Leadership Team

 

Mark & Ramona Vaillancourt

Mark and Ramona Vaillancourt are missionaries from Melbourne, Florida. They have served full-time in Guatemala since 2011, and have been a part of the Casa Shalom leadership team since early 2013.  Mark serves at the orphanage's Supervisor of Maintenance, which means he's responsible for managing the crew that keeps Casa Shalom's electrical, plumbing, carpentry, lawn care, construction, roofing and more in working order! Ramona is responsible for managing all donations of food, clothing, shoes, hygiene supplies and more that the orphanage receives each week.

 

  

 Zoila Socorec Yol

Zoila Socorec Yol is Casa Shalom's Supervisor of Infrastructure. That means that she's in charge of overseeing the orphanage's day-to-day operations, including the kitchen and and children's homes.  Making sure the kitchen is stocked with food for all the children and staff is a big job, as is making sure the houses are in good order and stocked with the supplies all the house mothers need. Zoila also oversees Casa Shalom's administrative offices. Zoila is truly the backbone of daily life at Casa Shalom!

 


 Kelly Blanchard

Kelly Blanchard has an extensive background in sports and event marketing and management as well as church leadership and ministry. As former Tournament Manager for The Honda Classic, she was a leader on the team that moved the tournament into the forefront of PGA TOUR golf events and into international recognition and acclaim. As a church staff member in several capacities, most recently Director of Communications at Cross Community Church in Palm Beach Gardens, FL, Kelly has functioned in many roles of administration and leadership within ministry including teaching children’s, youth, and adult classes. Through Cross Community Church Kelly has led short term missions teams to Casa Shalom for several years and joined the Casa Shalom staff as Child Sponsorship Program Supervisor.

 

Rob & Melissa McGuffey

Rob and Melissa of Louisville, KY, arrived in Guatemala in September of 2017 to join with Casa Shalom as the new Team Host Coordinators.  Over the last 10 years, they've served as elders and various other leadership roles at Hope City Church.  They were married in 2007, and have two children, Evie (8) and Elliot (5).  For the past 5 years, Rob has led missions teams to Casa Shalom to work on building projects.  He has a background in business and construction and hopes to help teach some of those skills to the children. His work experience includes Account Management at Humana Ins., ran all of operations for a family business and self employment in home remodeling. Melissa has been a RN for hospitals, oncology treatment centers, and the Army Corps of Engineers.  She enjoys the pursuit of healthy living, is a nutrition coach and will help teach the children and House Parents some of these skills. She will also be assisting in the clinic and helping with the pharmacy and medications at Casa Shalom.  Moving their family to Guatemala was a big decision, but giving their children a chance to experience life outside of the US was a driving factor. The McGuffey's are thrilled to have this oppurtunity to respond to God's Call as they serve the orphans and teams at Casa Shalom. 

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Casa Shalom is blessed to have Jenny Smith as part of the leadership team. Originally from Grand Junction, Colorado, Jenny serves as Casa Shalom's Social Development Coordinator and oversees all tutoring, psychological counseling, and social work at the orphanage.  Jenny is also the coordinator of Casa Shalom's thriving sponsorship program. Jenny has served at Casa Shalom since 2012 and is known as "Tia JJ" to Casa Shalom's children who love her very much!

Mark and Ramona Vaillancourt are missionaries from Melbourne, Florida. They have served full-time in Guatemala since 2011, and have been a part of the Casa Shalom leadership team since early 2013.  Mark serves at the orphanage's Supervisor of Maintenance, which means he's responsible for managing the crew that keeps Casa Shalom's electrical, plumbing, carpentry, lawn care, construction, roofing and more in working order! Ramona is responsible for managing all donations of food, clothing, shoes, hygiene supplies and more that the orphanage receives each week.

Zoila Socorec Yol is Casa Shalom's Supervisor of Infrastructure. That means that she's in charge of overseeing the orphanage's day-to-day operations, including the kitchen and and children's homes.  Making sure the kitchen is stocked with food for all the children and staff is a big job, as is making sure the houses are in good order and stocked with the supplies all the house mothers need. Zoila also oversees Casa Shalom's administrative offices. Zoila is truly the backbone of daily life at Casa Shalom!

Ayriel Totten is one of Casa Shalom's two Missions Team Leaders. She grew up in Lansing, MI with her parents and three sisters. She loves animals, riding horses and drawing, and has recently taken up painting and photography.  She spent the last five and a half years in Lakeland, FL, nannying and participating in an intense discipleship program called Mission Florida, now known as Lead Institute. Her first missions trip was to Kenya, Africa, but soon after she found what really captured her heart, the children at Casa Shalom. She came to Guatemala three times before God called her to move there and be a part of what He is doing at Casa Shalom in 2014.  I am blessed beyond measure to be a part of this team and to be a part of the lives of these children of God. Along with photo and video work, Ayriel's primary responsibility is hosting the many missions teams that travel to Casa Shalom each work to serve the orphanage through various work and ministry projects.


Johnathan Hill moved from Cleveland, GA as assistant director of LEAD INstitute Georgia to Casa Shalom in July of 2014. He currently serves as one of our two Missions Team leaders while also leading the youth and children's ministry. John has a passion for Hispanic people and leadership training. John enjoys getting to spend time with the children, watching movies, playing soccer, and further challenging the students in their faith. Having one-on-one talks with the kids is one of his favorite ways to pass time!

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