Community Development

Community Leadership

John Bland

Executive Director, Amigos’ Biggest Fan

Joined the Team: 1998

How is God using you at your job? God has called me to be an encourager of others.

Luis Alberto Esquivel Dolmus

Director of Projects, Lawyer

Joined the Team:2005

How has working at Amigos changed your life? I believe that my work at Amigos has helped me to learn more about people and become more empathetic towards others. God has enabled me to use these new skills to understand others better and to share my knowledge with them.

Ramón Humberto Baca Rodriguez

Director of Community Leadership Development

Joined the Team: 2004

How is God using you at your job? I believe God uses each of us to serve the people in the communities by bringing encouragement, love, and help to them. I love building relationships with the people in the communities, and seeing their lives has taught me to value what I have and work to improve the lives of who have less.


Health

Alondra Damaris Torres Corrales

Preventative Health Advocate

Joined the Team:2010

How has working at Amigos changed your life? Working for Amigos has helped me in my home life and allowed me to have financial stability.

Annie Bland de Corrales

Clean Air Kitchen Advocate, Nurse

Joined the Team: 2012

What is your favorite part of your job? My favorite part of my job is helping people in the communities realize that they can take better care of their health and teaching them how to do that. Through my time here, I have gained a broader view of health care and learned what my true passion is.

Eveling de la Concepcion Belly

Clean Air Kitchen Advocate

Joined the Team: 2013

How is God using you at your job? I believe I am an instrument for God; Jesus was a humble person, and I want to follow his model when I’m working with the families in communities.

Jhon Eddy Mojica Velasquez

Amigos Pharamcy Manager

Joined the Team: 2014

How is God using your work to build his kingdom? We are changing lives through by giving seminars and meeting with families so they can life healthy lives free of chronic kidney disease, parasites, and respiratory disease.

Maria “Conchita” de la Concepción Cuevas Duarte

Preventive Health Advocate, Nurse

Joined the Team: 2012

How has working at Amigos changed your life?Through working closely with people in the communities, my life has changed as my eyes have been opened to needs that I never knew existed. I feel God brought me to this role because it is the place where I can help the most people.

Reyna Maria Silva Cabrera

Director of Health Care, Pharmacist

Joined the Team: 2012

What is your favorite part of your job? My favorite part of my job is being able to work on the Clean Air Kitchen project, as well as facilitating surgical brigades.

Education

Carla Maria Mendoza

Director of Education and Nutrition

Joined the Team: 2012

What is your favorite part of your job? I love using my training as a social worker to educate, help, and comfort women and children in rural communities.

Danny Duggan

Director of Family Projects

Joined the Team: 2014

What is your favorite part of your job? It’s an incredible opportunity to get to know everyone that I work with in this Amigos family- I wake up every morning excited to work with some of the best people in the world.

Jamie Enrique Perez Martinez

Recreation Coordinator

Joined the Team: 2013

What is your favorite part of your job? I am passionate about using sport programs as a portal to teach adolescents in the communities about following God and making good decisions.

Mayerlin Guadalupe Angulo Barahona

Scholarship Coordinator

Joined the Team: 2013

How is God using you at your job? God always sends me where He wants me. I studied psychology and I love getting to know people, especially in the communities.

Melvin Jeronimo Díaz Somarriba

Recreation Education

Joined the Team: 2013

What is your favorite part of your job? I love having multicultural experiences at my job because they allow me to watch and learn from others.

Nidia Bland

La Chuscada School Creative Director

Joined the Team: 2014

What is your favorite part of your job? I absolutely love being part of seeing kids dream big. When you are able to show a child how special and precious they are, and how successful they will be in their future, it is the most incredible gift. Plus, getting to finger-paint and build block castles is a pretty fun job.

Economic Development

Carlos Ernesto Corrales Betancourt

Veterinarian, Amigos Animal Farm

Joined the Team: 2011

How is God using you at your job? God uses me as a tool to bring blessings to the communities. I love doing a Pay It Forward animal run and seeing how joyful it makes the families about their futures.

Carlos Manuel Rugama Pavon

Farm Production, Amigos Plant Farm

Joined the Team: 2010

What is your favorite part of your job? I enjoy seeing how beautiful the planted crops are, and knowing that God made them for people to eat. Without God I would not be able to do anything; I depend on him every day.

Jorge Milton Cruz Carranza

Manager, Amigos Plant Farm, Agricultural Engineer

Joined the Team: 2009

What is your favorite part of your job? I love the planting time, because God uses the gifts I have to grow and develop the farm more.

Lester Reyes Hernandez

Manager, Amigos Animal Farm

Joined the Team: 2009

What is your favorite part of your job? I like caring for the animals while they’re at the farm because I know that eventually they’ll go to benefit a family.

Magdiel Josue Moreno Martinez

Director of Economic Development, Agricultural Engineer

Joined the Team: 2010

What is your favorite part of your job? At the end of a Micro Loan loaning cycle, it’s amazing to see how the family has developed and grown. This job has also taught me maturity; I don’t just work for my wellbeing anymore, but to serve others.

Marcos Antonio Varela

Assistant Manager, Amigos Plant Farm

Joined the Team: 2007

How has working at Amigos changed your life? My job changed my life by giving me a dependable job, and it changed the lives of my children because now they can study for their futures.

Scott Cunningham

Business Development

Joined the Team: 2015

How is God using your work to build his kingdom? I love helping people realize the opportunities and abilities they have within them to provide financially for their families.

Wilberth Enrrique Moreno Caliz

Veterinarian

Joined the Team: 2014

How is God using your work to build his kingdom? I believe that God put our team here for a purpose. I can use my skills to help others, and I can use all the things I’m continuing to learn to help others even more.

Yader Leonel Epinales Caceres

Farm Production, Amigos Plant Farm

Joined the Team: 2010

What is your favorite part of your job? My favorite part of my job is planting, because eventually I get to see the fruits of my labor when the harvest comes in.

Project Impact

Gloria Marina Lopez Hernandez

Director of Project Impact

Joined the Team:2013

How has working at Amigos changed your life? My life has changed spiritually through my ability to share my faith with the staff and community members, and I believe my job at Amigos is a testament to how God answers prayers.


Infrastructure

Water Systems

Abraham Ernesto Canales

Water Systems Coordinator

Joined the Team: 2011

How is God using you at your job?Working at Amigos is like being God’s tool – he uses me to expand his kingdom and help a lot of people. On top of that, a fixed income has helped my family a lot and enabled my kids to have a better future.

Alvaro José Ubilla Martinez

Water Systems Coordinator

Joined the Team: 2003

How has working at Amigos changed your life? Through my work with water systems I have become a much better plumber, and through my work with the communities God has taught me how to be a better person who is aware of the needs of people around me.

Arturo José Rivera Zeledon

Director of Water Systems

Joined the Team: 2004

How has working at Amigos changed your life? When I began working for Amigos I couldn’t afford a house of my own. Through my job, I received training in well drilling and have been able to save up enough money to buy a home for my family.

José Luis Meza Campos

Well Driller

Joined the Team:2011

What is your favorite part of your job? My favorite part of my job is getting to use the welding skills I studied in school, and getting better at it every day.

Lorenzo Leuterio Tercero

Water Systems Coordinator

Joined the Team: 2005

How has working at Amigos changed your life? Through my work here, I have had the opportunity to do many different jobs – from social worker, to mason, to plumber – and have learned to truly respect and work with others. Get me a plate of fried rice and a hammock at the end of the day and I’ll love you forever.

Luis Alfonso “Camacho” Palma Pineda

Assistant Carpenter

Joined the Team:2009

How is God using you at your job? I am grateful for the opportunities to meet new people through my job, and feel that God has used me to help the people that are most in need. You’ll find me hanging out in the carpenter’s rancho, playing checkers and eating a nice big bowl of beef stew.

Engineering

Dixon Lenin Espinozo Ramirez

Director of Property Maintenance

Joined the Team: 2010

How is god using you at your job? God is a fundamental part of my life, and I believe without him many things would not be possible. He has a purpose and the wisdom to make every life better and that is really important to me. Through my work, I have seen the difficult conditions we have in our country and I know I can be useful to change them.

Norvin “Randy” Jose Landero Lopez

Electrician

Joined the Team: 2008

How has working at Amigos changed your life? I am currently studying to become an electrical engineer, and that would have never have been possible without my job at Amigos.

Construction

Abraham Lopez Hernandez

Carpenter

Joined the Team: 2011

What is your favorite part of your job? My favorite part of my job is when the whole staff goes out to a community to work together. I like sharing the experience with the groups, and getting to see new parts of my country. I feel like God uses my gifts to serve people who need the help more than I do.

Bismarck “Chato” Remigio Melendez Lanzas

Mason

Joined the Team: 2009

How has working at Amigos changed your life? Through my job here God has taught me to love and accept others. I like doing things that unite the workers with the communities.

Carlos “Chinche” Antonio Nayra Martinez

Mason

Joined the Team:2011

How is God using you at your job? I believe God is using me to help people who have not had any options – sometimes not even a home – and I love that God uses me to help provide for these people.

Eliseo Alvarado Flores

Director of Construction

Joined the Team:2005

How has working at Amigos changed your life? I am grateful for the financial security my job brings my family and me, and that I no longer need to worry about where my next meal will come from. I love every part of my job and feel that God has placed me in the perfect place to help many people.

Ezequiel Ruben Alvarado Velasquez

Mason

Joined the Team:2011

How is God using you at your job? I love my job, and I feel that God is using me to bring help to areas that do not have hope.

Felix Alejandro Montes Soza

Welder

Joined the Team:2010

What is your favorite part of your job? Nothing gives me more joy than seeing the look on a family’s faces when I finish their new home by welding on the roof. My work has changed my life by teaching me to care for other people and help them. Besides giving people the gift of a home, I love a nice plate of fried rice at the end of a hard day behind the visor.

Gerardo Antonio Burgos

Mason

Joined the Team: 2013

How is God using you at your job? I love to practice the masonry skills I have because they allow me to create things that serve others. This is the best stage of my life so far, because God uses me to help others every day.

Jeff Hughes

Director of Construction

Joined the Team: 2013

How is God using you at your job?I use many of the trade skills I learned in the past to lead up a project that eliminates smoke in rural homes. I am excited to see the positive effects that my work is having, and my favorite part of my job is building relationships with my Nicaraguan co-workers.

Jose David Hernandez Flores

Mason

Joined the Team: 2015

Coming Soon

Jose Luis “Moncho” Moncada Bustillo

Mason

Joined the Team:2009

What is your favorite part of your job? There is nothing I like more than grilled steak and laying bricks. I feel that working at Amigos for Christ has helped me raise my children well and that God uses me through my work in the communities.

Jose Roberto “Pelón” Izaguirre

Mason

Joined the Team: 2011

How is God using you at your job? God is using me at my job by allowing me to be a good example to the people we work with, and to help them to move forward in their lives.

Josue Abraham Salmeron Carrasco

Mason

Joined the Team: 2014

What is your favorite part of your job? My favorite part of my job is being with the groups – I love to learn, so I love spending time making friends with new people and learning about their language and culture.

Julio Ramón Nayra Martinez

Assistant Carpenter

Joined the Team:2011

How is God using you at your job? I am motivated by helping my fellow Nicaraguans, and I believe because of that motivation God has used me to change lives. Come on down to the carpenter’s rancho with a bucket of fried chicken and a checkerboard if you want to make a new friend!

Melvis Uriel Mendez Lainez

Mason

Joined the Team:2011

How has working at Amigos changed your life? I have made realy good friends working at Amigos and have been able to learn a lot from them.

Moises David Alvarado Velasquez

Mason

Joined the Team: 2010

What is your favorite part of your job? I enjoy getting to build the Modern Bathrooms. I think this work is an art form, and we’ve pretty much perfected it.

Nelson “Toño” Antonio Merlo Reyes

Mason

Joined the Team:2011

How has working at Amigos changed your life? I began working for Amigos as a mason’s assistant, but through this job I received additional training and eventually was promoted to a full mason. I feel blessed to be able to use my talents to help people in need.

Roberto Alexander “Daddy Yankee” Meza Gomez

Mason

Joined the Team: 2010

What is your favorite part of your job? I enjoy serving alongside my brothers and sisters in the communities while continuing my collegiate studies. I feel God uses me to give rural Nicaraguan families hope by sharing in the mission of Amigos for Christ.

Santos Exequiel Ruiz Medina

Mason

Joined the Team:2013

How has working at Amigos changed your life? Before working with Amigos, I struggled to find steady work; now, my job has both enabled me to make my family much more secure and has taught me a lot about who God is.

Yeral “Tesoro” Antonio Selva Martinez

Assistant Welder

Joined the Team:2011

What is your favorite part of your job? I love working in the communities and feel God has changed my life by giving me the opportunity to change the lives of people in need.


Program Support

Georgia Office

Andrew Estes

Manager of Operations

Joined the Team:2015

How is God using your work to build his kingdom? The gifts of efficiency, organization, and communication that he has blessed me with has made it possible for me to make a major impact on how Amigos does business in several avenues. This has led to efficient solutions that have saved several employees time. And giving us more time means we are available to do more, and be that example of Christ to others.

Maggie Shane

Controller/Office Manager

Joined the Team:2014

How is God using your work to build his kingdom? Our family has been involved with Amigos for Christ since 2003. I retired from Coca-Cola after 32 years and I was excited to start my new adventure at Amigos. It was definitely God’s plan to show me how my gifts could be put to use in Buford, Georgia. I love my new job at Amigos and every day I learn a new way to help others.

Tessa Sulimirski

Director of Missions

Joined the Team: 2000

How has working at Amigos changed your life? Working at Amigos has taught me to focus on service as a way of life. Amigos has drawn in my entire family and made each of us aware of how the rest of the world lives and how important our responsibility is to serve those less fortunate.

Maura Monacella

Accountant/Financial Analyst

Joined the Team:2016

What is your favorite part of your job? My favorite part of my job is being consumed by the passion I receive from Amigos. All the emotions of being a part of something bigger than myself and doing God’s work lights a fire in my soul to continue down the path that God has set for me.

Missionaries

Andrea Massiel Selva Martinez

Mission Group Hospitality

Joined the Team:2013

What is your favorite part of your job? My mission is to serve my coworkers here at Amigos, and my favorite part of that job is preparing the fresh vegetables for missionaries.

Corina Espinal Beltran

Mission Group Hospitality

Joined the Team:2014

What is your favorite part of your job? My favorite part of my job is cleaning – I have learned so much from my “Jefa” Patricia about how to do this well!

Elizabeth Hughes

Director of Missions

Joined the Team:2013

What is your favorite part of your job?I love being able to see how the lives of both the volunteers and the community members are changed through their experiences together. I hope that God will use me to encourage others and to help provide an environment that removes distractions and allows people to focus on God.

Heral Alejandro Granera Soza

Community Outreach

Joined the Team:2010

How has working at Amigos changed your life? Working at Amigos has helped me better understand what it means to serve. I believe that everyone has a purpose and that my purpose is to help make changes in peoples’ lives. I also love kicking back with some typical Nicaraguan food while I listen to Bryan Adams. (Seriously.)

Ignacia “Nancha” de los Angeles Poveda Garcia

Mission Group Hospitality

Joined the Team:2011

How has working at Amigos changed your life? I am grateful for my job because it has allowed me to provide for my children, and I feel that God has used it to change my attitude and way of life.

Jenna Marie MacLean

Mission Group Programming

Joined the Team:2013

How has working at Amigos changed your life? The people I have met in Nicaragua have shown me God’s love in a completely new way and taught me to love boldly. I believe that everyone at Amigos is an instrument of God and everyone works together to change lives and grow closer to the Lord.

Julio “Teacher” Alberto Mendez Hernandez

Community Outreach

Joined the Team: 2009

How has working at Amigos changed your life? How has working at Amigos changed your life? Through my job at Amigos, I have grown closer to Christ, found financial security, and had the opportunity to grown intellectually through studying.

Marlene del Carmen Lopez Trejos

Mission Group Hospitality

Joined the Team:2012

What is your favorite part of your job? I love everything about my job, especially that it has given me the ability to support my four children in their studies. I feel God uses me by giving me the strength and energy that it takes to cook and care for missionary groups, especially the big ones.

Merali del Carmen Paz Carvajal

Mission Group Hospitality

Joined the Team:2014

What is your favorite part of your job? I love to cook, and the best feeling in the world is when we make a big meal the group eats every last bite, and I know they are happy and content at the end of the day.

Paige Heisler Seymour

Community Outreach

Joined the Team:2013

How has working at Amigos changed your life? Working for Amigos has changed my perspective of the world and has taught me to put a greater value on family and relationships. The more I’ve realized how much God loves me, the more I’ve been able to open up and love others.

Patricia de los Angeles Martinez Orozco

Queen of the Kitchen Queen of Amigos, Hospitality

Joined the Team:2004

What is your favorite part of your job? I love every part of my job, which includes making the weekly menu (making it and MAKING it), and coordinating the cleaning and shopping for all the missionaries. I am grateful to Amigos for my financial security, and I feel God uses me because I love serving people.

Walter Alexander Lopez Dolmos

Group Programming

Joined the Team:2011

How has working at Amigos changed your life? I believe my job has changed my life for the better because it has taught me to solve problems and grow as a person.

Internal Operations

Carmelo Enriquez Morales Espinoza

Security

Joined the Team: 2010

What is your favorite part of your job? For me, the most important part is the opportunity to serve other people. I spend my time at the property, but I know that is how I can support all the other workers who are going out to do their work. For me, it’s a form of worship.

Cristhiam Marisela Hernandez

Accountant

Joined the Team: 2014

What is your favorite part of your job? Working at Amgios allows me to help a lot of needy people; Amigos does what other organizations won’t and I love being a part of that through my job.

Jose Abraham Rodriguez Perez

Transportation

Joined the Team: 2013

What is your favorite part of your job? My main responsibility is driving American volunteers around in a big yellow school bus. I believe God is using me to transport the volunteers in order for them to do what God has called them to do, and my favorite part of that job is keeping staff and volunteers safe, a responsibility I take very seriously.

Jose Benito Rivas Duran

Transportation

Joined the Team:2008

How has working at Amigos changed your life? My time at Amigos has given me the steady job I never had before and the opportunity to help the people that need it most. My favorite part of my job is sharing my life and country with new people.

José Luis Tijerino

Security

Joined the Team: 2013

How has working at Amigos changed your life? I have been a guard for 16 years, and before I had to travel very far to work. I prayed to ask God to help me find a job closer to Chinandega, and he led me to Amigos. Now, I can spend more time with my family and care for them better.

Marierling Mejia Ovieda

Director of Operations

Joined the Team:2005

What is your favorite part of your job? My favorite part of my job is being able to help fix problems and keep the wheels turning for all the other teams and projects.

Mauricio Ramon Berrios Tellez

Director of Internal Operations

Joined the Team:2014

How is God using your work to build his kingdom? By guaranteeing theadministrative and financial trasparency of our human, material, an financial resources, I can make sure we use what we’ve been given to strength Amigos now and grow in the future.

Misael Baquedano Alvarado

Systems Engineer

Joined the Team: 2013

How has working at Amigos changed your life?My job has changed my view of other people; I no longer only think about my own needs, but also the needs of others.

Patricio Ordoñez

Transportation

Joined the Team: 2013

What is your favorite part of your job? My favorite part of my job is when we install the solar panels, because it’s a different and challenging part of what I do. I love to always keep learning new things about my work.

Roberto José Tercero Suazo

Transportation

Joined the Team: 2008

How has working at Amigos changed your life? Since I started working at Amigos, I have been able to learn English, gain financial stability, and grow in my career. I love working with the other employees and learning what everyone is good at doing.

Teodoro Oswaldo Ayala Delgadillo

Director of Logistics

Joined the Team:2011

How is God using you at your job? God has given me the ability to see beyond what my eyes can see, to the real issues, and is using me as an example to others through the way I handle my responsibilities on a daily basis.

Terencio de Jesus Chavez Hernandez

Security

Joined the Team: 2010

What is your favorite part of your job? My favorite part of my job is caring for the Amigos property and all the people here. It’s my job, and I enjoy doing it well.

Terencio Matilde “Matias” Ruiz Medina

Property Beautification

Joined the Team: 2015

How has working at Amigos changed your life? Working with Amigos has provided me with new opportunities. I have the opportunity to work, and maybe as I continue with my work, I will be able to learn English or a new trade.

Tomas Aurelio Caceres Miranda

Accountant

Joined the Team:2009

What is your favorite part of your job? As an accountant, my favorite part of my job is writing paychecks for the staff. My job has also enabled me to make my own way, and I no longer have to depend on my parents financially.

Tomas Bienvenido Caceres Vilchez

Director of Purchasing

Joined the Team: 1999

What is your favorite part of your job? I love the way God uses me to impact the lives of needy communities by bringing them the life-changing gift of water.

Staff Development

Kristin Sutton

Director of Team Development

Joined the Team: 2005

How has working at Amigos changed your life? Every day is a challenge, every day is a blessing, and every day I grow in some way. Working with Amigos has helped me to become a better leader, friend, and servant.

Sabrina Marie Bland

Donor Relations, Nurse

Joined the Team:1999

How has working at Amigos changed your life? Through my work here, I have discovered that I can live with much less and be happier in my life simply by having relationships with Nicaraguans, a people I believe are true to who they are. God has taught me immense patience and has used my ability to listen to people to help them in bettering their lives. He also uses me to keep my son and husband alive year, after year, after year.

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