Helping Hands Staff
Board Member and Executive DirectorShannon often jokes that Helping Hands is now a part of her family’s DNA. As a young sixteen-year-old, she volunteered to help with her church youth group, setting up a new thrift store that the church missionaries were starting. As she began volunteering, she noticed that the founder’s (Vance) son was around a lot. It was not a surprise that her second date with her now husband Andrew, was running the cash register the night the Thrift Store opened.
Director of OperationsJeffrey Hager knows a little bit about many things…. Some of that knowledge is in retail management, some is in nonprofit management and some in facts that only are useful to him if he were on Jeopardy. He spent twenty plus years working for Sears in almost every department. He mixed paint, changed tires, assembled Christmas trees, managed divisions, operated stores and lead districts as a contract services manager. His experience in retail was noted by Toys “R” Us and he was hired away to lead stores. After his first trip to the impoverished villages in northern Guatemala there was a change in his path.
Development Program ManagerJill first began working for Helping Hands three years ago in the Clearview Home and Décor store. With the great customer service skills and expertise in fundraising and auctions, she quickly became part of the development team as our Development Officer. She brings experience and detail-oriented style, works on donor retention and runs all major events. This past March she traveled to Peru, which deepened her passion for the work being done through Amor en Acción. Along with her desire to help her community, she embodies Christ’s love through action. Jill has been married for 15 years to her husband John and they live in Snohomish with their three children, Ellie, Micah and Christian.
Business AdministratorJoy has been serving as Helping Hands Business Administrator for twelve years. After meeting founder, Vance Field at church, and hearing about the ministries, she jumped at the chance to come and work. She brought her knowledge and experience as a bookkeeper and office manager, and has been the heart of our offices for the past twelve years. Her compassionate heart along with her strong administrative skills, have kept things running smoothly especially during our times of transition. She truly is the keeper of all. When not working, she loves being with her family. She and her husband Mark have four grown children and welcomed their first grandchild in 2016.
Senior Advisor / Liaison to Amor en AcciónBorn to missionary parents, Andrew grew up in South America, living in Peru, and attending boarding school in Ecuador before moving to Washington State. It didn’t take long to meet and marry the love of his life, Shannon.
Amor en Acción Staff
César “Coco” Alván
Executive Director, Amor en Acción, PeruCoco has served as executive director of Amor en Acción since 2012. After retiring from a thriving career in the insurance industry, he applied his business expertise and experience toward serving the poor in his community. He is a longtime friend of Helping Hands and he and his wife Matilde were part of the Christian Mission Alliance in 1975 when Vance and Faith Field first moved to Trujillo. Coco has served on the Board of Directors of Amor en Acción since it was established in 1998. When Amor en Acción found itself in need of a new executive director, he offered to come out of retirement and serve. Because of his strong leadership skills, and his position in the community, he made it possible for Amor en Acción to transition into a truly Peruvian-run organization. He has a heart for those in need and works hard for those in his community who struggle with extreme poverty. He also recognizes the importance of early childhood education as a path out of poverty. He and Matilde both live in Trujillo and have two grown sons and two beautiful grandchildren.
Director of Projects, Amor en Acción, PeruEisleen serves as the Program Director of Amor en Acción. In 2001, she began attending the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church in Trujillo, Peru. Shortly after she began attending the church, she met Helping Hands’ founder Vance Field. He was in Trujillo helping the people living in the outskirts of her city. Eisleen knew it was a poor area, but after seeing firsthand alongside Pastor Vance, she felt God’s call on her life. She quit her job as a successful economist, sold her home, and moved to live in one of the poorest areas of Trujillo. She grew quickly into the role of Program Director and now oversees the development of all programs under Amor en Acción. She has a deep love for the community she serves and is often referred to as the Peruvian “Mother Teresa.”
Director of the Guesthouse, Amor en Acción, PeruMaría and her husband Antenor were part of the youth group when Vance and Faith Field first came to Trujillo in 1975. They both had their lives changed and were called to the ministry, because of the direct work of Vance and Faith. María was part of the first seminary class that was established in the mid 80’s. When Vance left the mission field in the early 90’s and began working in a different capacity, she was the first to step up and help. She ran all the office work, accounting and bookkeeping. As Amor en Acción grew so did her job. She is now the Director of Administration and oversees all things administrative. She is also the first point of contact for anyone wanting to come and serve in Trujillo. She runs the guest house and takes care of everyone who stays there. “We just love María” is frequently expressed feedback–so much so that the hashtag #ilovemaria was started. She was born in Trujillo, and married her high-school sweetheart Antenor, who now serves as the head pastor of a church in Trujillo. They have two grown children, Jonathan and Wendy. She and husband Dany have two teenage sons.
Board of Directors
President of the BoardRoz has deep roots in the Bothell area and she and her husband Craig love raising their 4 kids in this community. Roz is a pastor’s wife with a heart to bridge the gap between the church walls and her city. She energetically pursues partnerships between the two because she believes it’s best for all when the church works in partnership with, and as a blessing to, its community. Being a part of the Board of Helping Hands Ministries International is a perfect fit to see that vision realized. Roz graduated from Northwest University. She loves to read, travel, garden and talk for hours over an Americano with half an inch of steamed breve.
Board SecretaryA graduate of the University of Washington’s pioneering Environmental Health program David has served in both the public and private sectors. Following a colorful career that’s included pastoral leadership, investment brokerage and nonprofit executive leadership, he brings this mix of experience and his fluency in Spanish and consequent cultural understanding from many years working among the rural poor of Central America to his current role as Senior Philanthropy Advisor for Medical Teams International. The proud father of five, (and now a grandfather too!), he’s very happily married to Vicki, 38 years and counting!
Board MemberSee Shannon Field above.
Board MemberTonya comes to Helping Hands with a heart for volunteering and giving back to the community and around the world through numerous mission trips. Tonya raised her two sons in Snohomish, works in Lake Stevens and now resides in north Marysville with her husband Vince. You can find her just about anywhere being the “connector” to make change for the betterment of others. Becoming a board member for HHMI was an easy choice. She has traveled to Peru with the women’s group, saw the needs there and the positive changes and the love that is shared between two countries. Tonya is an outdoor enthusiast where you will find her gardening, hiking, biking, or running. She would love to take you out for a hike, just give her a call.
Jim Gunlock is Helping Hands Ministries International most recent board member.
Board TreasurerA graduate of Western Washington University, Dave began his professional career as a CPA in the audit department of an international public accounting firm. He then moved into the private sector where he spent fifteen years in the high-growth, Seattle startup, McCaw Cellular working in a variety of finance, accounting and mergers and acquisitions roles. He currently is the CFO of Staging & Design Networks and a co-owner of OnPR Public Relations. Dave has 4 children and one granddaughter. He and Margie, his wife of 25 years, currently live in Everett, Washington.
Rosario Arias de Carroll
Board MemberRosario brings her passion for community involvement to Helping Hands along with her years of experience serving on boards around the Puget Sound area. Born and raised in Lima, Peru, at age twenty she moved to the United States in search of a life free of conflicts. The Shining Path, a guerilla group, was making their way into the city after terrorizing and destroying many communities in the outskirts of Lima. Lives lost during these years have been always part of her memory. Rosario has been a successful business banker and has assisted many business owners with their financing needs. She lives in the Mill Creek, Washington area happily married to Terry, her husband of twenty years, and have three sons. Her passions include micro-financing in third-world countries and financial education. Rosario is bilingual and the 2014 SBA [Small Business Administration] Financial Services Champion of the year, a lifetime award for her many years of community involvement.