Meet the BWP Board of Directors

Steve Pettit
President and Founder
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Steve is a pastor, global strategist and leadership mentor. Steve and his wife Sherrie own businesses in York and Lancaster PA. He attended Capital Bible Seminary in Washington, D.C., before pastoring Derwood Bible Church in Rockville, Maryland for 21 years.  Steve served as a global strategist for 7 years in the Lynchburg area and presently serves on the board of directors with Proven Men Ministries. He and his wife of 40 years, have four children and fifteen grandchildren.
 
“It’s my honor to serve with a competent board of directors for Big World Project. My earnest desire is to advance the goals of Big World Project through humble leadership and a visionary spirit. God has given me 40 years of global experience initiating and establishing ministries in over 32 countries. I deeply believe in the strategy and scope of BWP and hope to resource many Christ-centered ministries that are in the trenches rescuing women and children who are suffering from the devastating effects of injustice, poverty and homelessness.”
Omid Rokni
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Omid is a national sales director for an information services company headquartered in Washington D.C. Over the past 15 years he has gained experience as a results-driven business development executive with a proven track record of building, managing, and influencing profitable and sustainable sales cycles. He has a degree in Marketing Information Systems from James Madison University. He and his wife, Jennie, live in Northern Virginia with their four children.
 

”It’s truly an honor and a privilege to serve on the board of directors for Big World Project. I’m excited to work with an incredible team to support the world-wide challenges of children living on streets, orphans, and sexually exploited women. Our freedom, privileged resources, and time are precious God given gifts that can help change the lives of others for generations to come.”
Rene Murray
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Rene was born and raised in York County, PA. She and her husband, Nate, have been married for 18 years and have 2 children, Noah and Alyssa. Rene has a degree in accounting from University of Phoenix and spent 15 years working full-time in the accounting field. Three years ago she joined Nate in helping with his graphic design business. Rene’ served with Freedom 424 and Run 4 Their Lives as a Regional Race Director and had the opportunity to travel to Thailand to work with one of their partner organizations. She currently serves as the Be Rich Coordinator for her church, Lancaster County Bible Church, which helps to meet the needs of organizations within the community.

 

“I am so thankful for the opportunity to serve with Big World Project. It is an honor to be a part of an organization that is making a difference in the lives of women and children. I hope that the passion I have for serving others will help to further the mission of this amazing organization.”
Dr. David Vorp
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David lives in Pittsburgh, PA, with his wife, Allison, and son, Justin. He is Associate Dean for Research for the Swanson School of Engineering and Professor of Bioengineering and Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh, where he received his BS and PhD degrees. He co-founded Neograft Technologies, which is developing a vascular graft technology developed in his laboratory. He is a Fellow of the American Heart Association, Biomedical Engineering Society and other professional societies. David and Allison are members of North Way Christian Community. There they serve on the hospitality team and the leadership team for a marriage ministry, Marriage Matters. In his free time, David enjoys traveling with his family, running, fishing and watching sporting events. He is committed to helping young men recover from wound-based sin and find the redemptive and healing power of Jesus.
 
“I believe that traumatic experiences in youth help fuel a cycle of destruction that continues into adulthood. I am excited to serve on the Board of Directors for an organization that intervenes with the love of Jesus in children at risk to help break this cycle and lead to improved lives. (Ephesians 2:10)”
Dakota Blanks
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Dakota Blanks began his career working for a wholesale nursery. He studied horticulture and owned a turf management business while working for the Lynchburg Fire Department for nearly 10 years. Dakota now invests the bulk of his time developing his cattle and ranching operation Windy Acres Farm. Dakota builds homes in the Lynchburg and surrounding area.  He and his wife Ruth of 13 years have two sons and work closely with a local adoption organization hoping to adopt a girl.