Meet the team who are working to make our vision of free, full lives for children affected by conflict and oppression a reality.
Founder and President
Steve, along with his wife Oddny, founded Partners Relief & Development in 1994 and serves the international organization as President. He also continues to be involved in operations in the United States and is currently a Board Director. You can read more about our founders here.
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.
National Director, 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.
National Director, 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.