The Team


Global Outreach Alliance is governed by a four-member Executive Board of Directors. They are assisted by in-country facilitators, called Team Leads. The Administrative Team (both Team Leads and Advisory Board Members) consists of professionals from various disciplines who volunteer their time to support the mission of Global Outreach Alliance. Together, this multi-national team with members in Cambodia, China, Germany, Kenya, India, Uganda and the United States provide complimentary expertise and provide meaningful service. Join us!

Meet the Team

Steven Wrigley

Steven Wrigley

Founder / Director
Current City: Salt Lake City, UT
Favorite Quote: "Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it."

Steve is passionate about community and human development. He founded Global Outreach Alliance in 2008 after defining moments he experienced while working and traveling abroad. He has successfully assembled a team of development-savvy experts from around the globe to join with him in this effort. Steve graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and speaks fluent Chinese. In addition to leading GOA and its global expeditions, he is also the co-founder of a social business in Africa (Umoja Social Ventures) and Director of Host Home and Professional Parent Services at Chrysalis where he works to support children and adults with disabilities.

Dustin Taylor

Dustin Taylor

Co-founder / Treasurer / Director of Administration & Technology
Current City: Lehi, UT
Favorite Quote: "What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?"

Dustin Taylor enjoys working with organizations that make a difference by improving lives and helping to alleviate pain. At any given moment, he can be found on his phone, computer or some sort of electronic device while juggling several passions that all aim to serve a higher purpose: trying to help those around him reach their God-given potential. Dustin graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelors in Information Systems while also fulfilling his role as co-founder and COO of Biz Ingenuity, an all-in-one web-marketing firm that is dedicated to help small businesses succeed online. He met and married the love of his life in July 2009. She is the best support and companion anyone could ask for on life’s journey. Together, they have a daughter.

Margret Ellwanger

Margret Ellwanger

Vice President / Director of Israel & Cambodia
Current City: Caesarea, Israel
Favorite Quote: "“Everyone has to be good at something, but sometimes we need to be good for nothing!”"

Margret is a sheer joy to be around. She is skilled at assisting and guiding the worthy efforts of others in order to push forward integrated community development projects. As President and co-founder of Pillows for Peace, she contributes to grass roots development and peace building projects in Cambodia, the Philippines, Israel, and Palestine with a focus on strengthening families. Margret grew up in Germany and holds an M.S. in physics. She is Alumni Speaker for the Technische Universität München (TUM) and serves on the Board of Directors for the Walworth Barbour American School in Israel (WBAIS), the Tabitha USA Foundation, and Global Outreach Alliance. She and her husband are the parents of four children.

Jastus Suchi Obadiah

Jastus Suchi Obadiah

Director of Africa
Current City: Nairobi, Kenya

“Jambo!” Jastus is one of the nicest people you will ever meet. On top of having a very contagious laugh, he’s equipped with vast expertise in sustainable, rural development and is skilled in leading and facilitating volunteer groups throughout African nations. He puts his heart and soul into his work.  He has a degree in community development and rural development from Daystar University in Kenya, works for Reach the Children in Kenya, and engages in private NGO consulting on the side.  He is an impressive family man and active in leadership church callings. Jastus is currently working on his masters degree in agriculture.

Chad Emmett, Ph.D.

Professor Emmett teaches Middle Eastern studies and South East Asian geography at Brigham Young University, in Provo, UT. Chad holds a PhD from the University of Chicago, MA from BYU, and a BA from Utah State University. Chad has lived, studied and worked both in SE Asia and Israel--two areas of interest for Global Outreach Alliance.

Julie H. Haupt

Julie H. Haupt, M.S. teaches business writing in Brigham Young University’s Marriott School of Management. In addition, she is the president of Celebrating Children: U.S. and China, a non-profit foundation that builds bridges of international friendship and understanding through youth cultural exchange/performance tours.

 
Erin Grieve

Erin Grieve

Development Manager
Current City: Salt Lake City, UT
Favorite Quote: "We need to be the change we wish to see in the world."

Erin discovered her passion for people while attending Westminster College where she is currently pursuing a B.A. in Economics and B.A. in International Business. She first visited Kenya with the Global Outreach Alliance during the summer of 2010 where she fell in love with sustainable development. Erin works to better the lives of those around her by teaching yoga, working as a Service Leader for the Center for Civic Engagement, acting as a co-founder for the RHANDS GOLD student group and an advocate for the Food Alliance, all at Westminster College. She also serves as a Development Chair and Research Assistant for RHANDS, a research based non-profit organization. Erin spends her spare time skiing, biking, hiking, camping, figure-skating, reading, and playing guitar. She dreams of completing her doctorate in development economics and would like to pursue a career as professor one day. Her greatest joy is building relationships with our friends abroad and she looks forward to exploring new countries and meeting new people for many years to come!

Moses Mapesa

Moses Mapesa

Country Facilitator
Current City: Bukura, Kenya

Moses Mapesa Musasia was born in a small village, Emuhurwi, Kenya to loving parents who taught him the value of service and education. By the time he was in the sixth grade, his mother had passed away from a rare illness and his father died after suffering a stroke. For a time, he was left to fend for himself. One of his father’s close friends offered to support Moses and raise him as his own child giving him the chance to go back to school and receive the education his parents had dreamed of. He graduated from grade 12 and saved money from horticultural farming to fund his college education. He is one of only a handful of college graduates from his village. He has taught primary school and currently works on development and humanitarian projects. He is happily married to his beautiful wife, Beatrice and they have three children. Despite his numerous professional endeavors, he also provides 100 orphans and destitute children with food and education. Moses sums up his experience in this way: “I thank God I grew up a poor boy, but through hard work, He has been able to lift me to a higher level.”

Missy Bethke

Missy Bethke

Public Relations Manager
Current City: Silver Spring, MD
Favorite Quote: "A lot of times when people thank me for something, they tell me that I didn't have to do anything nice for them. I know, but I wanted to."

Missy rocks at life. She has joined Global Outreach Alliance and forPEACE in Israel on two different expeditions as our Arts teacher, Spelling Bee leader, and general do-gooder. Making things and helping people are two of her favorite things to do, which often results in making things for people. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelors in Latin American Studies with a minor in Middle East Studies/Arabic. She's pursuing a Masters in Library Science specializing in Archives, Records, and Information Management as well as Curation and Management of Digital Assets at the University of Maryland. She is currently serving as GOA's Public Relations Manager.

Vibha Sri

Vibha Sri

Country Adviser
Current City: New Delhi, India
Favorite Quote: "In ordinary life we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich."

Vibha identifies herself as a socially concerned individual. A strong believer of holistic and whole systems thinking, she transitioned into the role of Facilitator after getting certified under the international Genuine Contact Program (GCP). She has been offering workshops as a Facilitator for life nurturing participatory approaches to promote holistic way of working. She has more than 20 years of professional work experience in the social development sector. With courses in Population and Development and degrees in Psychology and Composite History, she has worked with the United Nations Population Fund, Population Services International (PSI), Johns Hopkins University – Center for Communication Programs and Room to Read. She has expertise in project design, acumen for capacity building, behavior change communication and program audit and a flair for mentoring. Besides having worked in seven northern Indian states, in the international arena, she has undertaken assignments in Myanmar and Sri Lanka. Currently she works as Country Adviser to Holland based StartFund.

Seiha Kong

Seiha Kong

Current City: Phnom Pehn, Cambodia

Seiha is a living, breathing example of the resilience and determination of the wonderful Khmer people to overcome adversity, having experienced the atrocities of the Pol Pot Regime through the account of his mother and relatives. He has become an expert on the history and culture of the Khmer society. From a young age as the leader of the Cambodian Puppet Show Group for Development, he has traveled to all provinces to teach poor and remote Khmer school children about hygiene. In addition, he has traveled extensively to educate his people on sanitation, water purification, and proper care of food. He served a two-year volunteer mission for his Church among the Khmer people. He notes: “My people are very proud of their country—and they deserve to be after centuries of conflict and war. We have come out of it all with a very kind and sweet disposition and look forward to meeting the people of the world that want to see and serve in the Kingdom of Wonder: Cambodia.”

Jack Chen

Jack Chen

Current City: Chengdu, China

Jack is a master in leading team expeditions through some of China’s most remote areas. His love and passion for this mysterious and rich culture of Tibet and Sichuan Province are severely contagious. He has been a licensed tour guide since 1998 after graduating from Sichuan University, China. His profession has allowed him to immerse himself deep into uncharted areas, befriending poverty-stricken communities, identifying needs, and finding solutions on the ground level. Jack has explored China’s most isolated and far-flung destinations and remote communities. To this day, however, Tibet and China’s Sichuan Province (comprised largely of Tibetan nomads) remains his destination of choice to serve and work. The beautiful religious customs, friendly people, massive holy snow mountains, colorful prayer flags, unique dress, and mystic mountain lakes are a few of the reasons this area remains close to his heart. Says Jack: “The people of Tibet need help and support in their communities. Come and lend a hand with me. Come and you’ll experience a fairyland on earth…a place where you can forget all your troubles and become immersed in service and untainted culture….a place where your heart will be purified.”