Phil Darke, Chief Executive Officer / President
Phil, 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 and has been the co-host of the Think Orphan Podcast since its inception in 2016.
Our Board of Directors
Josh Eaves, Board Chair
Josh has spent much of his life around missions. His parents served with Interface Ministries in Uganda and the Philippines, as well as working with international students in Boston and Nashville. Josh works in healthcare and structures partnerships between physicians and health systems. Josh spends his time outside of work using the skillset in development to help organizations that focus on poverty alleviation and community building. Josh’s wife is Sarah, and they have two kids, Katherine and Parker.
Ben Manting, Treasurer
Ben is passionate about bringing excellence in education to orphan care communities around the world. After teaching social studies in secondary schools for over ten years (four of them in Honduras), Ben is currently an Assistant Principal at Plainwell Middle School in Plainwell, Michigan. Ben began partnering with La Providencia in the summer of 2005, when he was working with the youth leadership development company LeaderTreks. During that time, Ben learned about God’s heart for La Providencia and orphans around the world. Currently, Ben serves on the Educational Advisory Committee in addition to the Board of Directors for Providence World. When not at school, you can find Ben enjoying time outside with his wife, Lauren, and their three children.
Charlene Dillender, Secretary
Char and her husband Chuck have two children—Camryn and Caleb. They live in Folsom CA where her husband is Pastor of River Rock Church, which they helped to start in 1998. Char is a graduate of Calvin College and received a Master’s in Reading Education from Chapman University. She teaches first graders in the Folsom Cordova Unified School District, and leads the Children’s Ministry team at her church.
“God wrote Providence on my heart in 2010 when I heard the children at Academia La Providencia sing “I am not forgotten, I am not forgotten, I am not forgotten, God knows my name. He knows my name.” Providence is the people and place where my greatest passion to see children thrive as image-bearers of Jesus Christ, my 20 years of experience as an educator in high -poverty, multi-lingual public school settings, and God’s heart to champion the cause of the fatherless– all come together. I long to learn and grow along with Providence World as she seeks to implement best practices in orphan and widow care, especially in the realm of education.”
Christy has dedicated her life and career to her passion of serving the at-risk population. She earned her B.S. in Psychology from York College of Pennsylvania and, shortly thereafter, her M.S. in Counseling from Western Maryland College while working fulltime with teenagers and adults struggling with all facets of mental health, abuse, and addictions. Christy served as a professional school counselor in the public-school system for 14 years and went on to study School Administration at McDaniel College. She currently holds an administrative position in the student services division to ensure students of all hardship backgrounds reach their full potential.
Christy had served on various statewide and overseas mission trips when La Providencia caught her eye due to their extraordinary vision to revamp orphan care. The top-notch education, medical care, and love of family shone through. It was not a “give and get” type of mission that she had seen over the years, but instead a model of intentionally, growing the child spiritually, mentally, physically, and educationally and within the family setting.
In Christy’s free time, she enjoys traveling, especially to the beach, with her husband, five children (one adopted at age 15 from a Ukraine orphanage), and three dogs, and tries to visit her grandchild as often as possible.
Brian was born in Sacramento and raised in Northern California and Montana. He has been married to Danna (a Montana girl) for 20 years and they have 13 kids ranging in age from 8 to 25 – 9 girls and 4 boys (4 biological, 4 adopted from Ethiopia, and 5 adopted from the Democratic Republic of Congo).
After almost 15 years of Student Ministry in Clearwater, FL and Billings, MT, Brian joined the Staff of Harvest Church in Billings as Executive Pastor. In 2005, Brian and Danna felt God’s call to plant Harvest’s first “daughter” Church in Bozeman, MT, where Brian and his team launched and led Journey Church for almost 12 years.
In 2016, Brian, Danna, and their family moved from Montana to Northern California, where Brian joined the Bayside Church team as Pastor of the Folsom Campus.
Brian completed undergraduate study at Montana State University, Eastern University (St. Davids, PA), and the University of South Florida (Tampa), and graduate study at Portland Seminary in Portland, OR.