Meet the Team
A collection of unique callings
Don and Lana Roe
Managing Director/CEO (Don), President (Lana)
Don has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering, 35 years in R&D at the Procter & Gamble Co., and more than 320 U.S. Patents. Lana has a B.S. in Psychology and is our primary coordinator for mission trips. Don and Lana have led or hosted about 50 mission teams in conjunction with the Church of the Nazarene.
Kirsten has a B.S. in Biology, M.S. degrees in Agriculture Economics and Entomology, and a PhD in Aquaculture (Purdue University). She is our agriculture and water SME (subject matter expert) and is involved in our agriculture research efforts.
Tommy and Katie Matthews
Construction/project manager (Tommy), Healthcare leader (Katie)
Tommy has more than 13 years experience as a missionary in Guatemala and has a strong background in construction. Katie is a Registered Nurse and has an M.S. in Nursing Education.
Eric has a PhD in Organic Chemistry and over 25 years of R&D experience in a Fortune 50 company. He provides scientific advisory perspective in addition to being the primary contact with our student engineering projects at Olivet Nazarene University.
Fili and Nidia Yat
Guatemalan program leaders
Fili has 15 years experience with missions projects in Guatemala. Nidia leads (with Fili) a children's education and feeding program in a local village, sponsored by the Refinery Church in Columbus, OH
El Puente site manager and maintenance
Eduardo has spent 14 years building and maintaining the El Puente missions and research station and helps run the "work" of our agriculture projects.
Ramon and Carlos
El Puente staff
Ramon and Carlos are an integral part of keeping the El Puente site going.