What were you doing back in 2003? MySpace had just been invented, and Facebook, Instagram, and Netflix didn’t yet exist. But perhaps the most significant thing that happened in 2003 from EMI’s standpoint was that a young, single mechanical engineer from New Jersey who had just completed an internship decided to join as full-time staff with EMI USA in the role of Financial Coordinator. Specifically, it was April 24, 2003 when Jason Reinhardt joined EMI, helping not only in finances but also with leading project trips, being the Volunteer Coordinator, and serving as the East Africa Liaison (EMI staff wore many hats in those days!).
This year, we are celebrating Jason’s 20 year anniversary as EMI Staff! It would take a mini-novel to chronicle all that Jason’s been a part of at EMI. Assistant to the CEO, International Operations Manager, Director of Volunteer Development, Director of Finance and Admin, and even Webmaster are just a few of the roles and titles he’s held at some point. He’s been in some sort of senior finance role since 2009.
During his time at EMI, Jason has: married Jalina in 2008, added Drew (now 12), Blake (9), and Cole (7) to their family, mentored over 10 interns, housed 23 interns in their home, spent nearly a year living and working in the EMI Uganda office, and most recently in December 2022, graduated Summa cum Laude (translation: really good grades) from his MBA programme.
We are thankful for all Jason has done for EMI through the years and the significant impact his work has had on our ministry. For years, our financial auditors would give EMI high praise after their reviews, owed largely to the work Jason had coordinated despite having been largely trained on the job (prior to the MBA).
The Global Office is excited to celebrate Jason joining the very small number of EMI'ers who have reached the 20-year milestone of serving on staff with EMI!