Meet the Team
This dedicated and talented group does not get paid for its efforts. Donations to Casa de Esperanza go directly to helping the people who are hurting in Honduras.
Lori’s first trip to Honduras was in 2000 and she has never looked back, making over 100 trips to date. She received a Bachelor’s of Science in nursing from Hope College and has worked as a registered nurse in intensive care units, emergency medicine and gastroenterology. Lori’s hobbies include gardening, cooking, and improving her Spanish. She and her husband Bill have three sons.
Scott first traveled to Honduras with Casa in 2019, although he had visited before and has lots of experience leading many mission trips in different parts of the world. Scott graduated from Dordt University in 1991 with a degree in business administration, and he has a degree in Youth Ministry from Kuyper College.
Scott lives in Zeeland, MI.
Alishia and her husband Guy are financial advisors at Terrill Financial Group in Grand Haven, Michigan. She enjoys cross-country skiing, hiking, biking and home improvement projects. Alisha has traveled to Honduras many times with Casa de Esperanza Ministries. She is mom to four spoiled cats.
Jordan first traveled to Honduras with Casa de Esperanza in 2015. She has an M.B.A. in project management from Cornerstone University. Jordan works as an account coordinator at LEAD Marketing Agency. She lives in Byron Center with her husband, Matt and German Shepherd dog, Ellie.
Bill’s first trip to Honduras was in 1999, and since then he has made more than 55 trips. He is responsible for laying the foundation of Casa de Esperanza ministries. A graduate of Hope College and the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, Bill recently retired from dentistry after 30 years practicing in Grand Haven. Bill loves the Minnesota Gophers, Vikings, and Twins! He also enjoys working outdoors and tiling projects.
Dave is a plumber who loves to travel and explore new parts of the world, which makes him vital to our construction ministry, using his expert plumbing skills, in Honduras. Dave enjoys traveling to Honduras with Casa de Esperanza and has been there more than 20 times. He and his wife Marguerite live in Byron Center and have five children, many of whom have also been to Honduras!
Debra works as the office manager at her husband’s chiropractic practice. She enjoys riding motorcycles, spending time with her grandchildren, and traveling. She and her husband Ron have 3 children, all of whom are chiropractic physicians. Debra has traveled to Honduras with Casa de Esperanza many times.
Allan Barrientos is from La Unión, a municipality in the Honduran department of Lempira. He graduated from Cornerstone University in 2022 with a B.S. in Exercise Science and a minor in Biblical Studies. As a graduate of Casa de Esperanza’s scholarship program, he assists the board in communicating with our current students. Allan’s family in Honduras grows coffee for Aldea Coffee in Michigan. In his free time, Allan enjoys playing soccer and spending time with his friends.
Our Honduran Staff
Of course, we couldn’t do anything without our dedicated Honduran staff!
Ada and Jose Maria (Chema), a Honduran married couple, are the house parents of our boys Comayagua project. They currently house 10 boys along with their biological sons Isaac and Chemita. Their oldest son, Kevin, works as a firefighter in Comayagua. Casa de Esperanza has been partnering with them since 2013 and they have been faithful examples to the boys, teaching them the importance of education, spiritual disciplines, and what it means to be a part of a family unit.
Julio and Ingrid are a Honduran married couple who are very involved in at Iglesia de Dios Pentecostal in Siguatepeque. Ingrid serves as a coordinator for Compassion International, and Julio works as a handyman for us, taking care of our house, cars and anything that needs to be done while our group is not in Honduras. Casa de Esperanza has been partnering with Julio and Ingrid since 2006 when they served as house parents for the female students in our educational support programs. Julio and Ingrid are parents to Jonathon, Nahomy and Jey.
We first met Guadalupe in Honduras many years ago and she was a part of our girls’ education program. Today, she serves as our legal representative in Honduras and works for us by communicating weekly with our board members, students and other Honduran staff. She sends us periodic reports on our educational programs and using her expertise and education in psychology, gives us recommendations on how to improve.