Officers and Directors of
Achungo Community Center, U.S.

Ron Meserve, Board President and Chairman

Ron is currently semi-retired after more than 20 years as a healthcare executive followed by more than 20 years as a management consultant.  He helped found and manage several behavioral health organizations as well as a not-for-profit national behavioral health trade association, serving as its Executive Vice President and then as President of one of its for-profit subsidiaries.  He has been a Management Consultant to not-for-profit organizations in areas of governance and fund raising and for a wide variety of for-profit corporations, domestically and internationally, in organization development, executive development, team development and change management.

Ron was blessed to be on the team that visited Achungo Children’s Center in Kenya in June, 2011 and developed a passion for the organization and for the children.  He became a member of the Achungo Ambassadors Advisory Team in 2011 and was elected to the ACC Board of Directors in January, 2013.  In addition to his career as a not-for-profit healthcare executive, he has volunteered with various not-for-profit organizations over the past 40+ years including many community organizations, churches and other Christian organizations.  His volunteering has included field work in Mongolia and Africa.

Ron has a BA in Psychology/Sociology from the University of South Florida and an MA from Florida State University.  He completed post-graduate studies in Management at the University of Alabama.  His wife, Dell Larcen, is President/CEO of Larcen Consulting Group and a Partner with Gryphon Investors in San Francisco.  He has a daughter in Connecticut, a son in Florida and a step-daughter in San Francisco.

Bonnie Jean Smith, Board Vice President

Bonnie Smith grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico and came to California to attend San Jose Bible College (now William Jessup University), majoring in Bible and Theology, with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education.  She later graduated from John F Kennedy University with a degree in Clinical Psychology.  Bonnie worked for several years at a community mental health agency, including many years as a manager.  She then worked for 4 years in school-based mental health, and obtained a Pupil, Personnel Services Teaching credential.

Bonnie has worked for the past 13 years as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the South Bay (near San Jose, California) in private practice.  In addition to her participation on the board, she attends Bernal Bible Church of San Jose.

Fred S. Rey, CPA, Board Treasurer

Fred is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Valuation Analyst with more than 25 years of experience.  He is also certified in Business Valuation and Financial Forensics, and has an MBA in Accounting/Agribusiness.  Fred is currently a partner at Seiler, LLP, an accounting firm in Redwood City and has expertise in tax return planning and preparation, fraud investigation, business litigation, business valuations, marital dissolution and management consulting. 

Fred lives in San Jose with his wife, Connie, and their 2 children and has held Treasurer positions at the non-profits, Kids’Turn, KidsDom, and Los Altos Christian School Parent-Teacher Fellowship.  He has also been the Secretary & Instructor Check Pilot at HPFC, Inc., non-profit flying club.

 

Monte Fisher, Executive Director

Monte Fisher grew up in Palo Alto, California, eventually completing a computer science degree and spending almost 25 years in software (development, consulting, professional services) at many well-known technology companies before finding his real career with Achungo.  He is married to Kathy and their somewhat dispersed household includes Aaron, Ryan, Jason and Katya.

As part of his early college studies, Monte lived in Kenya for 8 months and fell in love with the land and the people.  Over the years he has served as Deacon and Elder at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church and is currently on staff as Director of Care and Recovery.  He has long been involved in a wide variety of community service activities in the Bay Area and in Juarez and Mexicali, Mexico.  

Monte heard about Achungo from a notice of Barbara Jeanrenaud's health-related retirement.  He dearly loves these over 200 children ages 2 to 15 who truly have nothing and he wants to do whatever he can to give them hope and health and opportunity.  Monte leads teams of volunteers out to the Center in Kenya twice each year--every June and October.  Join us sometime!

Cindy Marty, Nominating Committee Chair

Cindy Marty is currently volunteers with Able Works, Shelter Network, San Mateo Service League, Hope House, Achungo Children’s Center and Moms in Prayer International.  She has held volunteer leadership positions including PTA President, Vice President and Treasurer at Laurel School, President of Mother’s Together and Deacon at Menlo Park Presbyterian.

Prior to becoming a full time mother, Cindy worked in commercial real estate with Criswell Development, Henry S. Miller Investment Banking, and the Federal Asset Disposition Authority.  She earned her bachelor’s in Economics from the University of Puget Sound and her MBA from Stanford University.  

Cindy and her husband, Alan, live in Menlo Park, California where they founded Pillar Vision, a technology company to improve sports achievement.  They have three grown children.  Cindy enjoys co-leading Bible Studies in the San Mateo Women’s Correctional Center and in her home for a group of twenty-somethings.

Cheryl Schaff, Communications and PR Chair

After earning a Bachelor’s in Journalism from University of Missouri-Columbia, Cheryl used her communications skills in shopping center marketing, economic development and health-care positions. She helped launch Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford, then did contract work for other health-care clients.

While raising her two sons in Menlo Park with her husband Charley, she's been an active school district leader as well as hands-on volunteer. In 2011-12 she worked part-time in marketing communications at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church and has held many volunteer positions there over the years (Children’s Ministries, Middle School, support for parents of special needs kids, and such).  She has visited Achungo twice with her son, Jonathan, and in 2012 they hosted Michael Nyangi in an appearance before the 7th grade class at Hillview Middle School.

Cheryl McPhillips, Strategic Initiatives Chair

Cheryl McPhillips is a Senior Director in Strategic Transformations at Cisco Systems. Prior to this role, she was Vice President for Customer Business Management for T-Systems, North America.  Cheryl has over 25 years in leadership and executive positions at HP and Oracle, where she was instrumental in building and managing the application and account management structure of their respective services businesses.  Cheryl has a Bachelor of Science in Management and is pursuing her MBA In International Management.  

Outside her business life, Cheryl focuses on volunteer activities that support spiritual and educational growth in youth. In support of this, she has held board positions on programs that focus on foster youth and youth at risk in the community. Additionally, Cheryl is active in the MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement) program mentoring young adults in Silicon Valley. 

Cheryl resides with her three sons in San Jose, California

Michele Ruby, Resource Development Chair

Michele has served as a senior development officer for over 25 years, engaging individual donors, corporations and foundations in meaningful, impact-oriented philanthropy. Her professional expertise includes strategic planning, board development, special campaigns, annual giving, communications and donor events of all kinds.  Michele became passionate about the not-for-profit sector shortly after graduating from UC Berkeley (B.A., English and Political Science) while working as an aide to U.S. Senator Peter Wilson assigned to refugee affairs. Her fundraising career has focused on raising grants for global development at World Relief (10 years) and microfinance at Opportunity International (17 years).  She joined The Veritas Forum in 2012 as Vice President of Development.

Michele resides in San Jose, CA with her husband Tom, an attorney at Genentech/Roche.  They have three university-age children. The Rubys worship, fellowship and serve at Saratoga Federated Church, where Michele chairs the Life Group team. She also serves as a senior advisor to the Silicon Valley Talent Partnership, volunteers as a Praxis Labs development mentor and provides solicited and unsolicited fundraising counsel to some of her favorite ministries including Call to Justice (India) and Fundacion B (Columbia).  

Kathy Fisher, Achungo Volunteer Coordinator (Ambassadors)

Kathy Fisher grew up in suburban Philadelphia, moving to the Boston area to attend Gordon College, where she subsequently lived and worked for 11 years. She completed a Master’s degree in Counseling and an advanced degree in School Psychology and held positions at a private school as a counselor, teacher and admissions officer. After moving to the Bay Area in 1993, she established a very successful private practice administering educational evaluations to children and adolescents. (mooretesting.com

Kathy has a passion for service, both local and international and has traveled to Mexico and Africa on short-term missions.  She has served as a Deacon and Elder at Menlo Park Presbyterian.  Kathy currently leads our wonderful volunteer team known affectionately as the "Ambassadors of Achungo."