The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) has announced the appointment of Annetta “Ann” Gibson as vice president for finance. Gibson began her appointment on December 4, 2019. Gibson steps into the role previously held by Michael Kruger, who now serves as president of the international organization.
“Ann is a widely respected leader, and we’re pleased to welcome her to ADRA as our newest executive team member,” said Ella Simmons, board vice-chair and general vice president of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. ”She has extensive experience with ADRA and across various business and finance sectors. Her extraordinary commitment to stewardship and financial expertise, coupled with a forward-thinking approach, makes her an ideal person for this important leadership role and will certainly benefit ADRA as the network continues to serve the global community.”
“I’m humbled and honored to join ADRA’s senior leadership team,” Gibson said. “ADRA has a long history being a leading humanitarian agency in the world, and I believe ADRA’s potential to grow is tremendous, given the already talented and passionate staff I have worked with and met. I look forward to working with leadership to build upon ADRA’s financial foundation that has been established by our predecessors.”
About Annetta Gibson
Before joining ADRA, Gibson was employed at the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists as the assistant to the treasurer and has served on ADRA’s board since 2005. She previously held positions as dean of the School of Business at Andrews University; chair of the department of accounting, economics, and finance, also at Andrews; a university professor; auditor; certified public accountant; and in other finance-related roles.
She has also been published in the Journal of Business Ethics, Issues in Accounting Education, the Journal of Adventist Education, the Journal of Applied Christian Leadership, and others. Additionally, she has presented at national and international business and finance-related conferences. She was honored with the Siegfried H. Horn Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Scholarship in 2016, the J. N. Andrews Medallion in 2007, named among Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers in 1996, and awarded for other notable mentions. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Michigan Society of CPAs.
Gibson earned a PhD in accounting from Washington State University and holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Andrews University.