Board of Directors
Roxana Kennedy – President
Roxana’s partnership with Project Compassion began in 2007 when she took her first missionary trip to Uganda. She was inspired and motivated to help those in need throughout the world. Since that life-altering mission, Roxana continued her call to service in Uganda, Mozambique, Cameroon, Kenya, Malawi, Ecuador and Mexico. Roxana believes we share the responsibility to help those who cannot help themselves. Traveling to a third world country is difficult and challenging, but the reward of making a lasting footprint toward the betterment of a civilization is immeasurable. The people in these impoverished areas throughout the globe are not only in need of physical care, but more importantly spiritual care. Project Compassion’s goal is to provide these citizens of the world with both.
Roxana’s passion for helping others is evident in her profession. She is a law enforcement commander with over 24 years of service in San Diego County. In addition to her call to service with Project Compassion, Roxana is an advocate for the locally indigent. She works with San Diego homeless coalitions to provide resources and meals for families throughout the year.
Roxana serves on the board of directors with PC and as a team leader on the medical mission trips overseas. She encourages potential volunteers to serve with Project Compassion and make their contribution to a world in need. Roxana states, “Working with Project Compassion has enriched my life spiritually and emotionally”“What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.” Albert Pike
Pastor Bob Maddux – Vice President
Pastor Bob Maddux, Project Compassion co-founder, has been in full time ministry since 1968. He is the founding pastor of Trinity San Diego, formerly The Connection and Christian Life Assembly in Poway, California a suburb of San Diego, where he has served as senior pastor from 1988 to 2015. Under his leadership the church has had an international impact through its various outreaches. One example is Project Compassion http://www.projectcompassion.org/, which he co-founded in 1992. Besides his Pastoral work he has ministered on five continents training national pastors and doing evangelistic outreaches. His overseas work led him to found Healing The Nations Ministries which is currently developing a treatment program for HIV/AIDS. In 1976 he founded Capital Bible College and served as its president for nine years. In 1979 he founded and directed Jesus West Coast, a large annual missions festival attended yearly by thousands and credited with recruiting’ many into missions. Pastor Bob has authored the Angel award-winning book Fantasy Explosion, and has produced and directed various films and documentaries including the award winning Mzungu. He’s written 3 other books, the most recent is “Good Samaritan Therapy, Real Medicine for the Soul”. He and his wife, Claudia, have been married since 1969. They have 3 grown children and 6 grand-children.
Albert “Al” Martinez MD – Secretary
Albert “Al” Martinez MD took his first mission trip with Project Compassion in 2000 and joined the Board of Directors of PC in 2001. He enjoys his involvement with the administrative end of PC as well as continuing to go on mission trips. He earned his Medical Degree in 1982 and completed his residency in Pediatrics in 1985. He has been in private pediatric practice since 1985 in Escondido and Poway, CA. Al enjoys the field of Pediatrics and the challenges of international medical missions, especially in having to care for all ages of patients, from infancy to the elderly. “I found my first trip with PC to be a life changing experience and I love every trip I take. I feel that the care I can give to the people on these trips is my way of thanking the Lord for all that he gives to me. Working with Project Compassion has been very rewarding in many ways. I encourage others, both medical professionals and lay persons, to take the first step into medical mission work and I know they will come back a different person.”
Harry Babb – Treasurer
Harry has lived in San Diego since 1958 and is a graduate of San Diego State University where he majored in Information Science. He served our country during the Vietnam War and was awarded the U.S. Air Force Commendation Medal for meritorious service in the Republic of Vietnam.
Harry has worked with WAXIE Corporation since 1976. He began his career there as a Data Processing Manager and has experienced promotions leading to his current position of Vice President of Corporate Operations/ Management Information Systems. He is now responsible for all building projects and facility expansions as well as telecommunications, logistics and fleet operations.
Outside of work, Harry loves planes and actually helped a friend build a plane from scratch several years ago. He enjoys traveling, bicycling and has recently started to dabble with photography. Harry participates with the annual USO Holiday Concert that supports the USO and the Toys for Tots program sponsored by USMC Reserves. He also served on the USO Board for thirteen years.
Harry has been married since 1979. He and his wife, Donna, currently reside in the Escondido area.
Natalie is a Registered Nurse and a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner who has been involved with Project Compassion since 2000. She received her Master’s of Science in Nursing in 1987 and is board certified in both Pediatrics and Family Health. She has been employed for the past 20 years with Sharp Rees Stealy Medical Group in San Diego and previously worked at Children’s Hospital San Diego for 10 years. “After my first trip to Mexico in 2000 with Project Compassion, my heart was on fire for missions and I’ve wanted to return with this group as much as I could. Traveling with Project Compassion is a wonderful way to serve the poor, experience the work of the Holy Spirit and bring the hope of Jesus Christ.
Claudia Maddux – Director of Mission Outreach
Claudia is on staff at The Connection as the Director of the Worship Department and main Worship Leader; as well as Missions Director. She administrates the Connect Groups (home Bible study groups), and has led or been the advisor for Women’s Ministries for years. She works beside her husband, Bob, who has been the lead Pastor there since 1988. She also is an award winning photographer, and has launched a website in 2013 of her best travel photos. She and Bob have been married since 1969 and have 3 grown children and 6 grand children that are the delight of her life. Claudia has been involved with Project Compassion since the beginning, and has taken many trips with PC through the years. She even won the “most trips taken” award a few years ago. She has a love for Missions and loves being a part of bringing the Good News to the world… (She has been to more than 100 countries).
Patti became the bookkeeper for Project Compassion in 2012. Patti has many years of experience as a bookkeeper and now focuses her work on non-profits like ours that are making a spiritual impact and serving the needs of people. She has served her church as a greeter, Sunday school teacher and youth leader. Patti likes to maintain a fit and healthy lifestyle and help others to as well. She is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer and continually pursues further education in the fitness field and will soon complete a certification from Miramar College. She and her husband live in Rancho Penasquitos and she has one grown son.
Melody began making short-term mission trips with her home church, North Coast Calvary Chapel, where she traveled to Nicaragua, Africa, India, Cambodia and Thailand. She began volunteering with Project Compassion in 2009.
Melody’s experience as a school principal and a director of special education programs provided the skills needed to assist Project Compassion with a variety of tasks. Melody helps with correspondence, data management, publications and other trip preparation tasks at home and at the Project Compassion office. She is retired and joins us on at least one mission trip each year.
Melody knows that there is no way to see a country without God as your travel agent. Who else can show you the heart of the people we serve and give you a chance to share your heart as well? Who else can bring 10-30 strangers together and tune them into an efficient medical team within 24 hours? We get to experience the love and mercy God bestows upon His people in every village we visit. I don’t know a travel agent who can beat that!
Philip took over maintenance of the website in 2016. A software engineer in his day job, Philip has maintained a number of different websites over the years, for both non-profit and commercial organizations.
Philip and his wife originate from Great Britain but moved to San Diego for work in the 1990s. They came to experience America for a few years but ended up staying. For a number of years, Philip served in the worship team and as a home bible study group leader with Horizon Church in San Diego. Later, the family moved to Poway and became actively involved in The Connection, where he first met Bob Maddux.
He now enjoys living in the wide open space of the Colorado Rockies.
Trip Planning Committee
Albert “Al” Martinez MD