Our Team

BOARD MEMBERS & ADVISORS
We are a team of professionals committed to making a difference in the lives of the poor and needy....
 
Founder and Servant Leader

Sherine Genevieve Fernando

sherine fernandoSherine is a Senior Finance Professional, a former Vice President of Bank of the West (BNP Paribas group), prior to which she held responsible positions at Deutsche bank, HSBC, Scotia Bank, Societe Generale, ABN Amro, and Bank of America. She started her financial career at Ernst and Young, was in the Accounting and Administration fields for approximately 10 years and moved on to banking where she worked for over 20 years at seven leading International Banks. She holds a British Management Accounting qualification from CIMA-London, UK (www.cimaglobal.com - the world’s largest professional body of Management Accountants) and carries many Specialized Certifications for numerous Banking disciplines.

Her expertise is particularly in strategic financial planning, financial systems development, credit management, credit analysis & evaluations, and credit risk management. Her passion however, was to divert her attention to be a fair and just financier to the poor man’s world rather than being the financial professional and banker she was to the lucrative commercial world.  Hence, she wishes to make maximum use of her unique combination of banking, accounting and corporate administration skills, knowledge and vast experience towards this divinely led project that is close to her heart. She considers herself blessed to have her husband and two children fully supporting her in this endeavor.

Board Member
David Mason

david masonDavid is a Consultant at the World Bank. He completed his PhD in Urban Planning from UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs in 2011 and has over eight years teaching and researching international development planning with particular experience in microfinance and affordable housing policy.  David’s interest in microfinance began after he received a competitive FINCA Fellowship in the summer of 2009 during which he conducted household surveys of microfinance group loan clients in Nicaragua.  He returned to Nicaragua the following year to build on this experience for his dissertation field work.  This work, under preparation for publication, sheds light on how development workers create and employ tacit and informal professional skills and practices in working with poor borrowers and how groups of borrowers cooperate to repay loans. 

David has also previously presented and published work on community-based planning in Oaxaca, Mexico .  More recently, he has consulted with The Asia Foundation on a public opinion survey of development issues in Afghanistan . He has previously worked as a city planner in Irvine, California where he reviewed entitlement applications, environmental documents and led community outreach meetings for a major urban redevelopment project.   David also holds a Master's degree in Urban Planning from the University of California at Irvine and a B.S. in Anthropology and a B.A. in Communication from Santa Clara University .

Board Member
Carr Oduro
 

Carr OduroCarr has a PhD in Applied Management and Decision Sciences from Walden University , and MBA in International Business and Strategic Management from Azusa Pacific University . Her BSc is in Management Information Systems and minor in Business Administration from Azusa Pacific University.

She is presently with the City of Los Angeles where she has worked for the past 13 years.  Prior to that, she worked as an Associate Professor teaching various Management disciplines at four Universities – Walden, Azusa Pacific, Saint Leo and TUI.  It is her great desire to help the deprived poor that lead her to join the organization, and she is ever willing to offer her services in whatever way she can. 

Carr is also very passionate about missions and plays a major role in the Covina Assembly of God Missions Ministry.  She plans mission conventions, mission trips abroad and conducts monthly mission committee meetings.  Carr Oduro brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise contributing to valuable organizational direction and guidance. 

Advisor
Shanek Fernando
 

Shanek FernandoShanek holds a Master of Philosophy (M.Phil) in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge UK, and a BSc in Computer Science from Norwich University, USA;  he is a Fellow of the Cambridge Commonwealth Society, a Scholar of Upsilon Pi Epsilon (International Honor Society for Computing) and Association of Computer Machinery, was the Class Valedictorian at Norwich, and one of the three finalists for the SAARC Youth Awards for his outstanding contribution to humanitarian works in the aftermath of the 2004 Tsunami.    

He is presently with UNICEF, also worked for UNDP and briefly at World Vision International, USA . His expertise is in the development field.  Having started with ICT for Development, he moved onto managing relief, recovery and development projects in the Tsunami affected and war torn districts of Sri Lanka .  Over the past six years, Shanek has implemented project portfolios worth over USD 8 million funded by the UN, EU, other Diplomatic missions and reputed INGOs. His widespread experience is in the areas of livelihood development through provision of necessities and training, micro loans/grants for agriculture, fishing, livestock & other micro/small business activities, managing the overall reconstruction processes of housing and essential infrastructure such as health clinics, preschools, small manufacturing facilities, WASH facilities (water/sanitation/hygiene), minor-roads/culverts, wells/tanks/irrigation channels, community mobilization through the formation/strengthening of CBOs, youth clubs & provision of vocational/technical training, setting up/operating of child-sponsorship programs, implementing child protection, balanced nutrition, substance abuse counseling, drug rehab/awareness, disaster risk reduction, environment and waste management programs. 

Shanek continues to dedicate himself to development endeavors to see visions turned into realities for the betterment of impoverished communities

Advisor
Jerry Kitchel
 

Jerry KitchelJerry is a veteran communications and marketing professional with over 25 years of experience in the nonprofit world.  He has helped many organizations discover and develop new opportunities to engage supporters and volunteers, as well as build greater awareness locally, regionally and nationally.

His global career in nonprofit work took him to over 40 countries, which included key communication assignments in Africa, Asia and Latin America. He has served as Director of Church Relations for Union Rescue Mission in Los Angeles, during which time he was presented the prestigious Martin Luther King, Jr. “Faith beyond Walls” award by the Los Angeles Baptist Minister’s Conference and recognized by the Los Angeles Board of Education in 2007.  Jerry formerly served as a Deacon with Foothill Church, Glendora, and currently serves as Vice President of the EYE-DAS Foundation (Eye Diseases Are Serious).  A frequent contributor to the Glendoran Magazine, Jerry’s professional affiliations include the Los Angeles Press Club, the Association of Christian Schools, International, and the Glendora Chamber of Commerce.

Jerry currently serves as Director of Development for Foothill Christian School in Glendora, CA. Through his work, he has helped broaden awareness for the school throughout Southern California, as well as garner support for the Annual Fund, which has yearly goals to improve and  upgrade  two campuses, as well as provide many enhancements for the preschool. He and his wife, Carolyn, have been married for 34 years.  Their only child, Sarah, is married and serves on the staff of Foothill Church.