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Leadership

Douglas Flemmens

Interim Director of the Collaboratory

Douglas Flemmens

Interim Director of the Collaboratory

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Doug earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Penn State followed by a Masters of Science in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from Lehigh University. Doug’s professional background is in manufacturing in both the electronics and packaging industries. During his career he has served in engineering, operations leadership, project management, international supplier relations, technical procurement, international sourcing and trade compliance roles. Doug has lived in York County, Pennsylvania for most of his life. Doug married his high school sweetheart, Joanne, and has two daughters. He is an active member of his local church serving at various times as teacher, Elder, and Governing Board member. He and his family have served the deaf community in Jamaica, traveling there over a dozen times to participate in and co-lead service trips at several deaf communities. He enjoys staying active by biking, camping, swimming, volleyball, or some combination thereof. Doug is honored to have joined the Collaboratory team in 2016. He looks forward to doing the good works which God has prepared in advance for the team to do. (Eph 2:10.)

Dereck Plante

Engineering Projects Manager of the Collaboratory

Dereck Plante

Engineering Projects Manager of the Collaboratory

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Dereck Plante has recently joined the Collaboratory as Engineering Projects Manager. A Massachusetts native, he has lived in the Worcester, Cape Cod, and Boston areas. He earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Eastern Nazarene College and a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. He also holds a certificate in Biblical Studies from University of the Nations. His career has been divided between industry, academia, and missions work. After first having spent a month working with abandoned children in Romania as a college student, his worldview was changed forever. Post-graduation, he returned to Romania with his wife, Lea, to serve with Veritas Romania in both a technical role and in direct support to abandoned and disabled children in the Transylvania region. More recently, Dereck, Lea, and their two children have studied and served with Youth With A Mission (YWAM) in Hawai’i and Cambodia.

Shannon Walker
Shannon Walker

Administrative Assistant and Logistics Advisor to the Collaboratory

Shannon Walker

Administrative Assistant and Logistics Advisor to the Collaboratory

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Shannon joined the Collaboratory team in 2013. In addition to serving as the Administrative Assistant to the Collaboratory office, she also works as the Collaboratory logistics advisor where she oversees the coordination and fundraising efforts of Collaboratory site team trips. Shannon perpetuates a life of service at the Collaboratory. Ministering as a music evangelist with her husband Kris for 15 years in the U.S. and abroad, the Walkers partnered with Worldserve International drilling wells in Africa, raising awareness of water deprivation, and encouraging churches to assist with well-drilling. They also assisted African communities through building projects, such as churches and health facilities. 

Damaris Gehman

Student Director of the Collaboratory

Damaris Gehman

Student Director of the Collaboratory

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Damaris is a Senior Engineering student, concentrating in Mechanical Engineering. She joined the Collaboratory in the fall of 2013 and began working with the Garden Water Access Project (now the Mechanized Percussion Well Drilling project). Damaris is from Barto, Pennsylvania and enjoys spending time with family, running, and the outdoors. Some of her favorite Collab memories include: well drilling with her Collaboratory team, mornings in the LOFT for Prayer Breakfasts, and running through the rain with Elizabeth (Bashore) Davis ’16 and Rodney Green (former Program Manager).

Jessica Kline

Assistant Student Director of the Collaboratory

Jessica Kline

Assistant Student Director of the Collaboratory

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Jessica is a junior electrical and computer engineering major from Delmont, Pennsylvania. In June 2011 she had the opportunity to go on a short-term mission trip to an orphanage in Mexico.

It was here that her eyes were opened for the first time to the reality of poverty and she began to be interested in mission and development work. When a return trip was diverted at the last minute, she ended up meeting a missionary serving on an Apache reservation in Arizona, who gave her the unforgettable advice that “people can be your passion”. This idea was the catalyst to her pursuit of a major where she could help those in need, and God eventually led her into engineering. With her heart set on helping people and a brain wired towards problem solving, the Collaboratory’s vision became hard to pass up. She therefore found herself at Messiah College, where she joined the Solar PV project September of her freshman year. Through this project, she was given the opportunity to go on a site team trip in May 2015 and help the team implement a solar panel system at the Theological College of Zimbabwe. Since, she has continued to be inspired by the Collaboratory and feels blessed to have the opportunity to join in the work God is doing through it. When she is not doing Collaboratory work, she enjoys doing various art projects (especially drawing), reading, working with kids at her church, and beating her brothers in board games.

Jacob Clemens

Student Program Manager

Jacob Clemens

Student Program Manager

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Jake is a Junior Business Administration Major, Concentrating in Leadership. As the Student Program Manager this year, Jake works closely with the Leadership Team at the Collaboratory while leading the Marketing and WATTeam—working to advertise the Collaboratory and their projects doing with project management (health management). His passions range from traveling to being outdoors, whether it’s hunting, fishing or hiking. Jake’s newly found passion for traveling has evolved from recently returning this past summer from studying abroad with the International Business Institute, traveling to 13 countries in 10 weeks. This wide-range of global experience has ignited in Jake to have a heart for global business, especially when it comes to global strategy and policy.