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ASHLEY BURNS

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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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MORGANBOLANDER

EVENT LEADER

Why Numana? Numana was an easy decision for me. This organization is the perfect marriage of my previous experiences. Since 2009 I have been flying in and out of Haiti. I have served with Christopher’s Hope Ministry and Mission of Hope,both partners with Numana (I didn’t now that at the time). I spent about four months living at Mission of Hope, it was there that I learned about Convoy of Hope (another partner of Numana). My main focus at MOH was actually the orphanage. Working with the kids, I soon learned about Numana’s food because that was what was for dinner. They paired the Numana food pack with their own amazing sauce and I loved it! Numana also combines the experience I have with the food industry. I have worked with the Texas Roadhouse of Wichita for several years. The fast-paced environment has equipped me with the skills to lead food packaging events for Numana. What has been one of your favorite memories with Numana?I had just gotten back from Mission of Hope, Haiti, and I went to volunteer at a Numana event, It was one of the first events I had ever been to. I walked in and saw a table of miscellanies items that were being sold. On the table, I also saw a pamphlet about Mission of Hope. The pamphlet had photos of the kids I had spent so much time with. I picked up the pamphlet, took a picture of it, sent it to the kids in Haiti then called them to hear sheer laughter. In that moment my Haiti world and my American world collided and I knew I wanted to be a part of Numana for more than one event. Where can we find you when you’re not working? When I’m not working you can find me spending time with my family or trying out new work-out classes. If the weather is nice, you will most definitely find me on the lake with my best friend. Tell us one thing you wouldn’t be able to live without?Um, I’d say coffee. I love that stuff. Favorite quote? “Be still and know that I am God” Pslam 46:10

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JESSICAWASHEE

EVENT LEADER

Jessica joined Numana after graduating from Friends University of Wichita, KS with a double major in marketing and business administration. Her heart is centered in serving others facing struggle and hardship. She has dedicated years in several ministry projects advocating and serving alongside the homeless community not only within her own Wichita community, but nationwide. Why Numana? I truly love working alongside others who have the same passions as I do. I’ve been waiting to see how the next step of my life would be directed, and I truly feel this opportunity is a gift from God. Where can we find you when you’re not working? Most likely exploring somewhere outdoors with my dogs, exercising or trying to find a way to get out into the wild. Tell us one thing you wouldn’t be able to live without? Travel. I love meeting new people, creating adventure and growing through experiences. It keeps life interesting and exciting. Favorite Quote
“Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire” – Jennifer Lee

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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 after having worked in the music industry 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  

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