DIRECTORS

 

AL OLIVER - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

A Southern California native, Al attended Cerritos College and the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).  After a brief stint in the National Football League, Al graduated from Talbot Theological Seminary in 1980 with a Master of Divinity in Bible exposition.  From there, he served as a teacher, counselor and teaching pastor for a number of years until he and his wife were both diagnosed with cancer.

After a difficult encounter with their cancer surgeries, the Oliver family left professional ministry in 1989 for a season of healing and recovery.  Al then worked in his family’s construction materials business and was eventually promoted to President and CEO.  He later returned to pastoral ministry serving as a Transitional Pastor for churches belonging to the Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA), and worked with four EFCA churches in nearly 13 years.  Prior to joining VRM as Interim Director in July 2014, Al served as Transitional Pastor at Hillside Community Church in Porterville.  He joined VRM full-time as Executive Director April 1, 2016.

Al has been married to his wife Verla for 40 years.  They have two children (Matthew and Amber) and four grandchildren. In his free time Al enjoys salt-water fishing (especially in the Sea of Cortez).


SHERRI WHITE - DIRECTOR OF THRIFT MINISTRY

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Sherri grew up in Ohio and made her way west in high school. She graduated from Long Beach State with a degree in Fashion Merchandising and Marketing. After ten years at Gap Inc. in Fresno. Sherri came to VRM in 2010 and oversees all aspects of the thrift department, including all three stores in Visalia and Tulare. When first joining the team, Sherri felt divinely appointed for the position, knowing it benefits people in her community.  

Sherri enjoys time with her husband, Matt, and her daughter, Kendal. 


RYAN STILLWATER - DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT

A Visalia native, Ryan is a graduate of Redwood High School and Fresno Pacific University with a bachelor's degree in Christian Ministries. Intrigued by the partnership between the Visalia Rescue Mission and the City of Visalia, Ryan began putting his vision on paper as VRM's Oval Venue Coordinator in August 2013. Since then, he transitioned into a full-time position heading up VRM's Development team in September 2015. Ryan is a member of Visalia County Center Rotary and owns Romanced Records, as well as Rainmaker Productions with partner, Michael Cavale. Ryan and his wife Amy have been married for nine years and have three amazing kids.


LEADERSHIP TEAM

GRACIE SANCHEZ - COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT COORDINATOR

After graduating the women's program in 2012,  Gracie joined our staff as a seasonal Administrative Assistant in the financial department. Gracie has overcome many obstacles over the years, including the process of restoring the relationship with her children. Today, Gracie enjoys family life with Javier, her amazing husband of three years and the light of her heart -- her children Christina, Francisco, Janeli, Daizy, and Nevaeh.

Gracie transitioned to VRM's Community Engagement Coordinator in March 2017.


MINISTRY TEAM

KEN MATNEY - FOOD SERVICES MANAGER

Ken graduated from San Joaquin Valley College in 2003 with a degree in Human Resources and has over 20 years of food service experience.

Ken has served at VRM since 2011 and is also a member of the ministry team. He lives in Visalia and serves as Sound Director for The Road Church of Visalia. He is currently earning his degree for Audio Engineering at Recording Connection Studios. With all of his children almost grown, Ken looks forward to becoming a grandpa. 


D'ANN REIMER - VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR

D’Ann graduated from California State University Channel Islands in 2011 with a degree in Business and began working in retail management shortly thereafter. After four years in retail, she moved to an operations management role for a dental company in hopes of following her passion to be a part of an organization that helps others. During that time, D’Ann interacted with several people that could not financially afford dental care. D’Ann partnered with local nonprofit organizations and set up several free dental care events with the support of clinicians in Visalia and Fresno. Her involvement in those events fueled her desire to commit her talents and abilities to the Visalia Rescue Mission. She came on staff at the VRM as the store manager of Rescued Treasures Tulare in 2015, and has transitioned to VRM's Volunteer Ambassador in 2017.


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SHON BALDWIN - FINANCE DIRECTOR

Shon graduated from Fresno Pacific University in 1997 with a degree in Ministry and shortly after began working at various churches in the Visalia area. His primary passion during that season was worship, both leading and training. After ten years of serving the church in that capacity, he took a break from ministry to go back to school and pursue another passion…financial management. During that time he spent two years overseeing the finances of a local church and also served as a chairman for their Financial Executive Team.  He then spent four years working at a local CPA firm, which specialized in Non-Profit accounting.

Shon is married to Lindsay Baldwin, the Assistant Director of Development at VRM. Just weeks after starting at the Mission, Shon and Lindsay welcomed their first child, Bailey Grace. Their son, Dax, joined the family in 2016.


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DAVE THEIS - DIRECTOR OF MINISTRY OPERATIONS

Originally from Hanford, Ca, Dave served for over nine years with the United States Marine Corps, following which, he worked in business management. After placing his faith in Christ at the age of 37, Dave felt God’s calling on his life for professional ministry. He has since served as a ministry intern and as the Associate Pastor at churches in Tulare and Kingsburg. Dave has a Bachelor’s Degree in Biblical Studies from Trinity College of the Bible and is currently working on completing his Masters of Theology.

Dave and his wife Sandy, who live in the community of Woodlake, CA, have been married for over 20 years. They have two children, AJ and Will, who also live in Woodlake.  Dave has two older children from a previous marriage, Matthew and April, and is blessed with three Grandchildren, Lizzy, Xander, and Shyra. In his free time he enjoys woodworking, shooting sports, and spending time on the farm with his two Rottweilers and pigmy goat, Eeyore.


MINISTRY TEAM

BECKY VELEZ - WOMEN'S MINISTRY SUPERVISOR

Becky has been on staff since graduating from VRM in 2005 -- starting as an overnight House Manager at the Shelter of Hope and advancing to become the Women’s Supervisor of both House of Hope and Shelter of Hope.  Becky is a certified drug and alcohol counselor and addiction specialist. She has been married for three years and is a member at First Christian Church. "My passion in life is my job and helping the women. I once had been where they are and I am a living example of what Jesus can do if you let him."

You can read Becky's story HERE.


SCOTT TYLER - MEN'S MINISTRY SUPERVISOR

Scott is a native of Exeter, CA with a 25-year career in construction. After his own journey through addiction and recovery, Scott felt led to minister to men experiencing the same struggles. He joined VRM in May 2013 as a Counselor and now supervises our men's ministry. Scott is a member of Tulare Bethel Assembly of God.

You can read Scott's story HERE.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

John Anderson, Chairman • Mike Allen, Vice Chairman • Steve Biswell, Treasurer • Wayne Ingram, Secretary

Josh Bergman • Mark Condie • Mike DeGroot • Jay Irvine • John Koster • Brad Reenders • Rob Van Grouw • Judy Vannette