Our Team

Our team leads the pack!  Their hard work and commitment to God’s plans are selfless, Christ-like, and make the perfect home for the families we serve.  In order to give our beneficiaries the attention they deserve, our staff must be at their best. Therefore, At Light and Salt Ministries, all our staff receive monthly training sessions on a wide range of topics. In other words, we believe that if we seek quality performance of our students, we should first give it to our team!

Our Team of Light & Salt Ministries staff stand outside in front of a wall with the LASM logo. There are nine people dressed casually but professionally in black shirts and jeans.

Our Team of Instructors

Anyelo Rios Matamoros, the LASM Arts & Sports Teacher stands in front of the logo in a black shirt, smiling.

Rios Matamoros

31 Years Old
Art & Sports Teacher

Anyelo has been a part of LASM since January 2015. He loves his job and feels called to work with children and youth.  He feels proud of himself every day as he teaches exuberantly, knowing also that he is learning right along with the students. Additionally, he loves listening to music, playing baseball and being the life of the party.  We love Anyelo for his kind, humble, servant’s heart.

Eliezer Ortiz, LASM Critical Thinking and English Teacher, stands in front of a wall in a black shirt, smiling.

Eliezer Ortiz

26 Years Old
Critical Thinking and English Teacher

Eliezer joined the LASM team in February of 2020. He is the strong silent type and brings a lot of stability to the staff at Light and Salt Ministries.  He is our English professor, recently married, and the son of a long time pastor and missionary.  Eliezer has a very good understanding of what it takes to rework a society and transform people into healthy, present leaders.  Therefore, he excels in values training and practical, hands-on projects.

Milton Ulmanzor Martinez, LASM Bible Programs Promotor, stands in front of a wall in a black t-shirt, smiling.

Ulmanzor Martinez  

25 Years Old
Bible Programs Promotor

Milton is one of our newest team members and joined LASM in February 2021. He is a mastermind civil engineer whose greatest passion in life is serving the Lord.  He says it’s an honor and a privilege.  The fun fact about this young man is that he restored an engine at just six years of age, subsequently made his own toys as a child, with wood and motors, and learned music just three months after starting on the piano.  He loves to draw, which he learned to do only by seeing, and has a special way with math.  A genuine genius we might say, and yet with the most humble of hearts.  An amazing addition to our team in 2021.

Esther Gonzalez, Light and Salt Ministries Sewing Instructor, stands in front of some greenery in a blue shirt and black a wall in a black dress, smiling.


68 Years Old
Sewing Instructor

Esther has worked with LASM since May 2017. And, her joy is seeing her sewing student’s faces light up when they come to understand the skills and science of sewing.  Her hard work has paid off, she says, when they can replicate what they have been shown.  Esther is a retired self-employed seamstress who worked making wedding dresses in Italy for many years.  She loves studying the Bible and is currently seeing her dream come true, that of creating a small women’s Co-Op where ladies can be financially successful.

Our Team of Administrators & Support Staff

Izamar Valeska Carcache, our team leader for Light and Salt Ministries stands in front of a wall wearing a floral shirt and smiling.

Izamar Valeska

27 Years Old

Valeska started working with LASM in January 2018. She is the trustworthy, meek and wise-beyond-her-age young lady who runs our administration office like a top!  She is friendly, loves watching movies, and enjoys spending time with her nephew. In short, she knows that without God nothing would be possible.

Zoila Lorena Rugama Valle, our team Academic Director stands in front of a wall smiling in a black shirt.

Zoila Lorena
Rugama Valle 

32 Years Old
Academic Director

Zoila has been part of the LASM team since MAy 2018. Her deepest life principle is “God is love” (1 John 4:8). That’s it. Above all, that’s what she is all about. That principle is the driving force behind all she is and all she does.  She is not only LASM’s Academic Director, she is also the person responsible for our teachers and students as well as the youth leader at “La Roca” church. She says she loves pouring herself into the young people of the city because she sees them leading the way to change.  Zoila is a self-confessed bookworm and is now working on her masters degree in teaching.  She is also a certified psychologist of seven years.

Sharlin Lopez Rodriguez, the LASM Office Assistant stands in front of a wall wearing a black shirt.

Sharlin Lopez

28 Years Old
Office Assistant

Sharlin is one of our newest members and joined LASM in February 2021. She is a licensed attorney and a lover of cactus and plants that are as uncommon and beautiful as she is. Sharlin is a serious person, and likes things straight to the point, although she likes to joke with her friends as well.  Among her aspirations in life are the desires to learn how to sing well and play musical instruments. She likes to spend time with her husband, Eliezer and watch animated series that make them laugh.  

Reyna Isabel Rodriquez Gonzalez, the LASM Housekeeper and Chef, stands in front of a wall smiling wearing a black shirt.

Reyna Isabel
Rodriguez Gonzalez

46 Years Old
Housekeeping and Chef Extraordinaire

Reyna started working with LASM in February 2015. She is a steady hand and the servant of all.  Consequently, her quiet and humble spirit is felt by everyone who spends time at Light and Salt Ministries. She has quite a touching story growing up amidst the Nicaraguan civil war in the 70’s and sadly lost her father when she was only 4 years old.  After that her mother worked day and night to raise her and her three siblings. Because of her own experiences growing up, she can easily relate to the boys in our formation classes.  Despite enduring many hardships as a child, Reyna can attest to the good, good love of the Father and shares this love with the boys. She loves studying God’s Word.

Our Team Leader

Tara Germain, our Team Leader and LASM Co-Founder & Executive Director stands in front of a wall smiling in a sleeveless black blouse.

Tara Germain

41 Years Old | Co-Founder and Executive Director

Most importantly, Tara says her job description is to listen and do just as her Father in Heaven says to do. Likewise, she is called to serve the people of Nicaragua, encourage people of all races and ages the best that she can, and do her best to maintain her personal testimony and walk with the One and Only Almighty God.

In short, she sums it all up, “Losing my life was the best thing I ever did because in doing so, I found it. It is truly a more blessed thing to live outside of oneself than within oneself.”

Tara laughs as she remembers as a young girl wishing she could have grown up in the “olden days”. she certainly feels like she is living that dream now as in many ways she practically does.

When she is not working her favorite things include resting, watching her husband play with their daughter and then listening to her daughter’s belly laugh which inevitably follows.

Read more about our Team Leader, Tara Germain (Co-Founder & Executive Director here.

Read about our Founders, Alex Casco & Tara Germain here .

Our Team Training & Development

Our team receives monthly staff training from the Asociación de Centros Educativos Cristianos Evangélicos de Nicaragua (ACECEN), which is translated the Association of Evangelical Christian Educational Centers of Nicaragua).  As a result, of their amazing development program we have had an alliance with ACECEN since May of 2013.  In addition, to the monthly  staff trainings, our Executive Director (Tara Germain) and our Academic Director (Zoila Rugama) attend their yearly Directors Conferences every February.  ACECEN is, and has been, a huge part of our development and growth as a ministry in Nicaragua since the day we came in contact with them!