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Dave Clevenger

Contracted Executive (With no fiduciary responsibility)

Dave is a visionary leader, community builder, non-stop innovator and serial entrepreneur. He is the CEO of Community Impact Corps, Inc which holds a contract for oversight of the Lighthouse Rescue Mission. Community Impact Corps is responsible to help the Lighthouse with HR, Administrative Processing, Marketing/Fundraising, Grant Management/Writing, IT equipment/accounts, facilities management, Business Development, Real Property Development, and liaison with contracted accountants for financial reporting. In his role, Dave has no fiduciary responsibility of the Lighthouse and that function is a responsibility of the Board of Directors. The contract enhances the Lighthouse in that the organization can focus on helping clients and the overhead functions are managed by a capable contracted staff.
Dave is formally the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Kings Gospel Mission in Hanford (March 2015 - March 2021) and formerly the CEO of the Lighthouse Rescue Mission in Tulare (July 2019-January 2021).
Dave served 22 years in the Navy with the following notable assignments:
• Supply Department Head (Lieutenant) at Naval Hospital Lemoore
• 2 Marine Corps Combat Medic Tours (OEF 2012 and Southwest Asia Campaign 1995)
• 2 Navy Vessels (USS Juneau and USS Coronado)
• 3 Shore Tours (Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Navy Personnel Command and MCAS Miramar)
Dave holds a Master’s in Healthcare Administration and has successfully started the following businesses:
• Homeless Rescue Mission (Kings County’s first)
• Factory-built Homes Fabrication
• Thrift Store
• 2 Recycling Centers
• 2 Downtown Cleaning Crews with Carts
• Mobile Shower Unit
Saved by grace alone in 2011, Dave passionately pursues Christ by loving God and loving our neighbors in word and deed.
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Fred Brown

Board of Directors

Fred Brown is one of the newest members of the TLRM Board of Directors, joining in 2018. He felt it was the best way for the churches in the Tulare community to unite and work together and improve the quality of life for the homeless in Tulare. “As Christians, we need to be functioning members of the body of Christ. This organization is a tremendous avenue for any Christian to be functioning and participating” says Brown.

Fred has been self-employed for over 40 years, currently owning California Turf Equipment and Supply.

Bob Cherry

Board of Directors

Bob Cherry joined the TLRM Board of Directors in 2017. He had two good friends on the Board who shared the mission and wanted him to be part of the change they were seeing in Tulare. Bob has a strong desire to reflect the love of Christ into a situation where people are in despair and wants to be part of the solution. Bob says “creating opportunities for folks to take steps to transform their lives” is why he is part of the Lighthouse Board.

Bob has been a Pastor at Tulare First Baptist Church since 2014.

Tim Dodson

Board of Directors

Tim Dodson has sat on the TLRM Board of Directors for about ten years. He is passionate about the mission and it is his way to serve God, serve His people in need and serve the community of Tulare. Tim likes hearing and sharing the stories of success, such as families reuniting. Tim shared “the best is when you see a former guest that appears to be doing well and you know that the TLRM played a role in their success.”

Tim has been a CPA in Hanford and now Tulare for over 20 years.

Ray Fonseca

Board of Directors

Ray Fonseca has been proudly serving on the TLRM Board of Directors since 2016. He enjoys working with the other board members and seeing the vision they all have. According to Ray, the Board wants to make a difference in their community, seeing lives transformed and hopefully make a difference with those who really want help. Ray shared “once I looked into what the Lighthouse was doing, I decided to get involved to try and help make a difference.”

After working in trucking management for 40 years, Ray is now retired. He enjoys working at his own pace by doing some bookkeeping and sales. In his spare time, Ray loves spending time with his beautiful wife, five adult children and six great grandchildren.

Renee Soto

Board of Directors

Louis Sparks

Board of Directors

Louis Sparks has been serving the homeless in Tulare at the behest of God who called him to do so in 2004. At that time, he worked closely with the city and other community members to launch the TLRM in 2005. According to Louis, the TLRM’s greatest asset has always been the people who make up the community of Tulare and the TLRM’s purpose in building and strengthening that community of those less fortunate amongst us. “We serve an awesome God in an incredible community amongst the greatest of people; what more could one want?”

Louis serves as the pastor of the Tulare Foursquare Church, The River, and has done so since October 2000.

Raymond Van Beek

Board of Directors

Raymond Van Beek was asked to join the TLRM board in 2006 and didn't imagine he would still be on the board in 2020! “What started as yes I can help, has grown into this thing that is making an impact in the community, and I want to be part of it” says Van Beek. Raymond is proud to be part of a rescue mission that originally started as a women’s shelter and is now assisting men in the community too.

Raymond has been in agriculture his entire life, while growing up his family was in the dairy business. In 1998, Raymond made the change and now grows almonds, walnuts and pistachios.

Karen Beemus

Executive Director

Karen Beemus came to work for the Lighthouse in January, 2021 from sister mission Kings Gospel Mission. Beginning as a Peer Support Advisor, she quickly moved up the ranks and became the Executive Director in August, 2021. Karen is responsible for all daily Lighthouse operations and represents the Lighthouse is community events and interactions. She has been working for the homeless for 4 years. Karen truly loves that GOD has called her to work at a great organization. Her motto is "Love God, Love People". Karen is a certified substance abuse counselor and is working towards becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She has been a servant of the Lord for 11 years now. "With all my heart, I know that EVERY SOUL MATTERS."

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