Scott co-founded Amor in 1980. He is the Chief Encouraging Officer/Founder - serving the most amazing team of servant leaders. He loves working at Amor because: "We are passionate about ending extreme homelessness and poverty." A random fact about Scott is that he loves traffic free chocolate and coffee.
Gayla co-founded Amor in 1980. She holds the position of Founder and Chief Spiritual Officer. She oversees the staff’s spiritual health, as well as communicates the goals, mission, and purpose of the organization to its constituents. She loves working at Amor because she gets to convey her passion of being a follower of Christ through the art of storytelling with an emphasis on how God wants to use all of us to impact the world.
Andy has been on the Amor Team since 2002. He champions the core values of Amor with all organizations working under the Amor umbrella worldwide. When asked what he loves about working at Amor he says, "Ever since I took my first Amor trip as a 15 year old, God has continued to meet me in new ways through Amor. I get to serve with people from around the world and discover more and more what God's kingdom looks like." Andy has taken up bird watching and insists it doesn't make him old.
Jon has been on the Amor Team since 2002. He oversees all Amor Impact Trips globally. He also wins chili cook-offs and talks a lot about the Seahawks. What does Jon love about working for Amor? "Tacos". Jon's favorite cartoon : A tie between GI Joe, ThunderCats, and Bob's Burgers.
Alyssa has been on staff since 2014. She oversees hospitality and the La Cocina program, ensuring that our groups have amazing food during their trips. Why she loves Amor? "I love working at Amor because I'm able to make a physical and spiritual difference in people's lives not just in Mexico but all around the world." Interesting fact: Alyssa says she is the biggest Purdue fan you will ever meet. "I bleed black and gold."
Amy has been on the Amor Team since 2012. She gets to play with beautiful children from Mexico, South Africa, and India, teaching them about Jesus’ love. She also works alongside women from all over the world with the same passion for Jesus and serving. She loves being a part of ministering to and encouraging families who are raising the next generation of Christ followers. Her prayer is that this next generation will make an impact in creating justice and changing the world for God's Kingdom. She loves working at Amor because: "Amor has taken action against poverty for over 30 years by providing homes for the homeless, keeping families together. This is Jesus’ love revealed and I am so thankful He has chosen me to be a little part of it." An interesting fact about Amy is that Daniel Boone is her uncle.
April has been on the Amor Team since 2013. She developed a heart for service committing to live out the Great Commission to “Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life… (Matt 28:19 MSG).” She learned this early in college and God has been directing her steps toward Amor ever since. She graduated with a degree inCross-Cultural Business in Missions through Hope International University. She and her husband Jordan work Puerto Morelos, MX where they lead an Amor team in the development of Cienega. Growing up she loved the historical figure of Pocahontas. “I wanted to be like her: strong, beautiful, and willing to risk it all to make a difference in the world!”
Dan has been with Amor since 2005. In 2014 he became Amor's Business Manager; his primary responsibilities include Risk and Liability Management, Facility Management, Asset Management, and Information Technology. He loves working at Amor because: "The harder we work, the more good we accomplish. You can't say that about most jobs." A interesting fact about Dan is that he no longer has every body part that he was born with. Dan would like to say "Be careful, kids."
Erin has been on the Amor Team since 2002. She deals with human resources functions like employee benefits and recruiting, hiring, and training new employees. She loves working at Amor because: "My love for Amor started when I was 15 and took my first mission trip to Mexico. My worldview expanded and my heart grew. I love my coworkers, our volunteers, our participants, our pastors, and the families we build alongside of. I feel that God calls us to serve the poor, and I am lucky to be a part of Amor in doing this." Erin's interesting fact is that she has an irrational fear of slugs.
LaDonna has been on staff with Amor since 1994. Currently she facilitates our Women of Strength & Family Camp trip as well as assists with all of the other Amor Impact trips. She loves being apart of the Amor Team and acts as a constant guide for advice and spiritual insight. To know LaDonna is to love LaDonna!
Fernando has been on the Amor Team since 2002. He handles the business operations of our Mexican subsidiaries. He loves working at Amor because he gets to provide Mexican families with a better place to live. Fernando's favorite cartoon is GI Joe.
Forrest has been on staff since 1996. He lives in Oregon and represents Amor in the Pacific Northwest. He loves working to make the connection between a donor's passion and the mission of Amor. He also oversees Amor's 3 Day Trips. This is what he says about working at Amor : "I love working with a ministry that has an impact in so many ways. It is life changing for the families that receive a home, the local church, and the individual participants." Forrest's interesting fact is that he has seen the Dave Matthews Band in concert over 70 times.
Jeff has been with Amor since 2003. He maintains relationships with churches and other Amor groups as well as seeks out new groups that may be interested in participating in an Amor mission trip. He also assists with the design of Amor publications and Amor Store merchandise. He loves working for Amor because it lends him a front row seat to watch God work. He says it is a very rewarding thing to know that God is using him to help those in need. It has also allowed him the opportunity to learn new skills throughout his time serving here. Jeff's least favorite food is water chestnuts. He says there is no good reason to eat them!
Jordan has been on the Amor Team since 2013. He graduated from the University of Southern California with a bachelor’s degree in American Studies and Ethnicity, then went on to earn his Masters of Divinity at Princeton Theological Seminary where his passion for racial justice united with God’s heart for all of creation. He and his wife April live in Puerto Morelos, Mexico and lead an Amor team in establishing Cienega. "I don't know any life other than being a part of Amor - the best part is getting to serve alongside my wife, my parents, and the rest of our amazing team."
Maricela started working for Construyendo Esperanza in 2017. She coordinates our Amor Store both in our physical camps in Mexico and our online store. Her favorite part of Amor is getting to be at a families home when they are receiving their keys. "I thank God for this ministry because through our work we can show others the love of Jesus."
Marolin has been a part of Amor since 1988. She talks with the trip planners following their trip, does data entry of the trip participants, and maintains the constituent database. Why she loves Amor? "Amor is an encouraging, supportive and challenging organization. While the mission and the ministry are always taken seriously, there is plenty of time to celebrate as a group. We work hard and play hard." An interesting fact about Marolin is that her side job is working as a cellar rat for Uppa Creek Winery.
Monste captures the stories of actual impact in Mexico and manages our social media accounts. Monste loves working at Amor because: "I get to serve God at all times. I love the families, the groups, my co-workers, I just love everything." An interesting fact about her is that her mom is from Spain, her dad is from Mexico, she was born in San Diego, and she grew up in Tijuana.
Nick has been a part of the Amor Team since 2012. He maintains Amor's donor database and inputs all incoming donations. He also does statistical analysis of various parts of the ministry. Nick loves working at Amor because: "I love the mission of Amor and the people I work with." A interesting fact about Nick is that he once used hot glue to fix a window that had been broken by a frisbee.
Ryan has been on staff with Amor since 2015. He oversees all of Amor's books. He loves working at Amor because: "I love being able to work alongside people of faith and who care about the world." An interesting fact about Ryan is that he spent 3 years in East Africa and speaks Swahili.
Steve has been on staff with Amor since 1982. He is the lead representative to all foreign governments and their agencies. He oversees all research and development of building designs throughout the ministry locations. He also manages the global research and development of all the international ministry endeavors, and serves as one of the leaders for our Mexican and South African companies: Comision de Amor, Construyendo Esperanza, and Amor Ministries South Africa. When asked why he loves working at Amor: "After all these years I still love coming to work, which isn't really work to me. I love it and I know I am called to serve here. I also love that my family knows and loves the ministry like I do." Steve's least favorite food is egg plant cooked anyway possible.
Alfredo has been on the Construyendo Esperanza team since 2002. He loves Building Hope and helping people without many resources. His favorite food is Chiles Rellenos and his favorite movie...anything with action. Alfredo's hidden talent is that he can draw cartoon characters. He does not like peanut butter sandwiches.
Osvaldo has been on the Construyendo Esperanza team since 2015. He is all about Building Hope. He especially appreciates the moral and spiritual support through the pastors he works with. Helping the families get a home really inspires him. His favorite food is seafood and his favorite movie is Peter Pan. Osvaldo loves playing soccer .