The Board of Directors at St.Luke’s


David Gingerich

Position: President
Tenure: July 2014
Business: President, Gingerich Insurance
Education: United State Marine Corps, 1998-2006. Served in Russia and Tanzania protecting United States Embassies

Background: Professionally, David joined his dad in the insurance business after being honorably discharged from the Marines as a Staff Sergeant.  He focuses on employee benefits and life insurance. David is very active in church leadership at Covenant Grove Church in Modesto.  He is currently serving on the Modesto Rotary Board and the Modesto Chamber of Commerce Boards.

Davis is married to Nicole, has two sons, Asher and Anson.  
He loves the coast and Disneyland.



John Schneider

Position: Treasurer
Tenure: September 2012
Business:  Chief Financial Officer, Prime Shine Car Wash
Education:  BA Accounting, Fort Lewis College, 1987, Magna Cum Laude, Certified Public Accountant (Inactive)

Background: In almost thirty years of professional life, John has held a number of accounting related positions in Public Accounting, Corporate Audit, Operations, and Executive Management. He has had wide exposure to diverse industries including several different manufacturers, consumer products, wholesale products, banking and cable television.

John currently serves as the board president for Stanislaus Partners in Education and is a member of the Modesto Rotary Club where he has chaired or served on multiple committees.  John is active in leadership at Wellspring Anglican Church in Modesto.

John is married to Cindy, has two adult sons – Josef and James – two Border Collies and 1 ½ cats.  He enjoys exercise, hiking, golf and is an admitted beer snob.



James W. Bray

Position: Director
Tenure: July 2014
Business: Construction, JL Bray and Son, Inc.
Education: BS Business Management, CSU Stanislaus 1999, Magna Cum Laude, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, CSU Stanislaus Chapter Charter Member

Background: Mr. Bray has been involved in the building development and construction industry for over 23 years. Having recently acquired a majority ownership in his family corporate holdings, Mr. Bray is continuously looking for opportunities to return the good fortune to the community that has been his lifelong residence.

Mr. Bray and his wife Caroline along with their 6 children are avid baseball fans who have traveled across the western United States “just to watch a game”. The family regularly attends Holy Family Catholic Church.



Gary Nelson

Position: Director
Tenure: July 2013
Business: Law Office of Gary C. Nelson, JD, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, 1985
Education: BA, Stanislaus State, 1982

Background: A lifelong resident of Modesto, CA. Gary attended Downey High School and Stanislaus State University.  He completed his education at the McGeorge School of Law.

Practiced law in Modesto since 1986, specializing in worker’s compensation, personal injury, and social security disability.

Serves in his parish at St. Joseph Catholic Church including Parish Council and teaches at RCIA.

Married to Sharilyn, two children Ali and Max, and a new addition; granddaughter Daisy.



Jesse Hernandez

Position: Director
Tenure: October 2015
Business: Morris Wholesale Nursery

Education: B.S. Plant Science – Ornamental Horticulture, Fresno State University, 1989
Research internship for Westvaco in South Carolina, 1990

Pesticide Certified Trainer
Past President, California Nurserymen Association, Yosemite Chapter, 2001

Background: Jesse has been involved in the nursery industry since 1984.  What started out as a part-time summer job as a junior in high school at Escalon High, became a passion over the years to come.  A graduate of Modesto Junior College, and continuing to Fresno State University.  After 3 years of managing Monterey Bay Nursery in Watsonville CA, he returned to manage Morris Wholesale Nursery in 1994 before purchasing it in 2006.  He and his wife, Kathy have a daughter, Camila.



Ross Lee

Position: Legal Counsel
Tenure: October 2012
Business: Ross W. Lee, Inc. Law Firm

Education: BS, Finance, CSU Stanislaus 1989, Summa Cum Laude
JD, University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law 1992, with Great Distinction


Background: Born in Modesto, and raised on a dairy and almond farm.  1980 graduate of Modesto High School.  Parishioner at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, involved as Eucharistic minister, Lector, and Catechist.  Past President of Modesto Rotary, nine years on the Board of Community Hospice.

Law practice is business, corporate, and transactional practice with emphasis in agricultural clients.

Married to Gina since 1988, two college-aged daughters, Jenna Rose at Cal Poly SLO, Caroline at Modesto Junior College.

Enjoys farming, travel, ministry, reading, and the San Francisco Giants.