David has pioneered numerous humanitarian projects over the last 48 years. Born in Dunedin NZ in 1947 David first started working in Kenya in 1970 with an international youth organization. He, and his wife Linda, went on to serve in over 30 nations pioneering the work of Marine Reach in 1990 and the Ruel Foundation in 2000. In 2012 he established the work of the initial Clinic in Vanuatu with the purpose of providing care and training to women suffering under domestic violence. David and Linda live in Tauranga, New Zealand.
Desiree has a B.S. in Nutritional Science from Pennsylvania State University and an M.S. in Food and Nutrition from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and is a RDN. She has spent time as an educator using her nutrition skills in community healthcare programs. She and her husband have served with Marine Reach for over five years and are now concentrating their time both in New Zealand and Vanuatu caring for communities through nutrition education and healthcare.
Dr. Valerie Cheah
Valerie was born in Singapore but settled in New Zealand in 2010. Valerie has always had a heart for developing nations and has served in various areas of the world the latest being Dominica in the Caribbean. She currently serves as the Medical Director for Marine Reach and the Family Care Centre in Vanuatu.
Dr Adrian Claydon
Adrian is a Gastroenterologist and Physician who moved from the UK to New Zealand with his wife and son in 2000. He is currently head of gastroenterology at Tauranga Hospital and serves pro-bono as a consultant to the Port Vila hospital in Vanuatu.
Shelley-Anne grew up in the South Island of NZ. She has been a secondary school teacher for 35 years, with a break in between to raise her four children. She has taken secondary students on missions and service trips to Samoa, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, and is deeply committed to the vision of knowing God and making Him known. She and her husband have worked alongside Marine Reach for several years now, including some volunteer work at the Family Care Centre.