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2019 SHORT COURSE

Speaker Bios & Presentations

Event Schedule 2019

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Speaker bio: Dr. Sandra Barrios, DVM

Worship Leader

Sandra Barrios, DVM has been involved in youth ministries in her church at Mexico City since she was 18 years old. Worship, teaching, drawing and International relations are some of her major interests. She has collaborated in short missions to Honduras and she is also a Member of an Orchestral Worship project. She currently works as an International Move Coordinator mainly with Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Speaker bio: Dr. Lauren Charles, DVM

Finding Strength to Live Courageously from God's Word

Lauren is a graduate of Auburn, CVM, class of 2005. She grew up in Louisville, KY and returned there to practice in a small animal clinic for 3 years. Then for a year, she practiced in Baltimore working for Banfield, while planting a church. After a number of short-term mission trips to Latin American countries she lived and served in Bolivia from 2009-2012, working primarily with veterinary students. Lauren adopted her daughter Angie, and her dog Ruby in Bolivia, and then married her husband Jon. They now also have two sons, Isaiah and Paul. She serves as CVM's Southeast U.S. Region Rep.

Speaker bio: Drs. John and Laurie Day, Doctors of VM

Preparing to Go

John and Laurie are both graduates of UACS Davis and have lived in Jerome, ID since 1990. There, they own and practice in Dairy Health Services/MPS - an all-dairy practice with milk quality lab and a small retail business. John and his wife have participated in several CVM Short Courses as well as numerous RLRIs, and have served together on short-term trips to Nepal, Mongolia, India, and the Dominican Republic. Laurie has been a Volunteer Puppy Raising Club Leader for Guide Dogs for the BLind, Inc. for more than 25 years and is often in the company of whatever young Guide Dog-in-training the family is currently fostering. They are both very active in their local church and with a local church plant. John served on the CVM Board and has a passion for helping people to be better stewards of God's resources. Now that their three children, Austin (25), Kay Lee (22), and Annabelle (19) are grown, John and Laurie are planning for full-time Veterinary missions service.

Mental Health Resources: Dr. Kelly Crowdis, DVM

Strong and Courageous

Kelly completed an internship and graduate studies in Clinical Pathology at Michigan State University. She worked in Small Animal Emergency Medicine before joining the full time staff of CVM. After participating in several short-term mission trips with CVM she followed God's call and in 2006 began serving in Haiti. Kelly is a very popular host for CVM Shortterm Volunteers! She is a certified Livestock Emergency Guidelines & Standards Trainer (LEGS) and has been instrumental in leading CVM Earthquake Response in 2010, and Hurricane Mathew in 2016. She key implementer in the partnership with CDC and Haiti Ministry of Agriculture in implementing Rabies control in Haiti. She has a love for the young people of Haiti and has established many goat project for children. Currently she is helping to lead the development of Agricultural Training Center where Vet Agents are being trained for all of Haiti. Kelly is in the process of adopting a 10 year old son name Ronald that she has raised since the Earthquake.

Speaker bio: Dr. Brad Frye, DVM

Long Term Training

Brad Frye got involved with CVM when he was a student a veterinary student at Colorado State University (89). Then he went on to serve as Faculty Representative for two years and later served with his family as a CVM longterm missionary in Uganda. In 1999 he returned to the Seattle office to lead the International Program of CVM. Brad and his wife Angela, from New Zealand have 8 children and 3 grandchildren. Brad and Angela have a passion to disciple others in their mission calling and coordinate a family homeschool apologetic ministry and enjoy leading pre-marriage counseling for their church.

Resiliency: Dr. Rob Goodman, DVM

Wellness Workshop

Rob graduated DVM Texas A&M in 1996 then spent 20 years in the Army providing experience in leadership, team-building, change management, strategic and business planning, organizational development, and employee resilience and engagement. In 2013, he became an ordained minister and is now a rector at Holy Trinity Anglican Church. In 2019, Rob finished his Master's of Divinity through Fuller Theological Seminary.

Self Care: Dr. Rob Goodman, DVM

Self Care of Body, Mind, Spirit and Team

Rob graduated DVM Texas A&M in 1996 then spent 20 years in the Army providing experience in leadership, team-building, change management, strategic and business planning, organizational development, and employee resilience and engagement. In 2013, he became an ordained minister and is now a rector at Holy Trinity Anglican Church. In 2019, Rob finished his Master's of Divinity through Fuller Theological Seminary.

Speaker bio: Reverend Patrick Lai, PhD

Business for Transformation

Patrick Lai is a slave of Jesus. He has worked in SE Asia for 35 years; 10 years as a regular missionary and the past 25 years he has started 14 small businesses in 4 countries, 6 of which are still operating. The Lord enabled his team to win nearly 80 Muslims to Himself and gather 4 groups of Muslim believers. Patrick is the author of Tentmaking – The Life and Work of Business as Missions and Business for Transformation – Getting Started. Patrick’s degrees are in business marketing, University of Oregon; MDIV, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Chicago; Doctorate of Missiology (Topic: Problems and Solutions for Enhancing the Productivity of Tentmakers/BAMers Doing Church Planting in the 10/40 Window"), Asian Graduate School of Theology, Manila. Patrick founded the OPEN Network to coordinate services and equip both field workers and their churches for reaching the least reached peoples overseas via business. Currently Patrick and May mentor and coach businesspeople working where there are few or no Christians. They have a son and daughter-in-law serving the Lord in Denver as a banker and a lawyer, and another son running an app development business in south Asia. For more information about the OPEN Network see www.OPENUSA.net

Resiliency: Dr. Monty Mathis, DVM

Long Term Training

Monty Mathis along with his wife, Shelley are WSU veterinary graduates (’86 & ’88 respectively). They came to Christ one year after Shelley’s completing veterinary school. For the next 10 years they operated their own practice. In 1998, Monty & Shelley along with their daughter (13) & son (11) moved to Asia (restricted access countries) to be CVM field workers. 15 years later they moved back to the US residing in southern Oregon where Monty has the privilege to be CVM’s Mission Mobilization Coordinator and Shelley has returned to clinical medicine. They are both active in Biblical counseling & Spiritual formation (both with CVM & their local church). Monty is also part of their church’s pastoral team. Monty & Shelley have four granddaughters through their daughter’s family and six grandsons through their son’s family. Monty & Shelley are excited about equipping folks to be a part of Christ’s mission of seeing others wonderfully saved and the Church shine into every region of the world.

Road to Long Term Mission: Dr. Monty Mathis, DVM

Long Term Training

Monty Mathis along with his wife, Shelley are WSU veterinary graduates (’86 & ’88 respectively). They came to Christ one year after Shelley’s completing veterinary school. For the next 10 years they operated their own practice. In 1998, Monty & Shelley along with their daughter (13) & son (11) moved to Asia (restricted access countries) to be CVM field workers. 15 years later they moved back to the US residing in southern Oregon where Monty has the privilege to be CVM’s Mission Mobilization Coordinator and Shelley has returned to clinical medicine. They are both active in Biblical counseling & Spiritual formation (both with CVM & their local church). Monty is also part of their church’s pastoral team. Monty & Shelley have four granddaughters through their daughter’s family and six grandsons through their son’s family. Monty & Shelley are excited about equipping folks to be a part of Christ’s mission of seeing others wonderfully saved and the Church shine into every region of the world.

Speaker bio: Dr. Fred Van Gorkom, DVM

Long Term Training

Fred Van Gorkom went to Ethiopia in 1983 with Christian Veterinary Mission. After completing the Somali Returning Refugee Project, he did veterinary and famine relief work in the north central highlands of Ethiopia and met Vicki, a veterinarian from Oklahoma who had come to teach in the veterinary school. Married in 1986, they immediately returned to a remote part of southwestern Ethiopia to do church planting and community development (veterinary, water, education, forestry, peace-making and more). Then in 2002 Fred became country-wide Team Leader of most of the SIM mission stations in Ethiopia until 2008 when they moved to the CVM-USA office in Seattle. Fred & Vicki now use their experience to challenge, empower and facilitate other veterinarians in international settings. Vicki serves in CVM Donor Services; Fred serves as CVM Regional Director for Africa providing leadership as part of a team to recruit, train, place and mentor missionaries called to the people of Africa. They have been blessed with four children.