The WAVS team is made up of passionate individuals on two different continents working together to equip young men and women with life changing-job skills.
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Chris traveled to Guinea-Bissau in February 2008 and saw first-hand how the WAVS School is transforming the community of Canchungo by giving students the job skills they need to provide for their families. In December 2010, he became the first full-time executive director of WAVS and has helped the organization expand its influence and pursue its vision.
Prior to joining WAVS, Chris was a journalist in Fresno, California, for five years and received several national and regional awards for investigative reporting. He spent six weeks covering the war in Iraq in late summer 2007 for McClatchy Newspapers.
Chris was born in Boston, grew up near Seattle and graduated from Whitworth University in Spokane in 2005 with bachelor’s degrees in journalism and political studies.
Victoria was born and raised in Fresno, California and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Corporate Communication from Trinity Western University in British Columbia, Canada.
Before joining the WAVS team, Victoria served as the Marketing and Project Manager at Family Leadership Inc. where she helped launch two online courses and develop marketing materials for the organization.
Desiring to pursue a career in a gospel-centered organization, Victoria joined the WAVS team as the Administration and Accounting Associate. She is driven by her passion to help people and enjoys traveling with friends and family.
Crystal later served as the Event Manager for The Grand 1401, a historic building in downtown Fresno. Crystal next worked as the Marketing Manager at STAR Fine Foods and helped build the company’s social media presence, expand its existing product lines, and manage its media campaigns.
In the meantime, Crystal also volunteered with WAVS to coordinate the décor at its annual dinner banquets in Fresno. In 2017, she joined WAVS as its Director of Marketing and Events. Crystal has always been impressed with how WAVS focuses on gospel-centered and long-term development in Guinea-Bissau and its drive to build relationships with the students and community while empowering them to rise out of poverty through vocational training.
Donor Relations & Administrative Associate
Laura was born and raised in Fresno, California and is currently attending Fresno State University where she is pursuing a degree in Communication with a minor in Spanish and Linguistics. She also accidentally received a certificate in community change and social justice, but that’s a story for another time.
Laura has spent time serving the people of Guatemala as well as participating in several Fresno based mission trips. Both of these experiences have been instrumental in leading her to pursue experience in non profit management.
Before joining the WAVS team, she worked at Baird Middle School as an English intervention tutor and at Break the Barriers as a swim instructor.
Nick was born in Selma, California and now resides in Clovis, California. He is currently finishing up his last semester at Fresno State University where he is earning a degree in Business Administration with the emphasis in Management.
For the past four years, Nick has been working at Save Mart Supermarkets where he is committed to learning the ins and outs of the business by working in multiple departments within the store.
Nick has also spent time volunteering with Central California Food Bank and Care Fresno. Through those experiences, Nick has learned the importance of the non-profit sector, and how it has a positive impact on people’s lives. He is excited about his internship with WAVS because he gets to be a part of something bigger than himself. By the end of the internship, he is hoping to learn new skills and get a better understanding of the hard work it takes to run a non-profit organization.
WAVS STAFF IN GUINEA-BISSAU
Sloan joined the WAVS team as Country Director in October 2019, bringing with her years of experience working in humanitarian aid and international development. Before joining the team, Sloan worked with several NGOs in Greece, primarily serving as a coordinator for various projects to provide long-term support to refugees, including welcoming and integrating them into Greek communities.
A native of Ohio, Sloan holds her Bachelor’s in Sports Management from Wittenberg University and her Master’s Degree in International Peace & Conflict Resolution from Arcadia University, where she focused on security management and emergency response.
Sloan is passionate about supporting others in pursuing their goals and identifying ways to strengthen programs. She spends most of her time living and working with the WAVS staff in Guinea-Bissau.
Michael joined the WAVS team in February 2021.
Born and raised in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, in the North East of England, Michael obtained a Bachelor’s in Furniture & Product Design, before going on to complete a Master’s in Multidisciplinary Design Innovation, at Northumbria University.
For the past seven years Michael has worked in various Shelter and Construction Management related roles for Samaritan’s Purse, in partnership with UNHCR, USAID, OFDA, and WFP, in several countries including Haiti, Vanuatu, Greece, and Iraq.
Before transitioning into the International Disaster Relief world, Michael worked as a Product Designer in Hong Kong, later returning to the UK to set up and run his own business designing and making furniture and homewares.
Michael is driven by a passion to help make a positive difference in the lives of others, using creativity, innovation, and humor, to connect people with their true potential.