Board of Directors
Robert Benson - Founder and President of the Board
Robert founded Arms of Love International in 1999 with the first home in Nicaragua and orchestrated its growth and subsequent partnerships in the Philippines, Mexico, Senegal and Brazil. Robert received his bachelor’s degree from San Jose State University and J.D. from the University of California, Berkley. As a partner at the law firm of Hogan & Hartson, Robert’s practice focuses on complex intellectual property litigation for high-profile firm clients. In 2007, Robert initiated and organized a ground-breaking Children-at-Risk Conference in Anaheim, California, which featured 40 speakers from 12 nations and drew over 400 attendees from nearly 200 different churches and ministries. Robert, his wife Kristen and their four children live in Foothill Ranch, CA and host a home church that is part of Vineyard at Home, a small network of house churches in Southern California.
Paul H. Llopis - General Director
Paul got involved with Arms of Love after a short-term missions trip to Nicaragua in August 2010. He received a bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the University of Houston – University Park. Paul has worked for various commercial and/or residential architecture firms in Miami, New York and Houston. Paul is the founder and president of two companies. The Llopis Group, Inc. is a design and development company, and Soleil Urban Homes, Inc. is a builder of residential and light commercial projects. He serves on the board at The Vineyard in Stafford, TX. Paul and his wife Terry are homegroup leaders in The Vineyard. Also, they worked in the Children’s Ministry for many years. They reside in Sugar Land, TX with their three children.
Cary Spalding - General Director
Cary has more than 30 years of experience as a CPA in California. He began his career with Price Waterhouse Coopers in Los Angeles, and started his own accounting firm in 1986 in Santa Monica. He presently resides and works in Aliso Viejo and has assisted non-profit organizations, both professionally and as a volunteer. He has been a Trustee of the Cooke Foundation in Hawaii since 1991. He served as Treasurer and a referee for AYSO Region 69 in West LA for many years. He enjoys and is thankful for family ties to both Nicaragua and the Philippines, as well as being with and watching children grow and develop. He hopes to assist Arms of Love establish an endowment for the benefit of its children.
Dr. Steven D. Bagley - General Director
Dr. Bagley joined Arms of Love International’s Board of Directors in 2002. Steve has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and Christian education from Azusa Pacific University. He received his master’s degree in Christian education from Talbot Seminary and received his doctorate in marriage and family therapy from California Graduate Institute. Steve and his wife, Linda J. Bagley, M.A., LMFT, founded Marriage and Family Matters Counseling. In addition to marital and pastoral counseling, Steve provides business consulting and executive coach services. He also served as a church pastor for twenty years. He and Linda have been international guest lecturers in China, Japan and Mexico. He is a board member of God’s Families International Adoption Agency, Inc. and the Vineyard Community Mission Network, Inc. Linda and Steve have two married adult children and five grandchildren.
David Brobeck - Secretary of the Board
Dave has been involved in Arms of Love since 2008 and serves on both the international board and the Arms of Love Nicaragua board. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California in 1966 and his law degree from California Western School of Law in San Diego in 1969. Dave is a founding partner in the Santa Ana, California-based law firm of Beam, Brobeck, West, Borges & Rosa LLP, specializing in civil litigation. He has volunteered in many Christian ministries over the years, and has been an advisor to other non-profit organizations. He also has been a board member of the Reasons to Believe ministry for more than 15 years. Dave and his wife Gaye reside in Dana Point, California, near their son David, daughter Holly, and three grandchildren.
Jenn Gaskin - General Director
Jenn has served on the International Board for Arms of Love since January 2006. She graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 1989 and taught Math at San Francisco’s University High School before starting a small tutoring business. A long-time member of the Mid-Peninsula Vineyard Christian Church in San Carlos, California, Jenn has overseen the children’s ministry, taught parenting classes, and currently oversees the family ministries with her husband John. John & Jenn were married in 1989 and currently live in Redwood City where they home school their five active children.
Pablo Paniagua - General Director
Pablo has been involved in Arms of Love since 2009 and he is currently VP of Product at charity : water, a non-profit with the mission to bring clean and safe drinking water to every person in the world. Previously, he was VP of Product at Zynga and GM of its mobile network. Earlier, he founded a tech marketing start-up that had customers such as Yahoo!, Ask.com and Mozilla. Previously, he also worked at an iPhone development startup, Dell and the $1.8B late-stage venture capital firm IGC. Pablo holds an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a Bsc in International Business Administration from Icade in Spain and RMS in France. He lives in New York with his wife and two daughters.
Jenna Stepp - General Director
Jenna has served on the international board for Arms of Love since 2008.Upon graduating from Oral Roberts University in 2001 with a degree in International Business, Jenna and her husband Shawn became youth pastors at a Vineyard church in Massachusetts. They also served as the regional youth directors for the Vineyard churches of the east. In 2006, she was one of the teachers for the Vineyard College of Mission’s Children in Crisis track, during which she and her family lived at the Arms of Love home in Bohol for part of the training. Jenna is currently the youth pastor for the Vineyard church in Lewiston, Maine. She is the administrator and event planner for the Vineyard East Region and enjoys equipping local churches to engage in the issues of justice and mercy in a practical way. Jenna has 2 young daughters and loves to hear children laugh.