David Lorency has enjoyed more than 40 years of dynamic work to the underprivileged and poor around the world. His early career included working with children and youth in the inner city of Norfolk and Virginia Beach, VA. David started Youth Challenge Outreach (YCO) as an umbrella agency for numerous coffee houses, servicemen’s centers and beach outreach stations. During the next five years, YCO grew to reaching thousands of youth, employing nine fulltime and seventy part-time staff members.
It was during this time that YCO moved beyond Virginia Beach and into Mexico. David received a donation of a van, complete with sound equipment. He and his young family drove the van to Mexico reaching out to children and youth all across Mexico.
That same successful and driven attitude also propelled David into a pastoral ministry. For eleven years, Lorency and his family continued to reach the poor and underserved of this world. Everywhere David went; the focus was always on the needs of the community and encouraged others to participate. It was this unselfish sharing of resources that caused David’s work to grow numerically and financially. David’s vocation made a global impact upon those caught in catastrophic circumstances and those he enlisted to help serve.
In 2000, because of this commitment, David Lorency was asked to serve as Executive Director of Operation Compassion, a non-profit international disaster relief charity. David has guided and directed the growth and development of Operation Compassion from a small charity starting with a pick-up truck and $200 to a charity handling more than 1,500 semis or more per year. In addition to the growth in the number of semis, Lorency has been instrumental in financial growth as well. David was rewarded for his dedicated service to Operation Compassion when he was named the President in 2006 where he continues to serve developing new ideas for growth and outreach.
Since 2000, David has resided in Cleveland, TN with his wife, Laura. David and Laura have four daughters, three sons-in-law, eleven grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Lisa Boen came to Operation Compassion from a successful career in the retail market. After having spent much of her time serving people purchase product, Lisa decided to join Operation Compassion where she could serve people life sustaining product. Operation Compassion was a small charity getting started when Lisa was hired to do the paperwork. For several years, Lisa kept up with the record keeping and helped load and unload trucks from time to time.
As Operation Compassion grew, Lisa continued to develop her skills and competencies to keep pace with the growing demands of corporate growth. Her expertise developed in logistics and support as she became warehouse manager of Operation Compassion’s Alabama warehouse. In March 2003, Lisa moved her family to Cleveland, TN to assume the day to day management of our main international warehouse.
Since Operation Compassion has experienced explosive growth during this time, Lisa was named Vice President of Operations for Operation Compassion which includes the day to day management of the warehouse staff, transportation staff and the procurement staff.Lisa currently resides in Cleveland, TN with her husband Gary and daughter, Baylee. Lisa’s oldest daughter, son-in-law and two grandchildren also reside in Cleveland, TN.
Tim Burdashaw has enjoyed more than forty years of dynamic vocation characterized by compassion and care for the poor and marginalized. While attending college, Tim received an invitation to reach out to a retirement complex where he regularly provided for the special needs of the constituents. This became the norm as he embarked upon a calling that encompassed more than twenty years of labor to the poor and underserved in rural and urban locations.
While working in Chicago, Tim initiated a program to Cook County Jail inmates’ families. This program helped family members locate services within the city that would enable them to continue to provide for their children while their spouses were incarcerated. Hundreds of inmates’ family members were helped each year with basic necessities and Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets and toys.
When Burdashaw and his family moved to Wichita, KS, he began a hot meal feeding program that was totally supported by the community. The homeless were bused from downtown and were fed, clothed and showered. More than one hundred homeless were fed each week. During the winter months, he opened an emergency shelter for the homeless and those without adequate heat.
For the majority of his professional life, Tim has given attention to meeting other’s needs. During a catastrophic illness that dominated his life for seven years, he was busy helping others hospitalized alongside him. Comforting and counseling other patients dealing with a similar illness, Tim never considered quitting or trying something different. His health and healing were wrapped up in his ability to help others.
In November 2001, Burdashaw joined the staff of Operation Compassion. Over the years, Operation Compassion has experienced unprecedented growth. Each month the volume of semis received and shipped grew as did the number of people serviced. Operation Compassion has responded to major disasters, hunger in rural and urban America, poverty in third world countries including medical and dental clinics, birthing stations and feeding centers. Throughout the world and across the United States, children, widows, senior adults and single parent families have been and will continue to be the priority of Operation Compassion.
Currently, Tim is the Vice President of Development and Communications. Since 1995, Tim Burdashaw has resided in Cleveland, TN along with his wife, Debbie. Tim is currently working on his doctorate degree, writing a dissertation on disaster relief and preparedness. Tim and Debbie have two children, a daughter-in-law and two grandchildren, who also give of themselves to others.
Operation Compassion is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt charitable organization.