Board of Directors

American Board

Ray Tacquard
Ray Tacquard serves as the Chairman of Kenyan Schools of Hope, integrating regular and consistent contact with Catherine Wangari, the Chairlady for the Kenyan Board of Directors. 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 childen and eight grandchildren.

Jeanne Carmichael

Jeanne Carmichael serves as Secretary and 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 Ewaso Osiligi School began as a tribute to her late husband, Alan Carmichael, and has blossomed into so much more than anyone (besides God) anticipated.


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
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 and eight grandchildren.

Karen Frerking
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.

Richard Lynch
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. 

Marilyn Lynch
Marilyn Lynch serves on the Kenyan Schools of Hope. She and her husband Richard 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. She graduated from the Western State University with a degree in Business Administration and is a homemaker. She and Richard have lived and worked in five different countries while raising their two children. Marilyn enjoys volunteer work and a passion for caring for and helping people.  

Luis Sanabria
Luis Sanabria 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 He 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 see 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.

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. 

Erika Alman
Director of Development and Communication at Trinity Klein Lutheran Church and School in Spring, Texas.

Keith Goedecke (Advisory Member)
Head of School for Trinity Klein Lutheran School in Spring, Texas