Board of Directors

Kathy Gaulton - Founder & CEO

Kathy began Heavenly Treasures through a life changing process, which began in 1996, after serving with her church on a short-term missions team to Tanzania.  She had been in retail merchandising for over 35 years & felt God calling her to use her gifts & abilities to help the poor & oppressed.  This calling led to a plan to transition into full-time ministry.  In 1998 Heavenly Treasures was developed & Kathy continued to work full-time until 2001 when she was able to leave corporate America to serve as a career missionary. Her vision for a Livelihood Project ministry matured & developed while on staff with Empowering Lives International  (ELI) for 2-years.  God is working in mighty ways as He continues guiding & directing Kathy as she leads Heavenly Treasures. Heavenly Treasures will celebrate its 12 year anniversary in October of 2010. Kathy and her husband have 3 children, a son in law, a daughter in law, and a wonderful granddaughter and grandson.


Bennie Ingraham

Bennie has a heart for the world’s poor and for the empowerment of women in society, all under the theme of God’s justice for all people. After returning from her first mission trip, she began to see the world through God’s eyes and wanted others to experience the same—that is when she felt the call to full time ministry. Bennie has been the Mission Director at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church for the past 11 years. Prior to working at Menlo Park Pres, she had an extensive retail background; from store management to buying for a major department store.  She could never figure out how God would bring her heart for ministry and her retail experience together—until she learned about Heavenly Treasures.

Bennie helped develop a relationship between Heavenly Treasures and MPPC by first, connecting HT to several MPPC supported micro enterprise development projects in Ethiopia and then by encouraging MPPC to host three, going on four this year, “Christmas with a Mission” gift fairs. Bennie has had the opportunity to visit various HT projects in Kenya, Ethiopia, and Guatemala and loves partnering with HT to make a difference in the lives of the gifted artisans. She has served on the Board of Directors since 2006.

Melanie Neilson

Melanie has a passion to mobilize God’s people to do practical ministry outside of the walls of the church and has served as the City and World Missions Director for Cucamonga Christian Fellowship in Rancho Cucamonga, CA since 1999. Melanie began partnership with Heavenly Treasures in 2000 and has been on four mission trips with HT. Over the years, her heart for the people and the projects continues to grow and has served on the Board of Directors since 2007. She is currently a student at Fuller Theological Seminary obtaining a Master of Arts degree in Intercultural Studies with an emphasis on Leadership and International Development. Melanie and her husband Ron have four children, a daughter-in-law and a handsome grandson. 

Nate Kawaye
Nate has served in general management, operations and senior financial positions for major technology companies for the past 30 years. His experience in business and love for God is a great combination as our HT CFO. Nate earned his BA in Biochemistry from U.C. Berkeley, and an MBA in Finance from UCLA. Nate and his wife Gayle have two children - Michelle (one son-in law Kevin) and son Bryan, and an adorable grandson, Matthias. Nate recently went with Heavenly Treasures to Kenya this past summer. Nate and Gayle are members of Peninsula Free Methodist Church in Redwood City, California.


Sarah Clay

Jim Stanchfield