Hands of Hope currently has a staff of 2 living and working in the Dominican Republic.
Board of Directors
President of Christian Foundation for Community Development dba Hands of Hope
Vicki is a real estate broker and owns her own company, Elite Realty Services. She is married to Doug Van Essen, senior pastor at Crossroads Church in Madison, WI and has instilled her love and passion for the people in the Dominican Republic to the Crossroads family.
Vicki has been on short-term mission trips to the DR since 2001 and finds she leaves a piece of her heart there each time she returns to the States. She has infected many with a love for missions as her children were raised with serving the people of the DR as well as sponsoring children from the communities. In the years of serving with those in the DR, she has experienced the great joy of witnessing the children in the DR growing up and becoming servants to their communities and others in need.
Rick has been serving in the DR since 2000, when he went on his first mission trip with High Point Church, Madison, WI and Food for the Hungry. He returned each year as a member of his church's short-term teams community adoption period (2000-2010). He serves on the Global Missions Team at HPC.
Rick's wife, Casey, coordinates Child Sponsorship and has been on several short-term trips. They have sponsored children in the DR and over the years have watched them grow and progress in school. They cherish the opportunities they have been blessed with to develop personal relationships with the kids, their families, and many community and church members and leaders.
Chris has been involved in student ministry for more than twenty years, and has a passion for seeing young people come to know Christ and be in relationship with fellow believers. He is also a part of the comedy team "Hurt and Manley" and participates in conferences and youth retreats using comedy and drama skits to teach about the love of God. Chris loves to teach about life with Jesus to our youth, and desires to see students live out their faith and accomplish great things for the Lord. He and his wife, Shanda, have two children.
Master of Divinity, Liberty University, Virginia
Bachelor of Arts, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas
Angel (Jose) Almonte