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.
Founder and International Director of Creative Ventures
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.
Senior VP of Operations
Brad leads our Operations team in Thailand and the Middle East. He and his wife, Joyce, joined Partners in 2009. For most of their lives they have lived in Southeast Asia where they spent their childhood in Indonesia and returned later with Mission Aviation Fellowship for 23 years as a pilot couple. It was while he served in Thailand as MAF’s Asia Regional Director that he was first introduced to Partners Relief & Development. What first struck him most about Partners work hasn’t changed; an organization which desires to go where there’s great need and where others won’t. Brad feels at his best when he’s out on a relief mission. And if you don’t find him there or the Chiang Mai office, you might find him racing on a dirt bike through the wooded mountains of Northern Thailand.
VP of Strategic Engagement
Jennifer and her husband Tony live with their six children and two dogs in a farmhouse on five acres in Michigan, which adds up to a very full life. Engaging friends in taking Jesus seriously when he told us to love others like we love ourselves is what drives her; living that out is what challenges her. Jenn loves to swim in Lake Michigan in summer, ski through the woods in winter, and cook for whoever is in her kitchen.
John F. Hendershot
VP of Finance
John F. Hendershot is a servant, husband, father, and former businessperson. B.A. in Public History from Western Michigan University, and an M.B.A. and M.S. in Management both from Cornerstone University. John and his wife Rachel (social worker with Bethany Christian Services) reside in Holland, MI and have three children, Courtland 19 is a sophomore at Cedarville University, Alivia 8 will be going into third grade and Reagan 6 will be entering kindergarten. The Hendershot’s serve and are members of Central Wesleyan Church in Holland, MI.
VP of Marketing and Communications
Dave is from Australia and has been with Partners since 2007. His interest in media and communications grew out of a desire to share the stories of young refugees he met while visiting the Thai-Myanmar border in 2003. Dave is passionate about communicating the transformative impact Partners supporters have when they invest in the lives of children affected by war and oppression. He is married to the beautiful Christanie and they recently welcomed their first child Micah.
VP of Administration
Maureen has a passion to bring foundational principles and management expertise to Non profit organizations so they can focus on their vision and mission. She loves being a "nana" to her little sweetheart Tegan and when she has free time to spare, she loves hiking in the woods where she finds the silence captivating.
Chris is the Associate General Counsel at Azusa Pacific University near Los Angeles, California, where he manages the university’s litigation and teaches in the pre-law program on the side. Prior to joining APU in 2011, he practiced law at a large law firm in Los Angeles. Chris is a graduate of Boston University (J.D.) and APU (B.A.). Chris joined Partner’s board in June 2015 and served also from 2010 to 2013. He's dedicated to Partner’s vision of helping oppressed children find freedom and fullness of life, and has a desire to set out long-term strategies to help Partners fulfil that vision. He lives in Pasadena, California with his wife, Sara, their three children, and Taco (the family beagle). He likes reading, writing, and baseball.
Mikki grew up in the McCall, ID as a pastor’s kid where she learned a love for both the outdoors and the ministry. She’s been married to her high school sweetheart, Terry Bateman, since 1998 and they have traveled across several states during his medical military career. They settled in Fairbanks, Alaska in 2009 along with their three kids, Macy, Carter, and Owen. Mikki has served in Women’s Ministry for 15 years and has a deep passion for teaching the word and helping people connect their “theology with their reality”. She holds a degree in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Alaska and enjoys studying human behavior along side Biblical truth. Mikki is currently serving as the executive pastor of The Landing Church in Fairbanks. She loves being with her family, especially outside enjoying the amazing state of Alaska!
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.
Tracey, now a Realtor with Keller Williams, brings her previous experience and knowledge having served in regional operations and HR for a large US accounting firm as well as with an enterprising private US educational organization, for over a decade. Having chaired and served on numerous boards, earned a graduate degree in education, and been recognized for excellence in virtually all of her professional experience, she brings capacity that enables Partners Relief & Development to expand operations and further develop the organization's structure and procedures. Along with her husband Darren, she has tirelessly advocated for oppressed children and has followed the work of PRAD since it started in 1994.