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MARTHA ZELAYA
Office Manager

Martha has an Accounting degree and is also a trained teacher. She has two sons and likes to spend her free time with her family, watching movies or visiting places around Matagalpa. Martha is committed to her job with Rayo de Sol because she knows that her experience and skills are used to improve the lives of many people.

LEYDY CÁRDENAS
Educational Quality Coordinator

Leydy has undergraduate and master’s degrees in Education. She has two daughters and likes to dedicate her free time to reading, creating art and spending time with her family. She values her work with Rayo de Sol because she loves to impact the lives of children and teachers.

VICTOR BALMACEDA
Community Development Coordinator

Victor has a degree in Agronomy and is also studying for a master’s in Education. In his free time, he loves to play sports, read and spend time in his garden. He sees his work at Rayo de Sol as a perfect way to share God’s love with less fortunate families.

PETER SCHALLER
Executive Director

Peter has a degree in Community Organization and a master’s in Public Administration. He and his wife have five beautiful children and one grandson. He loves to spend his free time with family, as well as hiking in the mountains around Matagalpa or tinkering in his carpentry shop. His work at Rayo de Sol has taught him how to truly live as a disciple of Christ, with unconditional love and compassion.

MARTHA CORTEDANO
Spiritual Growth Coordinator

Martha is currently studying for a degree in Social Development. In her free time, she and her husband like to go to church and also to the gym. Working at Rayo de Sol has taught her new ways to serve every day, following Christ’s example. She is also a very active member in the Matagalpa Young Life organization.

SANTIAGO MERCADO
Program Manager

Santiago is an Education Specialist with many years of experience in development projects. He enjoys spending his free time with his wife, three children and his grandson, as well as fishing and playing softball. He loves his job at Rayo de Sol because it allows him to serve the most vulnerable families in Matagalpa.

JOSÉ FARGAS
Integral Community Health Coordinator

José has a degree in Agronomy and many years of experience working in health programs. He enjoys spending his free time with his wife, three children and two grandchildren. José feels that his work at Rayo de Sol allows him to help humble families break the cycles of chronic poverty.

KARLA TORREZ
Youth in Action Coordinator

Karla has a degree in Social Development and many years of experience working with adolescents. She uses her free time to create art and also spend time with her husband, two children and her grandson. Karla feels that her work at Rayo de Sol helps her to create positive change in the lives of so many young people and their families.

SCOTT FINLAYSON
U.S. Director

Scott studied Spanish and International Trade at Auburn University with a minor in Community and Civic Engagement. He spent several summers working with nonprofits in Central America during college, moved down to Nicaragua in January of 2018, and is currently based in the U.S. In his free time, he enjoys playing guitar, playing soccer, and getting out into nature. Scott is grateful for the opportunity he has through Rayo de Sol to share the love of Jesus with families in Nicaragua, both in word and deed.

ASHLEY GLOVER
Outreach Coordinator

Ashley holds an undergraduate degree in Communications from the University of Georgia, as well as a Master’s degree in English Education from Kennesaw State University. After teaching for almost a decade, Ashley felt called to work from home after the birth of her first daughter, Ginny, in 2014. She longed to serve God behind the scenes by working from home – building relationships and supporting others as they work in ministry. She is passionate about both people and details and her heart is to serve people by working on the details. Ashley and her husband, Burch, live in Marietta, Georgia with their 3-year-old daughter. She is excited to see how God will continue to grow His Kingdom through Rayo de Sol’s outreach!

DARLING DÍAZ
Office Assistant

Darling helps to keep our office clean and well organized. She has four children and loves to spend her free time with friends and family. Darling feels like the Rayo de Sol team is part of her family. She loves her job because she has learned so much about loving her neighbor and sharing our blessings every day.

MARINA PAYAN
Administrative Assistant

She has a degree in Accounting and has also studied computer science. She enjoys spending her free time with her three children, as well as reading and cooking. Marina has learned a lot about humility, while working at Rayo de Sol and loves to spread hope to less fortunate families.