Staff

  • Kevin Baker Tool and Equipment Supervisor/Antenna Rigger

    Kevin and Lynn Baker returned to Bonaire in 2013. Kevin serves as an Antenna Rigger, climbing and maintaining (and painting) the four towers, each 479ft tall, to ensure they stay in good condition and broadcasts can continue uninterrupted.

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  • Lynn Baker Guest Services

    Lynn and her husband, Kevin, returned to Bonaire with TWR in 2013. Lynn supports the ministry in many ways including serving in Hospitality, Special Events, and Guest Services.

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  • Lionel Cicilia Antenna Rigger

    Lionel has been serving with TWR since 2009. He helps to maintain the broadcast antennae and also works in the general maintenance department.

  • Jonas Fischer Maintenance Manager

    Jonas and Salome moved from Switzerland to Bonaire in January 2015.

    Jonas worked in the past as an electrical engineer in building automation and is now learning about radio technology to become a broadcast engineer.

  • Salome Fischer Administrative Assistant

    Jonas and Salome moved from Switzerland to Bonaire in January 2015.

    Salome had been working at the municipality tax department in Switzerland and is now working as an administrative assistant in different departments of TWR Bonaire.

  • Donna Gassert Finance Department

    Donna Gassert joined the TWR-Bonaire staff in 2006 and has served faithfully ever since.  Her responsibilities include office administrative work and bookkeeping.  Donna is also involved in broadcasting as she uploads programs from regional ministry partners into TWR’s playout software.  From there, those messages are aired on TWR-Bonaire’s AM and FM radio stations, which are heard throughout the region.

    She really enjoys being an integral part of the team here that touches millions of lives every day with the life-changing message of the Gospel.

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  • Bernard Oosterhoff Station Director

  • Mariette Oosterhoff MarCom Latin America and the Caribbean

    Mariette worked for partner TWR Netherlands as PR and Communications coordinator from 2006 til 2015. From 2015 til 2016 she worked for Evangelie & Moslims. In september 2016 she moved to Bonaire and started working again for TWR as a global marketing communciation director for the Latin and Cariibbean region. 

    She is married with Bernard Oosterhoff and together they have 4 children. 

     

     

  • Dave Pedersen Chief Engineer

    Dave and his wife, Mari, joined TWR in 2009. Dave is a Broadcast Engineer at the high-power AM station. He also provides technical support across the Americas region and participates in TWR’s global tech team.

    Dave and Mari previously served with Mission Aviation Fellowship for 14 years. They developed and provided communications solutions in Africa, Eastern Europe and Asia.

    Children: Joshua, Lydia and Rachel.

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  • Mari Pedersen Missionary

    Dave and his wife, Mari, joined TWR in 2009. Dave is a Broadcast Engineer at the high-power AM station.

    Dave and Mari previously served with Mission Aviation Fellowship for 14 years. They developed and provided communications solutions in Africa, Eastern Europe and Asia.

    In addition to caring for their three children, Mari assists in staff events.

    Children: Joshua, Lydia and Rachel.

  • Marco Rienstra IT-IS, Engineering

    Marco recently retired from his Engineering career in the Netherlands, has moved to Bonaire, and serves as a volunteer with TWR four days a week.

  • Vera Rienstra Coordinator Guesthouses

    Vera recently moved to Bonaire with her husband, Marco, and serves with TWR as a volunteer.

  • Benny Saragoza Antenna Rigger Supervisor

    Benny came to TWR-Bonaire in 1986 as an antenna rigger.  During his service with TWR, Benny has assisted with many projects and has been a valuable member of this team for over 25 years.  He and his wife Betty have four adult children: daughter Nataly, son Benderick, daughter Judeska, and son Harvey.

    Benny faithfully leads the maintenance crew in projects ranging from grounds upkeep to tower, building, and general maintenance.  Benny has a wide range of skills and is putting them to use for the Kingdom of God.  Basically, if it is broken, Benny can fix it!

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  • Ivan Statia Maintenance Department Assistant Supervisor

    Ivan began his career with TWR-Bonaire in 1975 and has been a valuable member of this team for over 35 years.  Ivan’s specialty is building construction, but he lends his expertise to a wide range of projects as he and the maintenance staff are part of reaching millions with the Gospel of Christ! 

    Ivan placed his trust in Christ at age 13 at a local church here on Bonaire and has been walking with Christ ever since.  Ivan and his wife have one son. Ivan has expressed that his career with TWR is the result of following God’s leading in his life.  He is honored to be a part of a team that is literally touching millions with Biblical truth every day!

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  • Brad Swanson Assistant Station Director / Program Director

    Brad Swanson first came to TWR Bonaire as a summer intern in 1975.  He returned as a short term missionary in in 1976, and was appointed as a career missionary with TWR in 1979.  Sandra lived on Bonaire during the 1960s as a TWR missionary kid.  Brad and Sandra were married in 1981 and have been part of the TWR Bonaire family since then.

    Brad worked the night shift for many years, both at the transmitter site and in the studios, until the broadcast operations were automated.  He has also done some music recording, script writing, news announcing, and computer systems administration.  Brad currently serves as Program Director and Assistant Station Manager.

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  • Dick Veldman Bonaire Management Consulatant

    Dick and Jenny Veldman, along with their family, moved from the Netherlands to Bonaire in late September of 2011. Dick lead the Bonaire team as Station Director from January 2015 untill August 2016 when the Veldman family returned to the Netherlands.
     
    The Veldman family has six children, four of which lived with them here on Bonaire. To stay connected with the Veldmans, you can read more at http://famveldmanopbonaire.nl/ 

    Dick’s education and occupation has been into radio and television broadcasts in the Netherlands. This gives him a lot of technical luggage to operate and maintain Bonaire systems in an excellent way. And one of the great benefits is the ability to speak and write in the Dutch language, which is very helpful for TWR Bonaire operation since Bonaire is part of the Netherlands.

    Dick states that he has been blessed to serve with the small but great team on Bonaire.  He also appreciates the wonderful support they've receive from their colleagues at TWR’s International Headquarters in Cary, NC (USA).

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