Our Board of Directors and Leadership

Our Leadership

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Ricardo Gómez

Executive Director
Ricardo Gómez is Executive Director for Impact Latin America. Originally from Colombia, he has a Master’s in Theology and a Ph.D. in Intercultural Studies from Asbury Theological Seminary. He has served the church in many different capacities, primarily in Latin America, including as pastor, church planter, and seminary professor. He is currently the Latin American Area Director for Free Methodist World Missions where he has been a missionary for the past 13 years. Ricardo lives in Medellín, Colombia with his wife, Beth, and their two teenage children. When not traveling throughout the region, you will find him exercising, cooking, or watching European league soccer.
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Paul Olver

President and Board Chair
Paul Olver is President and Board Chair for Impact Latin America. He has a Doctor of Ministry in Missions and Leadership, as well as 40 years of experience as a pastor of urban, multi-ethnic churches, a denominational leader, and a missionary. He most recently served as Associate Director of Free Methodist World Missions in Latin America. Along with his wife, Delia Nüesch-Olver, he lives in Seattle, WA, USA. He enjoys biking and international cuisine.
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John Jairo Leal

Community Church Planting Director
John Jairo Leal is the Community Church Planting Coordinator for Latin America. A native of Colombia, he completed an undergraduate degree in theology and church planting. He has served as pastor, church planter, seminary professor and has written pastoral training materials. John Jairo lives in Medellín, Colombia, with his wife, Susana, and their two daughters, Isabella and Valentina. When he is not working he likes to watch movies and visit new places with his family.
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Delia Nüesch-Olver

Ambassador-at-Large
Delia Nüesch-Olver, PhD, grew up in a Swiss missionary family in Argentina. She is a pastor, church planter, former professor, and director of Global Urban Mission at Seattle Pacific University, recent Latin America Area Director for Free Methodist World Missions, and sought-after speaker on the topic of developing an appropriate missiology for today’s world. As the founder of this movement in Latin America, Dr. Nüesch-Olver now serves as Ambassador-at-Large for Impact Latin America. For fun Delia enjoys walking and cooking international food for her husband, Paul.
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Bev Carter

Development Director
Bev Carter, MBA, is the Development Director for Impact Latin America. Prior to this position she has led development teams or managed a variety of large and small programs in the profit and nonprofit sectors. Her passion is to contribute to building God’s Kingdom and values the opportunity to empower and inform the Church about the inspiring mission of Impact Latin America. She has two grown children and lives north of Seattle, Washington with her husband, Tony, and Annie, the Wonder Dog.

Board of Directors

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Paul Olver

President and Board Chair
Paul Olver is President and Board Chair for Impact Latin America. He has a Doctor of Ministry in Missions and Leadership, as well as 40 years of experience as a pastor of urban, multi-ethnic churches, a denominational leader, and a missionary. He most recently served as Associate Director of Free Methodist World Missions in Latin America. Along with his wife, Delia Nüesch-Olver, he lives in Seattle, WA, USA. He enjoys biking and international cuisine.
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Glenn Lorenz

Board Vice Chair
Glenn Lorenz is a Free Methodist missionary, based in Costa Rica with his wife, Wendy, and their four children. His work is primarily to come alongside the Costa Rica Mission District, as well as assisting leaders and churches in the rest of Central America. Glenn is part of the Pastoral Formation and Community Church Planting Implementation team for Latin America, developing systems and materials to train and ordain leaders and to multiply churches. He holds an MDiv and DMin. He and Wendy (also an FM elder) have served churches in California, Michigan, Arizona, and Kansas as well as taught at Central Christian College of Kansas.
 
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Kathy Stegman

Board Secretary
Kathy Stegman served as an administrative assistant/office manager/events coordinator for 19 years–ten at FM PNW Conference Office and nine at Seattle Pacific University. She recently trained as a spiritual director and finds great joy in that. Kathy was a pastor’s wife in Free Methodist churches for 40 years. She and her husband, Jim, live in Seattle and have two grown kids and five grandkids. She enjoys gardening, photography, and being used by God to encourage others.
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Devin Bruckner

Board Treasurer
Devin Bruckner brings more than 20 years of experience in nonprofit leadership and consulting, including work with McKinsey & Company, King Philanthropies, and the Kravis Prize in Nonprofit Leadership. With a focus on international development, her work has included strategic planning, financial analysis, grantee due diligence, and program management. Devin lived for two years in Peru and is actively involved in her church and several community organizations. She lives with her family in SE Seattle and enjoys long walks in her neighborhood connecting with friends!
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Sebastián Collazo

Sebastián Collazo is designer, broadcaster and branding expert. For several years he has been working with a wide variety of advertising agencies and companies such as HBO, Netflix and Coca-Cola among others. He served on different Christian communication ministries of radio and television in Latin america. He lives with his wife Danitza and his son Simón in Santiago, Chile, where he is the founder and CEO of FEELS Creative Design Studio, one of the most important companies in Broadcast Design and Motion Graphics in Chile.
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Jonathan Craig

Jonathan Craig is a member of Redeemer Fellowship in Kansas City, a church in the Acts 29 network – a diverse, global family of church-planting churches. He practices business, construction, and professional liability law in Overland Park, Kansas, where he lives with his wife, Julia. Jonathan is a graduate of Central Christian College and the University of Kansas. He enjoys fishing, reading, history, and English Premier League (EPL) football.
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Margaret Diddams

Margaret Diddams, PhD, is the Principal Consultant at the Diddams Group, Editor at Christian Scholar's Review, and the former Provost at Wheaton College where she was Professor of Psychology.  Her main area of expertise is in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. She has taught and served in leadership roles at Columbia University and Seattle Pacific University and was a Senior Manager at Microsoft. Margaret is an avid sports person including skiing and swimming.
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Norm Edwards

Norm Edwards served Seattle Pacific University and Wheaton College as Vice President for Advancement, then took the lessons learned and consulted with nearly 50 other colleges and ministries in their fundraising. His passion for world missions began with high school trips into Mexico. Now retired, he and his wife, Nancy, live at Warm Beach Senior Community.
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Francisco Sastre

Francisco Sastre is a social scientist and public health researcher. He has a PhD in Comparative Sociology. His research has focused on health disparities among the Latin American communities in the US. He is the founder of Re|Impact, a consulting company providing research solutions to organizations working on creating lasting social impact. He holds an academic appointment at Albizu University, Miami. He and his wife, Liz, spend time living and working in Miami, Florida, and Buenos Aires, Argentina. In his spare time, he enjoys urban running and playing fútbol.