Our Board of Directors
Chairman and CEO, Mike Gove
Mike holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management from Weber State University.
Mike played on the PGA Tour from 1980-86. In November of 1986 Mike joined the assistant professional staff at Palm Valley Country Club in Palm Desert, CA. He acquired his PGA membership while at Palm Valley and accepted the Head Golf Professional position at Astoria G & CC in June of 1990. Mike accepted the Head Golf Professional position at Inglewood GC in Kenmore, WA in the spring of 2002, and currently holds that position. His 27 years as a golf professional have allowed Mike numerous opportunities to assist, host and run golf fundraising events, Mike is experience in retail management, human resources, member relations and business management. Mike has assisted with church youth programs, mission committees, served in small group leadership, and is currently serving on the Pastoral Advisory Council at Christ The King Community Church of Snohomish. He is dedicated to leading a successful program and his vast experience as an business leader and tournament coordinator will insure hte success of all of our management challenges and fund raising endevors.
Executive Director, Carrie Gove
Carrie holds a Bachelor of Arts, Radio and Television Production from the University of Washington. Her training included Internships as a production assistant for PM Magazine for KIRO and Evening Magazine at KOMO Television Stations. From 1986 to 1989 she was employed as a department manager and Publicity Director for Bullock's Palm Desert in Palm Springs, California. Carrie has served as a director and teacher for Children's classes and Youth Groups at 5 different chutches over the past 28 years. Carrie has 18 years experience as a home educator and 10 years as a consultant to home schooling parents and has assisted with and directed various fundraising events for nonprofit organizations. She is currently completing certification in Everett Community College's CECC Nonprofit Management Program. Carrie served as the Director of The Spot, Teen Drop in Center in Snohomish, but stepped down from the position in 2018 to devote her full attention to Ripple Ministries. Carrie is passionate and determined to see Ripple Ministries reach its full potential in reaching at risk youth with a well managed and compassionate programs.
Secretary, Avon Pelsang
Avon holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business from Eastern Washington University and a Master’s Certificate in Project Management from Steven’s Technical Institute. From 1997 to 2005 Avon was a member of the Board of Directors of Huntington Disease Society of America – Northwest Chapter (in association with the University of Washington Genetics Clinic) participating in meetings and fund raising events. Avon was Involved with the Puget Sound Skills Center (formerly the SeaTac Occupations Skills Center) a college prep student program as guest speaker/investigations trainer for the HR and Criminal Law classes 2003-2007 (voted Best Guest Speaker for 2004 and 2005). Avon was employed by The Boeing Company and served as a Training and Employee Development Specialist (Management and Non-management) from 1991 to 1997, later as a Specialist Title VII Compliance Investigator (national and international) from 1997 until her retirement in 2016. We are priveleged to have Avon's experience and dedication to excellence as we strive to communicate our vision and carry out the work of Ripple Ministries.
Treasurer and Student Success Coordinator, Robert Pelsang
Robert (Bob) is a U.S. Army veteran, having served in the U.S. Army’s Intelligence and Security Command during the 1970’s. He earned the rank of Sergeant E-5 before leaving the military to begin attending college on the G.I. Bill. Bob earned a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education from Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida that he earned in 1983 and a Master’s in Teaching degree from the City University of Seattle in 2012, He has been a Washington teacher and tutor since 2005. For the past two years, he has worked as a Special Education teacher in the Seattle Public Schools at Denny International Middle School.. He is the father of three grown children. The education and welfare of America’s children has been foremost on his mind since he began his teaching career in 1983. Bob's expertise and dedication will be vital to insuring the success of each student and our programs.
Advising Director: Ky Elliot
Ky Elliot is a Creative Media Professional and joins the board with 10+ years of hands-on experience in various roles including Producer, Director, Director of Photography, Editor, and colorist. Ky has experience in high level marketing and social content. professional music, entertainment, & advertising photography. Ky earned his Bachelor Degree in Directing Film from the New York Film Academy and has honed his professional skills during his time at Avysis and Amazon. Ky is an example of the work ethic and kindness we hope to instill in all our students. He is a major contributor to our understanding of the methods and equipment we need to give our students a professional edge. We are thrilled and privileged to have Ky on our team!
Advising Director: Phoebe Elliot.
Phoebe is a long time friend who brings rich and diverse experience as a past youth leader and missionary with YWAM (Youth with a Mission) which took her to Ghana in 2012. Phoebe is a creative entrepreneur with over thirteen years of customer service experience and well over five collective years experience in management/supervising in different venues. Phoebe is the Owner of Phoebe's Keen Junk, a successful online vintage store and her flare for design has been recently featured in the Spring 2018 issue of Flea Market Magazine. Her work as a photo stylist is key to her business success. Phoebe embodies the compassion, courage and character we desire for all our students and we look forward to her creative input on our communications and fundraising efforts!
Advising Director: Walt Kurowski
Walt served our country in the United States Army, He married Sherry in 1974 and in 1978 accepted the position of Director of Special Services and Inventory Control for Frederick and Nelson Department Store. Walt served in Missions at Overlake Christian Church making his first trip to Africa in 2006 He has served as an Elder and Advisory Board member at Central Christian Church and CTK Snohomish/Central Faith Church. Now, Walt works with the retirement community at Aegis Living in Kirkland, Washington leading discussion groups and providing needed services. Walt’s passion for missions and serving vulnerable people has led him to Africa over 8 times including a trip in 2019 with Global Training Network. We are very encouraged to have Walt’s experience, wisdom and caring spirit as a governing member of Ripple Ministries
Advising Director: Sherry Kurowski
Sherry holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and elected to work from home as a fulltime wife and mother to Walt and Sherry’s four children. Sherry has been an active member of Overlake Christian Church, Central Christian Church/ CTK Snohomish and Central Faith Church. Sherry shares her husband’s passion for the people of Africa and has traveled with Walt to Africa four times. Today Sherry works part time at Costco as she continues to serve her church, her family and the Board of Ripple Ministries.