Here is a glimpse at the sort of people that we consider it a privilege to partner with in seeking the shalom of our city.
Staff and Volunteers
Geoff Hsu – Executive Director
Geoff is an apprentice of Jesus who is learning how to become more like him in thought, word and deed. His core giftedness hovers around his shepherd’s heart and his orientation as a reflective practitioner. In using these gifts, much of Geoff’s work is focused on the gospel, its proclamation, transformative impact in the lives of Christians, and subsequent renewing, redeeming and restorative influence on the world at large.
Geoff worked for Cru for 20 years, working in many capacities and all over the world, including in East Asia. He also was a leadership formation coach, conducting discipleship groups and spiritual formation groups for area pastors, professionals, and elders in San Diego County. Working closely with Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church, he helped lead a missional initiative called “Cascade.” The formation of Flourish San Diego was an attempt to leverage Cascade’s success and make it available to the broader body of Christ in San Diego.
As the Executive Director Geoff aims to lead others to be apprentices of Jesus who help people and churches become who they were created to be so they may join God to help our city and world flourish. He believes that the dynamic, life-giving message of Jesus has been obscured from people who seek to find meaning and purpose in Him, and works to help recover that message and faithfully communicate it to people today.
Shauna Schneider – Ministry Director, Co-Founder
Shauna is a surrendered follower of Jesus whose core strengths revolve around an enthusiastic and encouraging nature with a yearning to learn, and wisdom in discernment of Gospel truth. Always aware of the Lord’s leading and the many ways we can hear God’s voice, Shauna’s enthusiasm for her faith and gift for hospitality spill over into a wide network of friends and community connections through which she loves to serve.
Wife to Phil, mother of 3 adult children, retired physician (dermatologist), baptized Lutheran, long time Presbyterian, Stephen Ministry Leader, who just over 4 years ago awakened to the truth of the Gospel and the possibility of formation in Christ. Passionately learning and sharing since, Shauna facilitates a women’s discipleship group, led as chair of Cascade San Diego at Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church, and is cofounder, board member, and enthusiastic volunteer for Flourish San Diego. She is described as an “enthusiastic and grateful kingdom dweller with a gentle spirit and a thirst for the truth”.
Josh Kerkhoff – Director | Vocational Catalyst
Josh is an apprentice of Jesus who is learning to live integrally. His core giftedness hovers around connecting ideas and people, communicating the good news of Jesus and starting new endeavors. In using these gifts, much of Josh’s work is focused on sharing the meaning and significance of God’s calling us to follow and inviting others to follow a sacrificial God seen and experienced in Jesus.
Before joining the staff of Flourish, Josh worked with university students in Texas and Washington States before serving on staff with a Presbyterian church in North County San Diego. He loves leading people, communicating the good news of Jesus in a variety of ways and pioneering new endeavors that lead to new and restored life.
As the Director-Vocational Catalyst, Josh aims to connect with new people and partner churches, coach and mentor pastors and leaders asking vocational questions and cultivate new groups of people who desire to become who they are so that they may join God to help our city and world flourish.
Markus Watson – Director | Storyteller
Growing up, Markus’ dream was to make it as a big-time movie director. He interned with a production company in Hollywood, and started working as a production assistant in Hollywood right after college…for a year. He brought his love for stories to Fuller Theological Seminary. There he was equipped to teach God’s big story, animating his congregations from Kentucky to San Diego, to live for the life of the world. Markus also completed a Doctor of Ministry with an emphasis on Missional Leadership also from Fuller.
Markus loves Star Wars (the original three, that is) and surfing (but says he doesn’t get out in the water nearly enough).
Nancy Casey – Small Group Leader
Nancy is a follower of Jesus, who seeks to daily surrender to His transforming work in her life. Her core giftedness orbits around encouraging, nurturing, and stirring people on their faith journey. She seeks to listen, understand and come along side fellow disciples of Jesus, desiring to see God’s kingdom expressed in our relationships, in our community, and beyond.
Denise Zogby – Accounting
Denise has been a valued volunteer of Flourish San Diego from the very beginning. Her CPA background was of inestimable value to us in setting up our fiscal systems. Her continued presence offers a tremendous level of confidence in the integrity of our books. Denise juggles several delightful vocations as wife, mother, mother-in-law, and Queen of Accounting for Flourish San Diego. Other nonprofit volunteer work included providing direction for the National Charity League in town where she first worked with Shauna and Penny.
Penny Leavitt – Volunteer
Having recently begun her journey of faith, Penny is enthusiastically embracing the opportunity to learn and deepen her understanding and appreciation of The Gospel message. She is delighted to be a part of the Flourish family and the work they are doing in San Diego.
Originally from the Chicago area, Penny has lived in Poway for 18 years. She loves spending time enjoying the outdoors, especially hiking and working in her garden.
Daniel So – Communications
Daniel is the Director of Digital Doodlings (i.e., Communications) for the Flourish San Diego team. Daniel is a church planter and pastor with Anchor City Church in San Diego, and he also serves on the Advisory Board of Justice Ventures International, a non-profit organization dedicated to the fight to end human trafficking and modern-day slavery and to bring freedom, justice, and restoration through partnership.
Dr. Geoffrey Hsu – Executive Director, pastor-shepherd, integrator of good ideas, handy.
Dr. Shauna Schneider – Treasurer, retired physician, Cascade San Diego Chair, enthusiastic.
Dr. Bob Nideffer – Secretary, semi-retired sports/performance psychologist, bubbly.
Mr. Mark Quan – At Large, triathlete, wizard of spreadsheets and solar economics.
Phil Schneider – CFO guy, Chairman of the Board for YMCA San Diego County, darn good pilot.
Donna Jones – Attorney, active in leading many good organizations, smartly energetic.
Brad Lichtman – Retired public school educator and administrator, smarter than the average bear.
Ken Gerard – Wise attorney, Community Bible Study leader, prison minister.
Steve Kuptz – CFO Sante Fe Christian Schools, serial entrepreneur, founder Evangelpreneurship (social enterprise incubator).
Corrie Vaus – Amazingly gifted video storyteller, chicken raiser, kitten scratch post.
Rick and Laura Sylvester – The people behind our amazing branding, Founders of Good Dog Autism Companions.
Deborah Kelly – Lead Flourish statistician, enthusiastic instructor of such things.
Loren Burgess – Flourisher Emeritus, responsible for setting the pace regarding our professional look and feel.
Our Mailing Address
Please direct any mail communication or financial support to our mailing address at:
11251 Rancho Carmel Dr., Unit #501015
San Diego, CA 92150
Our Physical Address
If you’d like to visit in person, our office is at The Greenhouse, which is located at:
13230 Evening Creek Dr. South, Suite 217
San Diego, CA 92128