Our Rock Star (Humble) Team
Our team is passionate, on the ground, and good looking. We are not working from the sidelines, but directly involved with each project, each trip, and each precious individual we support.
CARLOS A. RODRÍGUEZ
Founder + CEO
Carlos is passionate about reaching others with God’s radical love. He is a provocative preacher who serves communities and loves to pastor prisoners, young adults and anyone who dares to think differently. For 15 years he has been traveling the world reaching broken people with hugs, passion and the stories in Luke 15. He is the author of Simply Sonship, Drop The Stones and the upcoming, Proximity. His main passions are leading The Happy NPO and spending time with his wife, Catherine and their 3 adorable children.
Oh yeah, he also wants everyone to know that he’s a Puerto Rican (living in Puerto Rico) and he can’t wait to host you there.
Executive Assistant to CEO
Yuki hails from Tokyo, Japan and has been on a huge adventure for over a decade which led her to live in three different continents (and counting) so far. Her global lifestyle gave her a passion to be a bridge between cultures and countries and its her dream to be able to relate to anyone she may come across. She works behind the scenes to organize every Happy NPO trip, manage our customer service, and all our internal communications.
You wouldn’t believe it, but she can also prepare an amazing sushi using Coca Cola as the main ingredient. Random but delicious.
Ned is from the mountains of Georgia. This true southern man is an entrepreneur and runs his own business in North Carolina. He has a brilliant and creative mind that helps and challenges people to think outside of the box which encourages them to be who they are. He is our liaison in the US and also serves as part of the board of Happy NPO.
He makes only the best Indian curry! No doubt he’ll invite you over for a meal when you’re around him.
Jessika has been working as a social worker for more than 17 years. She has been a leader at the Department of Family in Puerto Rico, specializing in children who have been abandoned and at risk youth. She does a home study for every single family we serve on the island. She meets with them, spends times gathering all the relevant information, and even does a check up post our interventions. Jessika is a huge asset to our work and guarantees that our time and resources are used for the people who need it most. She lives in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, is married with two amazing children (who have volunteers in our brigades) and can dance better than J-Lo.
Mark & Anna Burgess
Founder of Casa de Paz
Mark & Anna Burgess are English missionaries who have been in Peru for the last 11 years and started Oikos Ministries 9 years ago. They started their ministry in their house and as the work has grown they have planted a church in their local neighbourhood, helped start the ministry in the local shanty town Pacifico, Casa de Paz, helped start 2 churches in Pucallpa, in the Peruvian Amazon jungle and support 4 other indigenous communities that take between 2 and 24 hours to reach by boat and or car. Mark is also heading up a discipleship ministry which is helping churches and organisations in Argentina, Peru and Colombia. Mark and Anna have been married for 15 years and have 3 boys.
Operation Manager at Casa de Paz
Sheyla Vazquez is a Peruvian who leads Casa de Paz as the director, and is part of the leadership team of Oikos Ministries. She is very passionate about all the kids that she gets to spend time with and pour life into at Casa de Paz. No doubt that no one else does her job better! Her heart to love whoever she comes across is beautiful. She currently has her own ever growing mini zoo which currently contains 3 dogs, 3 cats, and more to come….
She loves to serve, show kindness and warmth to all the people she meets, as well as loving to read and spend time with her family. Sheyla also loves to rest in God’s presence and know that He loves her.
The social media age has created mass awareness. Unfortunately, most people use these platforms to share opinions but struggle to find solutions they want to participate in. Many of them want to invest in mission programs that bring lasting fruit to those in need and they are hungry to take action when the issues are trending on their feed.
We offer simple ways for those who are moved by the pain of others to respond with strategic hope, simple actionable tasks, and with confidence that your donation is having maximum impact.
We strive to care for orphans, restore the incarcerated with their families, end extreme poverty, all while seeing communities transformed through our international partners. Our thriving social media platforms, and our transparent communication style has created the momentum that is inspiring our audience to give more and get involved.
Our three main projects (all currently active) are:
Happy Sonship already has a thriving community of social media users who are engaged in the issues that matter most to the non-profit (and vice versa). With a single focus on the tasks at hand, we are able to manage the traffic of information, finances, human resources and ministry opportunities that come our way.
Also, according to the IRS we are an approved 501c3 public charity. So yeah, we are super legit.