In 2005, Betty Gutierrez-Martinez of the skinny country of Chile and Josh Pease of the US, independently came to Nicaragua to work with a small non-profit. read more.
Betty taught in a local school and also taught illiterate senior citizens how to read. Josh led building projects, and they both engaged with the local church. The two of them would soon fall in love with Nicaragua and its people.
Betty Gutierrez-Martinez became Betty Pease, and from 2008-2013, Betty, Josh and Executive Director, Alan Wilser, lived in NC, but continued visiting Nicaragua frequently while maintaining normal jobs back home. By the grace of God, their continued engagement with the people of Nicaragua has led to a more concise understanding of the plight of the people and stirred a passion to see Nicaraguans grow both spiritually and economically.
In September 2013, Betty and Josh moved back to Nicaragua, marking the official full-time launch of SuNica. The Peases spend their days man running SuNica on the ground in Nicaragua. read less.
In 2005, Josh Pease of the US and Betty Gutierrez-Martinez of the skinny country of Chile, independently came to Nicaragua to work with a small non-profit. read more.
Betty taught in a local school and also taught illiterate senior citizens how to read. Josh led building projects, and they both engaged with the local church. The two of them would soon fall in love with Nicaragua and it's people.
Josh and Betty married, and from 2008-2013, Josh, Betty, and Executive Director, Alan Wilser, lived in NC, but continued visiting Nicaragua frequently while maintaining normal jobs back home. By the grace of God, their continued engagement with the people of Nicaragua has led to a more concise understanding of the plight of the people and stirred a passion to see Nicaraguans grow both spiritually and economically.
In September 2013, Josh and Betty moved back to Nicaragua, marking the official full-time launch of SuNica. The Peases spend their days man running SuNica on the ground in Nicaragua. read less.
In 2007, Alan left his job as a Project Engineer in Raleigh, NC, and spent most of the year in Nicaragua. read more.
His main role was He returned home at the end of 2007 and started a small business of his own, in part to make a living, but more importantly, to learn how to run a business in his own country. In 2012, Alan sold that business and has stepped into the role of CEO at SuNica. Alan is married to his lovely wife Casey and they have two daughters, Sam & Macy. Alan and his family live in Raleigh, NC, and he spends most of his time fundraising and ensuring that SuNica sticks close to it’s mission. Alan is a lover of Jesus and the Gospel. He’s an entrepreneurial type and likes to start things from scratch. He’s a hunting, fishing, camping kind of a guy. His dream is to be dropped out of a helicopter onto a deserted island. read less.
Sponsorships Coordinator and Stateside Administrative Assistant
Casey works stateside supporting SuNica's sponsorships, fundraising initiatives, Sacred Forest Coffee and other stateside administrative needs. She has a degree in Spanish and ESL Education. read more.
Casey brings to the team a blend of administrative skills meshed with a love of all things Latin-America. In 2007, Casey lived in Bogota, Colombia, teaching English to students and improving her ability to use the Spanish language. During that time, Alan was living in Nicaragua and flew over to Colombia to ask for Casey's hand in marriage. In 2008, they married and are now parents to two sweet girls. read less.
Enyi came on to the team in spring of 2017 and has been keeping our León headquarters running smoothly ever since. Virtually everything we do has Enyi's enthusiasm and persistence behind it.
His friends call him Chino. This young professional is a hard-working gentleman that we're lucky to have on our Water and Sanitation team. He's responsible for designing pretty much everything that SuNica builds.
As of August 2015, Wilfredo has been in charge of leading the ground work for the Turn On the Water and Modern Bathroom projects. read more.
Wilfredo and his wife, Johania, both bring so much to the SuNica team .read less.
Darwing was such an active and passionate mentor in El Limonal, that we put him in charge of new programming when we kicked off in Salinas Grande, and most recently, San Carlos, where he's leading youth and training new leaders.
Erick mentors our youth leaders in El Porvenir and El Limonal. He’s a jokester, super thoughtful, and loves Jesus deeply, the perfect combo for our discipleship program.
Before coming on staff, Esmirna started with us as a dynamic, compassionate volunteer youth leader. She's since graduated from University where she studied psychology. Now she's a Discipleship Coordinator for two of our communities and mentors our volunteer leaders and young ladies in Salinas Grande and San Carlos.
Hector is a college student currently pursuing a degree in physical education. Hector keeps things light around the office and coordinates the SuNica Soccer League in El Limonal.
SuNica Trips and Director of Communications
Megan has a degree in Spanish from Meredith College and 4 years of experience in student ministries. She began working with SuNica as a Discipleship Coordinator on the ground in Nicaragua, mentoring students in Salinas Grande and El Limonal.read more.
In 2019, Megan began supporting SuNica's work stateside. She currently helps with SuNica Trips, Fundraising and manages almost all communication between Nicaragua and our loyal SuNica supporters. Fun fact, if you ever need suggestions of exciting group games to play with kids or adults she's got hundreds (maybe thousands) to choose from. read less.
Driver and All-Purpose Guy
A fantastic man who loves Jesus and knows agriculture. He is the husband of Nidia and the father of Kevin. Jhonny is a lay leader with Young Life Chinandega. read more.
He moved to this part of the country specifically to work with young people and is passionate about sharing his life experience and his faith with the down and out in his own backyard. Jhonny drives for our group trips and takes care of other odds and ends. read less.
Director of Impact
Luke helps the team plan projects, track progress, and share impact of all its hard work. Luke, his wife Steph, and their oldest boy, August, moved to Nicaragua in 2009. read more.
They have been figuring out what it means to serve Jesus and the poor there ever since (while having a couple more kids). Luke has an MA in International Development and over ten years of experience in nonprofit management and fundraising. read less.
Regina keeps SuNica headquarters looking great. She cleans, but anyone who has stayed in the office dorm rooms will tell you that, in reality, what she really does is make it feel like a home.
Doña Zorayda has been taking care of our staff and visitors since 2013. Mealtime is at the heart of building relationships in Nicaragua, and Zorayda is the smiling heart of every SuNica meal.
Soza has been involved with SuNica since the early days. He came onto the team officially in 2018 as community liason for clean water projects and also photographer of all the photos you'll see in our fundraisers, social media and of teams that come on trips.
Hazel started in 2018 as community liason for clean water projects and guide for SuNica visitors. A teacher by training, she’ll also be developing programs at our new community center!
Roger started as a Limonal youth leader and has become SuNica’s Swiss-army knife, helping out with all nature of handyman work on our infrastructure projects and around the office.
On-site Work Coordinator
Don Yamil, or El Capitán as he's affectionately known by the SuNica youngsters, is the on-site work coordinator for the San Carlos Turn on the Water project.
Community Center Assistant
Leo has learned the ins and outs of the Community Center, and helps manage it so it’s ready for people to use at any time. He’s a guy with a big heart... read more.
who loves to laugh and joke with the rest of our staff and our Discipleship kids! He’s been serving in our Discipleship program for years and just recently graduated from college with a degree in pharmaceuticals. read less.
After being a dedicated volunteer for many years, Johania is now mentoring our kids in El Porvenir and El Limonal full-time! Her compassionate and creative spirit... read more.
is what makes her a great addition to the Discipleship team, and she is full of new ideas of activities for the kids to try. read less.