CEO & Founder
Jeff Pishney is the Founder and CEO of Love Stanislaus County and Love Our Cities. Officially beginning as a non-profit organization in 2014, these city-wide volunteer days and other initiatives have helped over 100 cities and have had over 248,000 volunteers since beginning in 2009. Jeff recognizes that more sustainable solutions are needed beyond volunteer days in order to see our cities thrive. His efforts have evolved to championing ongoing volunteerism, collaboration among leaders and initiating programs for Neighbors, Schools, Kids and Seniors.
Jeff grew up in Iowa, went to college and graduate school in Virginia and has been in Modesto, CA since 1995. Prior to being CEO, Jeff was a pastor for almost 20 years. As a college pastor, Jeff started to get a vision for his community. This vision grew when he became the outreach pastor during which Love Modesto began. Jeff and his wife, Karen, have been married for 18 years and have three children. Besides loving his family, Jeff is involved at his children's activities, passionate about justice issues and cheering on his Iowa Hawkeyes.
City Engagement Director
Dave served on staff at a church for 18 years before spending 8 years with the Global Leadership Network partnering with churches and businesses across the United States to develop leaders and impact their community. Dave has extensive experience convening city impact through city movements and churches. Leaders seek Dave for his ability to ask questions that lead to breakthrough and for his sound advice in complex leadership challenges. Currently, Dave leads small group networks at two large churches while also leading Mobilize Leadership, the coaching and consulting business he founded. The focus of Mobilize Leadership is unique leadership learning strategies that expand the capacity of city movements, non-profits, businesses, and churches. When you connect with Dave, ask him about tapping into latent leadership learning energy that is sitting on your team. With experience in scaling organizations for impact, Dave is honored to play a part in the Love Our Cities vision of 1000 cities in 10 years.
For fun, Dave is a competitive runner and is earning his doctoral degree in Organizational Change and Leadership at the University of Southern California where he holds a Graduate Certificate in Learning Design. Dave and his wife Karen have five children and currently live in Spokane, WA.
City Engagement Specialist
Danielle is the Love Our Cities City Engagement Specialist. She thrives connecting with people of all backgrounds and desires to see City Leaders have more influence within their communities while also feeling supported, seen, and encouraged - because they are doing some incredible work!
Danielle grew up in a small town in Upstate New York, attended college in Ventura, CA and then moved to Thailand to work alongside Rohingya and Burmese refugees to help build self-sustaining communities. After her time in Thailand, Danielle moved to a town outside of Seattle to work at a church for six years. She now resides in North Bend, WA with her husband, Stephen and their scruffy dog, Winston. They enjoy off-roading, popping open their rooftop tent and chasing the views of Mt Rainier as often as possible.
Website and App Specialist
Jon is the Website Specialist for Love Modesto and Love Our Cities. He joined the team in late 2021 after serving with Love Snoqualmie Valley.
Jon was born in Bakersfield, but grew up in Phoenix, AZ. Feeling a call to ministry at a young age, God grabbed hold of him early. He attend Northwest Nazarene University (NNU) and studied Philosophy of Religion in Nampa. His ministry began as a Youth Pastor in Kirkland, WA and transitioned to Lead Pastor in Snoqualmie, WA. In addition to ministry, Jon started his own design business that contracts specifically with churches and non-profits, providing affordable and effective design and website solutions. Currently, Jon serves full-time as the Lead Pastor of Bakersfield First Church of the Nazarene in California.
Audrey was born and raised in Watsonville, California. Audrey is a graduate of Thomas Downey HS. After high school she spent time in Modesto, Santa Cruz and Sacramento. Audrey’s desire to be closer to family and seek new opportunities brought her back to Modesto in 20??
In 2017 Audrey was part of the mission’s trip to the Philippines where she helped rebuild homes as well as attend and organized services for the children and people of Balanga, Bataan.
Away from work, Audrey enjoys spending time with her son Dominic who just entered middle school. She also loves spending time with boyfriend Aldrin as well as friends and family. Audrey’s hobbies include reading, hiking, working out, cooking, and learning how to play the piano. Audrey has a heart for giving and serving.
Bonnie was born in Minnesota, grew up in Michigan and in Alberta, Canada. She moved to Hayward, California with her family, at the age of 21, where she met and married her husband, Rick. Bonnie and her husband have been living in the Modesto area since 1989. Together they raised 3 children and fostered 6 other children through Sierra Vista Children's Center. Bonnie has a heart to serve and has been involved in many volunteer opportunities. She has served as church treasurer several different times throughout the years, been an adoptive parent, helped establish a church mission in Ceres, sings in the church choir, helped seniors with their technology devices at the senior center, and was a participant in the first Love Modesto event, among many others. She has a heart to share with others the love and acceptance she has experienced through her Savior Jesus Christ, and works with mission organizations, traveling all over the world.
Bonnie loves to travel and enjoys camping. She and her children spent many weekends in their popup tent trailer camping with friends of a popup trailer group. She loves to read and study the bible and watch sappy romance movies.
Bonnie is the first to admit that during her growing years she was not much of a student, until.... in grade 10 when having to select an elective class, chose a bookkeeping class because classmates told her it was an easy A. Unknown to her this was exactly where the Lord had placed her. She fell in love with bookkeeping, completed ALL her homework, helped other students, and even asked the teacher for more homework. She discovered how God had designed her. She has been doing bookkeeping in one capacity or another ever since then.