Our Team

We have an incredible team that is here to serve! Take a few moments to get to know our staff!


Dr. Kit Flowers

Executive Director, Mongolia/Mid-East
Western Canada, NW, SW and NC Region Rep (interim contact)

kflowers@cvmusa.org | 206-546-7226
Dr. Flowers has served as CVM's President since 1994 and joins a terrific team of staff and volunteers in serving the vision and mission of CVM. Together they seek to join God in the work He is calling us to do. We are supported in this effort with a terrific Board of Advisors and by the staff of CRISTA Ministries. Kit serves in these efforts with his wife Jan.

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Dr. Brad Frye

Program Director & Latin America Director

bfrye@cvmusa.org | 206-546-7248
Dr. Frye provides leadership and direction for the International Program Team of CVM. This team recruits, trains and supports CVM full-time international staff and short-term volunteers. He has primary responsibility for oversight of the the CVM International and Native American Ministries in the Americas.

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Dr. Karen Stoufer

Director of Training & Asia Regional Director

kstoufer@cvmusa.org | 206-546-7308
Dr. Stoufer's passion is to facilitate training related to Christian rural community development, participatory training, raising of missionary kids, and cross-cultural skills so that long and short-term field staff can be effective. She and her family served in Nepal for 13 years with village animal health workers, women's empowerment, literacy, water projects and the local church.

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Dr. Fred Van Gorkom

International Partners Director & Africa Regional Director

fvangorkom@cvmusa.org | 206-289-7953
God blessed Fred and Vicki with 25 years of veterinary development, church planting and mission leadership in Ethiopia. Now with wider focus, Fred is part of a team to mobilize, train, send and mentor long and short term veterinary missionaries, especially in Africa. He loves to share what God is doing, and to challenge people to pray, go or partner in the Great Commission.

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Krista Forseth

U.S. Ministry Director

kforseth@cvmusa.org | 206-289-7811
Krista oversees the coordination of all of the student and professional outreach ministry strategies for US ministry and Canada. This includes managing the Region Representatives and Event Coordinator. She also serves a local church with her husband Derek, who serves as a senior pastor.




Dr. Lauren Charles

Southeast Region Representative

lcharles@cvmusa.org | 502-612-1357 
Dr. Lauren is an Auburn grad, class of 2005. She lived and served with CVM in Bolivia for three years. There she quickly went from being single to having a family of four including her handsome husband, Jon, beautiful Bolivian daughter, Angie, and their Bolivian Labrador, Ruby. Her growing family brought her back to the US, where she's currently based out of Louisville, KY. She’s added two sons to their family and she’s serving as CVM's Southeast Region Representative.

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Colleen Conroy 

Deputation Administrative Assistant

cconroy@cvmusa.org | 206-546-7312
Colleen coordinates field worker prayer letters and prayer cards.  She assists with deputation and donor services, as well as provides fulfillment of CVM's Remember A Pet program.



Stephen Cowden

E-Learning Coordinator

scowden@cvmusa.org | 206-289-7860
Stephen oversees the development of CVM's e-learning program. He has a passion for equipping people to serve in response to God's call, and his role with CVM is to help train veterinary professionals for missions service.



Malia Drennan

International Missions Administrative Assistant

mdrennan@cvmusa.org | 206-546-7472 
Malia has a background in international development as well as experience in and a heart for cross cultural ministry. Within her role, she supports the mobilization of short-term and long-term mission volunteers and staff through the CVM International Programs office. She is also responsible for coordinating the benefits process and application process for long-term staff.


Dr. Glenn Gaines

South Central Region Representative

ggaines@cvmusa.org | 979-277-4150

Dr. Glenn Gaines is a 1982 Texas A&M graduate and practiced for 25 years with the majority of that in Brenham, Texas. He started doing mission trips in 1995 with CVM. He has been blessed to have traveled in 8 different countries. He left private practice in 2007 and he left the US, with his wife Kathy, to serve as field staff in Mongolia from 2007-2010. Dr. Glenn Gaines is now serving as a region representative for CVM.

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Curtiss Gibbs

Northeast Region Representative

cgibbs@cvmusa.org | 206-836-8755

Curtiss Gibbs joined CVM full-time after 12 years of pastoral ministry in the lcoal church, mostly focused on youth, college students, and missions. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia and is finishing his Mastor of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary. Curtiss loves connecting people to their calling and working to see individuals and groups thrive as they serve God. He and his wife, Shannon, have been married since 2003, and love to spend time outdoors and in the company of family and friends. 



Dr. Suzanne Laidlaw

Canada Eastern Provincial Representative

slaidlaw@cvmusa.org | 519-729-5466

Since 2015, Suzanne has worked part time with CVM as the Eastern Canada Representative. Suzanne completed her veterinary studies in Western Australia, then worked in Northern Ireland for two years and currently works  part-time in Ontario as a mixed animal veterinarian. She has been on several short-term missions trips with CVM and is excited to be involved in serving Canadian veterinarians and students. 


Dr. Monty Mathis

Mobilization Coordinator

mmathis@cvmusa.org | 206-854-9825

Monty provides pastoral care and encouragement for those exploring their call or serving in mission. He spent 20 years in ministry with CVM (Asia) with his family. Monty loves to help people grow closer to Christ. His wife, Shelley, returned to small animal medicine upon their return to the States. She is also very active in supporting and complementing Monty's role in CVM. 


Nina McMahon

E-Learning Design Specialist 

nmcmahon@cvmusa.org | 631-295-6465

Nina works with CVM's e-learning team to design online resources. 



Lauren Myers

Short-term Missions Administrative Assistant

lmyers@cvmusa.org | 206-289-7812

With a background in international community development, communication and fundraising, Lauren’s desire is to help equip and empower short-term volunteers for holistic, responsible, and effective service overseas. Her primary focus with CVM will be managing volunteers’ short-term fundraising accounts and trip details. 


Debbie Roadruck

Event Coordinator

droadruck@cvmusa.org | 206-546-7577
Debbie coordinates all event planning for professional and student conferences, booth and breakfast/evening seminar logistics, and communication to speakers and volunteers. This includes support of CVM US Ministry Director, Region Representatives, State Representatives and Student Leadership. 


Dr. Barry Schwenk

E-Learning Course Development Coordinator

bschwenk@cvmusa.org | 206-794-2930 
Dr. Barry Schwenk began his relationship with CVM as a student at Kansas State University in 1995. He was challenged in ways that have forever changed his life. After practicing in the US for 7 years, he served with his wife Colette and three children (Emily, Jonas and Simon) as CVM long term fieldworkers in Ethiopia for 6 years and as the CVM Southwest Region Representative for 4 years. Barry now serves part-time with CVM by coordinating E-learning modules geared towards veterinary professionals.

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Dr. Vicki Van Gorkom

Donor Services Coordinator

vvangorkom@cvmusa.org | 206-546-7574
Vicki served as a CVM field staff member in Ethiopia from 1986 to 2008, at which time the Van Gorkoms moved back to the U.S. She has been working in the CVM home office as Coordinator of Donor Services since that time.

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Kara Vollman 

Marketing & Communications Manager

kvollman@cvmusa.org | 206-546-7954

Kara oversees the marketing, communication, and fundraising efforts for Christian Veterinary Mission. She also teaches Sunday school at her church where her husband serves as the head pastor.