Hope Tech Staff & Contributors
sam worthen // apple man
Sam first joined Apple in 1998 in the warehouse assembling the iMac G3. Sam has been a key contributor in multiple departments and groups within Apple and now works with Apple Engineering as an Analyst Manager.
In his spare time, Sam enjoys working with his community, sketching out cartoons, and illustrating on the computer.
Sam's passion is in coaching and developing others. He is excited to do this through teaching local youth technical skills.
Michela Hamm // Operations Manager
In 2015 Michela Hamm received a Bachelor Degree in Biblical Studies from Eternity Bible College. After graduating she worked for 2 years at EBC as their receptionist, assisting with academic advising and seeking to cultivate family like community with the students.
Through key friendships and experiences her eyes have been opened to the systematic oppression that affects many in America. She has a passion to relieve the suffering of the oppressed through offerings of hope, truth, and love. Along with her work at Hope Tech, she works with City of Refuge Sacramento living with women in transitional housing.
Hannah ajakaiye // funding management & mentoring
Hannah Ajakaiye is a stay at home mom to 2 wonderful boys. She, her husband and children moved to Sacramento in October of 2016 from Washington D.C. via a short stint living in Illinois. She loves traveling and learning about new cultures from all over the world.
Hannah has a BA in sculpture from Meredith College in Raleigh, N.C. In addition to her love of the fine arts she also has a passion for mentoring and enabling youth. Her love for working with youth started in high school where she served on leadership teams and ran after school programs and summer camps for the YMCA and continued as she spent summers overseas in college volunteering as a youth teacher also directing summer programs. After college she lived in Azerbaijan for 2.5 years as a Community and Youth Development Volunteer with the Peace Corps. There Hannah partnered with local NGOs to write, direct and implement international grants empowering local youth. After her return to the US she moved to Washington, D.C. to work as a Program Analyst for the Director and Deputy Director, Presidential Nominees, of the National Science Foundation and continued to mentor high school youth for a local NGO in her free time.
Eden Chen // Fisherman Labs
Eden is a co-founder and a managing partner at Fishermen Labs, one of the fastest growing digital creative agencies in the US. Eden has advised and built products for Snapchat, IAC, Walmart, Sony, the United Nations, and countless startups and serves in strategic, design and technical roles.
Before this, Eden was the founder of Lightmark Capital, a Los Angeles based hedge fund. Prior to these ventures, he worked as an investment banker at Citigroup. Eden invests and sits on the board of numerous startups and nonprofits including Pioneers and Resource Global. He has been interviewed by Bloomberg and US News and has written for Venture Beat, and Entrepreneur magazine. Eden was selected as a part of Forbes’ 30 under 30 list, LA Business Journal's 20 in their 20’s, and Emory Magazine’s 40 under 40 list. Eden graduated with honors from Emory University.
Watch Eden's Ted Talk on Observation here.
Adam Temple // Bixly
In 2009 Adam founded Bixly, a software development agency, and grew it to a multi-million dollar company within four years. He loves working with a fabulous team to create helpful things.
Hope Tech Board of Directors
Josh Howard // President
Hope Technologies Sacramento has birthed from seeing the effects of poverty on peoples lives at a young age.
Josh's professional career and personal life have been focused on challenging the impossible. He has worked as a Medical Device R&D Engineer since 2007 developing products in the neuromodulation and orthopedic space. He has a proven track record of turning innovative product ideas from abstract to reality. He holds several patents and has been involved in all stages of product development from ideation to launch. He has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from California Polytechnic State University (Linkedin).
Josh and his wife Brittany live in Sacramento California. Josh and Brittany are active in their local church community and neighborhood. Josh has served on three elder boards, including where he currently serves at Hope Church, assisted in 3 church plants and led a house church. He has initiated and directed various outreach events at the churches he serves.
alan stead // board member
Alan and his wife Karen have 4 kids and have lived in the Sacramento area since 2003. Alan works at Intel as a program manager and software engineering manager in Intel's Internet of Things group, and has been at Intel since 2005. He first got involved with computer programming as a kid writing text based games in Basic, and is excited to see other kids develop a passion for computers.
Alan has a BS and MS in Computer Science and an MBA. He was born in Uruguay, and as a kid moved to several countries before finally settling down in northern California. He has loved being able to serve in and out of church in different capacities since high school.
Brigg Sterns // Board Member
Brigg was born in Waxahachie, Texas and raised in Fort Worth, Texas. He has a BA in Biblical Counseling from the Master’s University in Santa Clarita, CA. Brigg is an accomplished Music Producer, Composer, Musician and Minister of Music. He has served as Minister of Music and musician for various ministries in Texas and California. As a composer and music producer, Brigg has also utilized his talents to do scores for film and television for networks such as Showtime, NBC, ABC, MTV, OWN, Oxygen, BET and TV One to name a few, and recently won honorable mention in 2017 for best film score at Los Angeles Film school awards. Brigg’s favorite jobs are being the husband of Endyia Kinney-Sterns, and the father of Judah and Cairo Sterns. They currently live in Los Angeles, CA.
Matt moore // board member
Matt Moore serves as the pastor of Hope Church in Sacramento. The dream of Hope is to see a multi-ethnic and multi-class family of believers who are passionate about loving their community. Hope meets in the diverse and historically under-privileged neighborhood of Oak Park.
Matt has served in various capacities of pastoral ministry for the last 20 years. Back in 2011, he and his wife Sarah began serving at churches in a couple of underprivileged urban areas of Los Angeles and now in Sacramento. They both enjoy living within the diversity of urban areas.
Matt has a BS in Civil Engineering from California Polytechnic State University. He also has an MDiv from The Master's Seminary. Matt and Sarah have been married for 13 years and have three children - Seth, Silas, and Blythe.
mike nimon // board member
Mike Nimon is President of the Central Coast Operations in San Luis Obispo and Monterrey, California. Mike has worked for Wathen Castanos for 26 years has been involved in the residential construction industry for over 40 years and has built homes, condos and apartments with public and private production builders in Colorado, Nevada and California. He has been involved with all levels of construction from hands-on to upper management, and he has a BS Degree in Construction Management from Colorado State University.
The Company focuses on corporate strategies and mission directives, high performance home building, and a quality branding focused on excellence in home deliveries to customers.
Wathen Castanos Homes is a two-time award winner of 2011/2012 National Housing Quality Award, 2011 Gold Winner of EVHA Production Homes category for a ZEH Home, and 2011 EVHA’s Builder of the Year for Energy Efficiency, as well as ranked #2 Nationally from Eliant in Sales Referrals.
Mike and his wife, Kathy, have two adult children Sherilee and Brandon and live in Ahwahnee, California. Mike is active with family, church and community. Mike has served 14 years on the church council at Riverpark Bible Church, including serving as the chairman on a rotation basis. Mike ministers in High School and has started and leads the Samaria Valley Ministry Inc. at RBC that has worked with rural Hispanic churches over the last 9 years, in the cities of Parlier, Orosi, London, Sanger and others. He also works with Communities in the Name of Christ to encourage the growth of rural Pastors and lay leader training for youth.
Trent Brown // Board Member
Trent Brown is a Partner of Deloitte & Touche LLP and joined Deloitte in 1999. Trent has extensive experience in public accounting with a focus on public companies. His clients have included large, well-established multinational public companies as well as smaller technology companies.
Trent’s experience serving clients with complex technical accounting issues has given him valuable insight into issue identification and resolution, and in understanding the considerations unique to such companies. Throughout his career, Trent has provided services in connection with many equity/debt public and private offerings (i.e., IPOs, leveraged buyouts, and bond offerings), and he has been involved in helping to resolve many accounting and SEC compliance issues. Trent serves as a concurring review partner on a number of Deloitte’s public and private clients. He also serves as an instructor for Deloitte technical training courses.
Outside Deloitte, Trent spends much of his spare time with his wife, four children, and church family. Trent and his wife are passionate about serving the community that they live. Alongside their church, they are actively involved with the local park by coaching children, teaching clinics, and in assisting the local park in providing scholarships for children who do not have the means to participate otherwise.
Jordan king // Board Member
Jordan King is a Vice President & majority owner of R.M. King Company, a third generation family owned business. R.M. King Company is a manufacturer of aftermarket parts & mechanic shop for cotton picker headers. Jordan has experience in human resources, international sales, business development and administration.
Jordan married his highschool sweetheart, Sharon, in 2005 after graduating from Biola University with a BS in Business Accounting. Jordan & Sharon worked together to establish a couples mentoring program in 2008. This faith based program connects ministry couples within the local church to couples needing support throughout the community. Over the last 10 years this ministry has provided support to more than 100 couples.
Jordan also serves in several capacities at his home church, Peoples Church in Fresno, CA. He is head of their Couples Ministry, Council President, Nominating Committee Chairman, Executive Committee member, & Finance Committee member. He has a passion for helping organizations and individuals utilize their resources to impact their communities.
George Temple // Board Member
Founded Sermonspice.com in 2004 and created the first film marketplace for churches, serving over 200,000 pastors and 2500 filmmakers worldwide. Media is my second language, my first film project was an animation with my dad's Bell and Howell 8mm camera in the third grade. Produced a TV game show in Jr High (1970) and many other films and videos to follow. Helping ministries tell their story has been my vocation for many years. Capturing the heart of a ministry and sharing it is my favorite thing to do.