Ryan Snyder Thompson helped to start LEAP’s International Disaster Relief Program over four years ago when he joined the LEAP team as the Director of this program. Through his extensive travels to Jordan, Turkey, and Lebanon, medical mission work became part of his passion of service. So we knew it would only be a matter of time before he got into PA school and would have to dedicate his full attention on those efforts. While he will be missed, we are celebrating this incredible accomplishment and wish Ryan all the best as he begins a new journey in medicine. We look forward to when he will be able to join our mission teams in another capacity!
After almost four years of invaluable leadership and development of the Mission Program, Kristin McCool has decided to spend more time focusing on family and international church ministry. We wish her well in all of her future endeavors and truly appreciate everything she has done to make LEAP’s Mission Program more streamlined and effective. Kristin will help transition the new Director of Missions with training part-time and will travel with the Zimbabwe team later this month.
While Kristin will be missed, I’m thrilled to announce that Jasmine Taylor has joined our team as LEAP’s new Director of Missions. As an ordained minister with a background in international program management, program development & education, and volunteer management, Jasmine has traveled extensively to more than 30 countries, has over 15 years of nonprofit work experience, and joins us after recently completing her master’s degree. Jasmine has a degree in Public Policy & Nonprofit Management from the University of Southern California, is married and has 9-year-old twin daughters.
Please join me in thanking Ryan & Kristin for their service and welcoming Jasmine to the LEAP family!