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 Instructors
Dina Aydalis Gomez Mejia
28 Years Old
Dina is an enthusiastic and positive person, characterized by her gift of service. She has a beautiful family with whom she likes to spend time. One of her most memorable experiences has been teaching the elderly to read and write their first letters. She is currently studying to be a teacher and desires to support her community with her talents.
Eliezer David Ortiz Mendoza
27 Years Old
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.
26 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.
Yeralda Rebeca Rostran
30 Years Old
Yeralda gives thanks to God because first of all it is He who has given her the strength and wisdom to become a seamstress, now bringing it into practice through teaching in the sewing workshop at Light and Salt. After having studied since her adolescence as one of the things she likes to do the most, she is passionate about watching sewing tutorials on the internet and keeping an eye on the new fashion styles that are coming out. Yeralda is the secretary of her church, she likes to read books on self-improvement and the most curious thing about her is that although she does not have good intonation, she likes to sing.
49 Years Old
Mercy in Action Coordinator
Martha describes herself as a cheerful person, who likes to go for a walk to see new places, likes to listen to people when they have some kind of problem, support them with advice, and likes to teach the word of God to children, adults and the elderly. She loves to watch movies, eat, have good friends, go shopping and go to the beach the most curious thing about her is that she is dreaming again! Martha has always wanted to be a teacher and she is currently studying become one at her 49 years of age! Martha wants to work in this field since she considers education to be a great foundation to implement the word of God and form good young people who help society and generate positive changes.
Our Team of Administrators & Support Staff
28 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.
Melba Yael Gamez Rodriguez
40 Years Old
Melba likes to read and be in contact with nature because she believes that God manifests his character through his creation. She has been a mentor, advisor and coach because she loves seeing people grow in their talents and skills. Melba considers herself a visionary person and she wants to invest her time in transforming education in the country.
29 Years Old
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.
47 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.
23 Years Old
Moises is an active, tolerant, sociable person, what identifies him a lot is always giving his best to others, regardless of the person he serves, he tends to be very fond of people, rejects injustice and judgments caused by gossip, He is interested in spending a lot of time with children, he likes art paintings and all the background is one of his hobbies, he likes to sing with the children either in the street, church, park, he likes to draw and listen to music, something very curious is that he does not trust people much until he prays to be able to feel peace from God to be able to trust. He highly values quality time with the people he lives with.
Our Team Leader
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!