Our Staff

Roni Lacuesta - Executive Director

Roni Lacuesta is passionate about Jesus and loves to share with others of the joy of being intimate with Him.  He is currently the Executive Director and +Compass MK Ministry Director for Compass Ministries.  Roni was an Associate pastor of Dunklin Memorial Church until the Lord called him and his wife to be missionaries to Colombia, South America where he eventually became the Senior Pastor for the church that meets in Canaan, a restoration church that helps drug addicts and alcoholics.  After 8 years, Roni and his wife Vivian came back to the United States and are now residing in Tampa, Florida where they minister to missionaries and missionary kids through Compass Ministries.  Roni also does leadership training for Hispanic missionaries in the United States and continues to consult with churches on member care.

 

Cindy Duff - Founder and Ministry Director, Lead Pastoral Counselor

 

Cindy Duff is the Founder and Director of Services for Compass Ministries. She has been providing Member Care for Missionaries and their children since 2011.  Cindy grew up as the daughter of a church planting pastor in the Christian and Missionary Alliance. She lived in France for a year, and has served for several months in both Mali, West Africa and in Micronesia. Cindy is a graduate of Ashland Theological Seminary with an M.A. in Pastoral Counseling. She served as a play therapist for children and a counselor for adults with Emerge Ministries in Akron, OH before moving to St. Petersburg, FL in 1997. She served as a Bible and Psychology teacher at a Christian school for 14 years before resigning her position to begin Compass Ministries. Cindy and her husband, John, have four adult children.

 

Amanda Clewis - Board President

 

Amanda Clewis is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Director of New Leaf Counseling of Wesley Chapel, FL.  She is a mother of four children and a veteran of the mission field.  Amanda was a missionary in China, Kenya, and most recently served seven years with her family in Kyrgyzstan, Central Asia. Amanda graduated from the University of North Carolina with a bachelor's degree in psychology and then went on to earn a Master of Arts in Counseling from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. She has experience working in residential facilities, private practice, and with missionaries on and off the field. Her passion is to help missionaries and their families through transitions. She is also a public speaker of topics related to mental health and missions.

 

Vivian Lacuesta - Ruth House Manager and Compass Office Administrator

 

Vivian was born and raised in South America where she lived until her marriage to Roni. She served for 8 years together with her husband in Colombia, South America before moving to Tampa in 2008. 

Her passion is to mentor and equip other women to live passionately for Jesus. She is currently the Ruth House Manager and Chair of the Ruth House Selection Committee.

Roni

Roni has over 20 years of experience in addictions recovery and pastoral counseling, he has a Bachelor of Arts in ministry and is an ordained minister of Dunklin Memorial Church.

 

Roni and his wife Vivian moved to Colombia South America to become the executive director and Senior Pastor of Canaan City of Refuge. Roni and his team developed a 45-acre farm into a thriving recovery community with a bakery and agriculture as industries to support the farm.  Canaan eventually became a training center for Latin America to establish Cities of Refuge in that region. It was in Colombia that Roni did extensive counseling with missionaries and pastors on burn-out and life controlling issues. 

Steve

Steven loves Jesus and believes that his faith is defined by both belief and actions. His mission in life was inspired by a speech from US President Theodore Roosevelt, where he issued a challenge to "dare mighty things". Steven realized early in life that one of the mightiest things comes in the form of the humblest, which is, service to another. This realization placed him on a lifelong journey to find out what that looks like in today's world.

After a six-year term as a Budget Analyst in Hillsborough County, FL, Steve co-formed Praxis International, a non-profit organization focus on development in Haiti with five other professionals. He and his family took a five-year assignment in Haiti which ended 2 years early due a family emergency. His early return from this assignment opened his eyes to a world, previously unknown to him, of silent suffering and pain by missionaries and ministers alike.

Steven possesses a Bachelor's degree in International Relations from Florida International University and a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) from University of South Florida (USF). He has also received a graduate certification for Non-profit Management from USF. Steven is married to Gina, has two daughters and resides in Tampa, FL.