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Meet Our US Leadership

Children of Faith Missions is led by a U.S.-based, independent Board of Directors.

Rose and Anad

Co-Founders

Anand Rosie Thandu

Anand and Rosie Thandu are the Co-Founders and Directors of Children of the Faith Mission orphanage in India, where they live happily with their 120+ children!

John Koppel

Board Member

John Koppel

John resides in Hansville, Washington where he is employed as a Vice President at a global food company. John has two lovely daughters. In his spare time, he enjoys running, sailing and reading.

Larry Johnson

Board Member

Larry Johnson

Larry lives with his wife in the San Francisco Bay area. He has recently retired from his career life as a retail pharmacist. He has two wonderful adult daughters. No pets at this time, but he is partial to dogs. Cats? Not so much.

Board Member

Dan Menegus

Dan is a Director within Gas Operations for Pacific Gas Electric Company in the San Francisco Bay Area. He lives in the East Bay with his wife, Lynn, who he married in college. He has two remarkable adult sons, and enjoys reading, travel and volunteering in his spare time.

Royce Nicolaisen

Board President

Royce Nicolaisen

Royce is a native to Northern California, and is CEO of Otis McAllister, Inc., a global food company. He lives with his wife, Marjorie, and dog, Ollie, in San Francisco’s East Bay. He has three incredible adult daughters and is a new grandfather.

Ginny Ross

Board Secretary

Ginny Ross

Ginny and her husband Mike live in the San Francisco Bay area.  She has two grown children. She is an avid lover of philanthropy, traveling, sewing and sharing. In her free time, she hikes Bay Area trails and scours Pinterest for delicious recipes.

Brian OShea

Board Member

Brian OShea

Brian has worked in the bio-pharmaceutical industry for the past 30 years, and currently leads a team that focuses on developing global pricing and market access strategies for Genentech. Brian enjoys lecturing at UC Berkeley School of Public Health and Haas Business School on health policy and economics.

Rob Schock

Treasurer

Rob Schock

Rob provides expertise in the areas of finance and general management with over 30 years of senior management experience. Rob is currently CFO at Picture Marketing (CA) and Superior Ostrich (TX). He is also active at the Lafayette Orinda Presbyterian Church where he serves as a Stephens minister. He has also served as a mentor for the Bakar Fellows program at UC Berkeley.

Patty Gonser

Board Member

Patty Gonser

Patty lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband Bob and their two dogs. They have three children: one in college and two college graduates. After working as a corporate banker, Patty turned her focus to volunteering, helping raise money for the local public schools. Today she is an administrator at a local K-8 school and in her free time, she enjoys running, cooking, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

Steve Ahonen

Board Member

Steve Ahonen

Steve retired from public education as a teacher, coach, principal, and district administrator after 39 years and is now serving as the director at Hope Academy for students with Dyslexia in Concord, California. In his spare time, Steve serves as the commissioner of the Bay Valley Athletic League. Steve and his wife Laurey have been married for 42 years. They have three adult married children and six grandchildren, ages 2 years old to 13 years old.

Tony Passaglia

Board Member

Tony Passaglia

Tony Passaglia Lives near Chicago, IL. Raised in a family ice cream company founded in 1926, Tony’s education in business and engineering led him to open a Refrigeration Company that still serves the Ice Cream industry. His Church leadership includes a wide range of positions from Youth leader to facilities management and Executive management. His passions have been with Rosie and Anand for over 10 years, but visiting India really lit a fire for his love and devotion to the kids.

A volunteer from the United States poses with a group of boys from Children of Faith Home in India

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