Who We Are

Impact Romania’s work is led by a devoted team of Canadian and Romanian staff and volunteers, each contributing in unique ways towards fulfilling our mission.

Canadian Staff

Rhondi Fowler

Rhondi Fowler

Director Team: Staff Development & Communications

Rhondi has been involved with Impact Romania since our very first trip in 2001. She has many years of youth work experience including 9 years as a youth pastor at Chartwell Church in Oakville, Ontario. Rhondi has provided leadership on over 25 short-term mission teams all over the world. In 2012, she completed her Masters in Social Work. Rhondi loves to travel to Romania with her husband Jon and their daughter Kaitlyn (born 2014).

Bob Fukumoto

Bob Fukumoto

Director Team: Mission Development & Discipleship

Bob has worked in pastoral and discipleship ministry in the Toronto area since 1980. His passion is found in helping young people reach their potential in the context of “mission and community”. He has a Masters degree and over 35 years experience with youth and young adults. Bob is married to Jan, and they have 3 adult children.

Romanian Staff

Carmen Pop

Carmen Borza

Counselor

Carmen has a degree in Psychopedagogy specializing in work with special needs children. She has six years of experience as a school counselor and another three as a ministry coordinator. Carmen joined Pas cu Pas in 2012 and she is now involved in counseling, transformational programs, developing the volunteer team, and mentoring. Her wish is to help people grow, so they become the best version of themselves.

Dina Nechita

Dina Nechita

Director Team: Romania Operations & Development

Dina returns to the Romania leadership role after a 3 year absence. She brings a wealth of experience in ministry to the poor especially through organizational leadership. She is passionate about advocacy for the poor and growth in community. She is a founding partner in this program (2005).

Dinu Nechita

Dinu Nechita

Pastoral Ministry Coordinator

Dinu was involved with Impact Romania as a volunteer since our very first trip in 2001. After heading to the United States in 2004 he returned in July 2012 with a beautiful family (wife Candice, daughters Marie & Sarah), a bible college degree, and many life experiences which would help him in his ministry. Dinu brings a hunger to disciple and develop young men and we are thankful to have both he and Candice as part of our team in Romania.

Volunteers

Mike Barlow

Mike Barlow

May Team Leader

Mike has over 20 years of youth ministry experience with Youth For Christ and Muskoka Woods Sports Resort where he is presently the Director of Staff Development. He has always been known to have compassion for children and so it was a natural progression for him to have an interest in Romanian orphans. Mike, and his wife Tina, first went to Romania in 2007. His grown children, Matt and Becky are also Romania Alumni.

Jon Fowler

Jon Fowler

Prayer Team Coordinator

Jon has been involved with Impact Romania since our first trip in 2001, and has been back several times since. He is passionate about investing in the young adults on the Romanian volunteer team and serving orphan children. He is married to Rhondi Fowler since 2004 and works as an Electronic Medical Records System Administrator at St. Joseph’s Health Centre in Toronto.

John Wood

John Wood

Website

John first became involved with Impact Romania in 2008. He has helped lead short-term teams and retreats and he also maintains the website. John was involved in youth ministry for five years while working for Muskoka Woods as the full time Athletic Director. Currently John works in Toronto as a web developer.