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Fifty5five Board of Directors

We are a community of unique and skilled individuals working to enable Fifty5five to achieve it's goals.

Theresa Cane

President

Theresa is the President of Fifty5five.  Though her focus will be on trip planning and oversight, she also tends to bookkeeping, social media and is an active traveler.  She comes to us with a background of Administrative Assisting, Chaplaincy, Children’s Ministry, Youth Group, College Group, and Women’s Ministry.  She has held multiple roles over the last 10 years including Secretary and Director.

 

“I became involved with Fifty5five in 2007 as a traveler.  I have a heart for youth and realized after traveling how instrumental the teacher training was in creating thriving children’s ministries around the world.  Children are the leaders of tomorrow and every tribe, tongue, and nation deserves to meet Jesus in a real and personal way.  We don’t simply hold a VBS.  We train the teachers so that the work continues long after we leave.  VBS is just the icing on the cake!”

Debi Shank

Secretary

Debi serves as the Secretary to the Board of Directors. Though she is a new addition to the Board, Debi has volunteered with Fifty5five for many years, assisting with boutique sales, the fireworks booth and baking for the semi-annual teas, in addition to other support roles. Debi became involved with the Children’s Ministry while attending Warehouse Christian Ministries in the early ’90s and continued for several years in that ministry at Touchstone Christian Fellowship, where she currently attends with her husband, John. 

 

“I am excited to officially join the Fifty5five team and continue my support of this ministry through acts of service. To participate in a ministry that is part of raising up future leaders in the name of Christ, will have its rewards and challenges, but it is a role that I have been blessed to be called to.”

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Sharon DeLong
Treasurer

Sharon, who serves as the Treasurer for Fifty5five, attends Gold River Calvary Chapel in Gold River, California.  She was raised in a Christian home, however, views 1995 as the year she came to have a personal relationship with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Sharon is an experienced Fifty5five traveler, including helping to lead the worship music during a mission trip in Cambodia. 

 

Sharon’s favorite scripture is Isaiah 41:10.

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

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Kelsey Anderson

Kelsey grew up in the Sacramento area. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Art from Sac State. She works as the Creative Communications Director at her church, Society Church. Kelsey has a background in administration, communications, and creative roles. 

Kelsey has served as a Sunday school teacher, and she wants to see the next generation of children worldwide know the love of Jesus. 

She has a big love for Jesus and the Church. She finds deep joy in making things (graphics, sculptures, installations, photographs, social media posts, copy, etc.) that amplify God's love and advance His Kingdom."
 

Linda McFarland

Founder/Training Coordinator

Linda attends Lakeside Church in Folsom and is the Training Coordinator of Fifty5five.  She has served the organization for 10 years and will continue with a look toward incorporating new people and new talents into the operations.

 

"Because I received Christ at Vacation Bible School at the age of nine, I have had a lifelong interest in bringing the saving grace of Jesus to children. After 20 years of training teachers and children locally, the Lord moved me to take these skills on the road around the world."

Becky Jo Anderson
Artistic Coordinator

Becky attends Touchstone Christian Fellowship in Sacramento and has been part of the founding team.  She will continue to provide teaching skills and vision to the organization, as well as leading fundraising efforts.

Don Gilzean

Not long after accepting Jesus as Lord in 1984, Don began serving in children's ministries at Warehouse Christian Ministries. During his time at Warehouse, he served in the preschool, elementary,and junior high school programs, as well as being a camp counselor. Don currently attends Touchstone Christian Fellowship. Don brings experience in banking, finance, and corporate training to the Fifty5five team.  In addition to being a part of the Fifty5five Board of Directors, he serves on the Board of Directors at Touchstone.

 

"Coming from a background in corporate training, I understand the importance of teaching in a way that is focused on the age level of the learner. That is what Fifty5five is all about. Teaching others how to bring the love of Jesus to children around the world in ways that a child can learn from and enjoy!"

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Claire True

Claire attends Faith House Fellowship with her family in Elk Grove. She has served in the high school, children, and nursery ministries over the years. She brings experience in various fields of human resources to the Fifty5five team. Claire has volunteered with Fifty5five for many years and currently coordinates the tea boutique set-up.

 

“I love the ministry and works of Fifty5five. I have always held a special place in my heart for serving the Lord through service to children. I believe that children are precious in the Lord's eyes and we should do everything we can to teach them of God's love and the gift of eternal life through Jesus' death on the cross. I also believe that using our spiritual gifts to serve the Lord and advance His Kingdom is something that all Christians are called to do. I am really excited to join the Fifty5five team and support its ministry.”

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