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Evan Neubacher

Urban Garden/Seed Bank

Evan graduated with a Master of Arts in International and Economic Development from the University of San Francisco. He has done research in Rwanda for his master’s degree studying microfinance programs and has worked as an intern in Uganda for an organization that supports grandmothers who care for orphans.


Gretchen Rops


Gretchen graduated from Dordt College with a BA in Agriculture Missions and minor in Spanish. She has spent time in both Mexico and Nicaragua as a student. She grew up on a small farm in South Dakota.


Luke Little


Luke graduated from Union University with a B.S. in Conservation Biology. He grew up in Guinea where his parents were missionaries. Luke has worked on a dairy farm in Michigan, at University of Tennessee research station, and studied in Turkey while in college.


Jack Olsen

Monsoon/Seed Bank

Jack graduated from Berry College with a B.A. in Religion and Philosophy. He spent his childhood in Australia and Fort Myers, FL where his parents worked in missions and ministry. Jack, his wife Abigail, and son Jarrah have been living in Rome, Georgia, where Jack has been working with college students as an employee of Berry College’s farm.

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Imanuel Feodor


Imanuel graduated from Dordt College with a B.S. in Agriculture. He is from Jakarta, Indonesia. At Dordt he spent time learning about agriculture working on both the school farm and local farms in Iowa. Imanuel plans to return to Indonesia after completing the internship.


Savannah Froese

Appropriate Technology/Seed Bank

Savannah graduated from Liberty University with a B.S. in Biology. She grew up in Indiana just outside of Indianapolis. During college Savannah worked on the university farm. She also spent summers in Zimbabwe and in Peru.

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Elena Brooks

Semi-arid / Propagation

Elena graduated from Florida State University (FSU) with a BS and Masters in Environmental Studies and minor in Urban and Regional Planning. She interned with New Missions Systems International, where Elena spent 8 weeks in Kenya working on agriculture projects at a NMSI supported program. During her studies at FSU Elena was active in both Christian student ministries and local agriculture organizations that link the community to their local agriculture.


Sarah Hinson

Community Garden / Seed Bank

Sarah graduated from Winthrop University with a BA in Environmental Studies. She has been working the last two years in Bolivia, where she was teaching high school at an international school which is managed by South America Mission. Sarah has also spent time in Costa Rica and Colomba on study abroad and mission trips.

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Danielle Hurlbutt

Lowlands / Propagation

"Dani" graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a B.S. in Plant Pathology and a minor in Global Health. During her time in college she worked in local community garden initiatives and spent time in Ghana, North Africa, and Guatemala. After graduation, Dani spent a year in Senegal as an intern with Pioneers. Prior to coming to ECHO she was teaching science to classes as an outdoor educator and curriculum supervisor at the Heartland Outdoor School in Ohio.


Gabe LePage

Urban Garden / Seed Bank

Gabe graduated from Calvin College with a B.A. in Geography and International Development Studies. Originally from Tennessee, Gabe spent his childhood in Nairobi, Kenya where his parents worked for a Christian relief organization. During college, Gabe participated in an intentional community program where he learned to garden. He also spent a semester in Honduras and a two-week independent study with Food For The Hungry in Ethiopia. During this past year Gabe worked as a Community Connector with an organization called Great Lakes Urban based in Michigan.