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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
Tesla Escober - Education Coordinator
Tesla has been a teacher at the Micah Project for several years, and in 2022 she stepped up to take on the role of Education Coordinator.
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.
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.
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.
MICAH USA TEAM
Tina Wininger - Chief Financial Officer
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. In 2010, Tina joined the Micah USA staff as Chief Financial Officer.
John and Becca Bell – US Directors of Development
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.
Karen Sanders - Donor Database Management Specialist
St. Louis, MO
Karen was born and raised in St. Louis and is actually living in the house her family moved to when she was two! She and David, her husband of more than 36 years, have two grown daughters, Elyse and Samantha.
Karen's love for Micah began in 2003 when Elyse went as a freshman on a youth group mission trip with Central Presbyterian (Michael's home church). Karen, both her daughters and her mom have each visited Micah multiple times over the years. She has formed many relationships and a few long-lasting friendships with the boys. But she recently desired to do more than just monetary and prayer support and the annual visits, so she was very excited and grateful when God placed her in this position on Micah's USA Team in 2022.
Karen graduated from Saint Louis University in 2000 with a Bachelor's in Computer Science, and has been working full time since 2012 in the data department of a small marketing firm. She looks forward to retirement in a few more years. That will give her more time to spend with her two grandsons, and make more visits to Micah!
Jenna Zaldaña - Communications and Design Specialist
Newport Beach, CA
Jenna grew up in California, but spent a large part of her adult life in Central America. She and her husband Israel, who is from El Salvador, were full-time missionaries at Micah for over 7 years (2009-2017) before moving to El Salvador. Jenna and Israel are currently living in Orange County, CA with their three kids and hope to return to Central America in the future to expand the Micah Project vision to other countries in need by starting their own organization, Micah Life. In the meantime, Jenna spends her time homeschooling her first-grade son, playing with her twin 3-year-olds, caring for her elderly grandmother, and designing different things for Micah.
Jenna graduated from Biola University in 2006 with a BS in Art/Graphic design and enjoys using the talents God has given her to advance His kingdom.