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Plaque Wording Task Force Members

Dr. Beverly Liefeld Hancock ’84 is the current president of the Wheaton College Alumni Association. Her life has been deeply influenced by the event in 1956 as her mother, Olive Fleming Liefeld, is the widow of Pete Fleming who was one of the five men killed in Ecuador.

Brian Howell has served as professor of Anthropology at Wheaton College since 2001. Prior to earning his Ph.D. in anthropology, Howell received an MA from Fuller’s School of Intercultural Studies (nee School of World Mission) in 1995. He has published on Protestantism in the Philippines as well as on short-term missions in such journals as the International Bulletin of Missionary Research, Missiology, and Evangelical Missions Quarterly.  He founded the Certificate of Mission Studies in 2019 and currently serves as its coordinator.

David C. Iglesias ’80 is a member of the Kuna tribe of Panama and Colombia. He spent seven years as a missionary child with his father's people in Panama. David moved to Oklahoma and New Mexico where he grew up with indigenous Americans from various tribes. He is an associate professor of Politics and Law at Wheaton and the Director of the Wheaton Center for Faith, Politics and Economics. A former United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico, David enforced federal criminal law on tribal land. He wrote for Native Peoples Magazine for 10 years, covering tribally related movies and music. He retired from the U.S. Navy as a Captain in the JAG Corps.

Erin Kemp dos Santos has served on the Latin American mission field since 2001, first in Brazil and for the last 10 years in Primo Tapia, Mexico. Since its opening in 2011, she has served as the Managing Director of Casa de Luz Ministries, a gospel-centered community development ministry focused on the empowerment of single mothers and their children in Primo Tapia through childcare, education, youth mentorship and small business development. Erin is also pursuing her Masters in Evangelism and Leadership at Wheaton College as part of the Propel Women Cohort.

Kathryn Long, Professor of History Emerita at Wheaton College, is the author of God in the Rainforest, a thorough, award-winning account of the five missionaries, the 1956 event and its aftermath, and the subsequent history of the Waorani.

Scott Moreau is Professor of Intercultural Studies and the Academic Dean of Wheaton Graduate School. For 16 years, he was the editor of Evangelical Missions Quarterly and the general editor of Baker Books’ Encountering Mission series. He has written or edited over 20 books and 300 articles, and has received numerous recognitions for his writing, teaching, speaking and service to society. He served as a missionary for 10 years in Africa (Swaziland and Kenya).

Brooklin Williams is a current Undergraduate Student of Wheaton College studying Elementary Education with ESL and Bilingual Education. Having moved to Ecuador when she was two years old, Brooklin has spent much of her life among the Waorani, where her family serves as missionaries and founders of CENTA. This Ecuadorian foundation brings culturally relevant instruction and interchange resulting in sustainable empowerment among the indigenous, their families and their tribes.