Our Team

Fred Eckhard - President

Fred Eckhard – President

Co-founder and CEO, Frederic Eckhard, retired spokesman for United Nations Secretary General, Kofi Annan, and 20-year veteran of the U.N., spearheaded the Chance for Change project after visiting Burkina Faso in 2009. He was deeply inspired by the optimism and spirit of the young women he met despite their many obstacles. Fred saw an opportunity to significantly change the lives of these young women by sharing their stories and collecting donations on their behalf from his extensive pool of friends, colleagues, and associates around the world. Fred visits Burkina Faso regularly as Director of Admissions for the organization.
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Jan Eckhard - Vice President, Treasurer

Jan Eckhard – Vice President, Treasurer

Co-founder Jan Eckhard, inspired by his father’s efforts, established Chance for Change Inc. in 2011. Jan has worked in the music and entertainment business for seventeen years. He is happily married and a father of two beautiful children in Bloomfield NJ. Jan is Vice President and Treasurer of Chance for Change.
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Nora Updegrove - Vice President

Nora Updegrove – Vice President

Nora joined Chance For Change in 2015 and has worked with a variety of international nonprofits, The Rockefeller Foundation, and previously as a writer for a communications and consulting group addressing humanitarian issues. Nora is Vice President of Chance for Change.
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Nancy Kovacic - Administrative Coordinator

Nancy Kovacic – Administrative Coordinator

Nancy was a classroom teacher for 30 years before retiring in 2012, and continues to work as an elementary school consultant. Nancy became board member in 2015 and believes that educating women is the optimal way to strengthen developing communities. Nancy is the Administrative Coordinator of Chance for Change.
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Mariam Ilboudu - Burkina Faso Liaison

Mariam Ilboudu – Burkina Faso Liaison

Mariam Ilboudu is a communications consultant in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso; she previously worked for the UN Population Fund office there. She is an officer of the Burkina Association of University Women, and handles the financial affairs of Chance for Change.
Holly Buechel - Technical Media Coordinator

Holly Buechel – Technical Media Coordinator

Freelance Video Editor and Producer, Holly joined the team in 2014. Holly has worked with non-profits in video production for five years and is excited to manage the behind-the-scenes work of the organization. Holly is the Technical Media Coordinator for Chance for Change.
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Blair Wells - Supporter

Blair Wells – Supporter

Co-founder, Blair Wells, is a Grammy winning recording engineer and music producer living in New York City. Inspired by the stories that Fred would bring back from his trips to Burkina Faso, Blair eagerly joined the cause to help educate these inspirational young women half a world away.
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