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.
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.