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

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

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. 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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Tracy Rubstello

Short-term Missions Coordinator

trubstello@cvmusa.org | 206-546-7344
Tracy's background serving as the Global Mission Coordinator for a local church and as the founder of a ministry to widows and orphans in Rwanda has given her first-hand experience of the life-changing impact of cross cultural ministry.  Her primary focus with CVM will be on coordinating short-term volunteers and trips.


Colleen Conroy

Resource Development Administrative Assistant

cconroy@cvmusa.org | 206-546-7312
Colleen Conroy serves as CVM's Resource Development Administrative Assistant. Colleen's career as a marketing specialist, field worker liaison with many years spent supporting directors in administration has successfully prepared Colleen for this busy position. Colleen also directs CVM's Remember A Pet program as well as coordinates fieldworker prayer letters and assists in all aspects of donor services. Colleen is a national champion ice skater with a degree in Fitness Management.



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.



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.



Theresa Chu

Event Coordinator

tchu@cvmusa.org | 206-289-7860
Theresa 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. 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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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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Dr. Melissa Cheeks

North Central Region Representative

mcheeks@cvmusa.org | 608-609-1252
Dr. Melissa is a 2011 graduate of Purdue who moved to Madison, Wisconsin soon after graduation. She worked in clinical practice before being led to join the CVM staff full-time as the North Central Region Representative. She loves to walk with veterinary students and professionals as they find their own calling. Alongside her husband Maurice and daughter Hannah, the Cheeks family finds joy in pouring out God’s love through serving others in many capacities.

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Dr. Gina Wintermantel

Affiliate Ministry Director

gwintermantel@cvmusa.org | 763-333-5926
Gina has been practicing small animal medicine in the Midwest for over 20 years.  She has had the opportunity to serve on several short-term mission trips to East Africa. Now as the liaison for affiliate ministries, she is delighted to partner with veterinarians serving Christ in other countries.

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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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