ACE Staff

Elisabeth Cochrane

Elisabeth Cochrane

CEO | Ace Development Fund

Growing up in Manhattan Beach, California an affluent area, I thought that was how most people lived until I went on a trip to Indonesia and later to Nepal and India and realized that there were many parts of the world in poverty and with that low life expectancy, high infant morality, low literacy, etc. I saw in Nepal that one of the ways villiage families survived was to sell their daughters into slavery. As I saw this I thought I should spend my life to help in these areas”.

Elisabeth then started working and living in Nepal and India for over 28 years. During this time she along with her co-workers developed many different projects in Nepal and India. Some of these projects were pre-schools, children homes, literacy programs, community development programs, clinics, vocational and character training, widow’s homes, etc.

As the work grew Elisabeth also realized that to help people to help themselves was a very important part of seeing communities developed. With this understanding she started to focus on helping people in these countries and other parts of Asia and Africa to develop businesses that would impact their communities for good. She saw that what people needed many times in poor parts of the world were abit of training, connections and opportunities.

It was out of this passion that she took over ACE, which had just been registered by a friend of hers. She is passionate about getting business people involved in helping to use their skills and talents to help parts of the world that need business in order to bring true development. She lives with her husband part time in Pune, India and part time in Gig Harbor, Washington. She has grown daughters

Patricia Claassen

Patricia Claassen

COO | Ace Development Fund

Patricia began her career as an architect with a strong foundation in problem solving, planning and effective design which she took with her into the non profit sector. Her passion is to see innovative vision strategically implemented so as to maximize holistic impact among the poorest and the most excluded peoples. She has served over 23 years in Pune, India in community empowerment and capacity building overseeing more than 400 staff and impacting over 24000 lives and in executive leadership at national and regional levels. She has experience in designing and implementing staff training programs with particular expertise in professional coaching and coach training. In 2013, she moved to Ohio, USA and subsequently served as US manager for Justice and Care, an International anti trafficking organization. Patricia recently completed a Certificate in Professional Fundraising from Boston University and is completing a Masters program in Global Leadership with emphasis on International Development at Fuller Seminary. She joined ACE in 2017 to serve as Chief of Operations ( COO).

Gary Bodeutsch

Gary Bodeutsch

Director, Financial Operations

With a degree in mathematics, Gary started his working career in data analysis applied to labor market policies with a particular focus on using longitudinal data of employment and unemployment to inform government policies and programs and for evaluation of non-profit organizations.  During the 1990s, as Director of Labor Market and Economic Analysis (Washington state government), Gary had the challenge of managing a staff of 85 and bridging the gap between research and practitioners.

Gary began working in international development focusing on the labor market in the late 1990s. Living in Thailand from 2000 to 2006, Gary worked with various non-profit organizations and taught at an international high school and the University of Chiang Mai.   He contracted with The World Bank and the Thailand Ministry of Labour for several projects.  Gary currently works as a consultant in various economic analyses (green technologies and international development).

ACE BOARD

David A. Stone

David A. Stone

Board Member

David A. Stone is the founder and CEO of First Rate. Stone acts as the visionary for the firm, providing direction for product development and guidance for customer service.

Stone launched First Rate in 1991 with the vision of providing a dynamic set of analysis tools that offer web-based performance solutions. Since then, the company has enjoyed significant annual growth in revenue, which can be partly attributed to its reputation in the industry for building strong personal relationships with clients.

Stone’s experience, before establishing First Rate, includes eight years at National FSI and SEI Investments where he worked as a programmer, developer and product manager. He has also worked as an application consultant at ComShare. Stone embarked on his career in 1979 at Banker’s Trust of South Carolina in the management training program. After successfully completing the program, Stone worked as an investment officer for several years.

Stone graduated from Dartmouth College where he studied economics and mathematics, while earning Varsity letters for football and track. Stone, being very committed to community service, serves on the board of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Youth With a Mission, Friends of Youth With a Mission, and Turner 12. David and his wife, Trina, also serve with Youth With a Mission as pioneering members of the Business As Mission movement. Dave speaks around the world on his experience of keeping God first in business and has also written a book: First Rate Living in God’s Company.

Ed McCahill

Ed McCahill

Advisory Board | BWAM NW

Ed is a Financial Advisor for Ronald Blue & Co.’s branch office in Seattle, Washington. Prior to joining Ronald Blue & Co., Ed spent five years as Presideed_mccahillnt of Double Eagle Group, LLC, a marketing and business development consulting firm as well as over 15 years with Microsoft Corporation in marketing management and product management roles. He had previously held several marketing and sales management positions during his eight-year tenure at Wang Laboratories, Inc. Ed graduated cum laude with his B.S. degree in Finance from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College and received his MBA from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Ed and his wife, Cindy, have four children and live in Woodinville, WA.

Stephen Rouner

Stephen Rouner

Advisory Board |BWAM NW

Stephen joined Merrill Lynch in 2014 after working in JP Morgan’s Private Client Group for 3 years. He is a graduate of Seattle Pacific University with a degree in Business Administration and Finance. Currently, he lives in Tacoma, WA with his wife, Katie. They enjoy the outdoors through camping, hiking and boating. In his spare time, Stephen serves as co-chair of the Gig Harbor Waterfront Alliance Economic Development Committee and on the Pacific Northwest Business With a Mission Advisory Team.

Stephen and wife Katie, have one son and live in Gig Harbor, WA.