Family Promise Staff
Committed to the Cause
Lori has been involved with this Family Promise affiliation for over 5 years as either a volunteer or Board Member. She is excited to now be on staff as the Director of Programs. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker that has experience working with families and individuals in the healthcare and non profit sectors for over 20 years. She is passionate about helping individuals and families thrive. When she is not working, Lori enjoys spending time with her husband John, and two teenagers, Zack and Amy Jane traveling, playing games or going to the beach.
Board of Directors
Ted is an associate pastor with the First Christian Church of Torrance. He has been involved with part-time bi-vocational ministry since 2005, serving as Minister of Contemporary Worship, and most recently Minister of Adult Education. Ted is also a retired aerospace industry IT Professional, where his role was as an internal customer account manager.
Ted has been married to his wife Janie for 39 years and has two grown sons, one daughter in law and one granddaughter. Over a ten-year period when his sons were in grade school and middle school, Ted coached AYSO soccer, Little League Baseball, Parks and Rec Basketball and Flag Football. Ted has been involved in church leadership for over 40 years, serving in numerous lay leadership roles before earning a certificate in ministry from the Pacific School of Religion and entering part-time vocational ministry. Ted currently volunteers as an adaptive ski instructor with both the United States Adaptive Recreation Center in Big Bear and the Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra at Mammoth Mountain, CA.
Board Vice President
Six years retired after being a Court Reporter for 32 years. One of the original founders of the Redondo Beach Ten Thousand Villages Store in Riviera Village. Currently on their board. Also an active volunteer in the store. Presently help PJ Murphy as co-coordinator for FP at Amerian Martyrs Church.
Nancy is retired from Toyota Motor Sales, USA with a 28-year career in Procurement. She is currently working part time as a consultant for ITG Automotive. For several years, she has held leadership positions at First Christian Church, Torrance including active participation in the Family Promise host weeks at the church. Co-chaired the 2020 virtual Empty Bowls event and will be serving on the Family Promise Board as Secretary.
Frank is a five-year volunteer of Family Promise of the South Bay having served multiple host and support congregations. He is a retired manager of technology, product development, and product planning at Xerox Corporation. Frank currently serves on the Finance Committee of Family Promise board. A member of Manhattan Beach Community Church, he also serves as the Treasurer of PFLAG Manhattan Beach/South Bay.
Patricia graduated from the University of San Francisco with a degree in Sociology and Pre-Law. During the academic school year, Patricia assisted the Chair of the Sociology Department in research and the publication of a book about Homelessness in America called No More Kin: Exploring Race, Class, and Gender in Family Networks. Recently, Patricia served as a volunteer and committee member of the Family Promise volunteers at St. James Church in Redondo Beach.
Jeremy is excited to be joining the Family Promise and to help keep hope alive in the hearts of our South Bay brothers and sisters. He is a member of an affiliate church, San Pedro United Methodist, and currently sits on their leadership team. He currently works in auto insurance claims, resolving losses and getting people back on the road. Jeremy enjoys music and reading and has a passion for learning more about how to be strengthening our community.
Gerry has lived in the South Bay for over twenty-five years. She retired in 2017 after a forty-two-year career in elementary education. She served as teacher, principal and most recently as CEO of Value Schools, a charter school organization whose mission is building and operating schools for K-12 students in the downtown Los Angeles area. She and her husband Paul have two grown daughters and two wonderful grandchildren. Gerry is active in a variety of ministries at American Martyrs Parish.