Sierra Service Project is guided by a qualified and active executive board. All board members have past experience working with youth and a close association with Sierra Service Project, either as a youth participant, staff member, or adult leader. Board members possess a very diverse range of professional qualifications and bring expertise to the board from the areas of youth ministry, education, accounting and finance, business management, and law. All board members contribute financially to SSP, and all give generously of their time.
Franklyn has been the Business Manager for Saint Mark’s School for the past 26 years. He has also been the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries at Church of the the Good Shepherd United Methodist in Arcadia for the past 19 years. Franklyn has led 18 SSP trips for his church, and they have included his wife, sister-in-law, nieces, and two daughters. His youngest son and his nephew can’t wait until they are old enough to go on SSP!
Peter worked for 30 years at Hughes Aircraft and Boeing in their Satellite Development Center retiring in 2017. He is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach holding a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering. In addition to serving on the SSP board and sharing his carpentry and leadership skills he also serves on the Shared Bread committee in Redondo Beach and is a project manager at San Pedro UMC where they are working on building permanent supportive housing. Peter and his family have participated in SSP as volunteers for the last 10 years.
San Diego, CA
Rachel is an Audit Associate with the CPA firm Capin Crouse LLP. Previously, she was employed by Amor Ministries and by the Sierra Service Project as a summer employee. She is a graduate of Point Loma Nazarene University.
Dana is the former Director of Workplace Wellness Consulting for the Aetna Insurance Company. She and her husband have two children in college and have led youth teams to Sierra Service Project for many years.
Rev. Mark Cordes
San Francisco, CA
Mark is the pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church in Berkeley, California. Prior to becoming a pastor, he had a career in the restaurant industry. He is a graduate of the Pacific School of Religion and a second-generation United Methodist pastor.
Jessie is an SSP staff alumni who participated as a volunteer in high school with Gilbert UMC in Phoenix, Arizona. She now lives in Ohio and works as the Community Partnership Manager for the Freestore Foodbank, as well as at the Ronald McDonald House as the Guest Services Manager.
Kim is a Key Account Sales Manager for Apparel at Brooks Running. She was a long time Member at Faith Episcopal Church in Cameron Park, CA, and led the youth and SSP Ministry program there. She has currently relocated to Seattle for a new Job and Adventure and is currently church shopping.
Evan works for Trillium Solutions, which is focused on making public transit easy to use on the web. Evan is a graduate of the University of Oregon and Pacific School of Religion. As a college student, he worked summers for Sierra Service Project.
Laureen Jenson is a student at CSU Fresno, pursuing a teaching credential, and is also Accounting and HR Analyst for CA Native Plant Society, a statewide nonprofit. She has been an SSP youth and adult counselor, summer staffer in Navajo Nation and South Los Angeles, and international program participant in Guatemala. She plays guitar for the worship band at First UMC Sacramento.
Moe lives in Denver and currently works as Development Manager for the non-profit Conservation Colorado. Moe served for three years on SSP summer staff with the Yurok Tribe in Wautec, CA and in South LA. As a youth Moe attended SSP with Dayspring UMC in Phoenix.
Redwood City, CA
Katie has brought youth groups for many years to SSP during the summer and Weekends of Service in Sacramento. She is currently at St. Bede’s Episcopal Church in Menlo Park. Katie and her husband have three young children, and has amazingly never been to SSP not pregnant! We can’t wait until her children are old enough to experience a week at SSP.
Newport Beach, CA
Randy is a Certified Public Accountant and principal at Orr Forensics, a forensic accounting firm in Orange County. He worked for two summers as an SSP staff member. Randy is married and has two young children.
Rev. Royce Porter
Los Angeles, CA
Royce is a California native and graduate of California State University, Los Angeles. He has a Master of Divinity Degree from Claremont School of Theology. He is currently the senior pastor the Crenshaw United Methodist Church in Baldwin Hills, California. Royce is married and has four children.
Rev. Daniel Ross-Jones
Palo Alto, CA
Daniel is Associate Conference Minister of the Northern California Nevada Conference of the United Church of Christ. He has previously served local congregations, universities, and regional church settings in youth, campus, young adult, and community ministries. He is a graduate of Carthage College, McCormick Theological Seminary, and studies nonprofit administration at San Francisco State University.
Chuck recently retired as a construction company executive after 43 years building water treatment facilities throughout California. He is a graduate of UC Davis and a licensed civil engineer. He is a member of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Carmichael, CA. Chuck has been an adult counselor for two generations of SSP youth. He and his wife Arleen have three daughters all whom attended SSP as youth.
Youth Board Members
Sierra Service Project has three youth board members who have been active volunteers in our summer program. These outstanding youth leaders make an important contribution to our organization. They have full voting privileges and responsibilities on the board.
Emma is a senior that attends SSP with Napa First United Methodist Church. She has gone on four SSP trips to Smith River, Spokane, and Chiloquin. She has been a Girl Scout since pre-school and is passionate about mental health. She helped start a nonprofit called Teens Connect in Napa where she serves as the vice-president of their Teen Council. Emma is also the president of her service club on campus, Interact Global, which partners with Rotary.
Elk Grove, CA
Will is a senior that attends SSP with Pt. Pleasant United Methodist Church. He has participated in four SSP trips in San Diego, Smith River, Spokane, and Tsaile. Will is a student athlete and pep rally leader.
Andrea is a senior that attends SSP with Vista United Methodist Church. She has gone on three SSP trips to Tsaile, Stockton, and Chiloquin. Andrea is involved in her school’s Red Cross Club and is an artist.
Board Meetings and Committees
The Sierra Service Project Board of Directors meets in person four times annually for one or two-day sessions. Between meetings, board business is conducted via teleconference. Standing board committees include: Outreach, Resource Development, Personnel, Finance, and Governance & Nominations.
Interested in Board Service?
SSP is always looking for individuals to serve on our Board of Directors. Candidates must be passionate about serving teens and strengthening low-income communities throughout the Western United States.
The SSP Board focuses on fundraising, strategy, and governance. Our organization needs diversity in its Board – diversity of life experience, background, skills, religious affiliation, age, gender, and ethnicity. If you live in the western United States and are passionate about SSP’s mission, this could be a great volunteer opportunity for you. Board meetings occur four times a year, with hour-long committee calls every month. Terms are three years.
If you would like more information about Board service, responsibilities and time commitments, please contact Megan Walsh, SSP’s Executive Director, at 916-488-6441.