Kristofer Warner, President
In 2011, Warner founded Keylight Learning, a fully licensed and accredited 501c3 non-profit, with the mission to bring hope and holistic health to the neglected, impoverished, and at-risk youth of the developing world through practical, self-sustaining and culturally-insightful learning and vocational training opportunities. His extensive teaching and hospitality experience combined with his love for the Cambodian people make Warner uniquely qualified to make KeyLight Learning a success.
- Cambodian Experience – Warner is currently the Director of the English and Vocational Training Program for Foursquare Children of Promise (FCOP), a Phnom Penh-based church orphan home. Since moving to Cambodia to take the position in 2007, Warner has developed successful sewing and jewelry design programs that have enabled resident youth to learn a trade and save for university while attending school. Warner has also trained more than 70 teachers through a variety of programs designed to build the confidence and teaching skills of the Cambodian English teachers at nearly all of the 106 FCOP church orphan homes. He has also organized U.S. book drives establishing twenty rural micro-libraries and a central library at the Phnom Penh home with more than 3,000 books.
- Teaching Experience – Prior to his position in Cambodia, Warner worked for three years as an English instructor and counselor for international students at the Academy of Art University, San Francisco. He managed Aspect International Language School for three years.
- Hospitality Experience – Warner holds a bachelors degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management from California State Polytechnic University. He began his career with the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, working in both their Western Regional Sales Office and their corporate headquarters. For four years, 2001 to 2005, Warner founded and operated ECHO Treks, a school providing international students the opportunity to challenge their English outside the classroom on immersion trips.
- Personal Commitment – A U.S. citizen originally from Southern California, Warner is married to Naome Pich, a Cambodian national, medical student and professionally-trained Cambodian dancer. They live in Phnom Penh with their beautiful infant daughter, Elina. Warner maintains close ties to his City Church community in San Francisco, and his family and friends in California, Japan and all over the world.
Kurt Warner, Secretary
Kurt has been a part of KeyLight Learning from the beginning. He is a custom homebuilder who has worked with Habitat for Humanity, and also brought his skills and heart for the impoverished on missions trips to Africa, Mexico and the Katrina disaster rebuild. Since his visit to Cambodia in 2010, Kurt has developed a strong interest in building vocational schools and opportunity for marginalized youth in the country.
Jillian Dillon, Treasurer
Having a passion to see children thrive, Jillian has been a teacher and an administrator for Children’s Ministries at Bethel Church in Redding, California. She is also the organizational backbone of KeyLight Learning. With experience developing and running her own jewelry design company, as well as years managing and providing accounting services for several companies, Jillian keeps everyone and everything straight for KeyLight Learning.