Jim Palmer, President As President of the Orange County Rescue Mission (OCRM) since 1992, the county’s most comprehensive private homeless services provider, Jim Palmer has worked to create long-term self-sufficiency and stability among the Orange County and Southern California homeless by going beyond temporary solutions to address the underlying causes of transitional and chronic homelessness. The Rescue Mission started with nine people and has grown into the largest non-profit, faith-based organization serving more than 19,800 people throughout Orange, Riverside, and San Diego Counties by providing more than 1.9 million units of service and more than 1.2 million meals in 2012.
Ryan Burris, Chief Relationship Officer
As the Chief Relationship Officer, Ryan Burris leads the Rescue Mission’s efforts to establish, strengthen and protect the invaluable relationships we have with our donors, volunteers, staff, clients and vendors. Ryan directs the Development Team and associated departments including communications, volunteering, grant management, donor relations, and social media staff. Prior to joining OCRM, Ryan worked eight-and-a-half years for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, during which time he served as the Sheriff’s speechwriter, public relations manager, and spokesperson for several high-profile crises. Ryan also served as the Sheriff’s Executive Aide and Manager of Government Relations.
John R. Luker, CPA, Chief Financial Officer
Since 2001, John has been employed by the Orange County Rescue Mission, a non-proﬁt organization serving the Least, the Last and the Lost of Orange County. In this role, John oversees all of the ﬁnancial affairs of the ministry to comply with state, federal, IRS and ECFA laws and regulations.
Some of the major duties performed in this position are the annual budget, monthly ﬁnancial statements by department compared to the budget, coordination of all accounts receivable and accounts payable functions, contract billings and the coordination of several audits from outside auditing ﬁrms.
In her role as Chief Program Officer (CPO) for the Orange County Rescue Mission (OCRM), Jewel is responsible for overseeing program development for each of the Mission’s core programs. She is charged with creating opportunities to forge strategic partnerships with providers, clientele and donors; building strategic partnerships with other organizations; identify opportunities and solutions to improve service effectiveness and client outcomes; supervise the delivery and expansion of services in a cost effective and sustainable way that identifies program development opportunities and service gaps; and ensuring effective hiring and supervisory practices that encourage staff to improve performance, building cross functionality, and identify and build leaders.