Our Team

Est/Her International Leadership

Britney Williams, Founder, CEO,
Shine Board Member

Britney’s heart beats for the restoration of women and to see them receive true freedom. She has the passion to speak into the lives of young people and women, empowering them to reach their potential and giving them resources to be successful. She graduated with a Business Marketing degree from UNCW where she worked corporately in communications, leadership, networking and marketing. She then pursued her Masters in Christian Education and served as a Youth Director in Charlotte, NC. Her love for business and empowering young people led her to Belize where she served 3.5 years as Executive Director of Shine Belize. Britney serves as CEO and founder of Est/Her, which supports the work in Belize and hopes to provide restoration in North Carolina and beyond.

Marilyn Sczech, Board Chair

Marilyn has served as elected leadership on the Global Impact and Finance Committees of Matthews United Methodist Church. She served 6 years on the board of the Matthews Help Center, served 15 years of the Matthews Historical Foundation, and is currently in her fourth year as Chairman of the Board of Becky Nelson New Beginnings. Marilyn also serves as vice president of the Matthews Women’s Club Service League. She is also involved in various other volunteer activities through the church and women’s club. Prior to following her passion to help others, Marilyn worked for Bank of America as a senior vice president in finance and international operations for 30 years.

Nicole Bernard, Board Member

For over twenty years, Nicole has served non-profits, including Habitat for Humanity, Court Appointed Special Advocate and Guardian ad Litem for children in foster care, and various food banks and domestic violence shelters. She served on the board of Transforming Hope Ministries, an anti-human trafficking organization as the Vice President from 2013-2016 and currently serves on the board of Western Wake Crisis Ministry. In 2017 she founded Shield North Carolina, which focuses on human trafficking prevention, legislative advocacy and restoration support. Nicole is the mother of four children, author of A War Against the Cowbird, and host of the Red X Podcast

Chris Williams, Board Member

Chris has served as a supporter of Shine, and now Est/Her, since 2015.. His heart for nonprofits and the empowerment of others is what drives him to make a difference in every person he meets. Chris has extensive leadership experience through his position as Branch Manager for Horizon Forest Products in Raleigh, North Carolina, after managing the branch location in Virginia Beach for 9 years prior. He currently serves at Vertical Life church.

Shine Belize Leadership

Chelsea Munoz, Shine Director

Chelsea Munoz graduated from St. Johns junior college with an associates degree in Accounting/ Business Management. She is currently enrolled at Gaylen University pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Accounting. With a passion to serve and help youth, she has been a volunteer at sagebrush church for 8 years as a large group communicator where she teaches kids about the love of God. In 2018 she won the Miss San Pedro title and was diagnosed with cancer. She is now a voice for many young girls and women, and cancer patients in Belize.

Michelle Nunez, Shine Founder,
Girls Group Leader, Board Member

In 2014, Michelle won Miss San Pedro and founded the Shine Girls Group out of her passion to encourage young girls. She graduated from St. John’s Junior College and worked for the Insurance Corporation of Belize. She is now enrolled at Belize University obtaining a degree in social work. Michelle’s goal is to live a life that encourages young girls to be confident in who they are and to follow their dreams.

Veronica Arthurs, Est/Her Artisan Manager

Veronica started with Est/Her as a student in the sewing class in 2019 and quickly picked up the skills. Her personable character and leadership skills were quickly noticed and it wasn’t long before she was helping to teach classes. Under the mentorship of Kate Stahlman, she learned all aspects of teaching the sewing courses and accepted the opportunity to become the Est/Her Artisan Manager. Veronica loves that she can help train many single mothers and young girls on the island to have a skill so they can establish themselves in life and know the Word of God.

Dawna Roy, Sewing Teacher

Originally from Port Carling, Canada, Dawna has now made sunny Belize her home. From starting a company and managing projects to teaching sewing classes and making a difference in San Pedro, Dawna lives life to the fullest. She has empowered women to learn skills, but also to be strong in who they are called to be. When off the island, she always mentions that she misses her sewing ladies back in Belize.

Ben Sept, Board Chair
Rae Sept, Volunteer

Ben, Rae, and their 3 children have been long-time supporters of Shine. Having volunteered on non-profit boards in the past, Ben has brought insight and value as the chair of our board for the last 2 years. Rae has served in various ways primarily helping with the Shine Girls Group. Both Rae and Ben have a heart for serving missionaries and their community, and have helped do so in Belize since relocating from Canada in 2015.

John Wasson, Board Member

As the owner of 17 North Global Real Estate, John brings great business and accounting experience to our ministry. Originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan, he has made Belize home. John loves his job and loves the opportunity to give back to the community of San Pedro.

Elvia Munoz, Board Member

Elvi has served Shine for years with her love, her local insight, and her amazing food! She and her husband own a favorite local restaurant on the island. Elvi has 5 beautiful children who keep her busy when she’s not in the restaurant. Her heart is to give young women the mentorship she would have loved as a teenager.

Alyssa & Israel Esquivel, Missionaries

Alyssa and Israel came to serve with Shine after many years serving as leaders with Youth With A Mission in Belize. Their hearts are to spread the Gospel to men and women in San Pedro and to love others well. Through ministry to men and women in town, they have continued to share the light of Christ. This light is spread through their home with 4 adorable little children.

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