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Christine Beitsch - Founding Executive Director

image The Executive Director is responsible for advancing the vision and mission of the organization, managing its staff and serving in the crucial role as the face of the organization for volunteer recruitment, advocacy, education, coalition building, communications and client services.

For more than 15 years, Christine Beitsch has been providing leadership by coordinating services through the vehicle of local congregations throughout the world by connecting with local government leaders. Her expertise is in connecting volunteers to needs, networking, team building, executive coaching, volunteer assessment, project coordination, strategic planning, organizational management and serving as a catalyst for constructive change on many platforms. She holds a distinctive Leadership degree from William Jessup University. In addition, she teaches workshops and speaks throughout the country on topics that inspire volunteerism and collaboration in the community. Christine is the Founding Executive Director of Compassion Network, a branch of CityServe partnering with over 60 Non-Denominational Christian congregations and 27 social service agencies in Newark, Fremont, and Union City, CA in an effort to provide city transformation. She opened the Compassion Network office at the Fremont City Hall complex in 2007.

Christine MUST be a part of meaningful work and associated with organizations that make a difference globally. She has travelled to 8% of the world, working with refugees in Burma, prostitutes in Amsterdam, prisoners in Argentina, taught English to monks in Thailand, built 53 homes for the poor in Mexico, and cared for hundreds of orphans in Zimbabwe.

Locally the City of Fremont has hired Christine as the Project Manager for a city-wide volunteer effort for National Make A Difference Day four years in a row (starting in 2011), which has engaged over 1400 residents in Fremont from various schools, public agencies, nonprofits, and faith communities. In 2013, Fremont won the city award by USA Weekend and $10,000 for being the leader in the Make A Difference Day efforts. This national award is a wonderful icing on the cake for the work put in by Christine’s project leadership.

Specialties:

Proven expertise in engaging volunteers by motivating discovering gifts/potential in others, and releasing them into their passions. Christine brings inspiration and leadership when working on key collaborative boards. She leads by example, modeling a relational, hardworking, meaningful and creative work culture. She is a natural networker, creative thinker, motivator, passionate and authoritative speaker, intuitive, empathetic, has integrity, and is aware of what is going on both locally and globally.

Hobbies:

Dabbling with photography, travelling, anything to do with food, and drinking lemonade.
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Jerry Lovejoy - Office Manager

image Jerry is the office manager for Compassion Network. Jerry hails from Cedars Church where he is a musician, singer and teacher. He is a great multi-tasker who has been with Compassion Network since 2011, first as a volunteer for 18 months and currently as a staff person since February 2013.

Most days you will find Jerry assisting with client intake, keeping our office volunteers busy, managing office procedures and working on Special Projects. Jerry has an uncanny knack for remembering all our clients names and giving "shout-outs" to them as they walk through the door. Jerry also has a fine sense of humor which he uses to engage clients and staffers daily.
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Minnie Roque - Intake / Liaison Trainer

image Minnie comes to us from Crossroads Church where she serves with high school students. She shares intake responsibilities and has been instrumental in reducing costs and utilizing resources. She is responsible for compiling the weekly eBlasts and connecting volunteers and donors with those in need. Minnie also represents Compassion Network at events throughout the area. One of Minnie's special projects is to to work closely with liaisons at our churches.
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