The Plant a Seed Foundation Board of Directors is composed of six dedicated volunteers. Our Board Members serve three-year terms and are appointed each February. To learn a little more about our Board please read our Board Member biographies below.
CEO: Rick Gray
Rick Gray has been a part of the Modesto community his whole life. Rick was a partner with his father, Roger Gray, at Stanislaus Implement & Hardware, their 93-year-old farm, and equipment company that started in 1919. We are now part of Holt Ag Solutions. Rick now has more time to dedicate to community service. He is also Past President of the McHenry Mansion Foundation and currently, sits on the Board of God's Grace Adoption Ministry. Rick married his best friend, Claudine Miller, in June 1997. They have been blessed with two children Abigail and Weston. Rick has a passion for helping others in need locally and all over the world. This passion has built as he’s traveled to third world countries and seen the need first-hand as well as helping with local projects in his hometown. Rick is thankful for the godly home he was raised in. He enjoys spending time with his six nieces and nephews who are a big part of his life. He also enjoys all water sports and camping with his wife and children.
Vice President: Jason Flory
Jason Flory is a partner of Flory Industries, Inc., a family owned business that specializes in machinery manufacturing. Jason and his wife Jolyn are blessed to have 4 children: Jenelle, Megan, Allison, and Chad. While having a heart to serve outside the home, Jason is first devoted to serve his wife and children as his primary ministry. His love for the Lord has led him to serve in several ministries over the years. These include The Gideons International, Bible Study Fellowship, Modesto Gospel Mission, Trinity Bible College Uganda Africa, Gospel Echoes Prison Ministry, and his local church. Jason strongly believes in a life of service, both to people and projects, whether in his own community or abroad. Other interests include spending time with family, golf, and cycling.
Secretary : Gordon Rumble
Gordon and Heidi Rumble live in Modesto, have 3 children (all married), and six grandchildren. Gordon is a full-time Pastor at Big Valley Grace Community Church in Modesto and works with the congregational grow and care departments. Gordon and Heidi work with God's Grace Adoption Ministries, Gospel Echos Prison Ministries, and Gordon also serves as an assistant Chaplain at Valley Children’s Hospital in Madera. They both stay active as time permits to help with Retreats, Revivals, Church Camps, and Marriage counseling. Gordon has been to two of Plant a Seed Foundation’s orphanages in Cambodia as well as Uganda. He has stated many times concerning this foundation: “It is a humbling experience, as well as an incredible opportunity to serve the Lord by serving others, here, and around the world!”
Treasurer : Eric Layman
Eric was born in California and raised in Modesto where he resides with his wife Sue. He has three daughters, Kayla, Leah, Sarah, and a new granddaughter named Hadleigh. Eric has been employed at Layman Electric Inc. and is co-owner of the family business. Eric is presently serving on 3 non-profit boards in Modesto: God’s Grace Adoption Ministry (since 1998), Youth for Christ (since 2009) and Plant a Seed Foundation (since 2009). Eric also volunteers his time helping the Society for Handicapped Winter Skiing, assisting handicapped downhill skiers. For the past 10 years, he has coached Girls’ Fastpitch Softball. Eric enjoys almost any outdoor activity, especially when his whole family is involved. The family currently attends Big Valley Grace Community Church.
Nancy Grant and her husband, Curtis, were both born in Minnesota but grew up in Modesto. They have been married for over 50 years and have two sons, two daughtersin-law, eight grandchildren, and one great-grandson.
Nancy graduated from Thomas Downey High School and Stanford University. She taught in Modesto City Schools, the last 23 years of her career at La Loma Junior High. She has served as a board member and/or volunteer at Modesto Pregnancy Center, Modesto Gospel Mission, Teen Challenge, Airport Community Center, Modesto City Schools, Quilt Guild, and Parent Institute for Quality Education. She is an active
member of CrossPoint Community Church and taught Kindergarten Sunday School for many years.
Nancyʼs interests include travel, sewing, water aerobics, gardening, Bible study, genealogy, writing, and editing.
April Duarte was born and raised in Modesto. She is married to Jeff and they have three daughters, Audrey, Coco, and Mia. April is a full-time homemaker and is involved in the family businesses Fleur De Lis and Duarte Nursery. She often helps in her kids’ classrooms at Big Valley Christian School. April served on several mission trips to Mexico. She is passionate about helping others and getting involved in her community. She enjoys spending time with her family in Pinecrest, cooking, and living a healthy lifestyle spiritually and physically. The family is currently attending Big Valley Grace Community Church.