Board of Trustees (2020)
Rich Koppes has been an active Roman Catholic Deacon at St Anthony’s Parish for over 34 years. He is a retired California State Attorney that served as general counsel of both the State Dept of Health (8 years) and Calpers (10 years). Rich founded and was the Executive Director for 25 years of the National Association of Public Pension Attorneys. In addition, he worked at the Stanford Law School for 20 years, teaching and running programs on governance. Rich has served on 8 nonprofit boards, including Mercy Healthcare and Family Promise, as well as 4 corporate boards. He graduated from LMU in LA and UCLA Law School. Rich and his wife, Connie, a retired RN, have five children and eight grandchildren.
Allison Barnett is the Associate Director of State Government Affairs where she is responsible for the company’s lobbying activity in California, Nevada, Arizona and Hawaii. Allison is also the she is Associate Government Affairs Rep for Novartis Pharmaceutical Co. She serves as the PhRMA Task Force Chair in California and on the Board of Directors for the California Manufacturers and Technology Association. In 2019, she was elected to the Board of Directors for the Arizona Bioindustry Association (AZBio) as well to the Board of Directors for the California Bio-Pharma Labor Management Association. Allison also serves as Chair of the Host Committee for Saint John’s Party for Change, an organization in Sacramento committed to helping women escape living in crisis and make lasting change in their lives. Allison holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from California State University, Fresno. She is married and lives in Elk Grove with her husband, Rob Stutzman.
Becky Rule is retired from the Superior Court of California and worked as a Family Court Services Mediator/Investigator assisting families with their child custody issues. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Counselor who had a private practice for over 20 years, as well as, worked many years with Kern County Mental Health Rural Health Clinics. Becky became involved with Family Promise while volunteering for the Legal Clinic at Loaves and Fishes, working with some clients assisting with their custody issues. She is also involved at her Host Church, St. Marks UMC.
John is the managing partner and founder of Capitol Advocacy, one of Sacramento’s larger lobbying firms. Before opening his firm 20 years ago, John was Chief of Staff and Chief Consultant to various legislators in the CA State Senate and Assembly. His firm’s clients include corporations and health care organizations. He and wife Kelly are parents to three adult daughters.
Marsha Spell has been Executive Director of Family Promise of Sacramento for over 10 years. She has 40 plus years of nonprofit management experience. She is a graduate of the University of Memphis where she graduated with honors.
Don Fado is a retired United Methodist minister (St. Mark’s UMC, Sacramento.) Don returned to the Family Promise board recently after being the board chairperson for its first five years. He is the Secretary of the Board of Directors of Loaves & Fishes. He has also served as board chairperson of the Central Downtown Food Closet and as a board member of Habitat for Humanity and Clean & Sober. He was the founding national co-chair of the Reconciling Ministries Clergy of the United Methodist Church. The city and county of San Francisco proclaimed February 11, 1999 as Reverend Don Fado Day in San Francisco in recognition of his "outstanding commitment to service and dedication to improving the lives of all citizens.” He and his wife, Jeanie, retired librarian, have 4 children (daughter, Patty, served as Family Promise Board Chair when Marsha Spell, ED, was employed,) 11 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.
Barbara Flanigan is a retired Certified Public Accountant, who was the owner of her own public accounting firm, Flanigan & Company, for over 25 years. The firm specialized in tax and accounting issues for small businesses and their owners, as well as estates and trusts and their administrators. The firm’s clients included corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies, sole proprietorships and non-profit organizations. Prior to establishing the firm, she was a Tax Manager at Sacramento’s largest local CPA firm. She holds a Master of Business Administration Degree, Concentration in Accounting from San Diego State University.
Barbara has served on the board of Family Promise of Sacramento for several years and is a former board member of the Sacramento Estate Planning Council. She currently serves as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for young adults in the foster care system and is on the CASA Board’s Finance Advisory Committee.
Tim Lumsden has been an active member of Bethany Presbyterian Church since 1987. Over the last 13 years he has been heavily involved in the Budget and Stewardship commission of the church. He will be retiring in the spring of 2020 after 40 years in the food canning industry, 18 years with Campbell Soup and the last 22 years with Silgan Containers Corporation. In the first 29 years of his career he went from Production Supervisor to Manufacturing Engineer to Plant Controller. The last 11 years he has been an Area Planner for Silgan Containers, overseeing the production plans for 7 plants on the west coast. Tim graduated from California State University Sacramento and from UC Davis Graduate School of Management.
Ruben has been a board member for the last 4 years. He was a former guest who graduated from our program. He has worked for the last 8 years for Loaves and Fishes. As a mentor, he plays a huge part in the success of our families.
Mark is a retired Air Force veteran who worked as a technical sergeant. He manages and operates the CHP approved AAA Motorcycle Training Program at Sierra College in Rocklin.
Mark also runs the volunteer program of Showers on Wheels for unhoused patrons at St John’s Lutheran Church in midtown Sacramento.
Cheryl has worked actively with Family Promise for the past 13 years in a variety of roles, including Board Member, grant proposal writer, day center volunteer trainer and congregation host at St Marks UMC. She has worked as a property manager for most of her life, getting the initial start by working with her parents as a child. Cheryl was employed by Employment Enterprises, working as a case manager with developmentally delayed adults. Earlier jobs included working at Tower Books where she met Kevin, her husband. They survived raising two sons, who are now 29 and 31. Cheryl graduated the Sacramento City College Airframe and Powerplant Mechanics program. It was also during that time that she began flying single engine planes. Her hobbies include family time, gardening and traveling the world. In addition to Family Promise of Sacramento Cheryl and Kevin support Western Rivers Conservancy and Powerhouse Science Center Sacramento.
Michele is an energetic, stay at home caregiver with prior fundraising and non-profit experience looking to use my skills in assisting an organization as a proposal writer and volunteer. She was involved with the PTA, Booster Club and Relay for Life. Later, she started working with local animal rescues: procuring donations for their fundraisers, and organizing projects and public events. She helped to increase their funding and allowed them to provide more services to needy animals. Her family fostered 20+ dogs, mainly pitbulls. With her recent free time, Michele has received her AA in Real Estate with an emphasis on Business from American River College.
Real Estate Broker. Owns her own business. Mercy Associate, and Board Member and Volunteer of Loaves & Fishes, as well as a number of other non profits doing outreach to people experiencing homelessness or about to be homeless. Member of St. Francis of Assisi Parish. Mother, grandmother and great grandmother.
Sister Libby Fernandez
Sister Libby founded Mercy Peddlers in Sacramento in 2017. Before that she was the Executor Director of Loaves and Fishes in Sacramento from 2006 to 2017.
She has been a sister of Mercy of Auburn since 1990.