How to Get Help
P.O. Box 2141 • Merced CA 95344 Help Line: 209.383.1265 ext 150
Find out how to get in touch with Love INC of Greater Merced.
Help Line: (209) 383-1265, ext. 150
Business Line: (209) 383-7034
Fax Line: 209-421-0627
Love Plus Program: (209) 383-7034, ext. 130
Click name of member for bio.
Annette Macias | Executive Director
Annette is honored and excited to be a part of the Love INC ministry. She is an active member of Yosemite Church and has enjoyed being one of the worship leaders there for several years. Being a part of the Christian community for over thirty years has allowed her to develop connections and relationships of
which she is delighted to bring to this ministry as your Executive
Director. Along with her husband, Rick, they had the privilege of owning Christian Connection Bookstore for sixteen years. We were grateful to continue this ministry through Hope Christian Stores for six years where she was manager.
"We serve a God who asks us to love both in word and deed. We are not just meeting the physical needs, but we are here to meet spiritual needs as well. We are sent out to bring hope and Love in the name of Christ."
Kelly Perry | Furniture Coordinator
Kelly is a member of Yosemite Church, a local real estate agent and is active in the local community.
Kelly started volunteering at Love INC after feeling the Lord speaking to her heart to step further into serving in our community. Kelly’s desire is to see the needs of Mercedians and the surrounding cities of Merced County met through the hands and feet of the body of Christ. She is passionate about helping others to see that meeting the basic needs isn’t the calling but that each of us, individually and collectively, by allowing Christ to breathe and shine through us can be the channel to perpetuate the unlimited generosity of God!
Susan Cowden | Clearinghouse Coordinator
Susan was born and raised here in Merced. She has attended church since she was a young child. Even though she has always felt the calling of God, she didn’t fully embrace it until later in life. Susan attends Christian Life Center and is an active member and volunteer at Celebrate Recovery at Yosemite Church. Susan began her journey with Love Inc as a volunteer in August of 2018 after hearing Annette speak at a women’s luncheon. God put it on her heart to fill out a card to volunteer, not realizing just how much connecting the people of God to the needs of hurting people, and seeing lives transformed, would fulfill her. In November of 2018, the Lord again put on her heart to organize a Coat Drive, which entailed delivering 70 new jackets to children in and around Merced. Susan is now truly honored and excited to be a part of Love INC staff, as Clearinghouse Coordinator. She hopes to continue to connect with families in our wonderful community and lead them into a relationship with Christ.
Andy Tolsma | Board President
Andy was born to Frisian parents in the Netherlands, baptized as an infant in a small octagonal church nicknamed “the Teapot” where many of his ancestors are buried. His family legally immigrated to California in 1952 sponsored by his uncle. Andy grew up around dairies, but did not take well to cows. He attended College and became an educator, retiring in 2006.
He was raised in the church confirming his own faith as a youth at church camp. Without a television, his family spent Saturday nights listening to broadcasts of “The Church in the Barn” from El Monte, California. Andy sent them some money earned from his paper route. In high school, he was active in “Youth for Christ.” He attends Central Presbyterian Church where he has served as Sunday school teacher, deacon, and elder. He is married to one wife, with whom he has three children, and two grandsons.
In retirement, Andy keeps busy volunteering through Rotary, Disabled American Veterans, and Love INC where he has volunteered and served on the board since 2006.
Hub Walsh | Board Vice President
Hub Walsh is currently the Vice Chairperson of the Love Inc Board. Hub’s volunteering with Love Inc Board and furniture ministry is because of his support of the church ‘s service to the less fortunate of our community. Hub was raised in a christian family who were active in church. Hub's father was in the US Air Force and thus moved often. Hub has been married to Rita Arzamendi Walsh for forty three years. Rita is presently a kindergarten teacher. Hub is a father of two and grandparent of three. Hub and Rita are actively engaged in their church, Creekside Evangelical Free, as well as supporters of a variety of faith based community organizations.
Hubert (Hub) Walsh is a presently a partner of Walsh Cassady, & Walsh , a consulting firm focusing on organizational and community solutions in an ever changing world. He spent 43 years in community service in Merced and Madera Counties. He was Director of Madera County Social Services for almost a decade, and had 25+ years of service with Merced County Human Services. Additionally, Hub Walsh has almost two decades of elected government service in Merced. He was the City of Merced Mayor and City Council member, as well as Merced County Supervisor, District 2.
Kathy Wyman | Board Secretary
Kathy was born and raised in Merced. Her family left for a few years because her father was in the Air Force. They lived in Hawaii and New Jersey. She had one son, Kristopher. She now has fur babies, 2 dogs and 4 cats. She retired from Merced County Office of Education in 2012.
She attends Yosemite Church and she was re-baptized as an adult. She currently is one of the Yosemite Church’s Grief Share leaders and she also is part of Yosemite Church’s Crisis to Community group. Kathy also participates in the Yosemite Church Food Pantry.
Kathy started volunteering at Love INC in the spring of 2017 and is one of the leaders in the Love Plus classes that Love INC offers. She is also a Love INC board member. She states, “I am very honored to be a Love INC volunteer. Love INC does so much for the people in our community. I also strongly believe in the Love Plus program, which assists people to become productive and caring individuals.”
Eric Swensen | Board Treasurer
Eric is returning for his third term on the Love Inc. Board this time as Treasurer. Eric previously served as Treasurer and Vice President of Love Inc. Merced. During his last term on the Board he helped develop the Love Plus Program and organize he western regional Love Inc. conference.
He currently sits on the board of Outreach India USA which reaches out to the Sikh community near
Livingston. Previously Eric served on the Boards of New Hope Merced (an outreach program to former
gang members) and the Merced Salvation Army. Eric currently is a member at Gateway Community
Church in Merced and previously attended Peninsula Bible Church, the Evangelical Free Church, and
Yosemite Church. He has been married to his wonder wife Diane for 38 years and has 2 adult children
and 3 grandchildren all living in Merced. Eric has a passion for working on life transformation in
believer’s lives and strongly supports and practices mentoring. Monday mornings at 6:30 AM you will
find Eric at Paul’s Place participating in Sunrise Toastmasters.
Butch Hughes | Board Member
Butch grew up in a Christian home, but didn't come to know Christ till later in life. "I am a member of St. Patrick's Church, and I've served on the church board for four years. I've served on various committees within the church. I've gone on two mission trips to Nicaragua with members of my church. I was able to bring the ministry of Young Life into our church. I've lead Bible studies and currently a member of one for the last 30 years.
I'm a retired educator and coached at the collage level-both football and baseball. I retired as a professional baseball coach. I've been married 25 years. Together my wife and I have five children and have ten grandchildren.
About 10 years ago my wife and I did two fundraisers for Love, INC which was our first introduction. I am a firm believer in giving back to my community that has given me so much."
Jean Robbins | Board Member
Jean’s family was always very active in church as she grew up. She accepted a personal relationship with
Christ while at a Junior High Camp in the Santa Cruz Mountains at the age of 13, traveled to Indonesia in
a Christian Exchange program after high school, and attended UC Davis with a degree in Recreation for
the Handicapped. Jean met husband Ken while at Davis, marrying him upon graduation. They moved to Merced in 1980. Jean obtained her teaching credential at CSU Stanislaus.
She served on the Merced Elementary School Board of Education for 8 years during those years. Ken and Jean have been married 46 years and have 4 grown children and 13 grandchildren.
Jean has been very active in several leadership roles at Central Presbyterian Church since 1980. Our church has been very active with Love Inc over the years, and I personally became connected to it through teaching a Parenting Class for the Backpack program. I have been on the Board since January of 2018. I am grateful that Love Inc focuses on “a hand up” rather than only a “handout”
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