Family Promise Staff

Committed to the Cause

Andrew Nishimoto

Executive Director

Andrew Nishimoto is the newest member of the Family Promise of the South Bay staff! He joined the team as Executive Director in September 2019. Andrew has worked in non-profit management over the last ten years in a variety of roles including program director, operations director, and deputy director. In the last two years, he has focused his energy on working in L.A. county to address the homelessness crisis. As the operations director at Kingdom Causes Bellflower, Andrew had the opportunity to work with several of the primary stakeholders in homeless prevention, retention, and housing placement. He is excited to join the Family Promise of the South Bay team and continue to grow and enhance the amazing work already being done! Outside of work, Andrew enjoys playing sports and spending time with his wife Abbey and two kids, Emma and Wesley.

Board of Directors

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KAREN TUCKER

President

Karen has volunteered in a variety of positions for Family Promise of the South Bay (FPOSB) since 2016.  She has served as President, Vice-President, Development Chair, Empty Bowls Co-Chair and Interim Executive Director.  She was a successful IT professional, retired with over 25 years of project management experience in all phases of development and Information Technology with major companies including United Airlines, Universal Studios, Warner Bros. Studios and Toyota Motor Corp.  Karen has used her business skills and experience serving a number of South Bay non-profits.  She is recognized as a passionate advocate for homeless children and their families. 

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CHERY CAREW

Vice President

Office Manager for Carew & Company Marine Survey.  Has been a major leader of Family Promise OSB since its inception. Served on the Regional Women's Board as communication chair for the Christian Church. Has served as leader for many women's events at the regional and national level and has been an elder and chair of her congregation. Was employed by First Christian Church as the Youth & Education Director.

DOREEN WRIGHT

Secretary

Doreen Wright graduated from California State University Northridge with a degree in Sociology. She currently sits on the board of Family Promise as the Secretary and sells Real Estate in the South Bay with Sotheby’s International Realty. Doreen loves being a part of Family Promise and helping families get back on their feet through the organization.

GENE JACKSON

Treasurer

Originally from Chicago, IL, Eugene “Gene” Jackson, is a Marine Corp veteran who has been a resident of the South Bay for the last 20 years. Gene has a B.S. in Accounting and is a certified office manager. He has served 20 plus years in an executive capacity with major not-for-profits and afterwards, spent 14 years in the private sector working as VP of Operations for a Christian publishing company. Gene currently runs his own company, GJ Logic, LLC in Redondo Beach. 

LORI EASTMAN

Board Member

Lori was a part of the founding board and after taking a sabbatical, returned in 2020.

LYNN FADALE

Board Member

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.

KRISTI FERA

Board Member

Kristi has been a committed volunteer with Family Promise for several years and joined the board in 2020.

FRANK HANZEL

Board Member

Frank Hanzel 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.

NANCY LEWIS

Board Member

Nancy works as a non-profit professional and has been on the board since 2018.

TED ODEN

Board Member

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 grand-daughter. 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.

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