Board of Directors
- Susan Cannon, Chair of the Board
- John Sparks, President
- Mark De Lucia, Vice Chair
- Jill Shrode, Secretary
- Bryan Stevens, Director
- Steve G. Stirling, Director
- Midge Dobbs, Director
- Wilfred Job, Director
- Don Howard, Director
Chair of the BoardSusan's early years were spent on a cattle ranch in Nevada. She is a graduate from California State University, Chico, and is a Software Engineering Manager with over 20 years of experience in the computer field. She has worked for well-known companies such as SanDisk and Sun Microsystems, as well as start-ups such as Liquid Audio, General Magic and ParcPlace. Currently, Susan is a Security Architect at Gridata. Gridata develops software for Home Energy Management Systems leveraging SmartGrid technology.
Susan is on the Board of Directors of Mateo Lodge, which provides services to persons with serious mental illness. She is also a session member for Bonny Doon Presbyterian Church.
Susan recently traveled to India on an India Partners volunteer team. She loves to explore the outdoors and experiment with cooking. Susan and her husband, David, live in Santa Cruz, CA.
For the past 10 years John has served in India ministering and visiting almost every state. John studied Business at Portland State University and has experience in both for-profit and non-profit business in the US. He also ran his own businesses both in India and the US.
John grew up in the Pacific Northwest, but he went to India in 1994 and discovered he’d been born in the wrong country. He fell in love with India and it’s people. He ate the food, drank the water, and fell in love with what God was doing in a variety of ways in India. John and his wife Sarah were married in Chennai, India, where she was born and raised. John and Sarah both did their theological studies at Multnomah Biblical Seminary in Portland, OR. In 2002 they moved to the Northern state of Uttar Pradesh where they were based.
John has been a part of the ministry of India Partners since 1996. He has visited four out of the six partner sites, and also served as the very first IP Field Representative. Together with his wife, they led one of the first teams from India Partners on a short-term trip to visit one of the partners living in the remote jungles of India.
Mark is the President and Founder of DealerMine Corporation, which he established in 2006. Mark's company sells services to new car dealers nationwide, giving them the tools they need to successfully manage their parts department more profitably. Before founding DealerMine, Mark started PartsVoice in 1988, where he worked as a partner until it was sold in 1999. He graduated from Portland State University in 1985 with a degree in Accounting.
Mark has traveled internationally to Uzbekistan, Australia and India. In India, Mark served after the 2004 Asian tsunami. The Lord has given Mark a heart and burden for the people of India.
Mark and his family currently attend church in Happy Valley, Oregon where he serves as a Life Group Leader, hosting a small group Bible study in his home.
Mark is the husband of his wonderful wife Stephanie and father of 3 amazing children, Jesse, Anthony and Madeline.
Bryan has worked as an Investment Manager and Financial Planner for Merrill Lynch Wealth Management since 1974. His strong commitment to financial integrity has projected his career in financial stewardship for more than three decades.
Prior to his career with Merrill Lynch, Bryan worked for two years in management at Union Pacific Railroad, one of America’s leading transportation companies. Bryan also served in the U.S. Military for four and a half years as a Commander in Germany, Senior Advisor in Vietnam and a Ranger Instructor in the U.S. Army Ranger School.
In 1966, Bryan earned his B.S. in Arts, Sciences, and Literature from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in New York. In 1972, Bryan earned his M.B.A in Finance from the University of South Dakota.
Bryan currently serves on the Advisory Board for the Salvation Army in Portland, OR and the Board of Directors for the Veterans and Family Center (formerly Harbor Light) in Beaverton, OR. Bryan has also served on the Board for WolfTree, which assists underserved schools and children by providing educational programs in science and math in the outdoors settings. Bryan is a current member of the New Song Community Church Worship Team.
Raised as a farm boy in South Dakota, Bryan still enjoys playing in the great outdoors. In his free time Bryan enjoys fishing salmon, steelhead, and walleye. He also enjoys watching college sports and traveling.
Bryan lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife, Tami. They have four adult children and eight grandchildren.
Steve is Executive V.P. of Administration at ChildFund International. Steve previously served as V.P. of Marketing at Heifer International, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing an end to world hunger. For two years, Stirling served as Sr. Vice President of Marketing & Resource Development for Childhelp, a non-profit dedicated to the prevention and treatment of child abuse, and for five years Stirling served as the Vice President of Marketing Operations and Executive Director, Major Donor Fund-raising for World Vision U.S., a Christian relief and development organization.
Stirling earned his bachelor's degree in agricultural economics at Cornell University and his MBA in Marketing and Finance at Northwestern University (Kellogg Graduate School of Management), during which time he also studied international business in Paris, France.
He worked as Vice President of Marketing and Sales for ConAgra Functional Foods, overseeing marketing, sales, logistics, productions, product development and customer service, and as Vice President of Marketing and Acquisition/Customer Marketing for Ameritrade, Inc. He also worked for pharmaceutical companies, including Johnson & Johnson, American Home Products, Bristol-Myers-Squibb and Mead Johnson.
He and his wife, Sook Hee, live in Little Rock, Arkansas and have two children, Richard and Rachael.
Midge is the Director of Sales and Marketing for CoHo•Res and their parent company, North Pacific Management. In 2001, while working full time Midge received her degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. She also received her Certified Meeting Professional designation that same year. Midge has been in the hospitality business in the Portland, Oregon area for 17 years, and has worked for the Oregon Convention Center, Visit Vancouver and the Red Lion Corporation.
Midge has been serving on the Board of Directors for Go Connect since 2009, and currently serves as the Chairman of the Board. Midge has also been a member of Meeting Professionals International since 1998, and has served on the Board of Directors of the Oregon Chapter in a variety of capacities since 2004. Currently, she serves as Immediate Past President of the Oregon Chapter.
Midge is actively involved in her church in Vancouver, WA where she enjoys serving in the Women’s Ministry and the Youth Ministry, specifically with high-school girls.
Midge also has an intense love for India. She has been to India twice, once in 2009 and again in 2011, which has spurred on her desire to serve the people of India. Midge and her husband, Chris, are leading a team back to India in 2012 to serve the underprivileged Yanadi tribal people. As she puts it, her heart has been ruined for the beautiful people of India.
Midge and her husband live near Vancouver, WA. They have 7 nephews and 1 neice!
WIlfred Job is a United Methodist Church Pastor in Dallas, Texas. He did his High School in India, Undergraduate studies in Europe and graduate work at Southern Methodist University and Dallas Theological Seminary. While studying at SMU, Wilfred served as the President of the Organization of International Students, International Senator and Resident Scholar of Sigma Phi Epsilon. Later he served as the Associate Pastor of the SMU Wesley Foundation.
Wilfred is associated with Rotary International and worked as a staff at the Rotary Club of Dallas. Currently, Wilfred is the International President for a UN NGO, Executive Director of the International Disciples Foundation and Board Member of several National and International Organizations.
Don has worked for the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office for 27 years, working his way up to the rank of Captain. As a Captain, he was assigned as the Jail Commander of the Clackamas County Jail. Since late 2007, he’s served as Special Projects Manager. Don manages all of the Sheriff’s property assets as well as property and personnel security. His criminal justice career, which began with the City of Canby Police Department, now spans over 34 years.
Don graduated from Canby Union High School, attended George Fox University (then George Fox College) and has completed numerous career-specific special training and educational courses. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, and the Oregon Department of Public Safety - Executive Development Institute.
Don has served on the Board of Directors for Ministers and Police by serving community members found in by law enforcement and connecting them needy to local churches. He is currently the interim president of the Rock Creek Cemetery Association.
Don is a member of Abundant Life Church and serves as team leader for the Lifegroups program, hosting and leading Lifegroup meetings in his home.
Don is called to serve others in need of assistance and spends much of his free time helping friends, family and neighbors with home projects, which brings opportunities to minister to others in practical ways. He’s a Harley enthusiast and loves doing just about anything in the outdoors, especially if it’s sunny weather!