US Board of Directors:
Jeff & Debbie Balch
Board Members 2013-2015
Jeff & Debbie Balch reside in Colorado where they’ve raised two children and actively support numerous community efforts. They are both business graduates of the University of Texas at Austin, started their careers in corporate America, and have gone on to run successful businesses. In 2010, the Balch family traveled to Nicaragua to serve with Corner of Love for the first time and felt called to become more involved. Since then, Jeff & Debbie have returned to Nicaragua several times, act as the Corner of Love Central US Directors, and have started several regional chapters. They have dedicated many hours to fundraising, recruiting, praying for the mission, and helping grow an amazing following of Corner of Love in Colorado and beyond.
Board Member 2013-2015
Steve Smiley is a 20 year resident of Colorado Springs, Colorado where he and his wife Deanna have raised their 3 daughters Ashley, Shelby and Courtney. Steve is a graduate of Texas Tech University with a business degree in management information systems; working at Verizon he is responsible for voice and video product development for Verizon’s enterprise customers. Steve and his family began traveling to Nicaragua in 2011; he has acted as a team leader and most recently a co-chapter leader for Monument Colorado. Steve is also an active supporter of juvenile diabetes research and numerous local charities including protecting our national forests.
Jennifer Hassmann resides in Ravensdale, Washington with her husband Scott and children Joey (10) and Hope (9), and is a graduate of Western Oregon University. While in college she studied in Quito, Ecuador and she currently works for Tahoma School District as a Spanish teacher at Tahoma Junior High School, having previously taught in the Issaquah area, a suburb of Seattle, for ten years. Since 2013 Jennifer has been bringing groups from her community and beyond to serve with Corner of Love and especially enjoys helping Northwest families, teens, and medical providers discover the joy in serving people who truly need help in Nicaragua. With her wonderful command of the Spanish language, and cheerful, magnetic personality, trips led by Jennifer fill up fast!
Tanya and Nelson Amador
Board Members & Founders
Nelson and Tanya began traveling to Nicaragua as a couple in 1992 and have since made more than 60 trips to San Ramon. Together they have built the mission from a “a good idea” into a great adventure to attempt great things for God. With the support of their church, various Board and Committee members, and especially their families, they have constructed the mission, piece by piece, beginning with no place to stay or serve in Nelson’s hometown, or office in the U.S. aside from their home. Tanya’s background in the auction business (her family owns MBA Auction in Renton, WA) led Corner of Love to begin holding an annual gala and she draws on business experience from MBA and mortgage banking to lead the organization. Nelson’s longtime employment with Safeway as a Meat Cutter is what allowed him to volunteer so much with Corner of Love and he is very thankful for that provision.
Bermuda Board of Directors:
Tim Faries, President