Board of Trustees
Dr. Robin Dummer
Robin Dummer is the President of Simpson University. Dr. Dummer’s previous roles at Simpson University include Interim President, associate provost, accreditation liaison officer, and the dean of the school of traditional undergraduate studies. He also served as a history faculty member from 1994 – 2005, a division chair, and faculty senate president. He received a B.A. in history from Simpson College, M.Div. from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, M.A. in history from California State University at Chico, and Ed.D. in educational leadership from George Fox University.
He and his wife, Debbie, have been married for over 40 years, love their “kids” and have two granddaughters and grandson.
Mr. Norm F. Reinhardt
A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Norm Reinhardt was commissioned as an officer in the US Army Signal Corps. He transitioned into civilian roles at technology companies to include General Instrument, Cisco Systems, and currently serves in a Professional Services Executive role at World Wide Technology. He holds graduate degrees from Pepperdine University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Norm and his wife, Brenda, have been married for over 35 years and have two adult daughters. They have been active in The Christian and Missionary Alliance churches in Georgia and Southern California.
Dr. Jo Anne C. Cripe
Jo Anne Cripe was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2011. Jo Anne, a former Simpson University professor, is on the faculty of Butte Community College. Jo Anne and her husband Jeff (a walnut farmer) have been married for over 30 years and have two young adult sons. The Cripes live in Chico, CA, in the middle of a 90-acre walnut orchard. They are active in their home church, Bidwell Presbyterian, with a special focus on young adult ministries.
Dr. James M. Postma
Jim Postma is a professor (and former Chair) in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at California State University, Chico. He is a member and former chair of the Academic Senate of the California State University. He has been faculty at CSUC for over 30 years. After having been married to Beverly for over 30 years, they now have two daughters (one a Simpson alum) and two grandchildren. Jim and Bev attend Evangelical Free Church in Chico.
Mr. Michael C. Fitzpatrick
Mike Fitzpatrick was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2006 after serving for several years on the Simpson Foundation Board of Directors. After graduating from Claremont McKenna College, he earned his Juris Doctor degree from University of California School of Law (Boalt Hall, Berkeley, CA). He and his wife, Merlynn, live in Redding, CA, and have four children, two of whom are pastors. Mike coordinates a ministry to Mien (Laotian) refugees in Shasta County through the Redding Iu-Mienh Nazarene Church.
Mr. Alan E. Burchett
Alan Burchett is a graduate of UC Berkeley and Hastings College of the Law and is practicing law in Chico, CA. He is certified as a specialist by the California State Bar Association in estate planning, probate and trust law. He has served as an elder and board member at his home church, Neighborhood Church of Chico, where he and his wife Brenda have served in numerous capacities. They also love to serve abroad doing short term mission trips. Alan and Brenda have been married for over 40 years and have two children and three amazing grandchildren.
Rev. David K. Clark
Dave Clark previously served as a Simpson Trustee from 1980 to 1997. Since 1976, Dave has been the pastor of Richland Alliance Church in Richland, WA. He has music and education degrees from Washington State University and is a former Campus Crusade staff member. Dave is an active jazz saxophonist and bandleader, who taught jazz history for 9 ½ years at Columbia Basin College in Pasco, WA. He and his wife, Janeen, have been married since 1968. They have two daughters and five grandchildren.
Dr. Betty M. Dean
Betty Dean is the Superintendent/President Emeritus for Butte-Glenn Community College District and was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2007. Dr. Dean served as Chair of the Board of Trustees from 2011 – October 2015. She has been married to Clyde Powers for 21 years, has 3 wonderful step daughters, and 9 grandchildren. She also is an active member of Bidwell Presbyterian Church – Chico, CA.
Rev. Roberto D. DeSagun
Bob DeSagun is the founding pastor of Experience Church in San Diego, CA, and has been serving there since 2002. He is an adjunct professor for Crown College in Minnesota, where he received his Master’s degree in Christian Studies. He also holds an Advance Graduate Certificate in leadership as well as a Ph.D. in organizational leadership from Regent University. He completed The C&MA Church Leadership Academy’s Ministerial Study Program in 2006 and was ordained with The C&MA in 2007. He has served on the District Executive Committee and currently serves on the Licensing, Ordination and Consecration Council for the South Pacific District of The C&MA.
Mr. Gary D. Friesen
Gary Friesen is a lawyer who served as Peacemaker Ministries’ Executive Vice President up until December, 2012. Gary currently serves on the General Counsel of The Christian and Missionary Alliance. Gary loves to teach, and has taught biblical peacemaking, mediation and arbitration across the globe. Primarily, he is passionate about seeing people everywhere experience the redemptive power of the Gospel in their relationships, beginning with himself, his wife, Laurel, and their four children.
Mr. Raymond L. Homan
Raymond Homan was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2004 and serves as chair of three committees: Business Finance, Employee Benefit Plan, and Audit. A Simpson alumnus, he has worked in business management for over 30 years and with a military storage contractor for 20 years. He serves on the finance board of the First United Methodist Church in San Diego, where he lives.
Mrs. Julie K. Irving
Julie Irving was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2011. After serving 30 years as a middle school health educator, Julie retired in 2008 to spend more time with her family and to devote herself to passions outside the classroom. She enjoys mentoring moms with young children, event planning for Salem Free Clinic, gardening, and traveling to Germany to visit her grandchildren. She has been married to husband Kent for over 30 years, is mother to three grown children, one of which graduated from Simpson.
Mr. Harold W. Kimball
Hal Kimball is retired from the Seattle public school system where he worked since 1970. He earned his undergraduate degrees in history-Bible and education at Simpson Bible College and Seattle Pacific University, respectively, and a master's in educational administration from Western Washington University. He has been married to his wife, Loretta, for more than 40 years and they are blessed with three children. The Kimball’s reside in Seattle, WA, and attend Arbor Heights Community Church.
Rev. William W. Malick
South Pacific District Superintendent
Bill Malick was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2008. He serves as superintendent of the C&MA’s South Pacific District. Prior to that, he spent many years pastoring, church planting and serving as church planting director for the district. He and his wife, Deborah, have been married for over 30 years and live in Murrieta, CA.
Mr. Mark B. Matheson
Mark Matheson was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2009 and is the owner/president of Matheson Trucking. He and his wife, Sherrie, have a son, Josh, who graduated from Simpson University and a daughter, Lauren, who graduated from Biola University. He is a life member of Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship. Mark and Sherrie attend Rolling Hills Church in El Dorado Hills, CA.
Dr. Thomas J. Perry
Tom Perry is a physician, OB-GYN, and has had a private practice since 1981. He serves on a medical malpractice committee with the Christian Medical and Dental Society. He is a member of Neighborhood Church in Redding, CA, and was an elder for nine years. He and his wife, Betty, serve as advisors on missions’ matters and they have both gone on mission trips to Mexicali, Mexico with Simpson RN students. They enjoy staying involved with the college students, especially with the missionary kids, to whom they serve as dorm parents when needed. Tom and Betty have three daughters.
Dr. Raymond P. Reid
Ray Reid is a retired public school superintendent from Washington who previously served on Simpson’s Foundation Board of Directors and Board of Trustees. After graduating from Whitworth University, he earned an Ed.D. from Washington State University. Ray spent 34 years in education, 29 of those years as an administrator. After two years of active duty in the Navy he received a commission in the Army Reserves. He was called to active duty in support of Desert Storm and retired after 20 years as a Lieutenant Colonel. Ray and his wife, Karen, got married in 2012. Both had suffered the loss of spouses after 40-plus years of marriage. Their newly blended family has grown to four married children and eight grandchildren. They consider themselves “twice blessed.”
Mr. David S. Richey
Dave Richey was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2007 and is the senior business leader at Visa Inc. He attended Simpson College in San Francisco, 1974-1978. He also attends Neighborhood Church of Castro Valley. Dave and Kim met while attending Simpson and have been married for over 30 years. They have three sons and seven grandchildren, who are an indescribable joy.
Rev. Randy M. Shaw
Alliance Northwest District Superintendent
Randy Shaw has served in the Alliance Northwest District for 25 years, having spent the majority of that time church planting. He has three almost grown children and lives in Portland with his wife, Kendra.
Mr. Lue Thao
Lue Thao is the chief financial officer for a community health center corporation, an elder/trustee/youth director of the Alliance Church of Merced, and the former treasurer of the Hmong District. Lue was born and raised in Xieng Khuang, Laos and is a graduate of Illinois State University, Lewis University MBA program, and Covington Seminary. Lue and Pang have three sons.
Rev. Raymond Van Gilst
Central Pacific District Superintendent
Rev. Ray Van Gilst and his wife, Donice, have been involved in planting and pastoring churches all over the Inter-Mountain region for 25 years. Ray is an Accredited Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation. He also has been able to share his passion for church planting through teaching classes and seminars at Simpson University, and has taught Church Planting with Tozer Theological Seminary as an adjunct professor.