Board of Directors
David Abrahamson, President
David is the CFO of M-3 Information, LLC, a healthcare information company that developed a web-based screening instrument (M3 Clinician) used in the detection of mental health symptoms. David is a lawyer and accountant and was active in the housing industry for decades, previously serving as Vice President of Acquisitions and Dispositions for the National Corporation for Housing Partnerships in the 1980’s, as a principal in an investment and management firm that specialized in operating government subsidized housing in the 1990’s, and as Vice President for Finance in a nationwide mortgage lending firm in the 2000’s.
David received his bachelor’s degree from Marquette University and his law degree from George Washington University. He is married and has three adult children. He enjoys golf and softball in his leisure time.
Paul Maxey, Vice President
Paul Maxey brings decades of ministry and not-for-profit experience to the Christian Aid USA board. Now semi-retired and living in Oklahoma with his wife of more than 40 years, Maxey serves as associate pastor of the Weogufkee Indian Baptist Church, his wife's home church, near Hanna.
Early in his career, Maxey served as pastor of various churches in Oklahoma, Missouri, Pennsylvania and New York City. He also served as part-time pastor for a church in a small town of Maryland for 15 years. From 1979 to 1989, Maxey was the Assistant and then the Associate Executive Director of Interchurch Medical Assistance (IMA) where he was responsible for distributing donated pharmaceutical/medical supplies to Protestant medical missions and hospitals around the world including, in Latin America, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, and Nicaragua.
In 1989, Maxey organized Allied Medical Ministries (Med-Mins), becoming its president. He remains deeply involved in the organization which serves other not-for-profit organizations, mission boards, and independent mission groups in the US – providing them with pharmaceutical/medical supplies for short-term missions traveling overseas as well as chronic care clinics and refugee camps in Lebanon.
Maxey has been active in the CFC for years, serving as treasurer of the international CFC federation Do Unto Others from 1995 to 2004. For several years, he has been a director of Village by Village, another internationally focused CFC federation. He has been active on numerous other not-for-profit and community boards, served on the school board of Dustin OK (president for 2 ½ years), and is president of Shell Creek Rural Water District, which provides water to families in rural Oklahoma and the town of Dustin.
James Lister, Treasurer
James has been executive director of the Plummer Home (Salem MA) since 2006. During his tenure, the organization has grown substantially in terms of programs operated, young people served, and geographic reach. Increasingly, others in the child welfare field are turning to Plummer to understand how social services can be designed to more effectively reconnect young people in state care with family or others who wish to help.
Prior to coming to Plummer Home, James worked with Family Continuity, first as the Assistant Director of an independent living program for foster children and later as a Program Director at an acute mental health residential program for children and adolescents. James started his career in human services as a social worker for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
James earned his BA in Criminal Justice from the University of MA at Lowell, and later his MBA from the same institution. He currently serves on the board executive committees of the American Association of Children’s Residential Centers and the Children's League of Massachusetts.
David Reiffel, Secretary
David is a writer, composer and sound designer who has been involved in music and theater since childhood. He currently serves as Program Director for the New Opera and Musical Theatre Initiative (NOMTI) in Boston.
David's work, which gravitates toward musical theater, has received many performances and frequent honors. Recent highlights include The Royal Institute for the Support and Healing of the Arts and Potter’s Field Bed and Breakfast, written with Silvia Graziano, which won the 2011 edition of Company One’s Fringe Wars. In May and June 2012, Cupcake, which he wrote with Bradely Seeman and Michael Wartofsky, had a successful run at Boston’s Club Cafe. He has recently finished Glory, his latest musical, and is presently pounding the pavement looking for a stage to do it on.
David is a board member of LGBT Community Charities, a sister federation focused on serving community-based organizations.