Staff Directory

The face of MDS is the thousands of volunteers who serve in communities in the U.S. and Canada helping communities recover from disaster.  Behind the scenes are a dedicated staff serving in leadership, administration, project operations, volunteer coordination and communications.

MDS Staff

Alicia Hurst

Volunteer Administrative Assistant

Binational Office, Lititz, Pennsylvania

Becky Gochnauer

Volunteer Manager

Binational Office, Lititz, Pennsylvania

Brad Fair

Development Manager

Binational Office, Lititz, Pennsylvania

Brian Pipkin

Executive Assistant

Binational Office, Lititz, Pennsylvania

Christle Gehman

Public Relations/Social Media Coordinator

Binational Office, Lititz, Pennsylvania

Danielle Peters

Accounting Bookkeeper

MDS Canada Office, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Darin Bontrager

Regional Operations Coordinator

Region 2 

Darrin Yoder

Fleet and Logistics Manager

Binational Office, Lititz, Pennsylvania

Deanna Frey

Coordinator for Weekly Volunteers

Binational Office, Lititz, Pennsylvania

Doug Nolt

Warehouse and Equipment Manager

MDS Warehouse, Columbus, Mississippi

Evelyn Peters-Rojas

Volunteer Development Coordinator

MDS Canada Office, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Gabrielle Bomberger

Program Administrative Assistant

Binational Office, Lititz, Pennsylvania

Ginny Sauder

Database Support, Administrative Assistant

Binational Office, Lititz, Pennsylvania

Glenn Hillard

Admin and Finance Manager

Binational Office, Lititz, Pennsylvania

Heidi Charles

Staff Accountant

Binational Office, Lititz, Pennsylvania

Jeff Koller

Regional Operations Coordinator

Region 3

Jerry Grosh

Director of Field Operations

Binational Office, Lititz, Pennsylvania

Jesse Huxman

Communications Manager

Binational Office, Based in Harrisonburg, Virginia

John Longhurst

Communications Coordinator

MDS Canada Office, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Josh Carson

Volunteer Coordinator for Leadership

Binational Office, Lititz, Pennsylvania

Karla Friesen

Leadership Volunteer Interviewer

Binational Office, Based in Harrisonburg, Virginia

Kelsey Friesen

Volunteer & Project Coordinator

MDS Canada Office, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Kevin King

Executive Director

Binational Office, Lititz, Pennsylvania

Larry Stoner

Regional Operations Coordinator

Region 1

Lucille Toews

Administrative Assistant

MDS Canada Office, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Lyndell Good

Receptionist/Administrative Assistant

Binational Office, Lititz, Pennsylvania

Nancy Chapman

Volunteer Training Specialist

Binational Office, Lititz, Pennsylvania

Peter Dunford

Accounting Bookkeeper

MDS Canada Office, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Phil Helmuth

Volunteer Development Coordinator

Binational Office, Based in Harrisonburg, Virginia

Ron Guenther

Director of Operations

Binational Office, Lititz, Pennsylvania

Ross Penner

Director of Canadian Operations

MDS Canada Office, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Steve Wiest

Regional Operations Coordinator

Region 4 

Invite a Speaker

Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) has representatives available to help share about the organization, the work and the mission of MDS with any group gathering or congregation. We are happy to come alongside your church to speak on the life-changing affect serving others has on both the ones we help and in the volunteers. We also encourage you to consider inviting us to speak at any convention, meeting or special event related to disaster relief or providing service for those in need. We will provide an informed speaker, cover transportation to and from your location, and supporting materials.

Please contact us to find out who is available to come speak to your group. Please let us know if you have any personal connection with any of the speakers or have had someone speak at your gathering before.

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