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.
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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 has traveled to Guatemala twice in partnership with a missions organization and has been involved with several Fresno based nonprofits. Both of these experiences have been instrumental in cultivating her passion for sustainable and holistic organizations.
Before joining the WAVS team in 2020, she worked at Baird Middle School as an English intervention teacher and at Break the Barriers as a swim instructor.
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.
Carolina was born and raised in Brazil, where she went to University of Sao Paulo and got a BA in Languages.
Before joining WAVS, she has worked as an Academic Coordinator in Brazil and as an English teacher in Mexico and Iraq, where she constantly redesigned curricula in order to adapt materials to the classroom contexts and students’ needs.
She has been willing to make a career change towards activities that have a deeper meaning and a humanitarian purpose. She’s passionate about the idea of changing the world through education and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Globalization in Education, with a teacher licensure for the US. She also loves her cat and brings him everywhere she travels to.