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.
To see the WAVS School staff in Guinea-Bissau go here.
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.
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.
Since a very young age Adriaan has been passionate about making a difference in the lives of underprivileged individuals as well as poverty stricken communities. He believes every human being has the right to basic necessities and therefore serving in love and good will has been his goal over the years in whatever way or form it presents itself.
Being part of a low cost housing project for Jimmy Carter in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa – Habitat for Humanity’s vision catapulted Adriaan into living an extraordinary lifestyle. He spent two years in Zimbabwe on a construction project accommodating and hosting international missionary teams whilst providing aid to local orphanages, rural churches and prisons. Adriaan serves as part of a global emergency response team for Samaritans Purse serving victims of war, poverty, famine, disease and natural disaster. Through Samaritans Purse, he deployed to the Hurricane Dorian response in 2019.
Over the years Adriaan and his wife Joscelin have also been a foster family – looking after newborn babies giving them a loving home until permanently placed. Various trade skills experience allowed Adriaan to start his own construction business in 2020. He managed projects for hospitals, residential homes and industrial warehousing while providing a service where they aid the elderly with everyday needs.
“Joining WAVS and being part of a vision that will impact so many lives is an absolute privilege. I am excited to see what the future holds.”
Laura was born and raised in Fresno, California and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and a certificate in ESL Linguistics from CSU Fresno. She also accidentally received a certificate in community change and social justice, but that’s a story for another time.
Laura traveled to Guatemala twice in partnership with a missions organization and has been involved with several Fresno based nonprofits. These experiences were instrumental in cultivating her passion for sustainable and holistic organizations.
Laura spent the first two and a half years with WAVS at the Fresno office helping with events, marketing, and donor relations. After a visit to the WAVS schools in 2022, Laura realized her desire to work hand-in-hand with the school staff and students. This led to her becoming the Program Director for WAVS in early 2023. She now spends 5-6 months in Guinea-Bissau each year working with local staff and collecting student and graduate stories to share with donors and partners.