Meet the Providence Team
Phil Darke, President
Phil Darke, his wife Becca, and their five children, live in Folsom, CA. Phil received his Juris Doctor Degree from Vanderbilt University School of Law and his B.A. Degree in Rhetoric and Communications from U.C. Davis. Before coming on-board with Providence as Research & Development Director in October 2008, Phil worked as an attorney with different firms in Sacramento, CA, and Atlanta, GA, and as a clerk for a federal judge in Honolulu, HI. In 2014, Phil co-authored “In Pursuit of Orphan Excellence”, a much needed and inspiring call for excellence in global orphan care.
Paul Blackmon, Director of Strategic Development
Paul grew up the Netherlands and moved to the United States in 2000. In early young adulthood, God placed a call on his heart for full time ministry. After attending Bible College in Michigan, Paul served several churches as worship/student director in Michigan, Canada and, more recently, California. Paul joined Providence as Director of Strategic Development in October 2012 and is committed to foster life-giving relationships between Providence and the local church. Paul, his wife Bethany and four children, live in Ripon, CA, and worship at First Christian Reformed Church.
David Rudko, Chief Operating Officer
Dave has always had a passion for leadership and pursuing excellence – this started during his gymnastics days back in Long Island, New York and continued during his studies at the United States Naval Academy. After graduating, he spent over 20 years serving as a Naval Officer and earned his M.S. in Operations Analysis. Dave’s heart for orphan care began upon the kinship adoption of his youngest daughter and his work with Providence World over the past few years confirmed that God was leading him in a new direction. After working as an Independent Business Consultant and a Business Administrator for a church & school, Dave felt God’s call to commit full time in combating the orphan crisis and began his full-time work with Providence World. Dave and his wife, Crystal, live in Keller, Texas and they have four daughters.
Samantha Burgess, Director of Global Integration
Samantha is in her sweet spot at the crossroads of theory and practice. She is a passionate integrator and specializes in building processes that create confidence in organizations. A life-long learner, Samantha has completed additional courses in a wide range of subjects, including The Emergence of the Modern Middle East, Advanced Business Development, and The Global Status of Women. She and her husband, Stephen, live in Nashville, TN where she is proud to be an East Nashvillian, a Predators Fan, and a connoisseur of fine donuts. Or any donut
Briana Cady, Office Manager
Bri Cady is keeping us organized and on task in her role as Office Manager. Her heart for serving children started at a young age and propelled her to obtain a degree in Education. She lives in Ripon, CA with her husband, Greg and their three children. Bri is actively involved in children’s and youth ministries at First Christian Reformed Church where her family worships.