Lara Martin, Executive Director

8x10_Headshot_Lara_MartinLara S. Martin is the executive director of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). She has a Master of Arts in Social Anthropology of Development from the University of London (SOAS) and a Master of Public Health from Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Martin sets the strategic vision and leads UMCOR as it implements cross sectoral programming in United States and international disaster response, sustainable development and global migration. Martin is a public health and nutrition expert as well as a recognized global leader in humanitarian aid. She worked for Save the Children in various roles from 2007 to 2013, including as an aid worker managing emergency health and nutrition programs. Most recently, Martin was a humanitarian researcher and manager of programming at the Center for Humanitarian Emergencies at Emory University. She is a frequent lecturer at Emory and teaches at the CDC University. Martin attends North Decatur United Methodist Church within the North Georgia Conference.


Program Leadership

  • Lara S. Martin, Executive Director
  • Roland Fernandes, Treasurer
  • Jack Amick, Director, Migration
  • Catherine G. Earl, Director, Disaster Response and U.S. Partner Relations
  • Amy Fuselier, Director, UMCOR Sager Brown and Depot West
  • Javed Sheikh, Finance Director

Board of Directors

UMCOR is a not-for-profit corporation whose directors are elected by the General Board of Global Ministries. UMCOR operates in a manner consistent with the policies set by the General Board of Global Ministries and in accordance with the bylaws of the General Board of Global Ministries and UMCOR.

  • President: Bishop Thomas Bickerton
  • Vice President: Sara White
  • Recording Secretary: Katie Dawson
  • Treasurer: Roland Fernandes (Ex-Officio)

Rev. Frank Aichele
Central Conference – Central/Germany

Bishop Thomas J. Bickerton
Northeastern Jurisdiction – New York 

Rev. Dan C. Bryant
North Central Jurisdiction – East Ohio

Rev. Katie Z. Dawson
North Central Jurisdiction – Iowa

Bishop Jonathan Holston
Southeastern Jurisdiction – South Carolina

Thomas Michael Junk
South Central Jurisdiction - Oklahoma

Ann Koroma 
Central Conference – Sierra Leone

Celestin Malamba Lohalo 
Central Conference – East Congo 

Molly Rebeccah McEntire
Southeastern Jurisdiction – Florida

Dr. Glenn Roy Villa Paraso
Central Conference – Philippines

Carol Toney (United Methodist Women)
Southeastern Jurisdiction – North Alabama

Carmen Vianese
Northeastern Jurisdiction - Upper New York

Rev. Sara Ann White
Southeastern Jurisdiction – South Carolina

Bishop John K. Yambasu 
Central Conference – Sierra Leone