"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead.
MEET THE TEAM
Co-Founder Christian Brigades Executive Director
Ismael Montoya served as a missionary in the country of Honduras from 1997-2001. After moving back from the mission field to the United States, he completed his career in international business and co-founded Christian Brigades with his best friend (now wife) Sarahi Montoya. Ismael currently holds a law degree and serves on the board of directors for Christian Brigades, developing local and international partnerships. In his free time, Ismael likes to watch sports, read new books, take his wife on dates, and explore new places.
Co-Founder Christian Brigades Management Director
Prior to founding Christian Brigades, as a student, Sarahi helped lead student-run free clinics thru Flying Samaritans and UC San Diego School of Medicine from 2003-2009. Sarahi’s has degrees in Biochemistry, Public Health and Nonprofit Development. Her main role is to develop, manage and evaluate the organization’s programs, funds and staff. When Sarahi is not doing work for Christian Brigades, you can find her trying out new coffee shops, running, or cuddling with her dog “Princess.”
Advisory Board Member
Monica joined Christian Brigades Board in 2013. Since then, she has been a great asset to the team. She has a career background in Spiritual Counseling, and Nursing. Her role as administrative assistant consists of volunteer and donor relations. During her free time, you will find Monica reading, spending time with her husband, family, or taking her dog Bates on a walk.
Jasmin has a background in Business Administration, and has spent several years working as a reading specialist for children with learning disabilities. Her passion to reach and empower marginalized communities while sharing the love of God, connected her to the vision of Christian Brigades. Jasmin provides administrative support to volunteers and staff of the organization.When Jasmin is not on her computer, you can find her performing, reading or baking sugary treats.
Leah has a background with special needs children. She is currently a sociology student, with aims of becoming an occupational therapists. The desire to do more for people in need, lead her to join Christian Brigades. Leah maintains inventory of all in-kind donations received and provides administrative support to volunteers leading drives across the United States. During her free time, she enjoys going on hikes and singing.
Azalea has with a background in social and behavioral sciences, optometry and is currently aiming to expand her career into public relations. Azalea’s passion for sustainable projects in the nonprofit sector lead her to join Christian Brigades. She assists with marketing, represents Christian Brigades at events, and provides information to volunteers and donors on the many ways they may get involved. Azalea loves to read, spend time with family and friends, and shop online.
Joe & Sara Gonzalez
Advisory Board Member
Drives Community Outreach
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Bishop Joe Prado
Pastor Eduardo Loya