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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.

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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 Colombia 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.

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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.

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Elizabeth Casey

Monsoon / Seed Bank

Elizabeth received her B.A. in Missions at the Baptist College of Florida and went on to get her M.S. in Agriculture at Tarleton State University. Between semesters, Elizabeth went on a number of short-term mission’s trips, including to South Africa, Cambodia, Guatemala, and Brazil. Elizabeth has most recently worked as a Refugee Case Manager for Catholic Charities in Texas.

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Launa Tanner

Mountain / Propagation

Launa attended Montana Wilderness School of the Bible, where she studied Outdoor Recreation. She is a certified EMT and Nurse’s Assistant. Launa is a missionary kid from Tanzania. Recently, Launa volunteered at ECHO in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, helping out with cleanup around campus. In the past year, Launa spent a month volunteering in Ghana with Blue-Med Africa. She has traveled through a number of middle eastern countries and has also returned to Tanzania to assist her parents in their work there.

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Will Caswell

Appropriate Technology / Seed bank

Will grew up in South Carolina and graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelors in Biosystems Engineering. While at Clemson he also worked as the Organics & Biofuels Intern for Clemson’s Recycling Services. Before college, William spent three months in Kenya leading mission teams with Love Africa Mission.

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Erica Shoenberger

Community Garden / Propagation

Erica graduated from Eastern University with a B.S. in Biology and minors in Environmental Science and Chemistry. While at Eastern she studied in Costa Rica and visited Nicaragua. She also worked under Dr. Ben Dube as a research assistant investigating sustainable nematode controls. Before ECHO, Erica worked as an AmeriCorps service member in the Foodcorps serving public schools in Connecticut. Part of her work was to lead outside classes on gardening, cooking, and nutrition.

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Hawken Sawyer

Semi-Arid / Seed bank

Hawken graduated from Wheaton College with a B.A. in Bible and Theology. Hawken is from Cleveland, Ohio and spent a good part of his early childhood up on his grandparents' dairy farm. During his time at Wheaton, he volunteered with a ministry called the National School Project. From May to December 2017, Hawken interned at ECHO West Africa through Wheaton's HNGR program and participated in ECHO workshops on FFF, AT, and sustainable farming practices.