Before joining 1MISSION, Erin worked in the mortgage industry for over a decade in a variety of roles, helping people finance their homes. So when two of her friends invited her to volunteer at a 1MISSION event to provide houses for families in poverty, she was hooked. A natural party planner, Erin’s craftiness is instrumental in bringing our events together and making them a blast for everyone involved. Erin is an Arizona native and is married with two kids. Oh, and she was switched at birth. Ask her about it sometime!
Kristen is a Valley native who attended Arizona State University and has worked as a journalist, meteorologist, and political spokesperson. A natural connector, Kristen energetically advocated for 1MISSION long before joining the team. KK, as she is known by friends, is huge baseball fan and loves watching sports and playing outside with her dog, Ace. That is, when she's not geeking out over anything zombie related.
Tim grew up in Guatemala as a dual citizen before moving with his family to the United States during high school. After studying communication and journalism as an undergrad, he earned a master's degree in international development and worked in communication and media relations roles at World Vision for three years. When he isn't writing, you can find him reading books, listening to Bob Dylan records, or playing in the men's softball league in Tempe, Arizona.
Sydney is passionate about brainstorming creative ways to raise awareness about 1MISSION in order to build more houses for families in poverty. While studying Visual Communication at Arizona State University, she started her own design firm where she worked with various Phoenix-based nonprofits and small businesses. A self-described aficionado of all things crafty, Sydney is currently learning to hand-carve stamps between various DIY home improvement projects. She enjoys exploring new places by kayak, bike, and her mom car – The Fo-Fo, and would rather be watching Iron Chef than any other TV show. 'Allez cuisine!'
Going back to the days when Steve was a youth pastor in northern California, he and his wife Tammy have loved taking their sons with them on mission trips. So when the Doerksens were introduced to 1MISSION in 2012 they were all in, recognizing an opportunity to involve the church Steve pastors in Buckeye, Arizona, in a meaningful mission project along with his whole family, with ages ranging from 6 to 70. After multiple house build trips, Steve – who is an experienced church planter – was hired by 1MISSION to help develop a strategy aimed at launching a church planting movement in the Rocky Point barrio and then to serve as the coach, guiding the strategy development.
After moving to Arizona from Texas, Natalie discovered her passion for missions. Graduating with a degree in Global Health from Arizona State University, she couldn’t be more excited that she now gets to spend time getting others involved and helping them find their role in missions. Not only does she love to travel and do life with others, but Natalie and her husband also have a goal of kayaking on every continent. Two down, five to go!
When Merle first convinced her husband, Greg, to take their three kids on a mission trip to Mexico 8 years ago – chances are, neither of them had any idea where it would lead! It is the friendships she has formed with the families and children on her many trips to Mexico that are her biggest inspiration. You’ll meet her in your “in-box” where she’ll help you with the administrative details of your trip; and then you’ll meet her again in Mexico, (where she’ll mysteriously turn into Mirla) and where she will help you with anything from mixing cement to replacing your forgotten towel!
Edric is originally from Sonora, Mexico. He dominated his education, graduating with a degree in industrial engineering, a minor in finance, and an MBA from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education in Monterrey, Mexico. He's held finance positions in both public and private sectors. All of this amazing experience makes him the perfect fit as Finance Director. In his free time, he enjoys travel and art like a true classy gentleman.
When you meet Nate for the first time, you will literally think you have been friends for 10 years. After graduating from Arizona State and then Phoenix Seminary with a Masters in Biblical Studies, Nate spent 7 years in the Czech Republic, where he was a youth camp coordinator. He uses his years of field experience, as well as his love for making a difference in people’s lives, to engage people in our mission. When he’s not traveling around meeting with churches and new people, you can catch Nate at any sporting event. He’ll be the one having in-depth conversation with total strangers.
Although born and raised in Phoenix, Katie graduated college in Kansas and came to us from L.A., where she orchestrated events in a group home facility for pregnant and parenting teens. A super planner since birth, she’s the logistical genius behind all of our major events. When she’s not on the phone or checking out venues, you’ll find her running, hiking, or doing something crafty. Fun fact: Katie LOVES exclamation points!!!
Growing up in the barrios of Hermosillo in Sonora, Mexico, Pedro knows what it’s like to live without much hope. After attending the University of Sonora, he made it his life mission to spread a message of individual dignity and belonging among the world’s impoverished. After 10+ years of leadership in Hispanic churches throughout California, Arizona, and Mexico, he now helps his community in Puerto Penasco identify problems and the assets they have to implement solutions.
For most of his career, Greg worked in the private sector in oil drilling and geomatic engineering. He led one of the first groups that traveled to Puerto Penasco to build a house with 1MISSION; he’s never looked back. Since then, he’s been using his logistical expertise to coordinate the thousands of people that travel to Mexico every year to build homes. He knows his way around the office, but you’ll most likely find him taking care of business from a taco stand in Mexico. Originally from Alberta, Canada, Greg has been an honorary Phoenix native for more than 10 years.
After years of volunteering in Mexico - building dozens of houses, Jason was compelled to do more. In 2008, he left his career as a professional firefighter and founded 1MISSION with a vision of empowering families and communities to lift themselves out of poverty. With a background as wide-ranging as his talents, he leads the overall vision and operations of 1MISSION. Read his full story and find him @_jasonlaw.