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LINDSAY MILLS

Director

Lindsay truly leads this team by example. Since a young age she has lived a life of service in her community and abroad. After serving as the executive director of El Dorado Main Street, she decided it was time to follow her true passion for feeding those in need.  Why Numana? What made you want to pursue this as a career?  After 10 years in banking/finance, I realized how much of my time was spent volunteering for organizations that I was passionate about and decided to pursue a career in the non-profit sector.  I soon became the Director of a community development organization.  During my time there, I volunteered at the first Numana packaging event with my son in 2009.  As we were packaging, he looked at the pictures of the children that we were helping and he said “Mom, those kids are my age. ”  I was able to see the importance of what we were doing through his eyes and I realized how apathetic I had grown to those images that we see in the news all of the time, my heart was immediately changed.  From then on, our family volunteered for Numana as much as we could.  A few years and lots of prayers later, I was asked to join the Numana team.  Everyday, I am reminded that people are good.  I am blessed to work with some of the most giving and loving people across the country and the world who are all trying to help others.  What has been one of your favorite memories with Numana?  I was given the opportunity to spend time in 4 villages throughout Rwanda, where Numana food is being served in schools.  I met many of the children and was able to visit the homes of some and see just how important the food is to these students and their families.  For so many of them, the food served in the schools will be the only meal that they will eat that day.  As I talked to some of the older students, I showed them pictures of packaging events and one boy exclaimed, “There are so many people who want to help us!”  I wish that every donor and volunteer was able to see and experience the gratefulness of the children that they are helping.  I came home from Rwanda with such a strong desire to help so many more people.  Where can we find you when you’re not working? You will find me with my family.  Spending time with my husband and two sons is where I am when I am not working.  Whether it is watching the boys in sports, fishing at the lake, game nights, or our impromptu adventures; we really enjoy being all together. Tell us one thing you wouldn’t be able to live without? My quiet time in the morning with a big mug of coffee is very important to me (and those who are around me).  My day just does not start off right if I don’t have some moments of silence and reflection in the morning. Favorite quote? I can do all thing through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

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CHASE LOCKE

Director of Development

Chase comes to Numana from a career Clear Channel Media and Entertainment. After four years in the broadcasting/music industry, Chase decided it was time to use his creative talents for something different.  Why Numana? Several years ago I randomly emailed a woman named Jan Thompson who had been a missionary from our community in Haiti. I just wanted to go check it out, so she let me come stay with her. Jan and that trip changed everything for me. Gonaives gave me a whole new perspective of life. I instantly wanted to take the skills I acquired with Clear Channel and apply them towards something positive and impactful. Numana allowed me to do that…and I couldn’t be more grateful. What has been one of your favorite memories with Numana? This is an easy one for me. 30 Abes. This was the first big project I worked on when I came to Numana. After spending months of working on this truly unique and sometimes frustrating project, it became one of the best memories and rides of my life. There are points in your life when you feel God is really aligning you with the right people for great things to happen and things to come…he definitely did that with this. That day was so awesome. I felt like two thousand strangers had become my best friends and family in a matter of four hours. I just smile sit here and smile thinking about it all again. There are truly awesome people in this world. Tell us about yourself. What are some of the things you are passionate about? Music is pretty important in my life. I love to travel. Exploring new places and adventures. I love meeting new people. I make friends on planes and trains very well.  My family and friends. Especially my nephew, and God kids. I kind of have a thing for Dolly Parton. Where can we find you when you’re not working? Depends, hopefully outside. My parents are ranchers and they live on the land me and my three brothers grew up on. I enjoy it out there. I love the lake. But there is always a good chance you can find me on the couch walking Roseanne, The Walking Dead or Game of Thrones. Oh…or a city commission meeting. I’m also a commissioner in El Dorado, Kansas. Tell us one thing you wouldn’t be able to live without? Probably Diet Coke. That probably just made me sound like a middle-aged mom. Favorite quote? Not necessarily a quote….John 3:17.

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ASHLEY BURNS

EVENT LEADER

Ashley comes to Numana after working for the Wichita Children’s Home, at a drop-in center for homeless youth, located in Wichita, KS. She received her Bachelors of Science in Psychology and Human Services from Friends University. Ashley has also made several trips to Haiti serving alongside Christopher’s Hope Ministry and Mission of Hope. Why Numana? I have always had a desire to serve. Not just with my hands, but mostly with my heart. In December of 2009, I was twenty-two years old and the Lord revealed the beginning piece of how I would fulfill that desire. Nine full days in Gonaives, Haiti changed my life, my heart and my dreams. Since then I have served with a full heart in different parts of Haiti over 8 unique trips. Short-term trips are an amazing opportunity to love and serve people, but they again are short term. Numana provides the honor and opportunity to serve full-term and long-term, where the service of my hands and heart reach across the globe. What has been one of your favorite memories with Numana? The first event I went to as staff. There was a moment where I walked into the church sanctuary that was filled with volunteers packaging food, and realized I was in a room full of people who had the same heart-driven passion as I did. It’s a powerful reminder to see the body of Christ working together before you. And this is my “job”. Where can we find you when you’re not working? It will be hard to find me. Because I’ll be tucked away in the middle of no-were Kansas in a river, pond or lake with a pole in my hand and a stinger full of fish. Tell us one thing you wouldn’t be able to live without? Adventure. Whether that means driving through the countryside looking for it, or jumping on a plane and having no idea what I am getting myself into. Favorite quote? “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

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JASON HECKER

OPERATIONS MANAGER

Jason is truly a man of many talents. He has previously worked in landscaping, welding, and trucking. We are excited to have him join the Numana team as our “official trucker” for events! He also helps throughout the Numana  headquarters preparing for events and outgoing food shipments. Where can we find you when you’re not working? Usually at the lake or in the garden. Maybe around a fire pit or out bicycling.  Tell us one thing you wouldn’t be able to live without? Music. I love good music that moves you. Favorite Quote? “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”- Mahatma Gandi

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DAVID GROVE

WAREHOUSE/ NUMANA GARDENS

Where do we begin with David? David joined the Numana team after working with the City of El Dorado. He now helps lead our local initiative at the Numana Gardens in El Dorado. His hard-work and dedication have been a huge asset to our team. Aside from that, he is the life of the party! We can always count on him to keep the morale up and keep everyone smiling! Where can we find you when you’re not working? Enjoying time with friends and family! Tell us one thing you wouldn’t be able to live without? QuickTrip fountain drinksFavorite Song? Garth Brooks, Standing Outside the Fire.

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BRENT HAMMETT

CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Brent comes to Numana from a career as a creative director at a large church in Louisiana. Before that, Brent worked in the music industry both touring as a drummer and creating media content for artists. Why Numana?  My family adopted a beautiful little girl from DR Congo. Our daughter was suffering from malnutrition, failure to thrive and terrible parasites. After nursing her back to health, it became my burning passion to help other children who were in the same condition.   Numana’s mission to serve the hungry aligns perfectly with that passion! No brainer!  Tell us about yourself. I drink a LOT of vanilla coke zero. I love to waterski and mountain bike. Where can we find you when you’re not working? With my family! They are the best. Tell us one thing you wouldn’t be able to live without? Traveling. If I’m home for more than a few weeks, I get a little antsy. Favorite quote?  “The ragamuffin who sees his life as a voyage of discovery and runs the risk of failure has a better feel for faithfulness than the timid man who hides behind the law and never finds out who he is at all.” Brennan Manning