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Workers begin assignments with MCC

April 12, 2012


AKRON, Pa. — Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) commissioned 28 new workers for service after they participated in an orientation at MCC offices in Akron, Jan. 23 – Feb. 3.  

MCC, a worldwide ministry of Anabaptist churches, shares God’s love and compassion for all in the name of Christ by responding to basic human needs and working for peace and justice. MCC staff usually work in partnership with local churches and community organizations.

Each year about 200 people begin MCC assignments. Currently, there are 1,069 MCC workers in 49 countries. For more information on MCC, visit mcc.org.

Participants beginning assignments overseas include:

Corinna and Doug ClymerOlson of Burtrum, Minn., have begun three-year assignments in Najile, Kenya, as food security coordinators. Corinna has a bachelor’s in liberal arts from Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Va., and a master’s in experiential education from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Doug has a bachelor’s in computer science from Bethel University, St. Paul, Minn. The ClymerOlsons attended Woodland Hills Church, St. Paul.

Isbrand and Martha Hiebert of Steinbach, Man., have begun two-year assignments in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, as Low German program workers. Isbrand has a bachelor’s from Bethel College, North Newton, Kan., and a bachelor’s in theology from Canadian Mennonite Bible College, Winnipeg, Man. Martha has a bachelor’s and a post-baccalaureate certificate in education from University of Manitoba, Winnipeg. The Hieberts attended Steinbach Mennonite Church.

Evonne Komaromi and Scott Lewis of Toronto, Ont., have begun three-year assignments in Vientiene, Laos. Komaromi is working as a program support assistant and Lewis as a community development advisor. Komaromi has bachelor’s degrees in social work and English from McMaster University, Hamilton, Ont., and a master’s in social work from University of Calgary (Alta.). Lewis has a bachelor’s from University of Guelph (Ont.) and a master’s in international development from St. Mary’s University, Halifax, N.S. Lewis and Komaromi attended Woodbine Heights Baptist Church, Toronto.

Jana Meyer of Washington, D.C., has begun a three-year assignment in Bogotá, Colombia, as a program and personnel assistant. Meyer has a master’s of divinity from Union Theological Seminary, New York, and a master’s in social work from Hunter College School of Social Work, New York. Meyer attended Foundry United Methodist Church, Washington, D.C.

Jennifer Price of Lewes, Del., has begun a three-year assignment in Bujumbura, Burundi, as a capacity builder/project manager. Price has a bachelor’s in international relations and a master’s in public administration from University of Delaware, Newark. She attended St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Lewes.

Rebekah Sears of Fredericton, N.B., has begun a three-year assignment in Bogotá, Colombia, as a policy educator and advocacy worker. Sears has a bachelor’s in history from University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, and a master’s in international affairs and conflict analysis and resolution from Carleton University, Ottawa. She attended St. Margaret’s Anglican Church, Winnipeg.

In addition, the following people, who participated in the orientation, are employed by MCC or work with MCC in their home countries: Elizabeth Caro of Bogotá, Colombia; Oanh Ha Thi of Hanoi, Vietnam; Bounchan Khammoungkhoun of Vientiane, Laos; Manisone Siriphokha of Vientiane, Laos; and Alejandro Pérez of  Bogotá, Colombia.

Participants beginning assignments in Canada or the U.S. include:

Lily Bergen of Abbotsford, B.C., has begun an assignment at Abbotsford Clothing Etc. as manager. Bergen attends King Road Mennonite Brethren Church, Abbotsford.

Sheryl Bruggeling of St. Catharines, Ont., has begun an assignment with MCC Ontario, St. Catharines, as an administrative assistant. Bruggeling has a bachelor’s in business administration and marketing from Sheridan College, Oakville, Ont., and a post-graduate diploma in event management from Niagara College, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont. She attends Bethany Community Church, St. Catharines.

Linda Dickinson of Airdrie, Alta., has begun an assignment with MCC Alberta, Calgary, as material resources coordinator. Dickinson has a diploma in fashion merchandising and production from Olds College, Calgary. She attends Foothills Mennonite Church, Calgary.

Kari Enns of Calgary, Alta., has begun a three-year assignment with MCC Alberta, Calgary, as a youth worker and peace program coordinator. Enns has a bachelor’s in theology from Canadian Mennonite University, Winnipeg. She attends Calgary Inter-Mennonite Church.

Megan Enns of Calgary, Alta., has begun an assignment with MCC Alberta, Calgary, as a service program coordinator. Enns has a bachelor’s in international development studies and peace and conflict transformation studies from Canadian Mennonite University, Winnipeg, Man. She attends Foothills Mennonite Church, Calgary.

Virginia Froese of Springstein, Man., has begun a three-year assignment with MCC Manitoba, Winnipeg, as coordinator of Voices for Non-Violence. Froese attends Springstein Mennonite Church.

Carl Heppner of Steinbach, Man., has begun an assignment with MCC Manitoba, Winnipeg, as an international human resources and worker care specialist. Heppner has a bachelor’s in pastoral ministry and counseling from Steinbach Bible College and a master’s in theology from Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary, Fresno, Calif. He attended Steinbach Evangelical Mennonite Church.

Darren Kropf of Kitchener, Ont., has begun an assignment with MCC Ontario, Kitchener, as a community engagement associate. Kropf has a bachelor’s in religious and Mennonite studies from University of Waterloo, Ont. He attends Nexus Centre, Kitchener.

Sherry Main of New Hamburg, Ont., has begun an assignment with MCC Ontario, Kitchener, as an administrative assistant to the executive director. Main has a bachelor’s in religious education from Emmanuel Bible College, Kitchener. She attends Westheights Community Church, Kitchener.

Torrie Martin of Lancaster, Pa., has begun an assignment with MCC U.S., Akron, Pa., as production and distribution coordinator. Martin has a bachelor’s in communications from Goshen (Ind.) College. She attends Community Mennonite Church of Lancaster.

Roberta Miller of Howe, Ind., has begun an assignment with MCC Great Lakes, Goshen, Ind., as executive assistant and accountant. Miller has a bachelor’s in elementary education from Goshen College. She attends Marion Mennonite Church, Shipshewana, Ind.

Emily Nigh of Montreal, Que., has begun an assignment with MCC Quebec, Montreal, as program coordinator. Nigh has a bachelor’s in environmental science from McGill University, Montreal. She attends Mennonite Fellowship of Montreal.

Scott Prince of St. Catharines, Ont., has begun an assignment at Christian Benefit Thrift Shop, St. Catharines, as assistant manager for receiving. Prince has a bachelor’s in sales and marketing from Niagara College, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont. He attends Bethany Community Church, St. Catharines.

Lisa Wolgram of Langley, B.C., has begun an assignment with MCC British Columbia, Abbotsford, as an executive assistant. Wolgram is pursuing a bachelor’s in fine arts from University of the Fraser Valley, Abbotsford. She attends Bethel Mennonite Church, Langley.

Mennonite Central Committee: Relief, development and peace in the name of Christ