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We are blessed by the leadership and support of a remarkable team of professional men and women. The Plant With Purpose Board of Directors provides governance, offering oversight and accountability, while ensuring the organization fulfills its mission in the most effective way possible. We are grateful for their individual and collective contributions to our work.

Scott Sabin

CEO

Scott Sabin has served as the Executive Director and then CEO of Plant With Purpose since 1995 and has grown the organization from a single program in one country to include over 900 communities across eight countries. Scott is motivated to serve with Plant With Purpose because of the unique combination of spiritual, environmental, and economic work on behalf of the rural poor. Prior to working for Plant With Purpose, he served seven years in the United States Navy and in 2010 he published Tending to Eden: Environmental Stewardship for God’s People. Scott holds a degree in Political Science from Oregon State University and a M.A. in International Relations from the University of San Diego. Scott and his wife Nancy reside in San Diego with their two children, Amanda and Danny. On any given Saturday, Scott can be found dinghy sailing on San Diego’s waterways.

Scott Sabin
CEO

John Steel

Chair

John Steel and his wife, Gail, were invited to a home reception in 2003 and have been hooked on Plant With Purpose’s impactful work ever since. John joined the board in 2013 and has been actively involved on the Executive Committee, Governance Committee, and has served in the role of both Secretary and Board Chair. John spent his career as the V.P. for Zytec Corp and Artesyn Technologies and is an alumnus of the University of Minnesota. He and Gail retired to sunny Solana Beach from Minnesota and have been actively involved at Solana Beach Presbyterian Church. They have been married for over 50 years, and have two sons and five grandchildren. John enjoys riding his Harley through California’s diverse landscapes.

John Steel
Chair

Judy Enns

Secretary

Judith Enns established the most successful human resources staffing and consulting firm, HR Solutions, in San Diego, now a division of Eastridge Workforce Solutions. The HR division has offices in Newport Beach, San Diego, and conducts business nationally. For over 30 years Dr. Enns has been influential in enhancing the role of human resources in companies of all sizes and in advancing the careers of HR professionals. Now retired, Judith actively applies her human resources and business expertise to serve nonprofit organizations as Board Chair, North County Immigration and Citizenship Center; Board Member, San Diego Rescue Mission; Board Member and Chair, HR Leadership Council, North County San Diego HR Association; Board Member and Governance Committee chair, Kingdom Builder Foundation; an active elder and Chair, Nominating Committee, Solana Beach Presbyterian Church, where she has sung in the choir for 30+ years. She earned her Ph.D. in Communications at Ohio State University. Judith joined the Plant With Purpose board in 2019 and holds the position of Board Secretary and serves on the Board Governance Committee.

Judy Enns
Secretary

Steve Dhanens

Treasurer

Steve recently retired as Senior Director of Global Operations from Qualcomm Incorporated based in San Diego, CA. For over 15 years, Steve served in numerous divisions of Qualcomm as a financial executive and successfully developed and led high-performance teams in the areas of corporate development, finance and strategy, capacity planning, strategic sourcing, accounting, and acquisition integration. Steve and his wife Dalal have four children (Katie, Annie, Gracie and Ted) and reside in Solana Beach where they enjoy family time and the outdoors. They are members of Solana Beach Presbyterian Church. Steve joined the Plant With Purpose Board in 2019.

Steve Dhanens
Treasurer

Darrell Shrader

Board Member

Darrell Shrader joined the board in 2018. Darrell and his wife, Jill, are members of Solana Beach Presbyterian Church where he first learned of Plant With Purpose. After 29 ½ years of service, he retired from being a family practice physician. He has numerous volunteer activities including volunteering as both a participant and physician with “Come Build Hope” (house building in Mexico) and tutoring Hispanic children with Casa de Amistad. Darrell’s interests besides being an active and engaged grandfather of four, include hiking, health, and fitness, and he is an avid birder. His passion is supporting nonprofits like Plant With Purpose who are committed to encouraging and empowering people around the world to support themselves and their families and live with dignity. He currently serves as the Chair of the Board Governance Committee.

Darrell Shrader
Board Member

Sebastian Mathews

Board Member

Sebastian Mathews met Scott Sabin and Paul Thompson quite providentially at a conference in 2019 and joined the Plant With Purpose board in 2022. He serves as a Senior Director at Oratium, advising Fortune clients on sales communications. Sebastian also is a co-founding board director of the Global EverGreening Alliance, which is the largest environmental alliance of its kind, and he is president of its U.S. chapter. He is the USA Country Ambassador for the Global Corporate Finance Society and a certified Financial Modeling and Valuation Analyst. Previously, as country associate of the Coady Institute, Canada, and chair of South Africa’s first community foundation, he launched asset based approaches to community development across the country. Sebastian was born in India into a smallholder farming family, spent his early childhood in Zambia, and later in apartheid South Africa where he came to faith in Christ. Sebastian and his wife, Natasha, and their three children, Olivia, Anna, and Gabriel, currently reside in Syracuse, NY. He holds a MBA from Heriot-Watt University, a Master of International Business from Georgia State University, and Bachelors in Finance and Engineering from the University of Witwatersrand.

Sebastian Mathews
Board Member

Eric Kaiser

Board Member

Eric Kaiser first learned about Plant With Purpose when he met Scott at an ECHO missions conference in Florida in 2001 and was instantly drawn to its vision and work. Eric has since served on the board for several terms and came back most recently in 2017.  Educated locally at both SDSU and UCSD, he recently retired from his role as an engineering director at ViaSat. Eric serves as the President of the Widow’s Jar Foundation, which has been an active partner with Plant With Purpose since the early 2000’s.  Eric and his wife, Wendy, recently migrated to central Illinois, where they attend All Souls Presbyterian Church in Urbana and enjoy their three children and four grandchildren. As a Master Gardener, he enjoys rolling up his sleeves in his organic garden and restoring historic homes. Eric and his family have visited our programs in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. He currently serves on the Internal Affairs Committee.

Eric Kaiser
Board Member

Cindy Chen

External Affairs

Cindy has 14 years of technical experience across Shell and currently is an engineer with Shell Projects and Technology in Houston, TX. As a Candidate for Masters of Liberal Arts in Sustainability, she has additional focus in the areas of:

  • Global Climate Change
  • Circular Economy
  • Sustainability Leadership 
  • Critical Analysis of Environmental Systems
  • Environmental Management

Cindy’s passion for improving conditions in areas of poverty has led her to participate on several international trips. In 2009 she traveled with Living Water International to Honduras to dig water wells, and in 2013 she joined a Plant With Purpose vision trip to Oaxaca, Mexico. Cindy currently serves as Chair of the Board, Access Evangelical Covenant Church in Houston and joined the Plant With Purpose Board in 2019 where she serves as the External Affairs Committee Chair.

Cindy Chen
External Affairs

Jeff Kahler

Board Member

Jeff Kahler is rejoining the board in 2021 after serving several terms since 2006. Jeff is an avid biker and mountaineer. He has degrees from the University of Colorado and University of Northern Colorado and is the CFO of Chuck Lathan Associates and owner of Kahler Capital Management, LLC. He also serves as CFO and Treasurer of Find us Faithful Foundation in Colorado, which has been a major donor to Plant With Purpose over the past six years. Jeff lives in Castle Rock, Colorado with his wife, Elle, where they attend Castle Oaks Community Church. Jeff serves on the Audit Committee and the Internal Affairs Committee.

Jeff Kahler
Board Member

Curtis Robinson

Board Member

Curtis Robison joined the Plant With Purpose Board in 2022. He is the founder of Leadself, LLC, a leadership development business which helps organizations in all industries increase their leadership effectiveness. In addition to running Leadself, Curtis has a faculty role as an independent contractor with the Center for Creative Leadership where he works with leaders and teams to increase their effectiveness. He received his undergraduate degree in Psychology, his masters in Business Administration, and he completed one year of doctoral work in strategic leadership. Curtis resides in La Jolla, CA with his wife, Angela. They are proud parents of their only daughter Amberly, who attends Cornell University.

Curtis Robinson
Board Member

Jeff Busby

Board Member

After attending the Outlaw’s home reception over a decade ago, Jeff Busby was inspired by Plant With Purpose’s empowerment model and long track record of delivering tangible, lasting results. Jeff has been an influential connector since 2003 and has served on the board since 2005 in various terms and leadership positions and currently serves on the Internal Affairs Committee. Jeff is an alumnus of Northwestern University and UC Berkeley and is the current Executive Director of Brandes Investment Partners. Jeff and his wife, Sally, are active members at Solana Beach Presbyterian Church and enjoy traveling with their three daughters, Lucy, Grace, and Claire. Jeff took a bike trip in 2016 riding all the way from Canada to Mexico and enjoys traveling to Canada for backcountry skiing. He views his support of Plant With Purpose as the most important and effective in building God’s Kingdom.

Jeff Busby
Board Member

Cindy Outlaw

Board Member

Cindy Outlaw pioneered Plant With Purpose’s expansion into Tanzania in the early 2000’s and has been a loyal volunteer, supporter, and board member for more than a decade. Cindy was introduced to the organization by Scott Sabin, a fellow member of her church at the time, and has been motivated by the thousands of lives filled with hope as a result of Plant With Purpose. Cindy served as the Board Chair beginning in 2017, as well as serving on the Executive Committee. After taking some time off, she rejoined the board in 2022. Cindy has degrees from PLNU and SDSU, a background in administration, and has served on several boards and volunteer positions. Cindy and her husband, Ed, have two grown children, Molly and Ryan, and reside in Solana Beach where they are both active members of Solana Beach Presbyterian Church. Cindy’s passions run the full spectrum from ballroom dancing to climbing the world’s major peaks. She is an avid hiker, organizing friends for weekly hikes throughout Southern California, has summited six major peaks, and has climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro 10 times!

Cindy Outlaw
Board Member

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