Human Resources

 
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Woldine Gallini

Human Resources Manager

Woldine moved from Haiti to the United States in 1995 as a teenager with her family. She holds a B.S. in Finance from Liberty University. Before joining ECHO, she spent the last 10 years working in administration in the Wealth Management, Mortgage and Retail Banking industry.

She’s passionate about mission, serving in the church and her community. She enjoys spending time with her husband, Jason Gallini, and family, including a son and stepson.

 
 

Information and Communications Technology (ICT/IT)

 
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Nate Flood

ICT Manager

Nate Flood is from suburban Detroit and is a graduate of Cedarville University. With a background in broadcast management and production, he came to ECHO after 10 years with WAY MEDIA, where he first served as Director of Marketing, and later as the Director of Operations for the Southwest Florida market. Nate specializes in software development with an emphasis on real-time systems integration, but is truly passionate about the outdoors.

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Steve Snyder

ICT Specialist

Steve grew up on small farms owned by his parents and grandparents in NW Pennsylvania with little exposure to a worldview of agriculture or missions. While attending Penn State (where he met his wife, Marcy), Steve was exposed to a broader view of agriculture through his studies in Ag Economics and to Ag missions by his Mennonite fraternity brothers who took him to meetings at the local Alliance church. Steve and Marcy have been married 43 years; have 2 children, and 2 grandsons. Steve was employed 40 years by the PA Farm Bureau, and served in his church. Looking back, Steve sees God’s fingerprints across the decades, preparing him for this new season of contributing with his AG and IT background to the work of ECHO.

 
 

Physical Plant

 
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Pete Singer

Physical Plant Supervisor

Pete joined ECHO in 2010 after spending 35 years in a construction and property management career. He attended Northwestern Bible College in Roseville, MN. Pete enjoys spending time with his wife, Sandy, and family, including his seven grandchildren. He loves reading and working with exotic woods, creating furniture pieces for family and friends. He enjoys leading small-group Bible studies and serves on the Vision Team for his church.

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Jhon Ayazo

Assistant Physical Plant Supervisor

Jhon joined Echo in 2012 after spending 20 years in construction and landscape maintenance. Jhon came from Columbia in 1998 and enjoys spending time with his wife, Sandra and family. Jhon has recently become a grandfather and he and Sandra enjoy helping with their new granddaughter. Jhon is the leader of the Hispanic Ministry at his church and serves on the church board.

 
 

Tours and Retail

 
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Ellen Burnette

Retail Manager

Administrative Department Associate

Ellen and her husband, Rick, lived in Thailand for 19 years. They co-founded a development project with outreach among hilltribe communities along the Thai-Burma border. In 2009, Rick and Ellen were asked to start the ECHO Asia Impact Center in Chiang Mai Thailand. Ellen served as the Office Manager until their return to the U.S. in 2013.

 
 
 
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Russ Luther

Tour Coordinator

After college and seminary, Russ and his family served as missionaries in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. After their time in Africa, they were called to church ministry back in America. It was during that time Russ heard about ECHO. Aware of the needs of small scale farmers in difficult climates, when he read ECHO's Vision: Honoring God Through Sustainable Hunger Solutions, Russ gladly accepted to move to Florida and join our staff.

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Charles Thibodeau

Retail Nursery Coordinator

A native Floridian and hobbyist gardener, Charlie and his family recently moved over from the Fort Lauderdale area. With a background in education and health science, he was attracted to ECHO for their commitment in developing sustainable agricultural practices in poverty stricken areas of the world. He is a firm believer that optimal health begins with what you eat thus the importance of having a reliable and nutritious food source.

 
 
 
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Carolyn Gullett

Retail Associate

Carolyn and her husband are native Floridians. She has spent many years in the Banking Industry. They both serve as Care Pastors of Life Church and are establishing a safe house for minor female girls who have been victims of sex trafficking. She is enjoying every minute at ECHO and appreciates what ECHO stands for.

 
 
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Aaron Lynch

Retail Nursery Associate

Aaron Lynch, a true Floridian, has a passion for vegetable gardening, fruit trees, and sustainability. Married to his high school sweetheart, Aaron serves as an active member in the community, having organized several local initiatives such as Neighborhood Watch Group and an Adopt-A-Road.

 
 
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Stephanie Peterson

Retail Associate

Stephanie has a background in humanitarian relief and development work. While studying Health Science, she lived and worked in Ecuador and El Salvador. She is currently earning her M.S. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from Nova University.

 
 
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Patricia Fernandez

Retail Associate

Patricia is a native Floridian who loves to garden and learn all about plants. She volunteered as a facilitator in Turning The Tides on Poverty through Community Circles; and taught adults in the Salud Immokalee program which assist families struggling with obesity and proper nutrition. She earned a BS from Trinity International University in Communications and a MS in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from Nova Southeastern University. She has been married to her husband for over 30 years, and together have three grown children. She was formerly a homeschooler, 4-H group leader, CCD teacher and currently is involved with a Woman’s bible study group. Current Interns

 
 
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Marilis Garcia

Retail Associate

 

Volunteers and Hospitality

 
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Heidi Veres

Hospitality and Volunteer Coordinator

Heidi has a passion for Christ, gardening, natural health, nutrition, innovative technologies, design, and medicinal plants. She studied at The School of Natural Medicine in Boulder, Colorado and received a Master Gardener's Certificate through the University of Wisconsin extension program. She spent several years traveling, learning and living on farms in Belize, Jamaica, Haiti, and Wisconsin. She moved from Wisconsin to Cape Coral in 2004, was saved in Christ in 2007 and married her husband Keith in 2008. She has been very active in her church and community - showing love to her neighbors. She has organized teams to build resource books for Lee County, large food collections for the hungry, and has been in full-time ministry work for the past year.