Our Board of Directors.
President & Founder
Faculty St. Mary’s College, Kinesiology Department. Orinda, California. Varsity Soccer Coach St. Mary’s College (1979-1999). NAIA Women’s National Champions (1984-1986). NAIA National Soccer Coach of the Year (1984-1986). Director of Park City Soccer Camp.
Director of Development, Summit Public Schools (2017-Present)
Get to know more about Brian soon!
Law Offices of D. Brad Jones (2011-Present)
"It brings joy to one's heart to witness the smile on a child's face when the gift of love is delivered through the sacrifices of the college students that volunteer for HereForKids, who so freely give of themselves..."
Get to know more about Julie soon!
Anne peyton baker
AP is currently in graduate school at Vanderbilt University, where she is pursuing her Masters in Counseling, Clinical Mental Health. She went on her first Here For Kids trip during her freshman year of college and has been all in since then!
PRESIDENT & FOUNDER
Faculty St. Mary’s College, Kinesiology Department. Orinda, California. Varsity Soccer Coach St. Mary’s College (1979-1999). NAIA Women’s National Champions (1984-1986). NAIA National Soccer Coach of the Year (1984-1986). Director of Park City Soccer Camp
Stephanie romo | Director of operations
HFK Director of Operations (2015-Present). M.S. Candidate Global Medicine, Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California. Graduated from Saint Mary’s College of California (May 2015): Majored in Biology Pre-Medicine.
Passions include: medicine, children, her family and friends, serving others, running and soccer. " I love that God has called me to be a part of Here For Kids. I hope to one day have the opportunity to serve underprivileged communities as a doctor. "
Anne peyton Baker | director of operations assistant
Vanderbilt University B.S. '18 (Engineering Sciences, Spanish) | M. Ed. Candidate for Human Development Counseling, Clinical Mental Health
During a Here For Kids trip in her undergraduate career, AP felt the call to ministry. Ever since then, she has been passionate about Kids Alive's work in the Dominican Republic and the intersection of mental health and the Christian faith. She hopes to be able to combine all three of these passions in her future career.
TAYLOR CHRISTENSEN | ACCOUNTS EXECUTIVE & DONATIONS COORDINATOR
Taylor Christensen, MPH, RD. Nutrition Program Coordinator.
Kids Alive International: www.kidsalive.org/taylorchristensen
Director of Finances and Accounts for Here for Kids International, 2012 to present; Nutrition Program Coordinator for Kids Alive International, 2017 to present; Master’s in Public Health, Registered Dietitian from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
VICTORIA SHIMKUS | ACCOUNTS ASSISTANT
Graduated with Honors from Saint Mary's College of California in 2015 with a degree in Sports Management.
"While at school I was a member of the Division I Women's Soccer Team as well as a member of various HFK Service Teams that travelled to Peru and the Dominican Republic. My first trip to Peru in 2012 with HFK sparked within me a passion for travel and service, which has kept me coming back for more!"
MARCELINO PEREZ | FUNDRAISING COORDINATOR & COMMUNICATIONS
Get to know more about Marcelino soon!
ANNE BRANAGH | DIRECTOR OF BOOKKEEPING
CEO Branagh Family (1992-Present)
We have visited the Dominican republic on five separate trips. Our children have led college teams from TCU four separate times. I am honored to work alongside amazing people at Here For Kids Intl. Hoping to change the world!
MARK GIOVANETTI | ACCOUNTING CONSULTANT
Chief Accounting Officer, DataStax, Inc. (2015-Present)
I am privilege to have seen how the love and hard work of the HFK leaders and team members results in a child smiling thousands of miles away.
LEADER DEVELOPMENT AND PROGRAMS
PAULINA MACHI | DIRECTOR OF LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
Executive Director of HFK Leadership Development Team (2014 - Present). Human Trafficking Case Manager for J Bar J Youth Services (2017- Present) (Bend, OR). HFK Director of Operations 2011- 2014.
"HFK is not just an organization, but a family of individuals from all walks of life who have found place, purpose, and home in the most uncommon friendships both stateside and abroad. These friendships have inspired us to lead lives full of love, hope, and motivation to continue to be the best people we can be for the good of world. I am so grateful to be a part of this family."
ANTHONY MACHI | ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
Founder & Academic Tutor | SkillSet Tutoring | Bend, OR (June 2017 - Present). Team Leader | Here For Kids International | East San Francisco Bay Area (2012 - Present). Executive Assistant for Business Development & Marketing | Dana Signs, M.C. Smith Signs, Dana Shirt Shop | Bend, OR (July 2014 - August 2017).
"It is a gift and a treasure to live in the love shared with the friends on each Here For Kids team I've been on and with the friends in the places that HFK has taken us. This love has been living water for me to grow, and has directed and inspired my steps to love greater in the places I come back to. The time with HFK has extended my borders to know that home and family go far beyond what I had imagined."
WILITA SANGUMA | LEADERSHIP TRAINING
Originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo and received his BA in Political Science from Fresno State University. He earned a master’s degree in International Studies with an emphasis in peace and conflict resolution at the University of San Francisco. Prior to his role as Assistant Director at USF, Wilita was a Resident Minister for two years, worked at the School of Management as a Program Assistant in the Office of Budget and Finance, and later as Manager in the Office of Administration and Operations.
"I believe that every child is blessed with tremendous gifts. Unfortunately through violence, oppression, and discrimination many children are unable to explore the fullness of their gifts and potential. I choose to be the positive light that open doors for children."
MARISOL LUNA | SOCIAL MEDIA INTERN
Graduated from Saint Mary's College of California (May 2015): Majored in Psychology and Spanish, SMC Women's Club Soccer, Traveled with Here For Kids to the Dominican Republic and Costa Rica since January 2014, Leadership HFK to Monte Plata, DR for two years now. Passions include: sports, faith, children, service, and mental health.