Board & Staff

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sTEPHEN rAMEY, Board President

Chief Operating Officer, Today’s Patio / Agency volunteer since 1999; logistics, marketing, graphic design, information technology

 

Craig Scheinerman, Treasurer

Chief Financial Officer, Today’s Patio / Finance, budgeting

 

Angel Jannasch-Pennell, PhD, Secretary

Co-Founder, President, CEO of KOI Education for K-12 Students / Education, staff development, program management

 

Charles F. Hauff, Jr., Member

Partner, Intellectual Property Practice Group Leader, Snell & Wilmer / Legal expertise, litigation, dispute resolution, patent trademark expertise / copyright prospecution

 

Kristin Bennett, Executive Director

Kristin has spent the past 27 years sharpening her management skills, specializing in nonprofits. Hired into her first Executive Director role very early in her career, it became apparent right away this would be her life’s work. A Midwestern upbringing equipped Kristin with the optimism, work ethic, and common sense that is crucial to survival and growth. Kristin holds a widely varied skill set and is always seeking out the next challenge. She aspires to travel the globe and would do it on horseback if she could.

 

Emma Bennett, Director of Operations

Emma, a South Dakota native, was formally educated at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, CA with a double major of International Business and Nonprofit Management. She also has studied at the American School of Business in Paris, France and in Whangaparaoa High School in New Zealand. As an avid traveler, she feeds her need for adventure with a career that requires travel and new cultural experiences.  Her compassionate nature serves her well in the nonprofit sector. In her spare time, she loves to read, spend time with friends and family, serve as a camp counselor for Arizona Camp Sunrise and Sidekicks, and take advantage of the year-round California beach weather.

Tori Houwman, Deputy Director

With a bachelor’s degree in biology, a minor in behavioral sciences and master’s in health & science - Tori has always pursued healthcare because of her passion for helping people. She is very excited now to enter a career that will allow her to use her healthcare expertise, but also feed her creative and social side. Tori served as an intern at Sanford Health in Sioux Falls, SD on the medical/oncology unit, and has also traveled to Peru on a medical mission trip through FIMRC (Foundation of International Medical Relief of Children) serving orphanages, teen moms, and newborns. The Airstream life is on Tori’s personal to-do list. She loves her family, her dogs, and of course – coffee