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Feed The Children fires founders' daughter

Dismissal is latest in a series of developments concerning Oklahoma City-based Feed The Children.
BY NOLAN CLAY Published: August 9, 2010

Feed The Children has fired another longtime top executive — this time the daughter of the charity's founders.

Larri Sue Jones, 44, an attorney, was fired last month, a top official confirmed. She was a senior vice president and made $167,520 a year, according to the charity's records.

Her dismissal July 22 is the latest shake-up at the Oklahoma City-based charity that is widely known for its heart-wrenching TV commercials. It reported donations of $1.19 billion in the 2009 fiscal year.

The charity's former president, Larry Jones, was fired in November. His wife, Frances Jones, still is employed there but worries she will be fired soon. The two founded the charity 31 years ago.

Larri Sue Jones' dismissal was a surprise because she had sided with the charity's board of directors against her father in a bitter dispute for control of the organization. Larry Jones was fired in part because he had authorized the installation of hidden microphones in the offices of his daughter and two other executives.

No explanation was given for her termination. She did not return repeated phone calls for comment.

The turmoil surrounding the charity has resulted in a dozen lawsuits and an investigation by the state attorney general.

The attorney general's investigation into allegations of financial wrongdoing is ongoing.

Here are some other recent developments involving the charity:

• Larry Jones and his wife, Frances, alleged Friday that Mart Green and his father, David Green, plan a "hostile takeover" of Feed The Children. Mart Green denied the claim, saying his family is not actively pursuing a relationship.

Mart Green is founder of Mardel, a chain of Christian and educational supply stores. David Green is the founder of Hobby Lobby. The Green family helped save Oral Roberts University in 2007. Larry Jones and his wife allege the Greens want Feed The Children to be merged into a Missouri relief organization known as Convoy of Hope. Larry Jones said he met with David and Mart Green on July 8. He said he and Frances Jones met again with Mart Green on July 23.

Mart Green told The Oklahoman, "Our family has extensive experience in assisting ministries, which is why we felt compelled to reach out to Feed The Children.... We were hoping to bring all parties together to resolve their differences. We were unable to do so, so, at this time, we're not actively pursuing a relationship."

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