Shannin Pickle

Shannin Pickle

 

Shannin Pickle

President/Founder

With extensive experience working with Non profit organizations for over 10 years, she is now heading up the Small Steps for compassion organization in TZ, Africa.Her contributions include being an officer for the MIC foundation and a VP of an orphanage in the DRC, Africa. She has worked with numerous foundations and programs in Guatemala, Honduras, Africa, and the United States. Shannin has a strong passion to fight for abandoned and neglected children and help make opportunities for the less fortunate. Her drive and passion make her a perfect president for our organization.

Email: spickle@smallstepsforcompassion.org

 
 
 
 
 
 

Paul Pickle

Vice President

As president and COO for a company in the semiconductor industry, with an engineering background, Paul dedicates time to philanthropic projects. Having aided and partnered with Orphans heart, Mercy for Children, and The Make it Count foundation, Paul brings a perspective and expertise necessary to The Small Steps for Compassion organization. 

Email: Ppickle@smallstepsforcompassion.org

 

 
 
 
 

Doug Spinella

Treasurer

A sales professional in the technology industry, Doug is dedicated to helping those in need. He has a strong volunteering background in serving youth for over 25 years. Serving in numerous 3rd world countries as well as locally. Doug's background and skills are a welcomed value to our organization.

Email: dspinella@smallstepsforcompassion.org

 
 
 
 
 
 

Elisabeth Spinella

Secretary

With over 18 years of youth ministry experience, Elisabeth not only brings her love of children but also many valuable strengths; including marketing and fundraising. She first became involved with African ministries in 2008 with MFC and in 2009 started serving Small Steps for Compassion. Her passion and excitement for the children are a driving force and a valuable asset to our organization.

email: espinella@smallstepsforcompassion.org

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Marsha Gordon

Executive Director of Educational Initiatives

As a professional in the Education and EdTech fields, Marsha is passionate about the educational opportunities Small Steps is bringing to the children and adults of Tanzania. She has spent years working with US non-profits committed to promoting voluntarism, developing hte potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers, She has also served in South America providing leadership training for college students and is excited to be a part of the amazing things Small Steps for Compassion is doing to create real change and hope for Tanzania

Email: mgordon@smallstepsforcompassion.org

 
 
 
 
 
 

Juma Kitua

Director of Operations

A retired Lieutenant from the Tanzania People's Defense Forces where he studied Aerospace, Law and Administration. Post service, Juma received a degree in Zoology and became a professional Safari Guide. He had done that for the past 20 years. An avid philanthropist, Juma has dedicated his time and resources to giving back to his community and working with Small Steps for Compassion.

 
 
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Tracey Russell

Director

Tracey is a wife and mother of four children. She received her undergraduate degree in Communications from Florida State University and a Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy from Florida International University in Miami. She is a licensed therapist in Florida and works privately with school aged children. She is a speaker and award winning Christian writer. She leads missions trips and fundraising efforts for ministry to children both domestically and internationally.

email: trussell@smallstepsforcompassion.org

 
 
 
 
 
 

Dale Gordon

Director

Dale is a professional in the life sciences industry with a background in microbiology and cell science. Dale spent his career with Life Science tools companies that enable the discovery and production of life saving and enhancing therapies. He has spent many years working with US volunteer organizations that focus on the well being of children and community. He is passionate about partnering with Small Steps as they prepare to bring educational and medical care to the children and community of Tanzania.

email: dgordon@smallstepsforcompassion.org

 
 
 
 

David Achata

Director

David is a coach, trainer and facilitator. He brings many years of experience in leadership and team development. Currently working in the corporate world he has served teams in diverse industries. David began his career as a minister and during that time gained a deep conviction to care for the neglected and broken. This led him to being a yearly service camp in the Orlando area for youth and partner with organizations serving orphans. He has also worked as a teacher, pastor and church planter. He brings this rich experience to the Small Steps board in helping clarify vision and spiritual direction.

Email: dachata@smallstepsforcompassion.org