Richard Lynch -- Chair
Richard Lynch serves on the Kenyan Schools of Hope. He and his wife Marilyn also serve as Co-leaders for Trinity Ablaze in Kenya that is dedicated to mission work in Kenya to restore physical and spiritual vision through eye care. He graduated from the University of Wyoming with a degree in Petroleum Engineering and is a global Executive for Hess Corporation. Richard also serves on the Board of Trustees for The Council on Recovery, Board of Directors for The IADC Well Control Institute and the University of Wyoming Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Industry Advisory Board. Richard and Marilyn have two adult married children, Lauren (New York City) and Ben (Houston). They enjoy travel, spicy foods and fitness.
Pamela Rice -- Vice Chair
Pamela Rice joined the KSOH board in February 2022, although she has been praying for and enthusiastically watching God work through the ministry of Osiligi Center since its inception. Kenya has a special place in Pamela's heart. In 2001 and 2002, Pamela served the Samburu and Rendille people in northern Kenya for a little over a year. During that time, she worked in women's ministry and on various development projects, such as the digging of wells and managing a microgrant program to help small groups of women start businesses. The following year, she returned to East Africa to work on a training program for women leaders in the church in East Africa as part of her master's degree in Christian Outreach from Concordia University, St. Paul. Currently, Pamela works for the National Park Service and lives in southern Colorado with her husband, Kevin. She was blessed to help raise two stepdaughters and considers herself their biggest cheerleader as they establish their own careers.
Jeanne Carmichael serves as the Treasurer of Kenyan Schools of Hope. Her responsibilities include day to day accounting of the non-profit organization, preparing contribution statements for donors, overseeing the preparation of annual tax return documents, and facilitating the transfer of grant funds to Kenya. Jeanne is a graduate of the University of Houston with a BBA in Management. Her business background is in the area of oilfield equipment manufacturing and commercial real estate development. She has three children. The concept of Ewuaso Osiligi School began as a tribute to her late husband, Alan Carmichael, and has blossomed into so much more than anyone (besides God) anticipated.
Luis Sanabria -- Secretary
Luis Sanabria serves as the Secretary of Kenyan Schools of Hope. He is a civil engineer, husband and father of two. He has always tried to follow God's direction, no matter how scary it can seem to him, and God has always led Luis the way. Luis has been seeking to serve and the Lord answered by sending him a phone call and email with this wonderful opportunity. Luis followed His direction and joined the Kenyan Schools of Hope Board. Luis has a daughter, and he sees her in these girls. He would like to give the Kenyan girls the best opportunity to be safe and taken care of. His wife and Luis are from Fort Worth, Texas and moved to the Houston area after graduating from the University of Texas at Austin. They have been calling Houston their home for 9 years.
Kelly Borchelt was thrilled one day in late January 2022 to receive a call from Jeanne Carmichael asking if she was interested in pursuing a seat on the KSOH Board. (Kelly and Jeanne had worked together on several projects at their church.) Without hesitation Kelly said, "Count me in!" Kelly and her husband, Mike, have three grown sons and three "adopted" daughters-in-law. She is a retired CPA and has 40 years of accounting, finance, and systems experience which she strives to use to the Glory of God. Kelly is looking forward to her first trip to Kenya!
Bill Brunkhorst was honored to join the KSOH Board of Directors in January 2023. He is a retired Petroleum Engineer who was employed by Chevron Corp for 38 years, both domestically and internationally. As a result of working in Angola for four years, and through many years of business travel in Africa, Bill developed a great appreciation and heart for the people of Africa. One of his primary goals in retirement was to be more actively involved in caring for the needs of God’s people. He has been privileged to do this through involvement in Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, and by participation in several Trinity Ablaze eye care and gospel sharing mission trips. He visited the Ewuaso Osiligi campus in 2018 to review construction progress. Bill and Martha have been blessed with two children and two grandchildren. They are active members in their church and call Chesterfield, Missouri home.
Dr. Doug Grove currently serves (2021-present) as the Head of School at Concordia International School Hanoi. Doug also served as the Head of School at Concordia International School Shanghai from 2020-2021 and as the Senior Director of Business Development and Marketing at Concordia International Shanghai from 2018-2020. Doug began his career as a classroom teacher, and through his experience and education has worked in all levels of education, including higher education where he has been a professor, Dean, Vice President, and Provost. Grove holds a Masters degrees in Educational Technology and Educational Leadership and a Ph.D. in Education. Dr. Grove has extensive experience in curriculum and instruction, marketing, enrollment management, business development, and school finance.
Marilyn Lynch was a prior board member on Kenyan Schools of Hope and took a short break but now happy to return and serve on this board. She is co-leader with her husband, Richard Lynch, for Trinity Ablaze in Kenya, a mission that works with and for the Kenyan people to restore both spiritual and physical vision through eye care. She graduated from Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado, with a Business Administration Degree. Marilyn and Richard have two married children, Lauren and her husband Alex; and Benjamin and his wife Judit. They are blessed with one grandchild, Magnolia. Marilyn enjoys bible study, exercise, baseball and being with friends and family.
Rev. Chris Singer
Rev. Chris Singer serves as Senior Pastor at Trinity Klein Lutheran Church and School in Spring, Texas. He has led multiple mission trips to Kenya as well as served to lead rescue/relief/rebuild work following Hurricanes Katrina and Harvey. He also served as a crisis Chaplain for the Tustin Police Department. He and his wife Jeanette have been blessed to raise five children.
Flora Tacquard is the Coordinator for Rescued Girls of Ewaso Osiligi Center, concentrating on connecting American sponsors with the rescued girls and coordinating information and correspondence between them. With a BA degree from the University of Houston in Sociology, Flora has been active in volunteer work with professional organizations focused on helping vulnerable children. Following several years of helping to lead mission trips to Kenya, she recognized God was preparing her for the establishment of Kenyan Schools of Hope. Flora and Ray have been blessed with three children, eight grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.
Eric Mason Walker
Eric Mason Walker joined the KSOH Board in 2020. Eric and his family are member of Living Word Lutheran Church in The Woodlands, Texas. Eric and Donna, were married in 1986 and have ten children and one grandchild (with more on the way). Eric is an HR professional and Donna (Sarge) is the Operational Director of Walker 12. They have lived in South Africa and the United Kingdom spending nearly 11 years outside the United States. Eric has supported clients internationally travelling and working extensively in Europe, Asia, India, Sub-Saharan Africa as well as East Africa. The prospect of being “empty nesters” not sitting well, in 2009 Eric and Donna brought August Rose into their family, and in 2011 brought five siblings, also from Ethiopia, into the family as well. In 2019, Eric and his daughter Vivienne made two missionary trips to Kenya including a visit to the rescue center and school. Feeling God’s hand at work in all things, Eric requests your prayers as he continues this journey.
Ray Tacquard -- Emeritus Board Member
Ray Tacquard served as the Chairman of Kenyan Schools of Hope from its inception in 2016 through 2022. He graduated with a degree in Architectural Engineering from the University of Texas. Ray designed and built refrigeration and gas compression systems for the oil, gas, petrochemical and food processing industries before devoting his time to leading mission trips and following God’s opportunity for opening Kenyan Schools of Hope. Ray and Flora have been blessed with three children, eight grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.
Karen Frerking -- Emeritus Board Member
Karen Frerking, a retired teacher who went to Kenya to work in short-term vision clinics, came home with an enlightened view of God's plans for her. When God got serious and shared His plans for Kenyan Schools of Hope, she knew this was right. She continues to seek to follow His lead. Karen served as a founding member of the board.