DIRECTORS

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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 both stores in Visalia (Rescued Treasures and Simply Chic Boutique), Multiple Online Stores (eBay, Poshmark, & Etsy), VRM’s Donation Center, & Mission Motors. When first joining the team, Sherri felt divinely appointed for the position, knowing it benefits people in her community. Sherri has been instrumental in training and equipping leaders in her department who have moved forward in leadership within Visalia Rescue Mission.

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


D’ANN REIMER - DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES & VOLUNTEERS

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 Director in 2017. D’Ann accepted her role as Director of Human Resources in 2019 and will now be responsible for both pieces where “human’s” are holding positions at Visalia Rescue Mission.

Interested in volunteering? Click HERE to schedule a tour with D'Ann.


MINISTRY TEAM

NOVA TORREZ - WOMEN'S MINISTRY SUPERVISOR

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Born in Belfast, Ireland and raised in Farmersville, CA, Nova graduated from the House of Hope in 2007 and developed a passion to give back to women and children. She joined the Shelter of Hope staff in July 2017. Through God's amazing grace, Nova has overcome many hardships in her life, which drives her passion even more to help those in need. She is a member of Visalia First Assembly Church and enjoys time with her husband, Jacinto, her four children and three grandchildren.


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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.


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BETSY LEON - DIRECTOR OF FINANCIAL RESOURCES

Betsy grew up in Visalia and graduated from Golden West High School and Fresno Pacific University with a bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. Betsy has worked for Visalia Rescue Mission since April 2011 and has held many positions within the Mission. Finance and Thrift are where she has spent most of her years, she is currently enjoying her role Director of Financial Resources. This role includes the Fundraising and Events at Visalia Rescue Mission which enables her to use her outgoing side while also giving her some time to use the analytic number crunching side to manage the finances. She has been married to Henry Leon since 2012, who is also an employee of Visalia Rescue Mission, currently the supervisor of Mission Motors.

Interested in Visalia Rescue Mission? Click HERE to schedule a tour with Betsy.


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. 



BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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

Brandon Burton • Mark Condie • Mike DeGroot • John Grafton-Cardwell • Jay Irvine • Kris Lareau • Jenn Mihalcin • Rob Van Grouw • Judy Vannette