Information and Communications Technology (ICT/IT)
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.
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.
Assistant 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.
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
Administrative Department Associate
Ginni is from Kentucky and received her BA in Missions from Harding University. During her studies, she completed a Missions Internship in Togo, West Africa, and led a development ministry course for undergraduates. Ginny has several years of experience managing her family farm store, market garden, and CSA program. She also spent many years working for HR & Block as a tax professional and office manager.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Marilis grew up in Cuba where education and farming are mandatorily linked from high school to college years for every student. She earned a bachelor degree in economics and foreign trade from the University of Havana. She spent a year in Spain before coming to the United States. She served the public as a Court Clerk in Miami-Dade County for 16 years until she discovered permaculture and learned about ECHO. She is very passionate about Christ and enjoys serving Him by helping others. She has a passion for sustainable farming, nutrition, medicinal plants, natural healing and cooking.
Volunteers and Hospitality
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 lead a homeless/prison ministry prior to joining our team.
Libby has previously served in the roles of Operations Manager for Latin America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, as a Project Analyst and as a Patient Services Coordinator for Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, MD. Libby was born and raised in Nicaragua, and is excited for the opportunity to use her talents and experience in service to the people of her native region.