketing, manufacturing, technology transfer and top management uniquely qualify him to provide the kind of insights evident in this book.
After receiving his BS and MBA from the University of Illinois, John worked for Occidental Petroleum Corporation and The BOC Group before moving to North Carolina in 1990. Here he has been a turnaround specialist for venture capital firms with portfolio companies needing strong leadership and has served as a consultant to individuals and organizations needing renewed energy and focus.
A life-long Presbyterian, John has been an elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA) in 1978. He was a charter member of Wake Forest Presbyterian Church and is a Commissioned Ruling Elder who served two churches in New Hope Presbytery (North Eastern North Carolina), Butner Presbyterian Church and Clayton New Church Development. John was interim executive of the Synod of the Mid-Atlantic of the PCUSA from 2007–2008.
John was commissioned as the Executive Director of Haiti Fund, Inc. in 2005. Haiti Fund is a validated ministry of the Presbytery of New Hope.
Following the earthquake in Haiti in 2010, John and his wife Debbie moved to Haiti where John took on the additional position of director of CODEP while continuing his Haiti Fund work. Since 2012, he has served with two Haitians (Edvy Durandice and Clement Tercelin) in the Office of the Director of CODEP, where the three of them share responsibilities as CEO.
John and Debbie live in Wake Forest, NC, and have three children and five