Hello, my name is Nicole Banky! I live in Michigan and I’m becoming a certified preschool teacher. I became interested in mission work a few years ago and have been doing my research and letting God lead it. I came across Catholic Missions and was thrilled to find out I could do it for a few months. I want to be a light and a wonderful example of the joy of Jesus Christ. I feel a burning desire in my heart to help. I believe these mission trips will help deepen my faith with the Lord and allow him to use me to reach others who may be struggling. A passage I find very encouraging throughout my walk is 1 Corinthians 1:25 “For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength” A very good passage to show that God is the very person we must trust even in moments we think we know best because that isn’t true. I am putting all my trust in the Lord for these mission trips! Please keep me in your prayers! God Bless!
Kerala, India – Hello! My name is Martine Dollack. I am a wife, a mother of four, a teacher, a farmer and a passionate Catholic. I was born and raised in the Alsace region of France and moved to Canada after my marriage. We are currently living in Salmon Arm, British Columbia where we attend the church of St Joseph. I am passionate about my Catholic faith and have been involved in many ministries within my parish. I am also a proud member of the Catholic Women’s League. No matter the endeavor, I always look forward to grow in faith and service to others. I am very excited and grateful for the opportunity to join the team of CMT this summer as site coordinator. As I embark on this incredible journey, please pray for me, my family and our mission. God bless.
The Dominican Republic – My name is Cindy Pu and I am a 23 years old. I am a University of Nevada, Las Vegas alumni with my Bachelors in Social Work. I have been doing mission work with CMT for the past 2 summers (2016 & 2017) and have absolutely fallen in love with the work that the Lord has called me to do. I yearn to spread the gospel and the love of Jesus Christ to every person that comes near. I am so pumped to serve the Lord in Summer 2018!!
New Orleans and Baton Rouge – Hello! My name is Mykelle Laws, wife of a great guy and mother of 4 active young adults. I graduated from Virginia Tech in 1990 with a BS in Biochemistry and SWOSU in 1996 with an assoc. in Physical Therapy. Our family has moved around the United States with the Navy and United Airlines and have since settled in Culpeper, VA. I have been active in my community (Travel Soccer) and my church (confirmation catechist, altar society, and office help) while homeschooling my children and now participate with several non-profit organizations like our diocesan WorkCamp annual mission trip, Rotary Youth Exchange and Souls in Harmony. I am excited to join the Catholic Mission Trips team in facilitating “experiences of a lifetime” through mission!
Steve Nasche, Director
Steve serves at the Director overseeing all Catholic Mission Trips operations from mission trips, new site development, clean water projects, fundraising, and more. Steve has 15 years of mission trip experience.
Michelle Perez, Mission Coordinator
My name is Michelle Perez and I graduated with my M.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Mary Washington in 2006. Former teacher, home health aide, ballet instructor, and junior high youth minister, I now enjoy my time raising a son and daughter and arranging mission trips for groups hungry to serve God’s people.
Emilly Downing, Hiring and Marketing Director
My name is Emilly Downing. I have been working with CMT for about 5 years, 2 years as a summer staff, and 3 years as a Site Coordinator. The spiritual calling to serve keeps bringing me back to CMT again and again. In addition to this position, I am a tutor for children with learning disabilities, a wife to a wonderful husband named Andre. and caretaker of a loving Rottweiler named Maggie.