Meet Our School Board
Patricia Johnson, Board Chair
Patricia (Pat) Johnson is a veteran entrepreneur in the faith-based, not-for-profit sector. She began by founding and directing a youth mentoring and life coaching organization based on the Biblical principle found in 2 Timothy 2:2.
In 1989, she was recruited by World Vision International, a worldwide disaster relief organization, because of her design and development of a domestic relief organization, which became Love INC (Love in the Name of Christ). Love INC became international and spread to Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Pat served as LI Affiliate Relations Director and later as National Director.
Pat and her husband moved back to the Northwest where she served as a national consultant and trainer for not-for-profit organizations. In 1997, Pat formed another organization designed to train whole congregations to use their individual gifts and abilities to serve their communities as the heart, hands and feet of Christ.
She served as the Executive Director of US Digital Outreach Center serving 38 independent non-profit organizations. Since she had years of nationwide experience in the field, organizations began to seek Pat out for assistance with the development and documentation process of becoming not-for-profit organizations, otherwise known as 501(c)(3) or NPOs. This led to forming another organization which came to be known as Ministry 911.
Pat’s education includes, RN, BA-Healthcare Management; Master’s work-Organizational Behavior: Doctorate-Ministry of Theology. She is also the Director of Ministry 911 and Area Director of Biblical Entrepreneurship. Pat lives in La Center, Washington.
Mike Burkesmith, Board Vice Chairman
Mike founded C12 Group of Portland-Vancouver in 2010 and provides group facilitation and coaching to 25 Christian CEO’s and Owners, using best practices content. These leaders serve and influence more than 175,000 adults through their companies, for Christ. This biblically-integrated approach is a natural extension of 35 years in leadership roles in business, ministries, applied science and government. He also consults for Christian businesses, preparing to scale nationally, based on nearly 20 years of consulting for over 100 emerging firm owners and CEOs, moving from founder-led to mature firms that deliver valuable results even with key leader changes. Many have scaled up and had exit and succession events.
Mike has also served to advance Christian Ministries, directing communications and fundraising for organizations like one of the largest Pregnancy Resource Centers in the US (protecting the per-born and their mothers), and the Luis Palau Association (Global Evangelism); raising vision, strengthening relationships and raising millions of dollars for ministry.
Prior to this Mike led a business unit for TransTechnology, a New York Stock Exchange-traded firm, automating banks; and then led an Information Technology Consulting Business for the largest family-owned corporation in the US., DZI. He also served as President of Focal-Point Direct, a Marketing company, completing more than 2,000 projects annually, COO of a media-based training company serving the Fortune 5,000 (CoreMedia), and senior market strategist for a public firm that grew from a garage to $170 million in six years (ISC Systems). Mike began his professional career as an exploration geologist and drove scientific studies that resulted in re-starting the Diamond Hill gold mine in western Montana (he led exploration projects for metals in Alaska and the Western US for Nord Resources and HIMCO).
In Education, Mike led the turnaround of Oregon’s largest public Education Service District Technology Group, responsible for supporting operations, business, classroom, scheduling, online parent/student/teacher, and student information and assessment systems for 50 school districts. He has served for a total of eight years on private Christian school boards, including facilitating a doubling in student enrollment and expansion to two campuses for the FBCS in Aloha/Hillsboro, Oregon. All five of his children have gone through private Christian K-12.
Mike’s education includes a BS in Geology, BA in Business, MBA, and a year in Seminary at the Masters level. He has also invested hundreds of hours in specialized training on how to organize and scale/replicate enterprises; and how to coach founders and top executives to scale their enterprises through their teams. Mike has coached more than 200 owners and CEOs.
Mike serves on the Boards of the largest permanent crop organic farming producer in the US, the largest organic fresh produce brokerage in the US, the Corban University Business School, and Cornerstone Christian Academy for Learning and Leadership (CCALL). He joined the CCALL Board to help advance the school, including the current campaign to Relocate, Expand and prepare to Replicate globally. Mike is married to Melody Wright, they have five children, two grandchildren and reside in Washougal, WA, where their home is a day retreat center for leadership meetings.
Patrice Tsague, Secretary /Treasurer
Patrice Tsague is an international speaker, author, business trainer, and coach. Patrice specializes in helping families incorporate their faith into their business practices, ensuring that their businesses are able to exist beyond the third generation.
Patrice is the co-founder and Chief Servant Officer of both Nehemiah Project International Ministries and PG & Associates, LLC, which he founded with his wife and best friend, Gina Tsague. Through these two organizations, they are committed to building kingdom businesses around the world. Through Nehemiah Project International Ministries and PG & Associates, LLC Patrice has trained and coached over 5,000 individuals on how to start or expand their businesses using biblical principles.
Patrice serves as the co-host of a weekly Internet show called the Kingdom Business Forum, is the author of three books and two comprehensive business training curriculum systems. He serves on several boards including The Timothy Plan and ACE Development. He is a licensed minister, serves as chaplain for the National Association of Christian Financial Advisors (NACFC), and is an Associate Pastor of Eastside Four Church in Portland, Oregon. He and Gina have two beautiful children, Gabrielle and Danielle Tsague. The Tsague family resides in Vancouver, WA.
Sharon Amezcua, Board Member
Sharon (Clayton) Amezcua is the Co-Founder of ESE Partners, LLC and ESE Fund Ltd., a financial services company (and associated private equity fund) that builds and invests in emerging and established companies in targeted sectors across the world. Sharon is also the Co-Founder of SSG, LLC, a technology transfer company managed by five women at the top of their fields and initially created to build companies in the US and the Middle East/North Africa region of the globe. ESE and SSG both have a strong focus on traditional industries converging with new technologies particularly in technology/media/telecommunications, healthcare, alternative energy and financial services.
Sharon has almost 30 years of experience in creating and growing businesses. Previously, as Co- Founder, Co-Chairman and CEO of MCC Global NV, an old-style merchant bank that she and her team built and took public on the Frankfurt stock exchange, Sharon developed a proprietary “de-risking” process for emerging and established companies which had an unmatched track record of success. Sharon also gained extensive fund management experience at MCC Global in her role as the Vice Chairman of Moore Clayton Capital Advisors, Inc. and Vice President of Equus II, MCC Global's fund management company and its NYSE-listed fund, respectively.
Prior to establishing MCC Global, Sharon owned Presentations, an international strategic advisory firm. The firm specialized in working with senior executives to set strategy, formulate business planning and implement strategies for emerging and established companies such as New Energy, Inc. which grew from a start-up to a $1B revenue run rate in 18 months. It was sold to a large conglomerate and is still the largest deregulated energy services company in the US.
Prior to launching Presentations, Sharon was the International Vice President of Business Development for Dimax Controls Company, Inc., a multi-national energy engineering company based in Toronto, Ontario. She also previously held these positions early in her career: Director of Business Development for the financial services and commercial real estate industries at Johnson Controls, Inc., Sales Manager at Marriott's Bay Point Resort, Director of Sales at TrimbleHouse Corporation and Account Manager/Private Banking at the First National Bank of Atlanta which became Wachovia.
Sharon's international leadership in strategy, management, business development, corporate finance and investment banking for emerging and established companies has and continues to produce companies with a sustainable competitive advantage, a differentiated business model and significant returns for shareholders. Over the past 30 years and in her role as investor, advisor, operator and/or Board Director for many American, Canadian, UK, European, Middle Eastern, African, Asian and New Zealand-based public and private companies, Sharon has assisted in building and financing more than 500 companies.
Sharon is (and has been) a member of the Board of Directors for many of the emerging and established companies that she is (and has been) involved in as well as charities related to entrepreneurship and young people such as NFTE (Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship). As a former ballerina, Sharon has served on the Boards of ballet companies in the US and supports many causes related to the arts including one of her passion projects, Dance for All, a South African charity that teaches classical ballet and African dance to less fortunate children while simultaneously educating and feeding the children at the school. Sharon holds a BSBA in Marketing from the University of Florida.
Currently settled in La Jolla, California with her husband, former CBS news anchor and San Diego news professional, Carlos Amezcua, Sharon lived and worked around the globe for the past 25+ years and is credited with conceptualizing and executing major accelerator mixed use master plan projects in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.