CEO & FOUNDER
Jeff is the Founder and CEO of Love Our Cities. Officially beginning as a non-profit organization in 2014, these community-wide volunteer days and other initiatives have helped over 90 cities and have had over 200,000 volunteers since beginning in 2007. Jeff recognizes that more sustainable solutions are needed beyond volunteer days in order to see our cities thrive. His efforts have evolved to championing ongoing volunteerism, collaboration among leaders and initiating the efforts of Love Our Neighbors, Love Our Schools, and Love ALL Our Kids.
Jeff grew up in Iowa, went to college and graduate school in Virginia and has been in Modesto, CA since 1995. Prior to being executive director, Jeff was a pastor for almost 20 years at Big Valley Grace Community Church. As a college pastor, Jeff started to get a vision for his community. This vision grew when he became the outreach pastor during which Love Modesto began. Jeff and his wife, Karen, have been married for 17 years and have three children. Besides loving his family, Jeff is involved at his children's schools and activities, passionate about social justice issues and cheering on his Iowa Hawkeyes.
Sarah is the Event Coordinator for Love Our Cities. She started her journey with this non-profit organization in 2017 after concluding a contract coordinating for the non-profit organization World Relief. In her time with the organization, Sarah has successfully delivered yearly community-wide volunteer days known as Love Modesto and golf tournaments to fundraise for Love Our Cities. Sarah believes in the power of loving where you live and recognizing this is YOUR CHOICE!
Sarah was born and raised in Modesto, CA. After high school she attended California State University, Fresno where she received a BS in Commercial Recreation with a certificate in Special Event Coordinating. Post college Sarah performed as the Gym Director for the franchise The Little Gym and eventually left her love and passion for children to pursue coordinating private events. She served as an Event Sales Representative and Coordinator for the venue Vista Ranch and Cellars in Merced, CA for a little over three years. Nothing gave her more pleasure than being a part of a couples wedding! And eventually she coordinated her own wedding when she married her husband, Kion. Kion and Sarah have two beautiful children, Naia and Nevin. Besides raising her children, Sarah is involved in BSF, an avid Peloton rider and OTF member, loves to travel and eat her way through life!
MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR
Caleb is the Media and Communications Coordinator for Love Our Cities. He joined the team shortly after graduating from Calvin University with a degree in Communications and Congregational Ministry Studies.
Caleb was born and raised in Modesto, CA and missed it greatly during his four years in Michigan. Caleb has always been passionate about telling powerful stories through media, partiularly video. His love for creating began when he was young as he loved to write short stories, direct plays, create music, and make stop-motion videos. In high school he discovered his love for film production and that his since become his primary creative pursuit. Caleb is an avid movie lover and board game player, and enjoys engaging in both with family and friends.
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT & BOOKKEEPER
Josie is the Administrative Assistant and Bookkeeper for Love Our Cities. She has over 25 years of service experience with people, which has helped her develop a love for them, and a strong intuition of what their needs are. Josie is driven by her passion for helping others. Building and maintaining strong relationships is her gift. She is excited to be part of a team where her gifts can benefit an organization whose mission is to love, care for, and serve others.
Born and raised in the Bay Area, Josie relocated to Patterson in 2006. Josie and her husband Bobby have been married for 14 years. They share 5 children in their blended family. Josie’s enjoyment outside of work is cooking, spending time with her family, soccer, and football (Go Raiders....).