As CEO of The Charis Project Aaron Blue brings 18 years of development and ministry experience in India, Nepal, Mexico, Thailand, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Navaho Nation, inner city Vancouver and San Diego, both working with other organizations and launching new programs. He is one of those rare, strange, people who believes his university education in philosophy studies was actually very valuable, providing good tools for critical analysis and creative problem solving. He is unusually comfortable with high levels of personal responsibility and risk taking, which allows for experimentation and trying many new things his efforts to bring useful and helpful aid to people and communities. He is sought out as a consultant and speaker on subjects ranging from organic farming, education, best practices for 3 rd party child care and whole child development, the role of development work in the redemption of land and culture, etc. Aaron holds a B.A. of Philosophy from University of California San Diego. He studied Theology at a graduate level at Regent College and continues to present theology papers at the annual SVS conference. The combination of his academic background and practical experience in ministry and development lends him a unique and useful perspective in applied theology. Aaron and his wife and 6 children live in Thailand where Aaron is the director of Shade Tree Foundation, The Charis Project's sister organization in Thailand.
Stephen Spieker is an accounting professional with several years of experience providing professional accounting and audit services to private and publicly held companies, particularly in the not-for-profit, and government client sectors. Stephen has gained extensive accounting experience through senior accountant and management roles for a variety of CPA firms by providing comprehensive accounting services. Stephen holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Accountancy from California State University San Marcos and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).
Douglas F. Wall, Managing Director Life Ventures
Douglas F. Wall is the Managing Director of Life Ventures a venture capital fund focused on investing in life giving entrepreneurial innovation, high growth companies and global impact enterprises. Mr. Wall has a track record of leading private equity fund formation including: Mission Ventures and Shepherd Ventures, both private equity venture funds with $500 million and $200 million under management respectively. Mr. Wall has a successful career of providing critical and timely strategic business and financial solutions to hundreds of family enterprises, privately owned businesses, family offices and private equity funds. Mr. Wall has worked closely with numerous business owners/executives in a variety of industries including advanced materials, defense, medical devices, energy, software, automotive, life sciences, cyber security, healthcare, real estate, construction and service companies to name a few. Mr. Wall is the co-founder of Resource Consulting Group (RCG), an advisory services firm that served over 3,000 clients and grew to over 100 employees. During his career, Mr. Wall co-founded several successful entrepreneurial ventures including PureForge, Genea Energy, Tech Coast Angels, and RCG. Prior to starting his first entrepreneurial venture, RCG, he was a manager with Ernst & Young and a senior with Arthur Andersen. Mr. Wall is an author, husband of 32 years, father of seven, and grandfather of two. As an inspirational and motivational speaker, he lectures publically on a broad range of topics including: redemption, divine appointments, managing and growing enterprises, and generous giving. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business from San Diego State University.
In addition to serving as Board Secretary, and home schooling 6 children, Carrien is putting her background and years of experience as an educator to use. In Thailand she is the coordinator for the Community Education Project run by The Charis Project. She has designed a 12 week class in pregnancy and childcare for migrant women, adapting her years of experience in birth education to make information accessible for illiterate women and training them to become teachers as well. She has also written and taught a course for nursery care providers on early childhood development and best practices for nursery care givers.
William Sutjiadi has more than 12 years experience founding and growing start-up companies into multi-million dollar enterprises and more than 15 years experience in creation of successful Internet software and numerous best-selling games. Currently, he is the VP of Operations and Marketing of SelfHelpWorks, the leading interactive online health and wellness programs for health plans, corporations, and consumers. Mr. Sutjiadi manages day to day operations, maximizing revenues in all business relationships and heads up the direct to consumer initiatives of this 30 year old company. Previously, Mr. Sutjadi founded and served as the CEO of Mahjong Time. Founded in late 2004, Mahjong Time became the largest online mahjong game and community, as well as the most innovative provider of premier Mahjong software and turnkey solutions. Mahjong Time partnered with World Series of Mahjong and became part of a billion dollar a public gaming company in 2008. A third generation mahjong player and a ranked chess player, William worked on 14 different blockbuster arcade games, including Mortal Kombat, which brought more than $200 million in revenues before founding CashPile.com, the leading affiliate program portal and rating services. In 1999, Mr. Sutjiadi successfully converted CashPile.com into MerchandisingAvenue.com, the Internet's leading contextual merchandising service & solution, which raised over $6m in investment. In 2001 William co-founded FractionPrice, a profitable e-retailer of fashion accessories and grew it into multi-million dollar in revenues before it was sold in 2008. Mr. Sutjiadi has held a range of board and advisory level position within various industries over the past 8 years. Mr. Sutjiadi received a Bachelor of Science Degree with Honors in the field of Computer Science from the University of California, San Diego. He also serves on The Charis Project’s board of directors.
Therese has spent the past several decades successfully raising her 5 children. A strong advocate for support for children and mothers in her own community, she has served extensively with several family service organizations in and around San Diego County. Her presence on the Charis board of directors is an extension of her long commitment to justice and action on behalf of children and families.