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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.

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William "Billy" Arthur

Lowlands / Seed bank

Billy graduated from the Moody Bible Institute with a Bachelor's degree in Applied Linguistics. Growing up, Billy spent time working on a local farm. He later spent one year in Argentina where he first experienced international agriculture. Billy spent several summers with Pioneers traveling to India, Uzbekistan, and many other countries in Asia.

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Matt Cunningham

Urban Garden / Propagation

Matt is a graduate of Colorado State University and holds a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Horticulture. Before college, Matt went on mission trips to Mexico and Uganda which increased his interest in missions and development work. After college, Matt spent five months in northern Africa. He then served in an outreach to Bengali immigrants in New York City.


Emma Buchanan

Monsoon / Seed Bank

Emma is a graduate of Eastern University and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Sustainable Development. Emma studied abroad in New Zealand with the Creation Care Study Program and went on mission trips to India, Guatemala and Mexico. Most recently Emma completed the A Rocha internship on their farm in British Columbia. Emma and her family have volunteered with a local farm and CSA program since she was young, and has continued to work on CSA farms since then.


Emily Kinzer

Mountain / Propagation

Emily is a graduate of Covenant College and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Community Development. Emily is a missionary kid who grew up in Kenya. She spent a summer in Chiang Mai, Thailand studying for a TEFL certification and has traveled short term to Guatemala. While in college, Emily interned with Care of Creation Kenya. She recently completed an internship with the creation care organization A Rocha on their farm in British Columbia.


Beth Ockenden

Rainforest / Seed Bank

Elizabeth “Beth” Ockenden holds a Bachelor’s degree in Bussiness Management and Administration from Oregon State University. Beth studied abroad in Denmark for four months, during which time she was actively involved with a local church. She has also participated in mission’s trips stateside. Prior to coming to ECHO, Beth has been involved with her churches missions, which included spending 11 weeks volunteering at a mission station in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).


Chris Jordan

Appropriate Technology / Propagation

Christopher "Chris" Jordan is a graduate of Southeastern University and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Leadership and Religion. While still in school, Chris participated in a mission’s trip to Italy with McGregor Baptist Church. Chris was a Captain in the U.S. Army until June 2016, during which time he served in Afghanistan and participated in a discipleship ministry within the military. Chris felt God’s call to go into missions, and in 2015 he and his wife founded of A Voice in the Wilderness in Amman, Jordan, where they lived with their family for two years. While in Jordan, Chris studied Arabic as well as Permaculture Design and Ecological Building.


Kayla Hatcher

Semi-Arid / Propagation

Kayla is from St. Chuck, Missouri and graduated from Milligan College with a Bachelors in Fine Arts and minors in Biology and Missions. Kayla is also certified in TEFL and Permaculture Design. Following college, Kayla participated in the World Race, which took her to many countries including China, Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, Japan, Albania, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Swaziland, Lesotho, and South Africa. Before coming to ECHO, Kayla served for a year in Americorp and then interned at the Permaculture Research Institute in Jordan.


Savannah Holmes

Community Garden / Seed Bank

Savannah is from Peachtree City, Georgia and graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelors in Agricultural Communication. During college she interned with the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Peanut. Savannah has traveled on mission trips to Uganda, Jamaica, and Costa Rica.