Staff Elizabeth WelshAnchorage StaffAdministratorLearn moreCarla MontenegroGuatemala StaffPrograms DirectorLearn moreDavid GonzalezSan Pedro La Laguna StaffPrograms Director AssistantLearn more Directors Anchorage-based Pat HadleyPresidentLearn moreJoe LoMonacoFounderLearn moreKelly LesemanExecutive DirectorLearn moreMax BolinLearn moreKirsten McDanielSecretary/TreasurerLearn moreKeith ReedVice-PresidentLearn more Elizabeth Welsh Administrator My last visit to Guatemala was in 2010 when my husband and I led a mission team of young adults from our church to Guatemala, though we never made it to San Pedro because the volcano erupted, and earthquakes mixed with a huge storm washed out the road. We spent that week in Guatemala City cleaning ash from the volcano and serving in the garbage dump. It was definitely my most memorable trip! My heart ached to be so close to San Pedro and not get to see my sponsor child. But on our last day, to my surprise and delight, they were able to bring my sponsor child to the hotel in Guatemala City! I was overjoyed to get to hug her and spend precious time with her. I love that Proyecto Fe builds relationships through our sponsorship program. Currently I am the Ministry Coordinator for Proyecto Fe, and I am excited to be a part of this ministry again. In addition, I am in school as an apprentice midwife. Midwifery is a calling, and ever since my children were born, I have wanted to be a midwife. God designed childbirth and it is a privilege to witness and guard that miracle of life again and again. I have often dreamed about delivering babies in San Pedro one day! Carla Montenegro Programs Director I was born in Guatemala City. I went to church since early age and gave my life to Jesus at age 8. At 9 years old I knew from the Lord I had a call to missions. I grew up reading about missionaries traveling overseas and started serving in church from an early age. I was trained in ministry and preaching since youth by my parents with whom I traveled all around Guatemala, to the US and Canada doing ministry. After High School, I went to Bible School, then studied Translation and Interpretation. In my twenties, I served as an interim youth pastor in a church in Waynesboro, Virginia. Upon my return, I enrolled at the School of Theology where I met my husband, Bernardo. We were introduced to each other by a mutual friend. While at college, we developed a friendship that later evolved into a dating relationship and engagement. Shortly after the engagement, we received a call to serve in Spain planting a church, which was an answer from the Lord to our prayers for a whole year up until then. We had been praying for an opportunity to serve Him in missions. A couple of months after our beautiful wedding in November 2004, we moved to Colombia for missionstraining. Then, we lived in Singapore for 6 months where we were further trained at the Asian Training Center for Evangelism and Missions. In September 2005, we arrived in Barcelona, where we celebrated our first wedding anniversary a couple of months later. While in Barcelona, my husband serve as the pastor and I was in charge of the administration side of the church and the kids Sunday School program. Our three sons were born in the mission field. Daniel in 2007, Joaquín in 2009, and Roberto in 2011. We lived in Singapore once again for a short while when Daniel and Joaquin were toddlers as part of Bernardo’s pastoral training. After the church was officially signed and established as a church in Spain, a process that takes several years, the Lord started directing us to move back to Guatemala. In June 2014, almost 10 years after leaving Guatemala, we moved back. For a few years since we came back to Guatemala in 2014, we worn many hats, working secular jobs and serving at our church, but the longing and desire to go back to ministry full time is engraved in our hearts. It is what we do. It is our calling. We started praying, asking the Lord for direction about going onto the mission field again, initially thinking the Lord was going to send us back to Europe. But the Lord had other plans in store and Proyecto Fe called offering Bernardo, and later, both of us, an opportunity to serve with them. A month later, in November 2018, we were all packed up and moving to San Pedro La Laguna. For 5 years we worked together in San Pedro, serving the community and in the different programs Proyecto Fe runs. It has been a blessing to be in San Pedro. Our boys have grown so much since we arrived, as they are also growing to understand God’s purpose in our lives. As of 2024, I have been assigned as the Program Director for Proyecto Fe Guatemala. I am grateful for the opportunity of being part of God’s plan for the organization and the growth it can continue having as we continue ministering to those in spiritual and financial need. Our family loves Proyecto Fe, we have been so blessed by the multiple friendships in Anchorage and San Pedro that we have developed through the years. David Gonzalez Programs Director Assistant My name is David Gonzalez. I was born on February 22, 1989 in San Pedro La Laguna, Sololá, Guatemala. I am a Physical Education Teacher. I have worked in the Municipality as well as in Schools as a Teacher and Sports Coach. I have a Middle School Teacher certificate in Psychology and a Middle School Teacher certificate in Sports and Physical Recreation. I also have a Diploma in Children's Ministry. All my life, I have worked with children and young people. I have been with the Mountain Ministry since 2015, and at church I serve as the coordinator of the Bethel Church missions department in which we visit, support, advise and train Sunday School teachers in the rural areas. Everything I do, I try to do with love and passion, sharing the word of the Lord to children and young people, teaching a healthy lifestyle that will keep us away from sedentarism and vice. I am married to a wonderful woman named Brenda. We have two beautiful daughters: Karla Dayana and Luz Anamaria. I am grateful to God for the opportunity and the privilege of being part of Proyecto Fe staff since 2024. I am the Assistant to the Programs Director and will be working in the sponsorship program and media. What a blessing! “For nothing is impossible for God” Luke 1:37 David Gonzalez Keith Reed Vice-President Kirsten McDaniel Secretary/Treasurer I was first introduced to Proyecto Fe in 2012. My heartstrings were pulled, and I sponsored a 6-year-old girl. A month later, I was on a plane to San Pedro La Laguna on a mission trip and I got to not only meet my sponsor child but spend time with her and her family throughout the trip. After attending the Monday morning children’s worship service at the school and seeing the children in genuine worship with their eyes closed and hands raised to our Savior, I knew I would be coming back. Since that first trip in 2012, I have had the honor of helping recruit and lead many medical/dental mission trips to Guatemala and helping oversee the healthcare of both students and impoverished residents of San Pedro and surrounding communities. I joined the Board of Directors in 2013, and currently serve as the secretary/treasurer. In my professional life I have a bachelor’s degree in biology from Pacific Lutheran University and a master’s degree in business administration from Wayland Baptist University. I have spent the last decade managing commercial properties and businesses. I have also worked in medical marketing. My husband, Austin, and our son Leo have made Anchorage our home. We have enjoyed sponsoring two kids in San Pedro from kindergarten up through middle school and beyond. I am thankful for this incredible opportunity to serve on the board and look forward to seeing where the Lord will lead Proyecto Fe in the coming years. A Dios Sea La Gloria! To God be the glory! Max Bolin I am Max Bolin. I was born and raised in northwestern Montana. My father was a pastor and I received Christian teaching all through my childhood. I accepted Jesus into my heart at the age of five. Even though I was very young, that decision has affected my life ever since. Looking back, I have realized how important it is for children, to be taught the truth of Jesus. After high school I attended Letourneau College in Longview Texas with a major in civil engineering. I came to Alaska in 1965 to work construction after the 1964 earthquake. I was drafted into the army while in Alaska and served in Vietnam. I returned to Alaska with my wife, Mary, in 1969 and continued in the building trade for more than 50 years. I first heard about San Pedro Laguna and the ministry there from my friend and work partner Joe LoMonaco. That was in 1996 and I had the privilege of being in the very first mission team to visit San Pedro in December of that year. The main reason I went on that first trip was to support the vision Joe had for the children in Guatemala, but God had other plans for me. On the plane trip down, before I even reached Guatemala, the Lord met with me in a life-changing way. He revealed to me the importance of helping others come to know his son Jesus Christ. My passion for this work has not faltered in the ensuing decades. I have been on the Proyecto Fe Board of Director from its beginning. I have witnessed the hand of God touching people in miraculous ways: those participating on mission teams as well as parents, children, pastors, and missionaries in Guatemala. Recalling the effect on my life of accepting Jesus at age 5, has fueled my support of Sunday school and vacation Bible school not only in San Pedro la Laguna, but also in the remote mountain villages of Guatemala. Mary and I have attended Cornerstone church since our first arrival in Alaska. Cornerstone has been a continuing supporter of the work of Proyecto Fe since my first trip in 1996. This support has been the sending of many mission teams, providing pastor training and providing generous financial help. My life verses are Matthew 28-18-20: Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely, I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Kelly Leseman Executive Director I am the newest member to the Proyecto Fe Board of Directors but have been involved with the organization since my first mission trip in 2013. I have been in Alaska since 1978 where I also met my wife Wendy, and our two children were born. An engineer and project manager by profession, God has blessed me with the heart and skills to serve others. Especially those in need. I am compelled by God’s grace to share the blessings He has so freely and graciously given. “Each of you should use whatever gifts you have received to serve others as faithful stewards of God’s grace” (1 Peter 4:10). From my very first trip to San Pedro La Laguna, I knew God was working in me to serve the people there. One cannot help but fall in love with the Guatemalan people. To witness their faith, the joy they experience, the peace that comes through Jesus regardless of their circumstances is awe inspiring and humbling. So much so that I often get confused on who is trying to bless who. My wife and I have been blessed to sponsor three children. It has been amazing to watch these children grow and make a difference in their lives. To witness their spiritual growth, education, and their heart to serve others is one the greatest joys in my life. I consider it a privilege to serve on the Proyecto Fe Board of Directors and will continue to serve where the Lord may lead me. Joe LoMonaco Founder Pat Hadley President I have known the Lord since childhood, and was called by God to church leadership when I was twenty years old. I moved to Anchorage, Alaska with my wife Gayle and two children in 1994, where I have served as a pastor, Christian university teacher, and principal of a Christian school. I was introduced to Proyecto Fe when I went on a youth mission trip in 2005. I fell in love with the people of San Pedro La Laguna and the many opportunities to serve the Lord by serving others. Since that time, I have led many trips for youth and adults, as well as leading several pastor’s conferences. I have always been humbled and blessed by the sweet, hungry spirits of the pastors of the region. I have learned that those who go on mission trips get touched by God and grow spiritually as much or more than the ones we serve. My wife and I have also enjoyed sponsoring several children through the years. What a blessing to be able to make a difference in children’s lives! So many who participate in this ministry experience the truth of the Scripture: "A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed." (Proverbs 11:25) I have had the privilege of serving on the Board of Directors for several years, and I look forward to continued service in whatever capacity the Lord has for me.