Nursing, administration, human resources, accounting and audit. Served as missionary for twenty two years for La Iglesia Metodista Unida en America del Sur. And in Latin America region several charges including nursing, coordination of voluntaries, community development, regional supervision of missionary personnel, accounting, legal representation and audit of funds of the mission of the Iglesia Metodista Unida en America Latina. Currently works half time as a consultant to the financial services unit of global ministries of la Iglesia Metodista Unida for audits and legal matters related to properties in Latin America.
Pablo Boada has worked for many years for the third sector, in the field of health and cultural management. He was founder and director of Foundation Quito Eterno for six years and currently is the director. He is also one of the founders of Fundación Hombro a Hombro since 2013.
He’s experienced has been focused en organizational structure for the third sector, sustainability and construction of equipment’s with interdisciplinary approaches. Has a tittle as Lawyer and a master´s degree in Social Intervention.
Contributes with technical and administrative knowledge, but also knowledge of good practices of community development for a proper functioning of the foundation.
Hugh Mills has more than thirty five years career path with a Civil engineer title, with a master´s degree in Organizational leadership. He has worked with rural communities in Ecuador in projects of potable water, he has a company in the hospitality industry for more than twenty years in Quito. He´s worked in training at an institutional and community level.
Felipe Vasquez is an Environmental and Development engineer graduated in the Zamorano Pan-American Agricultural School based in Honduras. After finishing his undergraduate studies he went back to Ecuador and started working with farmers in the production of yellow dragon fruit (Selenicereus megalanthus), located in the Amazon region.
He understands that many people face a difficult life in rural communities in his home country. He likes to work on the empowerment of the people and communities using their local resources and knowledge to improve their quality of life.
He is interested how water linked to social aspects that why he decides to join Engineers in Action. Additional to this, he is currently working in his master’s thesis in Watershed Management in the Tropical Agronomic Center of Investigation and Education (CATIE).
Felipe likes to travel; outdoor activities like rock climbing and mountain climbing.
Paola Rebeca Villalba Martinez, Ecuadorian, studied her elementary and high school years at Alliance Academy International based in Quito, Ecuador. She studied Tourism Business Administration and dedicated her early career years as a tour guide around Ecuador.
Later, she studied a Masters in Social and Environmental Studies at Facultad Latino Americana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO). After completing her graduate studies, she has worked for public institutions in certain areas such as: environmental, climate change, risk management and community development.
During these years, she has worked with communities giving workshops and assisting them with contingency and evacuation plans when Cotopaxi Volcano started its activity in the year 2015. Additional to this, she has had the opportunity to volunteer and assist during the Ecuador earthquake in April 2016.
Paola likes to travel and learn about different cultures.
Kacie grew up in the heartland of America. Despite the scenic vistas of corn and cows as far as the eye could see, she yearned to take in other sights as she set out on her own: filled to the brim with grand, if vague, aspirations for the future.
While at the Colorado School of Mines she stumbled into her first bridge project in her quest to set foot in all corners of the world. Upon completion of this structure, she found herself imbued with a particular sense of purpose after witnessing the tangible way engineering could improve human life. She returned infected with a bug for international development that she could never seem to shake.
In the subsequent years working as a young engineer, she served on the Bridges to Prosperity (B2P) University Program Ambassador Team in her spare time before eventually joining the B2P Board of Directors. Whilst she gained insight into the operation, challenges, and opportunities for B2P as an organization, she also grew increasingly restless from sitting on the sidelines away from the action in the field. So, she did the only logical thing one can do in such a situation: she quit her job, packed up a suitcase, and moved to Panama. She spent a year happily fighting off the scorpions, snakes, and humidity alongside the B2P Panama crew and has now transitioned to providing access for isolated communities through pedestrian bridge construction in the Andes as the EIA Bolivia Bridge Program Manager.
In her free time, Kacie enjoys hacking her way through Spanish, hitting the beach, and taking in a nice dystopian fiction to take her mind off her troubles.
Sam Sweet lives by a motto of “see a need, fill a need” because he finds true fulfillment in helping others. In the process of graduating from CU Boulder with a degree in civil engineering, he also became one of the founders of the Bridges to Prosperity (B2P) Swaziland Bridge Program. He joined CU’s chapter of B2P as a sophomore with hopes of utilizing his engineering education to make a positive difference in the world. After experiencing the need for bridges in Africa and building his first bridge in Bolivia in 2016, he got the bridge bug and became the leader of the Swazi Program.
Against all odds, Sam led the CU team to successfully complete the first project in Swaziland in 2017. His team was able to coordinate everything from government agreements, to material procurement and importation, to bridge design and construction. Throughout this endeavor he began reading and taking classes on community development which strengthened the program beyond just building bridges, to also emphasize community engagement, local stakeholder ownership and the importance of engineering ethics. Sam’s vision as the EIA Swaziland Bridge Program Manager is to develop a national needs assessment and continue to train partners on the bridge process so that the program is self-sustainable and effective at solving the problem of impassable rivers in Swaziland.
In addition to bridges, Sam is passionate about boarding of any kind, yoga, reading, music, learning languages, and being a lover of all people. He hopes that by always striving to reach his greatest potential, he can inspire others to do the same.
Ethan Gingerich was born, raised, and educated in Iowa and graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in structural engineering. In addition to serving as the Bridges to Prosperity University Program Coordinator, Ethan worked with JZ Engineering – a structural engineering firm in Harrisonburg, Virginia – on sustainable structures and international and domestic development projects.
Ethan was born, raised, and educated in Iowa and has yearned for ways to use engineering in the field of international development since high school. In the process of graduating from the University of Iowa with a degree in structural engineering, he interned for a small socially-minded firm called JZ Engineering, with whom he had his first experience with international pedestrian bridge building on a trip to Guatemala. He fell in love and soon joined the Iowa student chapter of Bridges to Prosperity (B2P). After leading the chapter to successful Nicaragua builds in 2012 and 2013, Ethan graduated from college and served on the B2P Board of Directors for a year before transitioning onto the staff as the University Program Coordinator for four years, all while simultaneously working mostly-full-time as a structural engineer for JZ Engineering in Harrisonburg, Virginia. While still based in that quaint little mountain town, Ethan now serves full-time as the Director of the EIA Bridge Program (formerly known as the B2P University Program).
In addition to bridges, Ethan enjoys basketball, biking, hiking, trail running, backpacking, cliff jumping, reading, cheering for the Bulls, listening to Taylor Swift, and spending time with family and friends.
Joe Williams has been a communications and fundraising professional in Northeast Oklahoma for over ten years. Formerly with Gatesway Foundation, Joe lead the day to day messaging of the organization, maintained the agency website and social media accounts, handled press inquiries, as well as created collateral material for fundraising and marketing. Joe also secured funding for programs and events, including individual and corporate donors, grants, and events like the annual Gatesway Balloon Festival, which attracts nearly 40,000 visitors as well as the BigBASH Gala, a biannual black tie event that benefitted agency programs.
Joe grew up in Barnsdall, Oklahoma, and attended the University of Tulsa. Before working with Gatesway, he served as Development and Marketing Director for the OK Mozart music festival, implemented the Rural Outreach Program and served as Marketing and Development Director for HOPE Testing, an agency focused on testing and prevention of HIV and Hepatitis C. Joe also served as Communications and Development Coordinator for Hospice of Green Country, northeast Oklahoma’s only United Way supported, multi-cultural, multi-faith, non-profit hospice. Previously, Joe worked for the Tulsa World and Urban Tulsa Weekly.