Worldmaker International, a nonprofit human resilience organization founded in Iowa, announced today they have made changes to their Board and Executive Leadership Team. Former COO, David Richmond from the UK, is assuming the Board Chair position with Ivy Kusinga, a native of Uganda, serving as Board Vice-Chair.
“I am confident that this new structure will allow these extremely talented and dedicated leaders to play to their strengths in service to the greater good,” says Worldmaker founder and CEO Dr. Mollie Marti. “Our organization’s future is bright with such depth of experience and passion for the mission.”
Richmond, who has been awarded the rank of Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, served 26 years in British Army service. He received a medical discharge as a Colonel after being seriously wounded in Afghanistan. He went on to serve as Recovery Director at Help for Heroes, overseeing services for over 18,000 wounded and sick servicemen, veterans and families. In addition to his work in the UK, he has advised other nations on creating or developing their own recovery services for service personnel, including working with the United States Air Force and supporting NATO in advising the Ukraine.
Kusinga brings strengths to the board as a specialist in corporate culture, employee engagement, and diversity and inclusion. As the Chief Culture and Talent Officer at Chubb, a global property and casualty insurer, she brings more than 25 years of work experience to providing an inclusive, equitable environment that enables high performance. Born in Uganda, Kusinga attended university in Nova Scotia, Canada and currently resides in Philadelphia.
Richmond emphasizes that a close working relationship between the Board and the executive team is essential for a thriving and impactful organization, “The executive leadership team and I meet each week, using our time together to envision the best use of our resources, refine strategy, and ensure that Worldmaker is living its core values,” says Richmond. “As one of our Board members, retired Lt General Jeff Buchanan says, we place great value on ensuring that our video matches our audio.”
Founded as a community resiliency project in Iowa dedicated to stop a cluster of teen suicides and use research to weave community-based safety nets to prevent further losses, Worldmaker quickly became a leader in evidence-based human resilience programming. The organization operated for years in the U.S. as the nonprofit National Resilience Institute, before expanding internationally. Well positioned to help meet the psychosocial demands of a global pandemic, Worldmaker is providing pandemic relief programming for parents, educators, mental health professionals, military, veterans, and others.
Mollie Marti, PhD, JD, founding CEO of Worldmaker, is a social psychologist, attorney, and resilience researcher. Known for adapting research into effective applications, her THRIVE Resilience Model™ framework goes beyond individual traits to build environments that repair trauma and nurture connections between people and their communities. Dr. Marti’s Resiliency Matters TV show on Mediacom MC22 provides resilience education directly to more than 250,000 households and her books on psychology and leadership have been translated into eight languages. Prior to her non-profit executive work, she taught university psychology, directed a survey research institute, and garnered a decade of experience coaching elite athletic and corporate performers.
Ivy Kusinga, Board Vice-Chair of Worldmaker International, is the Chief Culture and Talent Officer at Chubb, a global property and casualty insurer. In this role, she partners with other leaders to strengthen Chubb’s culture and provide an inclusive, equitable environment that enables high performance. She also works with leadership teams across Chubb to support a focus on attracting, developing, and retaining talent. Kusinga formerly led the talent management function for Chubb North America and worked for Chubb Overseas General as VP, Business Development, International Accident & Health. She lectures globally on issues of corporate culture, employee engagement, diversity, and inclusion. Born in Uganda, Kusinga attended university in Nova Scotia, Canada and currently resides in Philadelphia.
David Richmond serves as Board Chair of Worldmaker International, a multi-disciplinary consortium of global experts dedicated to building human resilience beyond borders. After 26 years of British Army service, he received a medical discharge for serious battle wounds that required four years of surgery and rehabilitation. He went on to serve as Recovery Director for the Help for Heroes charity, overseeing services for over 18,000 wounded and sick servicemen, veterans and families. Richmond has been awarded the rank of Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for his leadership, UK Invictus Games Team Director, and a member of the Defence Recovery Board. He has advised other nations on creating or developing their own recovery services for wounded and injured servicemen, Veterans and families, including working with the United States Air Force and supporting NATO in advising the Ukraine. He resides in Salisbury, UK.