Kingdom Causes Long Beach Board President
Tom Virtue has worked with college students with Campus Crusade for Christ for the past 37 years after coming to Christ in college his Sophomore year at Western Illinois University. Tom grew up on a farm in northwestern Illinois, and eventually he and Karen found themselves serving students at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. While there they often discussed how they never wanted to move south of Ventura to avoid the Los Angeles area, but then when the opportunity came they chose to move to Long Beach.
That move to Long Beach was 30 years ago and they see it as one of the best decisions of their life. Through their kids going to schools throughout the city and working with several inner city college campuses a love grew for Long Beach in particular and cities in general! That has led to getting to spend time and work on campuses in some of the great cities of the US and around the world.
One of Tom & Karen’s favorite things in life is relating to their three grown kids and spouses who live in the area, all of whom they really like! On top of that they have the great joy of being grandparents to 2 of the most incredible kids in the world!
Galatians 2:20-21 has been a significant and powerful scripture from those early days as a college student until now… “My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not treat the grace of God as meaningless. For if keeping the law could make us right with God, then there was no need for Christ to die.”
Kingdom Causes Long Beach Board Secretary
Susy is a business women and former owner of two retail stores in Long Beach. She is the facilitator of CityWatch, an intercessory prayer group founded in 2000 that prays regularly for the city of Long Beach. She’s a member of the planning committee for the Long Beach Leadership Prayer Breakfast, which is an annual prayer breakfast patterned after the National Prayer Breakfast. As an active member of her church, Cottonwood Church, she is a Life Group Leader for Women in the Marketplace, and is on the Leadership Team of Real Business, a ministry that bridges work and faith.
Kingdom Causes Long Beach Board Treasurer
Charles M. Brown is the Founder of Brown & Diaz Consulting Group, specializing in Non-Profit administration, Strategic Planning, Project Management, Organizational Training & Program Development, Grant Writing and Community Outreach. Charles has a Bachelors Degree in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and graduate work in Public Administration (UCLA) and Education/Counseling & Guidance from California State University, Los Angeles. Charles worked over 25 years in many management positions with Pacific Bell/SBC/ATT Telecommunications. This included stints as Operations Manager, Design Engineer, Network Manager and Project Manager. Charles was responsible for writing Pacific Bell’s largest and most comprehensive project plan in 2002 for the County of Los Angeles. As a Project Manager, he successfully completed major telecommunications transitions for such companies as Sony Entertainment, Universal Studios, and American Honda. After retirement from ATT, Charles served as the Chief of Staff for current Congresswoman Laura Richardson, at that time, Councilmember representing the Sixth District in the City of Long Beach, where he authored the first City Council approved District-wide Strategic Plan in Long Beach history.
Mr. Brown has a wealth of experience in Strategic Planning, Program & Curriculum Development, as well as, Personnel training and assessment. Mr. Brown has led several survey research teams for the Federal Government (I.e., Department of Health, Education & Welfare), Universities (I.e., UCLA & the University of Michigan) and the City of Long Beach. He is currently working on a contract with the City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services providing technical assistance and program development services for the Role of Men Academy. Charles has also worked with the Long Beach Bureau of Housing Services assisting in the implementation of the First Multi-Family Improvement District (MID) in the State of California. Charles is also participating in several community based workforce development projects in the cities of Inglewood and Compton. Charles is a board member of several local organizations and community groups. This includes The Long Beach Community Action Partnership (Treasurer), The Long Beach Chapter of the 100 Black Men (Chairman, Public Relations and Governmental Affairs), Kingdom Causes and The Long Beach Community Television & Media Corporation (President). He is a widowed father of three sons and has 5 grandchildren.
Kingdom Causes Long Beach Board Member
Bianca is the owner of Bianca’s Historic Costumes. She has been a Long Beach resident since 1985. She and her husband, Peter, own a home in East Long Beach. They have been active members at New Life Community Church in Artesia, CA. since 1996.
Bianca began her journey in community activism while pursuing undergrad Political Science and Master Public Administration at CSULB. By working two terms as Presidential Aide for External Affairs for the AS President, many doors were opened to observe City Council Meetings, Redevelopment Meetings, Chancellor’s Board of Regents and Parks and Recreation. She served on many boards at CSULB, two of President Robert Maxson’s, and as past President of CSULB Political Science Alumni Association. In the arts, she served as President of Bard in the Yard, Shakespeare Company and as Past V.P. DAAG. Served 2 terms on the Board of Directors for the Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, and is an alumni of Leadership Long Beach Class of 1997. Bianca is currently V.P. for The Tippers Club of Long Beach. She has worked with Kingdom Causes on its Advisory Board since 2001. She now serves on its Board of Directors.
Bianca works with secular organizations who do extremely good work in the community but supports Kingdom Causes because of its Christ centered focused efforts. She believes and envisions profound, paradigm shifting changes are possible when it is God’s desire. God is reconciling his world to himself and Shalom is the goal.
Kingdom Causes Long Beach Board Member