Chris Elisara - Executive Director Ph.D.
A visionary educator, social entrepreneur, and filmmaker, Dr. Chris Elisara and his wife Tricia founded CCSP in 2002. A native New Zealander, Dr. Elisara earned a B.A. from the University of Auckland, an M.B.A. from Eastern University, and a Ph.D. in cross-cultural educaiton from Biola University, CA. More recently he founded the Center for Environmental Leadership in Buffalo, NY, and in late 2011 Dr. Elisara became the inaugural chair of the World Evangelical Alliance's creation care task force. Closer to home Dr. Elisara is a board member of the Volcan Mountain Foundation, a conservation organization which has preserved over 17,000 acres of critical habitat in San Diego County.
Courtnay Wilson - NZ Program Director M.T.S.
Courtnay is a Canuck from Dundas, Ontario, Canada. Did you know that, with over 100 waterfalls, Dundas claims to be the “waterfall capital of the world”? Courtnay joined the New Zealand team four years ago after spending two years working for SoPac’s sister program in Belize. Although she sometimes misses the escabeche and Johnny cakes, she definitely does not miss the cold showers! Prior to working with CCSP, Courtnay spent three years in Japan teaching English in a public high school. Before that, she completed a Master’s in Theological Studies at McMaster Divinity College in Hamilton, Ontario, where she also did an undergraduate degree in History and Political science. It was at seminary that Courtnay found her theological home in the Mennonite Church. Recently, Courtnay joined St. John Ambulance in Kaikoura and is excited about her training to become a volunteer ambulance officer. Her favourite activity in Kaikoura is communing with the acrobatic dusky dolphins from the comfort of her kayak. You can call her “The Dolphin Whisperer”. Things you’re likely to hear Courtnay say: Boggle anyone? Is there coffee made? Are you going to eat that piece of chocolate?
Alicia (Allie) Landis - NZ Program Administrator B.S.
Allie finished her third year working for CCSP New Zealand in May 2012. She is a graduate of Gordon College in Wenham, MA, where she spent four excellent years studying outdoor education and art. She enjoys conversation on many topics ranging from the theories behind experiential education, to the concept and practice of “Sabbath.” During university Allie spent a semester as a student at CCSP NZ when the program was based on the North Island in Oratia, a suburb of Auckland.
Allie really enjoys living in Kaikoura, and doesn’t miss too much about North America besides Fall in New England, friends, and her family. During working hours Allie can be found in the office and around the Convent doing everything from bookkeeping to field trip planning and reading aloud. She has an ongoing list of fun ideas for her free time and weekends. This currently includes reading lots of books on the back porch, learning to surf, biking, backpacking in New Zealand’s awesome backcountry, trying to see a Whio (Blue Duck), kayaking with Courtnay, playing games, writing letters, setting up a campus pottery studio, and building community via coffee or breakfast dates.
Emma-Jane Coote - NZ Kitchen Manager B.S.
Emma began working at CCSP at the start of 2010. She is a born and bred kiwi, her hometown being Nelson, which is situated at the northern end of the South Island. She has spent most of her life in the Marlborough Sounds, an area in the Nelson region known for its green native bush and abundant seas. Emma has also spent a bit of time in Australia. She loves ethno-botany, photography and art, and she also loves to cook, garden and go on road trips.
Her background is mainly in the food industry, she also has a BS in Botany and a certificate in natural therapies.
Brian Rogers - NZ Sustainable Food Coordinator B.A.
Brian Rogers grew up on a small island community in the Chesapeake Bay, near Annapolis, Maryland. Throughout his childhood, he enjoyed sailing, fishing, reading, and road-tripping around the East coast with his parents and siblings. He attended Gordon College, where he received a degree in Biblical Studies and Outdoor Education. Throughout college, Brian led backpacking trips in New York's Adirondack Mountains for Gordon's Center for Outdoor Education. While working in the Adirondack's, he came to appreciate the value of community living, as well as growing vegetables. He spends his free time reading, hiking, and searching for good coffee shops.
Kristen Listor - NZ Student Life Coordinator B.S.
Kristen Listor spent most of her childhood in Tampa, Florida, pretending to be the Crocodile Hunter in her backyard while catching frogs and lizards. She moved to Freehold, New Jersey, luckily staying a short drive away from the beach. She recently graduated from Messiah College where her focus turned to ecology and all things green, earning a degree in Environmental Science. She owns a small jungle worth of house plants and is crazy about animals. She likes herping, swimming, gardening, photography, and going on adventures. She is very excited to be in New Zealand!
Caleb King - NZ Student Life Coordinator B.A.
Caleb grew up in Cresskill, NJ. He is the youngest of three, with two older sisters. Caleb enjoys playing sports, reading books, and fresh air. He graduated from Wheaton College where he had lots of fun and made some good memories and friends. Caleb studied abroad in Kaikoura his junior year where he discovered fresh fish is the best fish.
Jeff Fisher - Belize Progam Director M.S.
Jeffrey Fisher is the Program Director of the Creation Care Study Program in Belize. His interests include ornithology, athletics, and sustainability. Jeff is a graduate of Messiah College where he majored in Health and Human Performance: Exercise Science. While attending Messiah he was a member and captain of the Men's Lacrosse team. Jeff also had the opportunity to study abroad in Australia through the Best Semester Program. There he studied Australian history and culture while enjoying his amazing home stay experience. During his years at Messiah, Jeff took a summer to work on the Oregon coast where he worked as a summer staff member for Twin Rocks Friends Camp.
After graduating from Messiah, Jeff began his Master's in Education at McDaniel College. During his time at McDaniel he worked at a The Carroll County Career and Technology Center where he taught Physical Rehabilitation in the Academy of Health Professions. Jeff coordinated student internships at local healthcare facilities and taught physical education during his time there. Jeff also tried his hand at organic farming when he assisted in the development of a community supported agriculture program in Baltimore, MD. It was a successful first season with 25 members!
Jeff has a passion for holistic health and sustainability. He marvels at the intricacy of the human body and more so at how each person impacts the world around them. He enjoys nature through running, biking, hiking, kayaking, or hanging in a hammock enjoying the unique sunset each day brings. Jeff is married to Brindley Fisher who is also the Internship Coordinator for CCSP Belize. They were blessed enough to be married in Belize in 2010.
Brindley Fisher - Internship Coordinator BA
Brindley Fisher is the Internship Coordinator for the Creation Care Study Program in Belize. Brindley is a graduate of Messiah College where she majored in Human Development and Family Science. The most impactful semester of college for Brindley just happened to be in Belize with CCSP. She fell in love and just keeps coming back. After graduating from Messiah, Brindley made her way back to CCSP Belize as a Student Life Coordinator. She then returned to the US and found herself as the managing director of TALMAR Gardens and Horticultural Center, where she learned all about non-profits, fresh flowers, horticultural therapy, and life on a farm. Brindley also made her way to The Joshua Farm in Harrisburg, PA and ran the Youth program for high school kids, teaching them about farming through doing it!
Brindley enjoys having her hands dirty and her belly full of fresh veggies, and has discovered that farming is the best way to do this. She has a special passion for blue-gray tanagers and all things Barbara Kingsolver. She adores the Belizean culture and feels that knowing her place is the absolute best way to see God. Brindley is married to Jeffrey Fisher, who she met in her freshman communications class at Messiah. She will be forever grateful that he sat next to her during the first day of class. Among many other things, Jeff and Brindley share an overwhelming love for people and the outdoors.
Joelle Van Gaalen - Belize Program Adminstrator B.S.
Joelle Van Gaalen is the Program Administrator for CCSP Belize. Joelle graduated from Dordt College with a degree in Biology and studied with CCSP Belize because of her interest in environmental justice and living abroad. Through college and work experiences Joelle focused her learning on issues in ecology, conservation and global sustainability. Working for CCSP continues to be both a challenge and a joy for Joelle as she puts her passion for community, food and local economies to work while managing the CCSP’s office, kitchen and sharing life with students every semester.
Angelica Tambornino - Belize Student Life Coordinator B.S.
Angelica "Gellie" Tambornino originally hails from Minneapolis, MN. She most recently lived in Pennsylvania after studying with CCSP in New Zealand and graduating from Messiah College in 2010 with a degree in Human Development & Family Science. Gellie loves music, sports, reading, birding, and arts & crafts. She is a nerd at heart and is passionate about fostering community, especially through group activities like games or doing dishes. She has also been known to remember insignificant bits of information for long periods of time.
Forrest Inslee - Cascadia Academic Dean Ph.D.
Dr. Inslee earned a masters and a Ph.D. in communication at Northwestern University, and a second masters in Christian Studies at Regent College, British Columbia -- all with an intercultural focus. His doctoral dissertation examined the culture of poverty, and was based on ethnographic fieldwork among Chicago’s homeless population. He later served as a professor and leadership consultant in Istanbul for several years. He now teaches at Northwest University in courses such as environmental justice and social entrepreneurship, and directs the MA in International Care and Community Development program at Northwest University
Alex Ehrich - Belize Sustainable Food Coordinator B.A.
Alexander comes to Belize from the beautiful city of Minneapolis, MN where he graduated in 2011 from North Central University with a Degree in Biblical Languages. Some of his interests include reading, drinking copious amounts of coffee, enjoying the company of others around the dinner table, discussing theology gardening and biking. He is known to linger at the dinner table, talking and laughing with students long after the majority have cleared their plates and left. It is his love of people and desire to see them grow that ignites his passion for community and involvement therein.
Mark Wolstenholme - Belize Student Life Coordinator B.A.
Mark Wolstenholme grew up in suburban Virginia, and graduated from Eastern University with a degree in Biblical Studies in May 2012. His interests include Birding, Fishing, Hiking, Swimming, and playing games. During an internship working towards ecological restoration with Eastern, Mark gained a greater appreciation for the importance of creation care, and decided to study with CCSP in Belize for a semester. His semester in Belize, coupled with 10 weeks spent in Mozambique the summer before, opened his eyes to the vital importance of community. He is glad to be back with CCSP where these two passions come together perfectly.
Daniel Macadam – NZ Property Manager B.A.
As an MgK (Missionary grand-kid), Daniel was born in Costa Rica, where he learned to love the outdoors, wild creatures, fresh fruit, and climbing trees. With the watchful eye of an older brother and a pet Doberman “baby-sitter”, the boys were free to explore and play outside to their hearts’ content with great imagination. Later moving to Williams Bay, Wisconsin, the boys enjoyed summers at the lake swimming all day, fishing, boating, playing soccer, sailing, and still climbing plenty of trees. Daniel graduated from Gordon College with a B.A. In Fine Arts- Sculpture and has since worked nearby in construction and leading wilderness trips with Gordon’s Center for Outdoor Education. In Kaikoura, he is excited to make the Old Convent a home away from home for all at CCSP!