Phil Darke, 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.
Dave 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 led to his studies at the United States Naval Academy. After graduating, he served over 20 years as a Naval Officer and earned his M.S. in Operations Analysis. Dave’s heart for the orphaned grew during his volunteer work with Providence World, where he saw God leading him in a new direction. After working as an Independent Business Consultant and a Business Administrator, Dave felt God’s call to commit full time with Providence World. Dave and his wife, Crystal, live in Keller, Texas and have three daughters and one grandson.
Our Board of Directors
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 son.
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 personal life and professional career to the “at risk” population and it has become her life passion. She earned her B.S. from York College of Pennsylvania in Psychology and shortly thereafter while working fulltime with teenagers and adults whom were struggling with all facets of mental health, abuse, and addictions, she completed her M.S. from Western Maryland College in Counseling. Christy served as a professional school counselor in the public-school system for 14 years until she furthered her education at McDaniel College in school administration. 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 mission trips to various areas statewide and overseas 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 areas with her husband, five children (one adopted at age 15 from a Ukraine orphanage) and three dogs, and tries to visit with one grandchild as often as possible.”