Staff

Emily Caldwell, Executive Director

Originally from Chicago, IL Emily was Executive Director and Founder of Galapagos ICE Organization: Immerse Connect Evolve a 501c3 dedicated to improving the health, education and conservation in the Galapagos.  She lived in Ecuador, mostly the Galapagos, for more than 10 years working with locals and more than 500 volunteers from around the world.  Emily was recognized by the local Mayors office by her efforts, was interviewed for the Dan Rather Reports and featured in the Christian Science Monitor for her work in the Islands.  In 2015 she returned to the United States closing Galapagos ICE due to a family tragedy and was very fortunate to find Education Equals Hope.  Now Emily lives in York, SC with her husband Teddy, who is from Ecuador.  When she opened her new Paolo Cuelho daily planner for 2017 the first quote explained a lot about Emily and her life’s work in helping others  “You succeeded in gaining respect for your work because you did not work only to survive, but to demonstrate your love for others.” Feel free to contact Emily at emily@educationequalshope.org or you can call her at 704-671-8592.

 

ECUADOR SITE COORDINATOR (Volunteer for E=H):

Cameron Graham Vivanco, Founder of E=H, has been in full time ministry since 1995. She served as the Youth Pastor of the Episcopal Church of the Advent, in Spartanburg, SC, for over five years, and then answered a call to youth ministry missions in 2000. As a missionary with both the South American Missionary Society (SAMS) and International Teams, she has served in the field for six years. She directs Youth World’s short term mission program, QuitoQuest, which receives roughly 500 participants a year. She also trains Ecuadorian youth leaders through the local church and LA Red. LA Red, a branch of Youth World, exists to identify, train and equip youth leaders throughout Ecuador and beyond. Cameron served as the interim director of this past year as well as her ongoing role as speaker, discipler, and mentor.

Having a passion to do Short Term Missions with integrity led Cameron to develop partnership models of STM, focusing on reciprocal partnerships between teams and ministry sites, developing the leadership on both sides of STM. This has given her the opportunity to speak in several countries including the US, Argentina, Thailand, and Ecuador on Short Term Missions.

Cameron was born and raised in Durham, North Carolina, and then studied at the University of the South in Sewanee, TN. After receiving her BA she began studying with the Institute for Professional Youth Ministry, receiving a certificate at the completion of a two year process.

August of 2006 she was married to Roberto Vivanco, a co-youth worker in the local church of Ecuador, and they now have the privilege of ministering together in Youth Ministries and Short Term Ministries.

HAITI SITE COORDINATOR: Les Cayes and Cavaillon (Volunteer for E=H)

Joyce Pipkin is originally from the Chicago area and now lives in CoJoyce-Pipkin-260x300lumbia, South Carolina with her husband, John who is a professional pilot with a passion for aviation ministries.  She has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and worked in the mortgage banking industry for over 25 years before moving to the South.  After relocating in 1997, she was self-employed for over 10 years as an Instructional Designer and Trainer for companies around the country.

In 1998 Joyce and John became active in the Outreach Ministries of Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church in Columbia and volunteered to travel to Haiti for the first time in 2001 to visit and report on their church’s supported mission site and its 20 sponsored students.  Haiti captured their hearts and Joyce committed to coordinate Saint Mary’s education sponsorship programs at Les Cayes and Cavaillon in the far southwest of Haiti.  Since that time, she has continued to visit Haiti three times each year, introducing mission teams to the joy of God’s blessings through the gift of education given by our donors to now more than 300 students each year.

In 2012 the administration of these programs transitioned to Education Equals Hope.  Joyce continues to follow her passion to help the children and young adults of Haiti as a volunteer coordinator, short-term mission leader and board member for E=H.  She and her husband, John enjoy spending time with their family of 3 daughters and 8 grandchildren as well as flying, traveling and sharing about the variety of missions God sends them on. They hope to continue to serve under the theme of “Here I Am, Lord” and are thankful for the health, strength and resources with which God has blessed them.

 

Jimmy-Brutus-(1)Jimmy Brutus, Onsite Coordinator, also known to family and friends as “Junior”, is 29 years old and was born in Les Cayes in the south of Haiti.  He has two older brothers, Jean Max and Jameson.  He never knew his father and his mother died when he was six years old.

In 2003, Jimmy became an active member of St. Sauveur Parish in Les Cayes and was offered tuition assistance from a sponsorship program originated by St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, a mission partner church from Columbia, SC;  this program is now administered by Education Equals Hope (E=H).  Over the years, Jimmy became a youth leader, worship team member and lay leader in the church as well as the coordinator of the E=H Haiti Leadership Team.  In April, 2013 Jimmy graduated from the Business and Technology Institute (BTI), an Episcopal business college in Les Cayes with an Associate Degree in Accountancy.

Today Jimmy is married to, Myrlande, and they have a little girl named Jimmara.  In April, 2016, he was hired as the Onsite Ministry Coordinator for E=H in Haiti as its first full-time Haitian employee.  As a graduate of the E=H sponsorship program, Jimmy is an example of an excellent leader and mentor for others in the program.  Jimmy says this is the plan of God in his life and he is ever-thankful for the opportunities he has been given as a result of the many donors who have supported the education sponsorship program.  He believes that through what E-H is doing, many children like him will be blessed and find a way to have success in their life.