Jason Nails Co-Founder, President Jason is the Co-Founder and President of Restore17. He is a man of deep faith and integrity. He has extensive experience in leadership as he has served in varying roles of church leadership for 20 years. He has led Bible studies, served as an elder, missions pastor and served on many men’s ministries. In addition, Jason is a Senior Account Executive at Elander's Americas where he has worked since 1997. He met his wife, Jennifer, on a blind date in 1996 and they were married six months later. Together they have six kids. Jason has a passion for serving others, giving a hand up for someone in need, adoption, Ecuador missions and serving at-risk youth. This passion for Ecuador and helping at-risk youth led him to be co-founder of Restore17 along with his wife and other dedicated board members. Jason’s hope is to clearly communicate the vision of Restore17 to others so that they can partner with us in making a difference in the lives of the kids we serve.
Jennifer Nails Co-Founder, Vice President Jennifer graduated from Kennesaw State University with a degree in Early Childhood Education and enjoys learning all things about brain development, the effects of trauma on the brain and connecting with children from hard places. Through teaching in a low socio-economic environment, she developed a passion for mentoring at-risk youth, and heart for children with special needs. Jennifer and her husband Jason have two biological children, two children adopted from China, and two children adopted from Ecuador. Jennifer has long been a passionate advocate for orphan care, adoption and mentoring. She is honored to be a part of what God is doing in Ecuador through Restore17. Jennifer is a strong advocate with the desire to see God restore lives and change stories.
Scott Woodson Secretary Scott is a native Atlantan and graduate of Auburn University, earning his degree in accounting in 1987. He has been employed by Lockheed Martin for the past 26 years helping to manage engineering development projects. Scott and his wife Carrie have two sons, Ben and Will. They are active members at North Metro Church in Marietta, Georgia where they serve on Sundays and in the local community. Scott enjoys cycling, photography, soccer and most of all spending time with his family. Scott was led to partner with Restore17 after seeing the passion and integrity that co-founders, Jason and Jennifer have for serving orphans and vulnerable children in Ecuador. Scott is dedicated to the faithful stewardship of all the resources that Restore17 receives.
Amy Weinmeister Treasurer Amy grew up in the Finger Lakes region of New York State. Throughout her childhood and adolescence, she was always very active in her church, and she knew that the single most important thing in this life would be to share Christ with those who didn’t know Him. After graduating from Grove City College in Grove City, PA, Amy met her future husband Phil. They moved away from the snowy Northeast to the sunny Atlanta suburbs to begin a family. The Weinmeisters took their first trip to Quito, Ecuador in June, 2011. There, in Quito, their hearts were ignited with a desire to follow the Lord’s leading to impact that community for Christ. The Lord continued to hone the purpose of the team’s trips, showing them, year-by-year, where the need was greatest. Amy is dedicated to the purpose of Restore17: to disciple the boys they serve as they grow in a relationship with Christ. She is excited to see how God works His plan to change the lives Restore17 encounters.
Phil Weinmeister Born in Davenport, Iowa, Phil grew up in Illinois and Arizona before heading off to Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for college. In Pittsburgh, he met his future wife, Amy. After they moved to Georgia, Phil came to know Christ and joined Amy in an ongoing pursuit of and relationship with Jesus. Phil and Amy felt a call to adopt and, in 2009, God brought Tariku and Sophie into the Weinmeister family. Max was born in 2012 and Lyla came along in 2015. After feeling drawn toward the mission field, Phil joined his local church on a short-term mission trip to Ecuador in 2011 and immediately wanted to be a part of what God was doing there. He and Amy have both been a part of a number of mission trips to Ecuador, which resulted in relationships with children in need, local Christians, and families like the Nails. While there will always be more work to do on the mission field in Ecuador, the Weinmeisters are extremely excited to be a part of the long-term mission that serves as Restore17’s primary purpose.
Dave Meadows Dave lives in awe of God and His mercy and grace every day. Dave and his wife Sheila have been blessed to raise nine children (eight biological and one adopted), five married and so far they have been blessed with nine grandchildren. Dave earned a Bachelor of Theology from William Tyndale College majoring in Bible and Teaching and he has served in various church roles over the years including pastoring for over 15 years. He owns and operates Art Jewelers with four of his children and he is a third generation jewelry and Graduate Gemologist, G.I.A. and an award winning designer. For fun he enjoys drumming for the Christian band, Awaken the Hero. His first mission trip was to Ecuador to minister to orphans and he continues to minister to the needs there. Dave counts it an honor to serve on the board of Restore17.
Alfredo President Fundación Restore17 Alfredo was born in Cuba and came to know Jesus at 19-years-old at a baptist church. He and his wife Dayle have two children, Amelie and Adriano. Alfredo worked full-time in children's ministry at his church in Cuba and studied at seminary school. He and his family decided to move to Ecuador where he taught graphic design in two universities. His family became involved in a local church serving in creative arts and children's ministry. Through his passion for working with the vulnerable, Alfredo became connected with the founders of Restore17 and knew that God was calling him to be a part of this ministry. Alfredo feels that Restore17's mission is a call to help the boys have a better future and grow the Kingdom of God.
Emily Director of Program Development Emily is a Seattle native who graduated from Western Washington University in 2012 with a Bachelor's degree in Spanish. Upon graduation, Emily moved to Ecuador for six months to intern at a church in Quito. During this time, Emily’s heart grew for the vulnerable in Ecuador. When she returned home to the US she worked in foster care for three years where she received training in Vicarious Trauma, De-escalation, Trauma Competence and Situational Leadership.In 2016 she moved to Atlanta, Georgia and helped start Restore17. Emily is a passionate advocate for the vulnerable and feels honored to be a part of Restore17. She desires that every child in the ministry feels seen and comes to know Jesus personally.
Melissa Family and Community Resource Coordinator Melissa was born in Loja, Ecuador. She grew up with a religious background but came to know Jesus personally at 19-years-old when she was studying engineering and marketing at the University of Armed Forces. She graduated in 2019 and now works part-time with Restore17. Melissa is also a real estate agent. She enjoys astronomy and creation. Since the Lord saved Melissa, she has eagerly tried to understand Scripture and has taken several Bible courses at her church such as biblical counseling and biblical interpretation. Her deepest desire is to make Christ known so children, adults, and families may know the one and only true God.