About Trellis

Trellis emerged from a group of leaders and pastors who had been praying for Costa Mesa for 15 years that were convicted it was time to move beyond prayer to more effective collaboration with one another as well as with other leaders in the city.  The initial gathering to share this vision included 40 leaders from throughout the city, involved mapping out current efforts and resources throughout the city by various churches, non-profits, and agencies. On the very day of that initial gathering a city employee who had received a pink slip, took his own life by jumping off the top of city hall.  As we rallied around serving the city pertaining to this tragedy, it became a galvanizing event and helped us see and experience the value and importance of engaging with the needs of our city. Providing some focus, organization and communication that would lead to more of us praying for our city leaders and officials, loving our actual neighbors and working together to help resolve the greater challenges in our city became our pursuit and we’ve been seeing amazing results.
As coordinated efforts have improved, we have seen over 400 people experiencing homelessness find a home. As churches have made ongoing commitments to help resolve the literacy challenges in our schools we have seen significant improvements and some of our schools have even received awards from the state for how much they have improved. As our neighboring network continues to grow, cultural barriers are getting broken down and practical needs are being met in our neighborhoods.
These are the things everyone loves to see, however the roots of this organization are prayer. We will continue bringing focus, organization and communication around challenges in our city, but at our core we believe that as we continue bringing more and more people together to worship and pray to a loving, merciful and grace-filled God , we believe the results will continue to expand.

Our Team
We exist to facilitate a collaborative approach to resolving the city’s greatest challenges.
Trellis - Mission Statement

The Purpose of Trellis

Vision Statement

Churches, businesses, agencies and city officials are working well together, creating positive change in their city. The ethos in neighborhoods is improving and having identified the top 3 challenges in the city, (based on city hall’s assessment, the school district and overall demographics) we’re seeing tangible movement and results.

  1. Prayer - We are passionate to experience God’s presence, power and purpose.
  2. Dignity - We desire to treat everyone respectfully, regardless of differences.
  3. Unity – We are determined to focus on what brings us together.
  4. Efficacy – We are committed to be effective and produce measurable results.
  5. Perseverance – We have a drive to keep going for the long haul.
Our Team

Ian Stevenson

Executive Director of Trellis

Ian joined Trellis in 2015 as Executive Director. He is also the Leader of Trellis’ Homelessness Initiative. Among his many duties, Ian is responsible for the design, development, and implementation of Trellis’ strategy.

Prior to joining Trellis full time, Ian was the Executive Director as a volunteer and a Pastor at The Crossing Church in Costa Mesa, California. He was the church’s second full-time staff member in 1989, and over the next 27 years focused on ministry development, outreach and teaching helping lead, manage and grow the church from 40 to approximately 2,000. Ian is an expert in volunteer mobilization and management and has an extensive background in strategic planning, budget preparation, goal setting, and facilitating partnerships. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Jacksonville University.

Ian is also currently a Lead Team Member for The Mission Network of Southern California.

Isabel Carpenter

Director of Operations & Volunteer Engagement

Isabel moved to Costa Mesa from Big Bear Lake in 2011 to attend Vanguard University. God put a calling on her heart for the city during her time at Vanguard and she stepped into serving the city with Trellis at the Check-in Center. Over the next few years, she helped lead at the Check-in Center and was on the team that established the Community Impact Team. Her passion to see God’s justice brought to every one of His children is what drives her to help equip and mobilize the big C church to make an impact on the city. Prior to joining the Trellis team, Isabel acquired a diverse skill set while working in government as a policy advisor and later for a data visualization company specializing in school districts. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History & Political Science and a minor in Religion from Vanguard University as well as a certification in Lean Six Sigma process improvement methods.

Debbie Collette

Business Management

Debbie was born in Texas and lived in Costa Mesa for 18 years. She has senior leadership experience in multiple types of organizations both for profit and non-profit. She started her own business and maintained it for 10 years. She then became a pastor for 10 years at a large church in Orange County, providing excellent organizational skills and leadership development. She provides key insight with her knowledge and experience of leading, working with volunteers, and managing the day to day operations. Debbie is married with 4 children who all reside with her and her husband.

Lehua Coley

Director of Development

Lehua is originally from Hawaii, but has lived in Costa Mesa since 1997. She attended Vanguard University for her Bachelors. After working at The Crossing Church and Vanguard, she is excited to help Trellis International continue to build bridges and inspire our communities to be better together. If she’s not at work or at home, you can probably find her, her husband and three kids adventuring in the mountains.

John Begin

Homelessness Initiative Director

A Follower and Believer of Christ whose desire is to Love God and Love others. Seeking to be His hands, Feet and Voice and to be a servant in a broken world.


Office & Ministry Support Coordinator

Marilyn grew up in Texas and moved to Southern California when she was 24. She worked as Senior Secretary at Huntington Beach High School 1993-2003. Her and her husband, Jim, were missionaries in New Zealand 2003-2012. The first 3 years they attended South Pacific Bible College. After graduating, they served at Otumoetai Church as Pastoral Care. Marilyn headed up Women’s Ministry, served with MOPS (Mothers of PreSchoolers) and also did administrative/secretary work for the church. She also organized 4th of July and Thanksgiving events, to reach out to other Americans she had met throughout  NZ. They encouraged small churches throughout the North and South Islands and helped with family camps. When moving back to Southern California they  became involved with serving the homeless in Costa Mesa, which they have been a part of for the past 7 years. Marilyn started serving with Trellis in 2019 as Event Coordinator. When COVID hit, events no longer happened in person, so she started helping in the office and with ministry support. Marilyn really enjoys loving and being a part of her 12 grandchildren’s lives.

Terrilee Stevenson

Education Initiative Director

Terrilee has lived in Costa Mesa for 34 years, raised her 3 children here and is now helping her 7 grandchildren also recognize what is great about our city. Having worked in the Newport Mesa Unified School district for 13 years and then as an Executive Assistant for 12 she is passionate about using her gifts skills and experience to help engage more of our community to help our schools be all they can be in order to impact future generations.

Sharon Hurd

Neighboring & Cultural Integration Initiative Director

Sharon Hurd is a Costa Mesa native who has intermingled with the local people and places in her community as a compassionate neighbor. Having grown up as a true Goat Hill girl with one of Costa Mesa’s original goat barns in her backyard, she has always treasured her beloved childhood city and is still actively exploring, walking, and connecting with all the natural beauty around her. She creatively uses her artistic eye and love of photography to make connections with people in our community. Sharon is a prayer warrior and is also very involved in our prayer efforts around the city. In her role as a freelance photographer, Sharon has skillfully captured some of the most beautiful, unique, and poignant moments locally, especially in her favorite local spot, Fairview Park.

Reina Cuthill

Check In Center Manager

Reina Cuthill has been volunteering at the Check In Center since 2013. She found her passion working with the homeless during her time as a student at University of California, Irvine. She became President of Helping Hearts for the Homeless at UCI which allowed her to empower students to serve the local homeless community as well as spread awareness and education on campus. Furthermore, she volunteered at multiple homeless shelters and various non-profits that specialize in this population. After graduating UCI in 2013, she discovered the Check In Center and has remained serving since. She's had the privilege to meet her husband, Chris Cuthill, at CIC and continues to serve together as a family.

Elaine McCullough

Director of Prayer

Elaine has attended New Song Worship Center in Costa Mesa for over 10 years.  She is passionate about Jesus our Beloved Bridegroom King, and I desire to see the John 17 mandate fulfilled, and to help His Bride come together in love, unity and oneness before His return.  "The Spirit and the Bride say come!"

Mark Van Druff


Mark joined Trellis as the Chairman of the Board of Directors in 2017. He prepares and runs the organization’s board meetings and facilitates board accountability.

Mark has been a Southern California consultant (primarily within the medical community) for nearly thirty years, working with all surgical specialties (often as a “shadow” or Interim CEO), forming medical groups (through mergers as well as startups), building IPAs (physician networks), forming, building, and syndicating ASCs (surgery centers), and representing hospital medical staffs in crisis situations. 

He has developed trusted relationships across many constituencies in the medical, regulatory, and legal continuums. He has formed, chaired, coached, and sat on a variety of Boards of Directors, both for-profit and non-profit. He continues to run both a thirty-plus member anesthesia group, as well as a large, multi-facility pulmonary/intensivist group – roles he has fulfilled for well over a decade.

Over the most recent four years, Mark has been engaged to develop a national inter-disciplinary multi-specialty network of physicians and healthcare providers devoted to working collaboratively to usher experimental treatments through the FDA and in to mainstream of western medicine. This includes robust data collection and mining, reporting to the FDA through Independent Review Boards (IRBs), and fostering relationships with global partners who have footprints in nations more hospitable to experimental therapies. He brings with him his most trusted former clients and industry relationships, and currently serves as Interim President for the Regenerative Network Orange County Medical Corp.

He is twice ordained and has pastored in multiple roles, including Calvary Chapel, The Crossing, Tree of Life Community, and Shepherd’s Grove (formerly Chrystal Cathedral). His two primary and current Kingdom initiatives are Trellis International and Finally Home. He and Carey adopted two sons from Romania, Eric and Shane, now all working together in various ministries and initiatives. Ten years ago, he cofounded (along with Executive Director Kristin Orphan) and still chairs the nonprofit Finally Home – on a mission to equip foster, adoptive, and kinship families to build healthy homes where kids can heal.

Lynell Brooks

Hospitality Officer

Lynell joined Trellis as the Hospitality Officer in 2014. She hosts various vision and leadership gatherings at her home and works with the Director of Operations to evaluate events.

Lynell has been a registered nurse at Hoag Hospital and in the Home Health field, with the exception of a seven-year period as a stay-at-home mother. For 20 years, she served as Director of Auxiliary Services at Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, California. Lynell has obtained her associate’s and registered nursing degrees from Chaffey College, and her bachelor’s in Organizational Management and BSN in Nursing from Vanguard University. Most recently, she received a certificate as a Faith Community Nurse from Hoag Hospital.

Lynell has also served as the Director of Royal Family Kids Camp, Director of Women’s Ministries at Newport Mesa Church, and on the Board of Elders at the same church.

Mike Mac Lane

Worship Community Officer

Mike joined Trellis in 2014 as the Worship Community Officer. He works to build community between worship leaders and musicians in the city, as well as plan the “Trellis Night of Worship” event.

Since 1994, Mike has been a partner of the marketing firm, The Brainyard LLC. He leads the sales team and manages the agency’s core clientele, companies like Fender Guitars, Taylor Guitars, Pioneer Pro Audio, and Two-Rock Amplifiers. Mike earned his degree in Music from Pasadena City College and his degree in Bible from LIFE Bible College.

Mike is a founding Board Member of the Colorado-based Finally Home Foundation and a longtime member of the Creative Arts Team of The Crossing Church.

Scott Davis


Scott joined Trellis in 2014 as the Business Development Officer. He helps with the business development side of Trellis and participates on The Business Advisory Team to engage with and cultivate interest from businesses in the area.

Scott is the co-founder and Vice President of CALbath & Kitchen, a professional bathroom and kitchen remodeling company. Since 1991, Scott and his partner have grown their business from a two-man side gig to a 70-person operation with five locations and a client list that includes UCLA, The Beverly Hilton, The Irvine Company, and even the U.S. Marines. As an entrepreneur and employer, he leads with integrity and the motto, Do what you say you are going to do.”

Scott earned his bachelor’s degree in Economics with a minor in Management from UC Irvine.

Janice Roque


Janice joined Trellis in 2016 as Secretary. She manages the Board notebooks, by taking valuable notes during meetings and distributing them to the board members.

Janice is the Database Administrator at The Crossing Church in Costa Mesa, California. Having been on staff since 2004, her responsibilities grew and her passion for organizing people flourished. She served as an administrator for multiple ministry leaders prior to her current role.

Janice has a bachelor’s degree from Vanguard University, and recently studied Database Management at UC Irvine.

Andrew Richards
Andrew joined the Trellis Board in 2019. When Trellis started in 2012, Andrew was part of the lead team. He currently serves as an Outreach Pastor at Saddleback Church. A graduate of Westmont College with a Masters in Global Leadership from Fuller Seminary and having been on staff with several churches and a well-known non-profit with global impact, Andrew brings a critical thinking and leadership mindset to our board.

Married with 2 children, Andrew enjoys family time, surfing playing basketball, drums and reading. He is passionate to see the Big C Church align more and more with a kingdom mentality and figure out how to work better together in various contexts locally and globally.

Rachel Maxfield
Rachel joined Trellis in 2020. She serves on the finance and fund development committees and helps oversee the accounting processes used by Trellis.

With experience in both public and private accounting, Rachel has worked with more than fifty nonprofit clients, including higher education institutions, churches, foundations, and missions-sending organizations. She is skilled in analyzing and creating efficiencies in internal processes and preparing financial statement packages and other reporting documentation. Rachel currently serves as the Accounting Specialist at Concordia University in Irvine.

Rachel earned dual bachelor’s degrees from Vanguard University in accounting and religion. She is an actively licensed certified public accountant.
Trellis Partners
Church Partners

These Churches have all contributed, time, talent and treasure to help facilitate a more united effort to impact homelessness, education or cultural integration this last year in our city.

  • Christ Lutheran
  • Rock Harbor
  • The Crossing
  • Palm Harvest Church
  • Newport Mesa Church
  • Mesa Verde United Methodist Church
  • Mariners Church
  • Grace Fellowship
  • Redemption Church
  • Friendship Church
  • New Song Worship Center
  • South Hills Church
  • St. James Anglican
  • Lighthouse Community Church
  • Presbyterian Church of the Covenant
Organizational Partners

This organization has invested time, talent and treasure to impact homelessness as part of a united effort in our city.

  • Fresh Beginnings

Church Associates

These Churches have contributes time and talent towards a more united effort to impact homelessness, education or cultural integration this last year in our city.

  • Iglesia El Camino
  • Iglesia Harbor
  • Watermark Church
  • Roots Church
  • St. John The Divine
  • Lighthouse Church of the Nazarene
  • St. Andrews Presbyterian
  • St. John The Baptist
  • Our Lady Queen of Angels
  • Narrative
  • Saddleback Newport Mesa
Business Partners

Partnerships with businesses where they can invest time, talent and treasure to impact the greatest challenges in our city in a more united manner don’t formally exist yet. We will be developing this in 2016, if you are interested e-mail ian@wearetrellis.com

Business Associates

These businesses have invested time and talent to impact homelessness, education or cultural integration as part of a united effort in our city.

  • Starbucks
  • Target
  • Avilla El Ranchito Restaurant
  • The You School
  • Talonvest Company
  • Newport Rib Company
Organizational Associates

These organizations have invested time and talent as part of a united effort to impact homelessness, education or cultural integration in our city.

  • Vanguard University
  • Concordia University
  • Mika CDC
  • SOS
  • Someone Cares Soup Kitchen
  • Young Life
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes