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.
Casey works stateside supporting SuNica's trips, sponsorships, and fundraising initiatives. She has a background in Spanish and ESL education. read more.
Casey brings to the team a blend of administrative skills meshed with a love of Latin-American culture. 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.
Justin works state-side to support and grow the mission. He brings a unique mix of fundraising, civil engineering, and book-writing talents to our team. read more.
Justin lives with his wife Kate in Raleigh, NC, and they are passionate about demonstrating Jesus’s love to the people of Nicaragua. read less.
Enyi came on to the team in spring of 2017 and has been keeping our León headquarters running smoothly at 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 board. 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 project in El Porvenir. read more.
Wilfredo and his wife, Johania, have been married for a year and both lead a small group in El Limonal.read less.
Darwing is a college student studying journalism. Darwing was such an active and passionate mentor at El Limonal, that he has been hired to run the discipleship program in Salinas Grandes.
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 a dynamic, compassionate youth leader. She’s studying psychology and mentors all our young women pursuing careers to change their communities.
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.
Megan has a degree in Spanish from Meredith College and 4 years of experience in student ministries. She is a leader in Salinas Grande and El Limonal.read more.
Megan participates in our leader development each week. 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 Zoirayda has been taking care of our visitors since 2013. Mealtime is at the heart of building relationships in Nicaragua, and Zoirayda is the smiling heart of every SuNica meal.
Edgard graduated with a degree in Tourism and Business Management. Edgard takes all the pictures you see on the website, social media, and elsewhere. read more.
Edgard is married to Mariam, who is a dentist and an active mentor in the discipleship program at El Limonal. read less.
Seth is helping design and coordinate many of our big projects such as our clean water in San Carlos, modern bathrooms in El Porvenir and our El Limonal community center. read more.
Seth, his wife Shell and two daughters Jane and Clara June all made the move to Nicaragua at the start of 2017 and we're glad to have them as part of the SuNica family. read less.
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 pitches in as team photographer.
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.