Roxana’s partnership with Project Compassion began in 2007 when she took her first missionary trip to Uganda. She was inspired and motivated to help those in need throughout the world. Since that life-altering mission, Roxana continued her call to service in Uganda, Mozambique, Cameroon, Kenya, Malawi, Ecuador and Mexico. Roxana believes we share the responsibility to help those who cannot help themselves. Traveling to a third world country is difficult and challenging, but the reward of making a lasting footprint toward the betterment of a civilization is immeasurable. The people in these impoverished areas throughout the globe are not only in need of physical care, but more importantly spiritual care. Project Compassion’s goal is to provide these citizens of the world with both.
Roxana’s passion for helping others is evident in her profession. She is a law enforcement commander with over 24 years of service in San Diego County. In addition to her call to service with Project Compassion, Roxana is an advocate for the locally indigent. She works with San Diego homeless coalitions to provide resources and meals for families throughout the year.
Roxana serves on the board of directors with PC and as a team leader on the medical mission trips overseas. She encourages potential volunteers to serve with Project Compassion and make their contribution to a world in need. Roxana states, “Working with Project Compassion has enriched my life spiritually and emotionally”
Project Compassion co-founder has been in full time ministry since 1968. He is the founding pastor of Trinity Church San Diego, located in Poway, California a suburb of San Diego, where he served as senior pastor from 1988 to 2015. He continues to serve as part of the church pastoral staff. Under his leadership the church has had an international impact through its various outreaches. Besides his Pastoral work he has ministered on five continents training national pastors and doing evangelistic outreaches. In 1976 he founded Capital Bible College and served as its president for nine years. In 1979 he founded and directed Jesus West Coast, a large annual missions festival attended yearly by thousands and credited with recruiting’ many into missions. He’s the author of 5 books (novels and non-fiction) and has produced various documentary films. Besides his pastoral duties, he is writing, producing and developing film and tv projects as well as working on another novel. He and his wife, Claudia, have been married since 1969. They have 3 grown children and 7 grandchildren.
Albert “Al” Martinez MD took his first mission trip with Project Compassion in 2000 and joined the Board of Directors of PC in 2001. He enjoys his involvement with the administrative end of PC as well as continuing to go on mission trips. He earned his Medical Degree in 1982 and completed his residency in Pediatrics in 1985. He has been in private pediatric practice since 1985 in Escondido and Poway, CA. Al enjoys the field of Pediatrics and the challenges of international medical missions, especially in having to care for all ages of patients, from infancy to the elderly. “I found my first trip with PC to be a life changing experience and I love every trip I take. I feel that the care I can give to the people on these trips is my way of thanking the Lord for all that he gives to me. Working with Project Compassion has been very rewarding in many ways. I encourage others, both medical professionals and lay persons, to take the first step into medical mission work and I know they will come back a different person.”
Harry has lived in San Diego since 1958 and is a graduate of San Diego State University where he majored in Information Science. He served our country during the Vietnam War and was awarded the U.S. Air Force Commendation Medal for meritorious service in the Republic of Vietnam.
Harry worked with WAXIE Corporation from 1976 through April 2020. He began his career there as a Data Processing Manager and has experienced promotions leading to his current position of Vice President of Corporate Operations/ Management Information Systems. He is now responsible for all building projects and facility expansions as well as telecommunications, logistics and fleet operations.
Outside of work, Harry loves planes and actually helped a friend build a plane from scratch several years ago. He enjoys traveling, bicycling and has recently started to dabble with photography. Harry participates with the annual USO Holiday Concert that supports the USO and the Toys for Tots program sponsored by USMC Reserves. He also served on the USO Board for thirteen years.
Harry has been married since 1979. He and his wife, Donna, currently reside in the Escondido area.
Annie comes to Project Compassion after retiring from a career as an Executive in the field of Medical Administration. She has volunteered or worked with many non-profit agencies in San Diego County including Project Compassion, Neighborhood Healthcare, Seacrest Village and InterFaith Community Services. Annie’s participation with these various agencies is driven by her desire to help others in need. Annie brings operational and organizational management expertise to the Project Compassion Team with the desire of continuing the great services that the organization provides though it missions around the world. Annie, her husband and son have lived in San Diego for over 30 years. She feels it is a privilege to be a volunteer with Project Compassion.
Natalie is a Registered Nurse and a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner who has been involved with Project Compassion since 2000. She received her Master’s of Science in Nursing in 1987 and is board certified in both Pediatrics and Family Health. She has been employed for the past 20 years with Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group in San Diego and previously worked at Children’s Hospital San Diego for 10 years. “After my first trip to Mexico in 2000 with Project Compassion, my heart was on fire for missions and I’ve wanted to return with this group as much as I could. Traveling with Project Compassion is a wonderful way to serve the poor, experience the work of the Holy Spirit and bring the hope of Jesus Christ.
Claudia is on staff at The Connection as the Director of the Worship Department and main Worship Leader; as well as Missions Director. She administrates the Connect Groups (home Bible study groups), and has led or been the advisor for Women’s Ministries for years. She works beside her husband, Bob, who has been the lead Pastor there since 1988. She also is an award-winning photographer, and has launched a website in 2013 of her best travel photos. She and Bob have been married since 1969 and have 3 grown children and 6 grandchildren that are the delight of her life. Claudia has been involved with Project Compassion since the beginning, and has taken many trips with PC through the years. She even won the “most trips taken” award a few years ago. She has a love for Missions and loves being a part of bringing the Good News to the world… (She has been to more than 100 countries).