Meet Our Staff
The Solid Rock International staff is a group of committed individuals with wide-ranging talents and skills focused on serving the poor in the Dominican Republic. As a staff, we are passionate about our work in this life-changing ministry and would like to thank you for your continued support!
Bienvenida- Medical Team Coordinator
Bienvenida is a key link between the Christian Clinic of Integrated Health and the North American medical mission teams. She keeps the work week running smoothly for Solid Rock volunteers by preparing for the teams and ensuring sound communication throughout the week. Bienvenida also is responsible for promoting the schedule of visiting North American surgeons within the community and advertising for the clinic.
Dr. Canario- Clinic Director & Founder, Director of Child Nutrition Program
Dr. Canario directs the Christian Clinic of Integrated Health, located just next to the SRI guesthouse in San Juan de la Maguana. Dr. Canario has been working in the clinic since it’s doors opened in the late 1980′s, and also plays a major role overseeing the Child Nutrition Program. He felt called to serve the poor through medicine at an early age, and has given his life to the needy of his community.
Emmanuel- Clinic & SRI Team Pastor
Emmanuel Adames works as a pastor at the SRI-sponsored Christian Clinic for Integrated Health and as a youth pastor at his local church. He also travels with SRI medical teams, assisting and works alongside SRI mission teams offering Vacation Bible School to the local and surrounding communities of San Juan. Emmanuel has an important role of encouraging spiritual growth and sharing Jesus through the various channels of SRI programs.
Dr. Sandy- Clinic Doctor
Dr. Sandy has been working at the clinic since 2006. He assists SRI medical teams by consulting and preparing patients for North American surgeons as well as follow up care after surgery. Dr. Sandy has a true heart for serving his community as evidenced in the care he gives his patients as well as his involvement in a local church.
Dr. Victor- Supervisor of Child Nutrition Program in El Cercado
Dr. Victor works to save and transform the lives of malnourished children in the rural areas of El Cercado. He regularly visits with mothers and their underweight babies, and provides them with milk and nutritious foods. Mother are also given educational materials and are taught how to best use their limited resources to support their children. Many lives have clearly been saved and blessed through Dr. Victor’s work with the Child Nutrition Program.
Dan and Kari- Guesthouse Hosts/Missionaries
Hey! We are Dan and Kari Straley, the Guesthouse Administrators for Solid Rock International. We are full-time missionaries living in San Juan de la Maguana working with the North American teams who come down to serve. We met doing missions work in Juarez, Mexico in 2007 and were thrilled to accept this position and become part of the Solid Rock family in February 2011. We look forward to serving the Lord together with you!
Nicole- Medical Team Facilitator, Student Sponsorship Coordinator
Hi! I’m Nicole, and I’m the medical team assistant and sponsorship coordinator here at Solid Rock International. I guess you could say that I have my hand in a few different pots, working with the clinic and the barrio teams, and the sponsorship at the schools. However, my favorite thing to do is simply interact with the wonderful folks that we get to take care of and spend time with. I am enchanted with the life and culture of the Dominican Republic and feel blessed to be able to be here serving with our amazing teams.
Laura- Child Nutrition Program Social Worker & Student Sponsorship Coordinator
Hey! I’m Laura Demastus. I am excited to be a member of the Solid Rock Staff in the Dominican Republic. The people of San Juan de la Maguana captured my heart the first time I came here on a short-term missions trip in 2005. I am thrilled and blessed to have the opportunity to live and work here, using my social work skills to partner with the Child Nutrition and Student Sponsorship Programs.
Jeff and Kamanda- Construction Project Coordinator & Education Coordinator
We are thrilled to be in San Juan with our daughter Braegan as a part of the Solid Rock Staff. We are excited to see how God is going to use the REVOLUTION project to spread health education and healing throughout the country. Jeff works with the construction teams while Kamanda uses her passion for education to increase the support for local schools and student sponsorship. We love working alongside both Americans and Dominicans while serving the Lord through SRI.
Kate - Program Coordinator
Hi! I’m Kate and I am the Program Coordinator for Solid Rock International, working from the Indianapolis office. I have traveled to the DR several times with Solid Rock and am so thankful for the opportunity to join what God is doing there! Working with Solid Rock blends a lot of my passions: education (I am a former teacher), Spanish, traveling, and showing God’s love in practical ways. I am very excited to be a part of the Solid Rock family!
Lori – Administrative Assistant
I work as Administrative Assistant, part-time out of my home in Ohio. I’m thrilled to be able to use my skills in accounting, which I love to do, to assist the rest of the SRI team. I am so excited each month to see how teams are traveling to the DR to serve there. God is doing a lot of amazing things there and I’m so glad that I can be a part of keeping some of the many details straight.
Joe and Shannon- Executive Director & Director of Development
We work on the administrative side of Solid Rock International in the Indianapolis office, overseeing the various programs and ministries in the Dominican Republic. The work of SRI is very close to our hearts as we spent two and a half years serving as the Guesthouse Administrators in San Juan de la Maguana before taking on our current jobs. We feel absolutely blessed to be serving our Dominican friends in this challenging and rewarding position.