Leadership

Meet the team who are working to make our vision of free, full lives for children affected by conflict and oppression a reality.

Steve Gumaer

Founder and President

Steve loves life. He likes to run, climb, paddle, and read. He loves people and for the past 20 years, that passion has resulted in a team dedicated to bringing freedom and fullness to the children affected by conflict and oppression. When Steve is not on the road speaking at meetings, he can be found with his team or behind the keyboard contributing to the conversations required to achieve his ambitious goals. He and his wife Oddny work closely to help build a connected community who aspire to loving God with a whole heart, and proving that love on the battlefield where our youngest “neighbors" are found.

Oddny Gumaer

Founder

Oddny Gumaer is a writer, graphic designer, and runner. Her books and speeches have moved many people to engage with the people of Myanmar/Burma and refocus on the big issues of our day rather than the trivialities that often consume us. Her primary role is working in advocacy, getting the information out about the victims of war through writing, meeting politicians and policy makers, and speaking at Human Rights Meetings. She also plays an important role in Partners Norway's work.

Joy Dyer

Australia

Joy moved to Melbourne in 2013 after living for almost 3 years in Yangon, Myanmar and 9 years in the Solomon Islands. During those 12 years Joy and her husband Colin were involved in community development, with Joy specialising in health promotion. While overseas she studied as an external student and obtained a Bachelors Degree in Health Promotion and a Graduate Certificate in International Public Health. Joy and Colin have 3 adult children and 1 grandchild.

Greg Toews

Canada

Greg has been with Partners since 2001 and is a founding member of Partners Canada. He is currently living in Canada in Calgary, Alberta. He is the director of Partners Canada and served in Thailand from 2001 till 2008 in various Karen and Karenni programs. Back home now he enjoys playing ice hockey, skiing and playing in the mountains nearby as often as possible.