Board of Directors (2024)
Chris has always been motivated to be involved in volunteer activities. She has worked with several non-profits as a volunteer and started working with Family Promise about 5 years ago. She is drawn to the Family Promise mission of helping people get back on their feet through support and education. Chris is a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, calling Sacramento her home since 1978. She and her husband have four children and 10 grandchildren. She is a member of Our Lady of the Assumption Parish in Carmichael. Chris received her degree in nursing from the University of Wisconsin and worked as a registered nurse for several years. While her children were small, she decided to return to school and received a degree in English and Education from CSUS. She taught 7th grade at St. Francis Elementary School for 15 years.
Lisha Radman was born in Seattle, Washington however she has called Sacramento her home for the past 40+ years. Lisha has a passion and commitment for helping those in need. Lisha has worked in the field of Social Services for the past 15 years serving some of Sacramento’s most vulnerable populations. She has worked as a Personal Service Coordinator, Mobile Case Manager and had extensive history working with Alcohol and Other Drug programs. Not only does Lisha have professional experiences in the above mentioned fields, she also has lived experiences which has helped her connect and successfully reach those who may otherwise be lost. Lisha is also dedicated to her family and church family.
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 on the board of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for young adults in the foster care system and is on the CASA board’s Finance Advisory Committee.
Helen has been a member of Congregation B’nai Israel since 1996 where she served on the Board of Women of B’nai Israel Sisterhood for 8 years and has been one of the congregational chairs for the Family Promise committee since 2017. Helen’s background is in Computer Engineering. She received a BS from UC Davis in 1980 and a Master’s degree from Chico State in 1990. She worked in Research and Development for Hewlett Packard for 24 years. Helen is an East Bay native and has lived in Sacramento with her husband since 1992. Together they have two children.
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.
Mike is originally from the East Coast but has been in northern California for more than 30 years. He has worked as a Peace Corps volunteer, an electrical engineer in the semiconductor industry, an optical engineer in the avionics and home security industries, and a teacher. While raising a family, he spent many years running school organizations and events, and as a photographer for schools, bands and teams. He has been a volunteer at Family Promise for the past four years and joined the Board in 2022.
A former Family Promise guest and case manager, Anne-Marie has also been a case manager at Salvation Army and a Program Director at Sacramento Self Help Housing. In these capacities, she worked with shelters, transitional housing, and permanent supportive housing. Most recently, she served as a Director of Operations and then of Procurement and Contracts, where she has been exposed to a variety of homeless services, including landlord/tenant fair housing advocacy, housing counseling, interim (scattered site shelters) housing for individuals experiencing homelessness and outreach navigation. Anne-Marie is passionate about assisting families with children. She also serves on a board of directors for mental health peer advocacy for Cal Voices.
Rich Koppes has been an active Roman Catholic Deacon at St Anthony’s Parish for over 36 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.
Mark has been in the Sacramento area for 35 years. He's a retired Operations Manager in the health insurance industry. Mark has an MBA from CSU Sacramento and his post retirement work consists of being a certified tax preparer and working as an Usher at the Golden 1 Center in Downtown Sacramento. Mark joined the Family Promise board to help make a positive impact in his community.
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. Tim retired October of 2020 after working 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 the California State University Sacramento and from UC Davis Graduate School of Management.
Mary retired from the State of California’s Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development as a healthcare data analyst. Since retirement she began working with Family Promise, first as a congregational Host Coordinator, then as a volunteer answering the phones, and finally as a member of the Board of Directors. In addition, Mary has been a member of Carmichael Presbyterian Church and taught Sunday school there for over 44 years.
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.
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.
Sister Libby Fernandez
Sister Libby founded Mercy Peddlers in Sacramento in 2017. Before that she was the Executive Director of Loaves and Fishes in Sacramento from 2006 to 2017.
She has been a Sister of Mercy of Auburn since 1990.