Our Team

Our leaders have been passionately called to help deliver lasting hope against hunger around the world.

David Erickson


David is originally from Rochester, Minnesota. From 2005-2010 David served as COO of World Hope International, a relief and development organization working with the poor in 23 countries. Prior to this, David served for 20 years as President & Co-Founder of Samaritan Inns, Inc., an award-winning community and faith-based organization providing alternative treatment, housing, and support services to formerly homeless men and women in recovery from drug and alcohol abuse.

In 2001, David was named an Ashoka Fellow for social innovation and entrepreneurship. In 1999 he was recognized by The Meyer Foundation as “one of the region’s most visionary nonprofit leaders for the 21st century.” Previously he launched the economic and demographic forecasting firm Woods & Poole Economics and served as Economic & Policy Analyst at the U.S. EPA. David holds a Master of Public Policy degree from Harvard University and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota-Morris.

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  • Abbie West

    ICT Administrative Assistant

    Abbigail is originally from Central Georgia and has recently moved to the SWFL area. She is currently pursuing her certification in Biblical Counseling, as well as a BA in Education. Abbigail is passionate about serving others, music, landscape photography, and enjoys traveling the country with her family.

  • Abigail Jackson

    Volunteer Coordinator

    Abigail is a native of Fort Myers and first started volunteering at ECHO when she was in middle school, helping to feed the delegates at ECHO’s annual International Agriculture Conference. She is a professional pianist and graduated in 2019 from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition with her holistic health coach certification.

  • Andy Cotarelo

    Global Farm Manager

    Andy Cotarelo has been with ECHO since 2006 when he was an ECHO Intern. Andy has a BS in Biology. His background includes teaching High School science both domestically and abroad for 6 years. His overseas passion is focused in Senegal and his experience is growing as he manages the many aspects of ECHO’s Global Farm.

  • Charles Thibodeau

    Retail Nursery Coordinator

    A native Floridian and hobbyist gardener with a background in health science, Charlie was attracted to ECHO for their commitment to developing sustainable agricultural practices in poverty-stricken areas of the world.  He is a firm believer that optimal health begins with what you eat, thus the importance of having a reliable and nutritious food source.

  • Danielle Flood

    PR and Communications Manager

    Danielle came to ECHO in December 2007 after serving as a missionary in Niger, West Africa for two years. She has a degree in Spanish and enjoys learning languages and cultures, kayaking, picnicking and basically anything outdoors. She and her husband look at ECHO as an opportunity to serve the missionary community and want to be faithful to serve God wherever he plants them.

  • Dr. Tim Motis

    Agricultural Resourcing and Research Director

    Tim Motis grew up in Ethiopia and Liberia and served as an agriculturalist in Ethiopia for two years before earning his Ph.D. in Horticulture at the University of Florida. He has been on staff with ECHO since 2003. Currently, he oversees ECHO’s Agricultural Resourcing and Research Department. His team produces informational and plant resources, responds to ag-related inquiries from our global network, coordinates research activities, and maintains a library of resources pertaining to tropical agriculture.

  • Elliott Toevs

    Appropriate Technology Manager

    Elliott was born and raised in Idaho. His passion for agriculture began at an early age as he was actively involved in the family farm and in his parents’ irrigation and implement business. He earned his B.S. in Agriculture Systems Management and M.S. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Idaho, where he also met his wife Alexa. After interning at ECHO from 2011 to 2012, God called them to the Peruvian Amazon to serve alongside the indigenous church. Elliott rejoined ECHO as an Appropriate Technology Manager in February 2017. He enjoys traveling, outdoor recreation, and spending time with friends and family, especially his wife and children.

  • Glenn Hornbuckle


    Glenn Hornbuckle holds a B.A. in English from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a concentration in technical communication. A native of rural Northeast Alabama, Glenn moved to Southwest Florida in 2009. Glenn’s role allows him to use the administrative and customer service skills he has developed in the for-profit world to help effect meaningful, lasting change in the lives of the people groups ECHO serves. Glenn has been married to the love of his life, Iris, for 19 years. Together they have a 12-year-old son, Brett, and are currently fostering a four-month-old baby boy.

  • Holly Sobetski

    Seed Bank Manager

    Holly grew up in Omaha, Nebraska and a love for gardening grew in her as she worked with her mother in the backyard. She went on to get a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Missions from Lubbock Christian University. She was an ECHO intern (Lowlands/Seed Bank) from 2005 – 2006 and served as the Assistant Seed Bank Manager for a month following her internship. From 2007 – 2012 Holly worked in Cambodia teaching sustainable agriculture and basic nutrition to students, as well as working with CAMA Services to run a moringa business. She joined ECHO as the Seed Bank Manager in 2013 and spends her time managing the storage, regeneration, and distribution of seeds, as well as training interns and visitors about seed saving.

  • Jayne Forbes

    Finance Manager

    Jayne is originally from Virginia Beach, VA and has a BS in Business Administration, Accounting, from Old Dominion University. She has a background in finance/accounting, project management, and financial systems implementation and support in both large public companies as well as small private organizations. In addition to over 30 years in the corporate world, she served as a volunteer staff CFO with ORPHANetwork for 8 years and has been an active volunteer at church and with various non-profits.

  • Jhon Ayazo

    Physical Plant Supervisor

    Jhon joined Echo in 2012 after spending 20 years in construction and landscape maintenance. Jhon came from Columbia in 1998 and enjoys spending time with his wife, Sandra and family. Jhon has recently become a grandfather and he and Sandra enjoy helping with their new granddaughter. Jhon is the leader of the Hispanic Ministry at his church and serves on the church board.

  • Kristen Musko

    Executive Administrative Assistant

    Kristen is from Ohio and received her BA in Psychology and Sociology from Bowling Green State University. She has a background in social work, business administration, small group leadership, and worship ministry. In Ohio, Kristen operated a property management business, homeschooled her two boys and served as a vocalist/ worship leader at her local church. Kristen, her husband Garrett, and her two boys moved to Florida in 2015 and have watched God rebuild their lives in a new community. Prior to joining ECHO, Kristen filled the dual role of Executive Assistant and HR Project Manager at Living Waters Church.

  • Luke Little

    Tree Specialist

    Luke graduated from Union University with a B.S. in Conservation Biology. He grew up in Guinea where his parents were missionaries. Luke has worked on a dairy farm in Michigan, at a University of Tennessee research station, and studied in Turkey while in college. Luke is an ISA Certified arborist and former ECHO Intern.

  • Melissa Hall

    Propagation Manager

    Melissa grew up in Bloomington, Minnesota and attended Iowa State University where she studied Global Resource Systems and Environmental Science. During her studies, she spent two summers in Uganda with the Iowa State Uganda Program. While in Uganda, Melissa worked with the school garden programs, and irrigation and agroforestry systems. She also helped conduct a water quality and accessibility study in the nearby communities. After graduating, Melissa became ECHO’s Lowlands and Propagation intern (intern #230). Melissa moved back to Minnesota upon the completion of her internship and worked on a permaculture pizza farm. Most recently, she ran a small business where she provided garden installations, consults, maintenance, and gardening classes.

  • Nate Flood

    ICT Manager

    Nate Flood is from suburban Detroit and is a graduate of Cedarville University. With a background in broadcast management and production, he came to ECHO after 10 years with WAY MEDIA, where he first served as Director of Marketing, and later as the Director of Operations for the Southwest Florida market. Nate specializes in software development with an emphasis on real-time systems integration but is also truly passionate about the outdoors.

  • Noah Coleman

    Intern Manager

    Noah grew up as a missionary kid in Cameroon. He holds a Masters in International Agriculture Development from UC Davis and a B.A. double major in Agriculture and Natural Resources and French from Berea College. Noah has traveled to France, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, Guinea, Myanmar, and Kenya. Before coming to ECHO, Noah worked as the Organic Horticultural Production and CSA Assistant at the Student Farm at UC Davis.

  • Rachel Carlucci

    Retail Manager

    Rachel is a fourth-generation Floridian. She has a background working with kids in previous jobs such as Children Pastor’s Administrative/Classroom Assistant and as an Assistant Teacher at a preschool.  She loves to learn and ECHO provides many opportunities. She also loves music, reading, and photography.

  • Russ Luther

    Tour Coordinator

    After college and seminary, Russ and his family served as missionaries in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. After their time in Africa, they were called to church ministry back in America. It was during that time Russ heard about ECHO. Aware of the needs of small scale farmers in difficult climates, when he read ECHO’s Vision: Honoring God Through Sustainable Hunger Solutions, Russ gladly accepted to move to Florida and join our staff.

  • Stacy Swartz

    Informational Resourcing Associate

    Stacy is from Pittsburgh and graduated from Boston College in 2013 with a major in Biology and a minor in International Studies. During undergraduate studies, she researched Switchgrass as a biofuel and the tri-trophic interactions among Monarch caterpillars, Mycorrhizal Fungi, and Milkweed. Stacy was an ECHO intern in 2014. She has traveled to Uganda, Rwanda, Ghana, and Burkina Faso for various short-term endeavors and has spent time as an agricultural consultant in Tanzania. She received her MS in Agronomy (Agroecology Concentration) from The University of Florida in 2020 where she researched tropical green manure cover crop mixtures. As an adjunct professor at Dallas International University, Stacy helps facilitate graduate-level agricultural courses offered by ECHO.

  • Steve Snyder

    ICT Specialist

    Steve grew up on small farms owned by his parents and grandparents in NW Pennsylvania with little exposure to a worldview of agriculture or missions. While attending Penn State (where he met his wife, Marcy), Steve was exposed to a broader view of agriculture through his studies in Ag Economics and to Ag missions by his Mennonite fraternity brothers who took him to meetings at the local Alliance church. Steve and Marcy married in 1973 and have 2 children and 2 grandsons. Steve was employed 40 years by the PA Farm Bureau as IT Director. Looking back, Steve sees God’s fingerprints across the decades, preparing him for this new season of contributing with his Ag and IT background to the work of ECHO.

  • Tia Borstelman

    Learning Designer

    Tia, a native of Florida, attended the University of Florida and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. Upon graduation, she taught in the public school system for 14 years. In 2019, she earned her Master’s Degree in Instructional Design from Western Governor’s University and made it a goal to move into designing curriculum in the private sector. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, especially her husband and two sons.

  • Tim Albright

    Chief Operations Officer

    Tim joined the ECHO staff in August of 2009. He graduated from Nyack College with a BS in Missions and also met his wife, Ruth, there. He earned a Master’s degree from Columbia International University. Tim, a missionary kid from Mali, worked for 23 years in community development. Based in Burkina Faso, he served as a regional consultant for CAMA Services in health, education, micro-enterprise, and food security.