Who We Are

Staff & Missionaries

  • Michael Miller – Founder and Executive Director
    Michael Miller – Founder and Executive Director

    Michael first came to Honduras to work with street kids in 1993 on a six-month internship through Wheaton College’s International Studies Program (HNGR). In 1998, he moved back to make this work his life’s calling. While aiding in the reconstruction effort after Hurricane Mitch ravished Honduras in October 1998, Michael began to develop a vision for the Micah Project, which opened its doors in January 2000. Michael has been executive director and group home dad at the Micah Project ever since!

  • Jared Avila - Micah House Coordinator
    Jared Avila - Micah House Coordinator

    Jared joined our team in 2018 as an English teacher. Today, he serves as our Micah House coordinator. Jared does an excellent job caring for each Micah boy individually, making sure everyone gets to school on time, keeping the house clean, making sure everyone is safe, etc. His leadership and caring heart are big blessings in the Micah House!

  • Stephen Kusmer - Isaiah House Coordinator
    Stephen Kusmer - Isaiah House Coordinator

    Stephen Kusmer joined the Micah Project in 2011 after graduating from Wheaton College in May with a degree in Applied Health Sciences. He is originally from South Bend, Indiana. Stephen has a great heart for missions and languages and has travelled to many countries to serve with different organizations. As the coordinator of our street ministry Stephen found no organization was supporting the needs of older teen boys and young men that wanted to leave streets, trapping them in a cycle of addiction and hopelessness. Convicted that God wanted Micah to serve that population he used the old Micah House as a place for day programs for a small group in 2014 and early 2015. Plans then were made to open the Isaiah House in that location and in August 2015 the first residents moved in. Support Stephen.

  • Rony Centeno - Timothy House Coordinator
    Rony Centeno - Timothy House Coordinator

    Rony serves our ministry as coordinator of the Timothy House, our home for young men. He and his wife Marta, who is a doctor, live in the Timothy House and work hard to care for and lead the guys. Rony loves God and is a good role model and support for the men in our Timothy House.

  • Marlon and Nohemi Castellanos – Legal Coordinator, Teacher
    Marlon and Nohemi Castellanos – Legal Coordinator, Teacher

    Marlon and Nohemi Castellanos joined the Micah Project in February of 2006 as the Timothy coordinators. They have two daughters, Elizabeth and Abigail. Marlon’s main role is the legal coordinator of the ministry, making sure that our permits are current with the Honduran government, as well as helping with everything from residency for missionary staff to the boys’ national paperwork. He also works in hiring of staff and coordinating professional development. Nohemi also teaches in our educational program.

  • Wendy Varela – Social Worker and Street Team Coordinator
    Wendy Varela – Social Worker and Street Team Coordinator

    Wendy Varela is Micah's family-help coordinator, social worker and the coordinator of our street ministry team. She also serves as a part-time teacher in our education program. She also uses her college degree (in counseling) by helping to connect our young men to psychological and psychiatric services when needed. Wendy is married to a long-time Micah friend, Marcos Herman (Ana and Nohemi’s brother!) and they have three young children.

  • Lucy Wynn - Communications Coordinator, Caregiver, Street Ministry Team
    Lucy Wynn - Communications Coordinator, Caregiver, Street Ministry Team

    Lucy Wynn has been a member of the Micah Family for many years and served as our summer intern during her time in college. After graduating in May 2016, she moved here the following September to help out with our communications and serve as a caregiver to the boys in the Micah House. Support Lucy.

  • Michelle and Patrick Corley - Micah Works, Group Coordination, Mental Health
    Michelle and Patrick Corley - Micah Works, Group Coordination, Mental Health

    Coming to Honduras from Destin, Florida, in 2007, the Corleys chose to forgo retirement and follow after God’s heart in loving the street-connected youth of Tegucigalpa. After working with another ministry since 2009, Pat and Michelle joined the Micah Project in April 2018. Their educational background includes degrees in business and Christian counseling. Michelle is passionate about discipleship, child development and staff-care. Pat’s background as an entrepreneur and business-owner gives him expertise and a God-given passion to facilitate a new component of the Micah Project, “Micah Works.” Support the Corleys.

  • Becca and John Drexel - Caregiving, Communications, Street Ministry, Spiritual Life
    Becca and John Drexel - Caregiving, Communications, Street Ministry, Spiritual Life

    John and Becca 2.0—yes, they're our second couple named Becca and John, haha—were high school teachers in Houston, Texas who spent their summer months living at Micah. John grew up attending First Presbyterian Church of Houston and decided to follow in his mother and sister’s footsteps and visit Micah. Becca first visited Micah while on a medical mission trip to Tegucigalpa with her parents. After three years of marriage and spending Julys in Honduras, the Drexels joined Micah fulltime in August of 2019. Both Becca and John serve as caregivers at the Micah House. In addition, Becca puts her photography skills to use as Micah’s visual storyteller and John serves as the director of spiritual life.

  • Roger Figueroa - Caregiver
    Roger Figueroa - Caregiver

    Roger has been a part of Micah since the very beginning. He is Honduran and we consider him a missionary in his own country. He has been a leader and role model to these boys for many years. Recently he has migrated into a new position as the weekend guy, taking care of the boys and organizing their plans three weekends out of every month. Although his job only requires him to be here Saturday and Sunday, you can often find him at Micah during the week because he enjoys being a constant presence in the boys' lives.

  • Aida Martinez – Cook
    Aida Martinez – Cook

    Aida Martinez came to the Micah Project in May 2000, after working for twelve years in another program for street children in Tegucigalpa. Aida takes care of the weekday meals for the Micah Project, and also manages the food for our groups and for special events. The boys often call her “Mama Aida”, which indicates that she is much more than just a cook.

  • Ana Herman – Cook
    Ana Herman – Cook

    Ana has worked with the Micah Project since 2001. She helps keep the Micah House running, which includes our weekly grocery purchases, helping in the kitchen (especially when we have groups) and organizing the daily laundry and housecleaning.

  • Gabriela Centeno - Bookkeeper
    Gabriela Centeno - Bookkeeper

    Gaby joined the Micah team in 2012 following her graduation with a degree in accounting. She was a tremendous help as she put order to the monthly accounting as well as managing the cash and receipts coming in and out each day. Gaby is now our ministry's full-time accountant.

  • Daniela - Head of School
    Daniela - Head of School

    Daniela Centeno, our accountant Gaby's sister, joined our team in 2017 as a teacher. Two years later, she became our head of school in Jan. 2019. Daniela works hard to keep our home-schooling program up-to-date. She goes above-and-beyond in leading our team of teachers and caring for the Micah boys. She has a big heart and is an excellent role model for the kids.

  • Franklyn Matamoros – Micah Tech Coordinator
    Franklyn Matamoros – Micah Tech Coordinator

    Franklyn is from Villa Linda Miller, and has worked as the go-to maintenance man at Micah for years. Since Micah Tech began, he was trained by Brian Wiggs to run the daily carpentry and welding programs, as well as the discipleship aspect of the technical school.

  • Eduardo Vargas - Caregiver
    Eduardo Vargas - Caregiver

    Eduardo lives in the Villa Linda Miller community adjacent to Micah 2.0. He was a key player in the construction of Micah 2.0 and is now working as a teacher in our technical school and weekend caregiver. He loves spending time with the guys and is a positive role model in their lives.

  • Douglas Barahona - Weekend Caregiver
    Douglas Barahona - Weekend Caregiver

    We originally hired Douglas to help us shuttle some of our older boys back and forth from the local high school they were attending, but we soon discovered he would be handy in many more ways. He helps us stay on top of maintenance of all of the project's vehicles and continues to be our go-to guy for all of our transportation needs, from taking the boys to dentist appointments and soccer practice to helping Aida tote back a week's worth of food from the grocery store. In 2018, Douglas became one of the leaders of our weekend care team. Every-other-weekend he leads his team to care for the boys from Friday night until Sunday afternoon.

  • Olvin Ponce - Timothy House Caregiver
    Olvin Ponce - Timothy House Caregiver

    Olvin Ponce is a former Micah boy who now serves as one of the caregivers in the Timothy House. He loves God and is a great role model for our Timothy guys, always around to listen or help out! We are so thankful for his experience and passion for service.

  • Esau Caceres - Weekend Caregiver
    Esau Caceres - Weekend Caregiver

    Esau is our other leader of our weekend care-giving team. He's a kind young man from our neighboring community who loves the Micah boys and works hard to care for them on the weekends and at various times throughout the week. We can always count on Esau to pitch in when help is needed and to lend a listening ear, some advice or a hug to a Micah boy.

  • Olman - Night Caregiver
    Olman - Night Caregiver

    Olman joined our team in 2018 to take over the position of night-time caregiver. With his team, Olman makes sure everyone has fun, gets their homework finished and is in bed on-time. He and his team work hard to make all of our boys are safe at night and well-rested for the next day of classes or activities. Olman has a big heart; he loves God and the Micah boys very much!


  • Micah USA Team


  • Tina Summers - Chief Financial Officer
    Tina Summers - Chief Financial Officer

    Kingwood, TX
    tsummers.micah@gmail.com
    Tina is originally from New Orleans and graduated from Tulane University with a Bachelor of Science in Management. She first came to know the Micah Project on a vision trip in 2008. She instantly fell in love with the boys and the amazing work that Michael and the rest of the Micah staff had done and wanted to be a part of helping in anyway she could. She came back to Houston and got to work organizing a fundraising golf tournament. This year will mark the fifth year for this fundraiser. In 2010, after deciding to retire from her position as Chief Accounting Officer of a Houston-based oil company in order to focus on the much tougher job of raising her two children, Tina joined the Micah USA staff as Chief Financial Officer.

  • John and Becca Bell – US Directors of Development
    John and Becca Bell – US Directors of Development

    Atlanta, GA
    micahprojectbells@gmail.com
    John and Rebecca Bell are a couple with a true calling for missions, which is lived out daily in the passionate and wisdom-filled way in which they minister. Becca graduated from Malone College in Ohio in 2000, and then from Wheaton College in December 2001 with an MA in Intercultural Studies. In March 2004 she joined the staff of our ministry after spending time training and working in group homes for street boys in both Mozambique and Brazil in the previous two years.
    John Bell married Rebecca in December of 2008 (they had met in Wheaton eight years prior!). After graduating from Wheaton College, John worked in Mexico as a missionary, first with CFCI and then with Instituto CanZion. John has an MA in Christian Studies from Denver Seminary, and is currently working on an MA in clinical and mental health at Richmont Graduate University in Marietta, GA. They are currently living south of Atlanta with their two children, and serving in the missionary role of US Directors of Development of the Micah Project. Support the Bells.