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Leadership

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

Executive Team Staff Canada Board

Executive Team

Brad Hazlett

Brad Hazlett

President

Brad and his wife, Joyce, joined Partners in 2009. Prior to assuming the role of President, he was behind the scenes as Senior Vice President of Operations, leading Partners emergency relief responses and development projects in Southeast Asia & the Middle East. For most of their lives, Brad and Joyce 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 organisation which desires to go where there’s great need and where others won’t.

Claire Gibbons

Claire Gibbons

VP of Organisational Development

Claire Gibbons and her husband Doug (who leads program delivery in South East Asia) and their family have worked with refugees and internally displaced communities with Partners Relief & Development since 2009. Originally from New Zealand but now based in Northern Thailand, Claire spent time working in Government and Corporate IT project delivery before joining Partners as staff. She loves improving systems, spreadsheets, justice and strategic planning but her passion is for communities that have been impacted by war and oppression to be shown God’s love and walking alongside them in their times of great crisis and to help them have the skills and support they need to rebuild the lives with dignity.

Maureen Beighey

Maureen Beighey

VP of Finance

Maureen lives in Colorado and enjoys hiking, biking and time spent with her grandkids. Maureen visited Partners operation in Thailand in 2006. After being invited to join the Board of Directors a few months later she accepted the position of secretary/treasurer. In 2008, Partners opened their first office in California and Maureen helped organize financial and administrative processes. Over the next 10 years, Maureen held various titles and roles in the organization with financial management a central activity. She took a hiatus for 2 years to spend time with her grandchildren and returned in 2020 to continue working with Partners as the VP of Finance. Along with the time she has invested in Partners, Maureen has degrees in accounting and information technology making her uniquely qualified as a leader and member of Partners Executive Team.

Tressa Sylwester

Tressa Sylwester

VP of Human Resources

Tressa is at Partners because she wants to be part of an organization that provides essential assistance to those who often fall through the cracks and otherwise would have no hope. With advanced degrees in International Business, Southeast Asian History, and Global Diplomacy along with years of working with refugees, Tressa brings expertise and innovation to our team.

Staff

Greg Toews

Greg Toews

National Director

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.

Canada Board

Ernie Toews

Greg Toews

Ken Godard

Hailey Carnegie

Roland Plett