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Barry Rodriguez

Current Assignment: Kenya

Barry is the founder and Executive Director of World Next Door. A storyteller, traveler and giant nerd, he lives to compel suburban Americans to get engaged with social justice and find their place in God’s kingdom revolution. His ultimate dream is to adopt a pet monkey named Kevin.

Countries Visited: Ecuador, France, Belgium, Holland, Guinea, Kenya, Canada, Mexico, India, Austria, Czech Republic, Ukraine, Haiti, Panama, Dominican Republic, Italy, Germany, Malaysia, Cambodia, Israel, West Bank, South Africa, Rwanda, South Sudan, Guatemala, Tanzania

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Brad Miller

Current Assignment: Indianapolis

Brad Miller is the Director of Outreach for WND. A student of Psychology, Biology, and Theatre, he’s worked as an actor, teacher, balloon artist and last-minute fill-in guy for any number of projects. He loves camping and tinkering with broken and discarded things. Brad’s passion in life is to unleash the potential in others.

Countries Visited: Canada, Mexico, Kenya, South Africa, India, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Switzerland, Italy, Ireland, Haiti

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Tara Bender

Current Assignment: Indianapolis

Tara is World Next Door’s Graphic Designer. Before joining the WND team, she was a middle school teacher in Nashville, TN and a visual journalist in Asbury Park, NJ. When Tara’s not designing, she’s usually busy being a Young Life leader, riding her bike, reading, crafting, or playing with her dog, Gretta. She’s also a novice xylophone player with aspirations of going pro.

Countries Visited: Australia, New Zealand, U.S. Virgin Islands, Cambodia, England, Scotland, Mexico, Jamaica

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new website staff photos daishaDaisha Ruhl

Current Assignment: Indianapolis

Daisha is the Office Manager for World Next Door. She was a bit of a nomad in her 20s, living in Bloomington, Orlando, Pasadena, Vegas and most recently putting roots down in Indianapolis (for now). Her loves are travel, live music, book series, food pairings, & supporting local businesses. p.s. – it’s pronounced “Day-shuh.”

Countries Visited: Tanzania, Namibia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Scotland, Turkey, Netherlands, Haiti, Mexico, Jamaica

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sarah anne headshot1Sarah Snodgrass

Current Assignment: Ukraine

Sarah is a journalism fellow with World Next Door. She has her undergraduate degree in Business Communication from Azusa Pacific University in Southern California and is currently working on her Masters degree in Organizational Leadership. Sarah recently finished a two and a half year assignment working for an anti-trafficking NGO in Kathmandu, Nepal, where she had the opportunity to mentor and lead college students in ministry abroad. She is mildly obsessed with Jeopardy, coffee, running, and the Atlanta Falcons.

Countries Visited: Canada, Mexico, Italy, France, Monaco, Vatican, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Ireland, UK, Nepal, India, Bangladesh, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, Qatar, China, Oman, and Turkey

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new website staff photos julieJulie Bergman

Current Assignment: Kenya

Julie is a World Next Door intern currently in Nairobi, Kenya. She will be a senior at Cedarville University pursuing a degree in Business Marketing. Julie will kick your butt in a game of Euchre, loves a good cup o’ joe, and has a ridiculously irrational fear of birds.

Countries Visited: Grenada, Mexico, Canada, Panama, Ukraine, Kenya

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Joe Jasin

Joe is a 2014 WND intern. Born in Arizona, Joe has lived in Indiana for as long as he can remember and is a true Hoosier, doubly since finishing his second year at Indiana University. He currently has no plans for life after finishing his non-profit management degree, but will be well prepared should a robot OR zombie apocalypse strike. A wanna be renaissance-man, he dabbles in ultimate frisbee, cross country, writing, and guitar.

Countries Visited: Kenya, Japan, Haiti, Bahamas, Canada

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Laura Anderson

Laura is a 2014 WND Intern. Born and raised in St.Paul, Minne-snow-ta, but has spent the last three years of her life in Indianapolis as a Butler Bulldog studying Media, Rhetoric & Culture. Laura enjoys learning about tigers, coffee bean roasting, and international politics. She has vast knowledge in the history of rap music and Boy Meets World.

Countries Visited:

Mexico, Guatemala, Canada, Haiti, South Africa, Portugal, Spain, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Germany, Hungary, England, Ireland, Kenya

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Clayton Thompson

Clayton is a WND intern in Kenya. He just graduated from Lee University in Tennessee where he majored in digital media. He doesn’t know what he’s doing next, but it’s going to be awesome. He also appreciates good stories by big fireplaces.

Countries Visited: Kenya, Costa Rica, Bahamas, Canada

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Past Team Members

 

Jeff Hartman

Jeff Hartman was a year-long fellow with WND. Jeff has degrees in physical therapy and public health and has worked in numerous countries around the world. Jeff has an eye for photography and is willing to do almost anything to get “the shot.”

Countries Visited: Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Czech Republic, Hungary, England, Holland, Spain, Nepal, Thailand, Ecuador, Honduras, Italy, Sierra Leone, Belize, Barbados, Guatemala, Canada, Mexico, Cuba, Rwanda, Cambodia

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Brooke Hartman

Brooke Hartman was a year-long journalism fellow with World Next Door. In her other life, she was a clinical social worker, counselor, and disaster mental health graduate from Tulane University in New Orleans. Her favorites are: creative writing, travel, photography, weather patterns, and eating dessert. Any cupcake, any time.

Countries Visited: Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Bahamas, France, Holland, Germany, Czech Republic, Belgium, Italy, Cuba, Rwanda, Cambodia, Nepal

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Anna Teeter

Anna Teeter was a 2013 summer intern with World Next Door. She is a student at Indiana University majoring in photojournalism and studio art. She enjoys creating, traveling, and piano playing.

Countries Visited: Ukraine, Belize, Panama, Costa Rica, Australia, Mexico, Canada, France, Cambodia

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Hannah Warstler

Hannah Warstler was a 2013 summer intern with WND. She graduated from Taylor University where she gained an interest in ethnic reconciliation and managed to study abroad four times. When she is not exploring, Hannah enjoys kite-flying, board games, playing the kazoo, and generally being a goof.

Countries Visited: Ireland, Tunisia, Switzerland, Israel, Jordan, France, Thailand, Germany, Kenya, England, Mexico, Italy, Ecuador, Holland, Cambodia

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Sarah Bonthuis

Sarah Bonthuis was a 2013 summer intern with World Next Door. A recent graduate of Calvin College where she majored in English and Communication, Sarah is passionate about gender equality, traveling, writing, and good coffee. She’s not quite sure what the future holds but she’s pretty sure it will be a crazy, unpredictable, divinely-directed adventure.

Countries Visited: Kenya, Mexico, Belize, Cambodia

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Laura Stump

Laura was a journalism fellow with World Next Door in 2011-2012. She graduated from the University of Arizona, Tucson with a degree in Animal Sciences and a minor in Spanish. She is constantly learning, making friends, dancing, and trying to understand her role in alleviating the suffering of others. Laura also attracts a lot of awkward situations.

Countries Visited: Mexico, Nicaragua, India, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Zambia, Kenya, Jordan, Senegal, Guatemala, South Africa

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Jen Gunnels

Jen Gunnels was a 2012 summer intern. She graduated in 2005 from Indiana University, where she studied journalism, political science and IU basketball. She loves sports, country music and the state fair and after feeling a stirring in her heart to leave her cubicle and go write, she is doing just that!

Countries Visited: England, France, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Nicaragua, South Africa

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Tyler Perrott

Tyler was a 2012 summer intern with World Next Door. He is currently studying Social Work at IUPUI. He has a hope to see social justice take place in this world through the transforming love of Christ. He loves working out, playing sports, and sometimes thinks he is still going to be a professional athlete. He also listens to Taylor Swift more than he cares to admit.

Countries Visited: Mexico, Costa Rica, South Africa

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Kelly Voight

Kelly was World Next Door’s Communications Coordinator in 2012. Experienced in journalism and in love with travel, she desires to shed light on social injustices around the world. Kelly has never met a pizza she didn’t like, loves camping and has never told a short story in her life. She also plays a mean washboard.

Countries Visited: Canada, England, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Austria, France, Germany, Belgium, Dominican Republic, The Bahamas, Peru, India

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Stephen Crane

Stephen was a journalism fellow with World Next Door in 2011. He has a bachelor’s degree in theology from Calvin College and a master’s degree in journalism from Indiana University. He has a passion for overlooked places and people and would snowboard at all times if it were possible!

Countries Visited: Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Saipan, Korea, China, Japan, Vietnam, Kenya, India

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Jocelyn Post

Jocelyn is a freelance photojournalist with World Next Door. She studied Creative Writing and Missions at Concordia University Irvine. She enjoys reading, writing and traveling. She also likes butterflies.

Countries Visited: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, India, Nepal, Singapore, Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica, England, The Bahamas, Mexico, Canada, Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Malaysia, Indonesia

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Jessica Shewan

Jessica was a journalist with World Next Door. She graduated in 2009 from The University of Evansville with a bachelor’s degree in History. She loves making new international friends and is passionate about seeing the global church pursue justice and peace.

Countries Visited: Mexico, Senegal, Mali, England, France, The Bahamas, Kenya, China

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Bridgette Tilyou

Bridgette was a summer intern with World Next Door in 2011. She graduated from Indiana University in 2004 with degrees in Journalism and Italian. She loves live music, good books, daylight savings time, and eating local wherever she is.

Countries Visited: England, France, Italy, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, Dominican Republic, Kenya

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Molly Meyer

Molly was a summer intern with World Next Door in 2011. She currently attends Indiana Wesleyan University where she’s studying Journalism and International Relations. She loves discovering how God can work his grace through every story, no matter the circumstances.

Countries Visited: England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, France, Italy, Spain, Austria, Malta, Monaco, Mexico, Kenya

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Chris Cambell

Chris was a summer intern with World Next Door in 2010. He is a graduate of the Moody Bible Institute and an avid reader. He has an endless appetite for stories both true and otherwise and loves using those to better know and understand people. Shoot him an email sometime, you won’t regret it.

Countries Visited: The Bahamas, Germany, Poland, Ukraine, Italy, Germany

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Lauren Schneider

Lauren was a summer intern with World Next Door in 2010. She is a Journalism/Mass Communications major at Samford University in Birmingham, AL. Lauren loves writing and photography and could eat Chick-fil-A every day for the rest of her life.

Countries Visited: Mexico, Ukraine, Italy, Germany

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Krystallin Baker

Krystallin was a summer intern with World Next Door in 2010. She graduated from Moody Bible Institute with a major in Communication Studies. After graduation, she hopes to spend her life pursuing justice for the oppressed. She loves adventure and chases tornadoes on her time off.

Countries Visited: Mexico, Ukraine, Italy, Germany

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Maeven Mendoza

Maeven was a freelance journalist with World Next Door. She graduated in 2009 from Indiana Wesleyan University with a bachelor’s degree in International and Community Development, and is now pursuing a master’s in Social Work from Indiana University

Countries Visited: Mexico, Costa Rica, Malawi, Zambia

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Calah Schlabach

Calah was a freelance journalist with World Next Door. She graduated from Calvin College in 2009 with a degree in English and a concentration in long-distance running, then spent a year volunteering in Hanoi, Vietnam. She doesn’t know what turn her life will take next, but is planning to make sure it includes sampling plenty of strange/delicious food!

Countries Visited: Haiti, Mexico, Switzerland, Italy, Canada, Vietnam, Cambodia, India

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Curtis Honeycutt

Curtis is a journalist and board member with World Next Door. He graduated in 2003 with a bachelors in religious studies from the University of Oklahoma. He has a strong desire to see the local church engage in issues of social justice.

Countries Visited: Mexico, Canada, Ireland, Haiti

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Scott Quigley

Scott was a summer intern with World Next Door in 2009. He is a Junior at American University majoring in Anthropology. Scott love studying international cultures and has a mortal fear of vending machines.

Countries Visited: Japan, England, Kenya, Turkey, Israel, Canada, Egypt

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Christine Ruby

Christine was a summer intern with World Next Door in 2009. She graduated in 2009 from Taylor University with a bachelor’s degree in Studio Arts. She loves finding beauty in the unseen and overlooked and is passionate about bringing stories of injustice to light.

Countries Visited: Mexico, Ireland, England, India, Italy, Austria, Kenya

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