Roché loves being asked, “What do you do?”
His answer? “I help change lives, I help one homeless family at a time to get their life back on track, to help them transition to a home where their children can grow, thrive, laugh, and build memories. I believe that living in a home is a basic human right and that children should not be homeless. I’m committed to provide the best services to families in SCV who are not served by other agencies and show them that they are loved by God and us.”
Roché holds Ph.D, Master in Theology, Master of Divinity, Bachelor Honors in Greek, and Bachelor in Theology degrees, all cum laude. He is a proud Bruin after completing his certification in Nonprofit Management at UCLA. After pastoring 8 years in South Africa, he immigrated and served 4 years in the Imperial Valley and 12 years in Los Angeles. As ordained pastor, he welcomes the opportunity to preach at local congregations and engage our youth groups.
Roché is excited about this new chapter in his life and about discovering where God will lead our board to strengthen and expand the services of FPofSCV. Together with our faith partners and volunteers, we will change homelessness in SCV. That’s a Promise to our Families.
Diana Ovando-Lopez is a graduate from Biola University and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology with an emphasis in Social Work and a minor in Biblical Studies. While at Biola, Diana was passionate about serving the community, local and abroad. Avid volunteer serving children and youth at the nearby Teen Challenge after school program and abroad through International Youth Initiative in the Dominican Republic. Interned with Broken Hearts Ministry in West Hollywood and on Fridays nights from 10pm-2am, spent time at the local shops in an effort to build relationships with the people who lived and worked there. With the desire to bring Jesus to an overlooked group of people that lived their lives when most of the city was asleep.
After graduating from Biola in 2009, Diana worked at Providence Community Services- Project Renew, Orange County Department of Mental Health providing weekly in home mental health and case management services to homeless families with an FSP/WRAP cases with mentally ill/ at risk children. Wearing many hats, from developing action plans, conducting mental health assessments and supervising the coordination of care for the family to planning, coordinating and executing support groups, parenting classes and social events for the families.
But after 5 years at Providence Community Services, Diana moved back to the San Fernando Valley where she grew up to serve and help those in her own community. Working at Youth Policy Institute -Youth Build Program providing case management services to at risk transitional age youth ages 16-24. For the last 3 years helping at risk youth whom had dropped out of school or had been incarcerated by assisting them with their transition back into school and help them reach their educational and career goals.
Diana is very excited about joining Family Promise of Santa Clarita Valley and happy to continue to make a positive impact in the lives of children and families in the community. Diana loves working with kids and has a sweet little girl of her own that motivates and encourages her to continue to move forward and be the best mom she can be.
Kathleen Brown (Kathy) has been a part of Family Promise SCV since its beginning when she answered a call about social justice ministry for her parish, St. Clare’s. She served on the BOD for several years and helped facilitate the opening of the first generous and devoted host congregations. After leaving her term with the Family Promise Board, Kathy continued some involvement in volunteering at various host sites and spreading the good news about the Family Promise programs.
In June 2017, Kathy retired from 25 years of teaching with the Sulphur Springs School District. She has a BA in English/Creative Writing from the Univ. of Montana and a M.Ed. from the Univ. of La Verne. She has lived with her husband in their Canyon Country home for the past 29 years. Her husband is a Professor Emeritus at the Dept. of Ophthalmology Research at UCI. Their three children graduated from local schools, now live away from the SCV, and they have families of their own.
Kathy is grateful to spend more time with their four grandchildren, two of whom live on the East Coast, and with her husband while he continues part-time work in Irvine. She believes strongly in the Family Promise mission to help our guests achieve sustainable independence and values this opportunity to truly live her faith.
While recovering from major surgery, I, Kenneth A. Elliott, have been a School Bus Driver for the William S. Hart School District for the last two years.
In addition, for the past twenty years, I have been a California Life Agent (with the last five years as a California Property & Casualty Agent as well) providing services on a self-employed basis for small businesses and professionals.
Prior to 1995, I served as a Vice President and/or Trust Officer for banking institutions including Continental Insurance and Security Pacific.
I graduated from California State University Los Angeles in 1986 with a degree in Business Administration.