Jon Thompson, Regional Director San Juan del Sur
Jon Thompson graduated from Centre College in 1997, first came to Nicaragua in 1998 and returned every year until early 2005, when he and his Nicaraguan wife moved to live in San Juan del Sur full time. In 2002 Jon obtained his Masters of Social Work and Community Development. He went straight to work for United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta, where he created and managed asset development programs. Jon is currently the Executive Director of Fundacion A. Jean Brugger, as well as Co-Director of Comunidad Connect.
Darrell Bushnell, Regional Director of Granada
Darrell Bushnell has in-depth knowledge of civil society initiatives and organizations in Granada, making him the ideal point of reference for Community REfund in Granada.
Ben Patterson, Savings Start Instructor
Ben Patterson graduated from North Carolina State University with a degree in Business Administration. He came to Nicaragua in May 2005 as a Peace Corps Volunteer. His main assignment was to give a business course to high school juniors and seniors. During Ben's two and a half years as a volunteer over fifty student businesses were started. He also trained 3 local teachers on how to give the course. Ben is now teaching a business course through the Savings Start program of Community REfund.
Community REfund Alumni
Roman Yavich attended the University of Colorado in Boulder. After graduating, Roman received the Fulbright grant to research the sustainability of tourism development in Nicaragua. This research project started in October 2006 and during his time in Nicaragua Roman joined Comunidad Connect and the Community REfund initiative.
Alejandra was born in Costa Rica but has lived in Managua all her life. She has a degree in Economics and before joining Community REfund she worked as a member of a project for economic development in IPADE (Institute for Democracy and Development), sponsored by the United Nations.
Brooke Rundle has been an active supporter of Community REfund projects from the outset. She fell in love with Nicaragua on her first visit and has run clinics and distributed supplies to local schools within the community ever since. She currently works as a sales associate with Coldwell Banker Nicaragua real estate.
Andy Herm has been instrumental in the development of Community ReFund's first website as well as the San Juan Del Sur Recycling Project website.
Sarah moved to Nicaragua with her husband, Justin, and dog, Cooper, in January 2008 and has developed initiatives to support the connection between Community REfund and the real estate community.
Prior to moving full-time to Nicaragua five years ago and getting involved with the work of Community REfund, Claudia worked in London on the development of social and ethical accounting methodologies. She was also involved in the establishment of the Institute of Social and Ethical AccountAbility. She writes regularly on the state of the real estate market in Nicaragua and elsewhere in Central America.