Sierra Service Project’s (SSP) mission is:
“Building faith and strengthening communities through service to others.”
SSP is a Christian non-profit organization providing life-changing experiences through acts of service repairing homes in rural and urban communities. We invite middle school and high school youth and young adults to experience the profound power of serving people who have a culture and life experience different from their own.
During our domestic Summer Program each year, approximately 1,400 youth and 400 adult volunteers from 180 churches and over 40 paid summer staff live, worship and work together on six different site locations. Together, their work results in over 100 safer, drier and more comfortable homes and community centers.
Central Staff in Sacramento
Rick Eaton has been SSP’s Executive Director since September 2001. Rick has Bachelor and Master degrees in Computer Science from California State University, Chico. For 19 years, he held a variety of management positions with Hewlett Packard in Information Technology, Marketing, Business Development and Planning.
Rick was introduced to Sierra Service Project as an adult leader in 1994 and has been active in the organization ever since. He served for two years on the Board of Directors before being hired as Executive Director. Rick also serves on the board of the ReFrame Association, an association of volunteer home repair organizations.
Director of Programs
Megan Walsh has been the Director of Programs since 2009. She has a professional degree in architecture from the University of Oregon and worked for five years on Summer Staff. She participated as a youth at SSP once with Fremont United Methodist Church in Portland.
Jake Bailey has been the Office Manager since 2013. He received a Bachelor of Science in business with a focus in accounting and a Bachelor of Arts in women’s and gender studies with distinction from Sonoma State University. Jake attended SSP four times as a youth with the First United Methodist Church of Loomis, and worked for a week as a Staff-In-Training.
Jake likes playing board games, reading, and spending time with his niece and nephew.
Director of Volunteers and Outreach
Veronica Russell has been the Volunteer Coordinator and Sacramento Regional Coordinator since 2014. She majored in Interpersonal Communications and minored in Religion at Pepperdine University. Veronica was on SSP’s Summer Staff in 2011 and attended three times as a youth from Point Pleasant United Methodist Church.
After graduating, Veronica spent a year teaching English at Colegio Bilingue Esperanza (School of Hope) in Guatemala. Veronica enjoys doing anything in nature, running, and all things having to do with the ocean.
Laura Sieling is the Program Manager for the Rancho Cordova Community Beautification Program. Laura served as a summer staff member for four summers, the most recent of which being the Site Director in Spokane, WA.
She recently graduated from the University of Jamestown with a degree in English literature and is excited to work with Sacramento-area volunteers!
Bob Elam is SSP’s Project Consultant. He has been with SSP for seven years.
He is a former contractor and likes to spend time at Lake Tahoe with his wife and two grown children.
Rev. Jeff Lowery
Portland Regional Coordinator
Rev. Jeff Lowery is the Portland Regional Coordinator. Jeff has a Master of Divinity from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Il. Jeff is an Ordained Deacon in the United Methodist church and has been the director of L.A.S.T. (Learning and Serving Together), a youth mission program in Portland, OR since 2010. Jeff is a musician and songwriter and currently plays in a band with his daughter Paige called The Functional Monkeys. Their concerts attempt to raise money for Imagine No Malaria.
Southern California Outreach Representative
Lauren Grubaugh is the Southern California Outreach Representative. She lives in Los Angeles and serves as a Lay Minister for the Latino/Hispanic Ministry at All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena. Lauren has a B.A. in Spanish from UCLA and a Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary.
Lauren enjoys community organizing, facilitating intercultural dialogue and participating in subversive public liturgy. When she isn’t doing one of these things, you can usually find her salsa dancing.
Butch Henry has been a long-time volunteer at SSP’s central office in Sacramento. His son is an SSP staff alumni, Greg Henry. Charlie is very involved with his home church First United Methodist Church of Loomis and his son’s farm in Placerville, Full Moon Farm. Butch has cycled 40 and 41 miles with the central team in honor of SSP’s recent anniversaries.
Thank you Butch!
Rev. Dave Hinshaw
Rev. David Hinshaw is a retired United Methodist pastor. A native of Wisconsin and passionate Green Bay Packers fan, Dave had a long career serving churches throughout Wisconsin before retiring in Sacramento. He is a West Point graduate and railroad buff, among many other things!
Thank you Dave!
Linda Klaman is a retired Occupational Therapist and member of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Sacramento. Her daughter is an SSP staff alumni and current SSP group leader, Holly Kennedy. Linda is an avid gardener and often shares her bountiful produce with the team. Since April 2015, Linda has volunteered almost ever week in the office for over 300 hours!
Thank you Linda!
Service Academy Program Assistant
Charlie Wingo has been a long-time volunteer at SSP’s central office in Sacramento and has recently joined the team! As the Service Academy Program Assistant, Charlie works with young people from Lutheran Social Services of Northern California who volunteer each week at our Rancho Cordova Program.
Charlie has three adult children who all attended SSP during their teen years. He is very involved with his home church First United Methodist Church of Loomis. Charlie has cycled 40 and 41 miles with the central team in honor of SSP’s recent anniversaries.
Thank you Charlie!
Sierra Service Project is proud to be a founding member of ReFrame Association, a network of over 30 home repair nonprofits from around the country. Together, we repaired 4,530 homes with 54,539 volunteers in 2015. Every November, SSP’s Central Staff participates in the ReFrame Conference to learn, grow, and connect with other leaders in nonprofit home repair. By sharing best practices and bringing expert resources to leaders, our organizations operate more efficiently, proactively, and successfully to eradicate substandard housing in the communities we serve.