Jonathan and Sharon PenzJonathan and Sharon Penz – with their boys Merrick and Micah, have a significant history with Kako.

Sharon joined the staff team in 2009 and enjoyed getting along side the people of area and showing them God’s love.  Jonathan and Sharon were married in 2012.

Jonathan, who was appointed the KRC CEO in 2014, first arrived at Kako as a 10 year old in 1978 with his parents David & Janet Penz. Accepted as a local, he has long joined the efforts to pioneer and maintain the Kako vision and now seeks to build into the ministry’s future. He oversees staff and the day-to-day operations of the ministry. Jonathan is Kako’s chief pilot, a musician, and a diesel mechanic by trade.  He attended the same prominent Bible college in Chicago as his father, David Penz.

Website awaiting staff page updates. 

Vera Penz – married Kako founder Dave Penz in 1988. She has been a missionary in Alaska since 1954. Vera served as Kako’s bookkeeper and office manager until retiring in 2017 and moving to Washing state. Vera passed away January 2023 at the age of 92.

 Dave Penz developed Leukemia and passed away in 2014.

George and Eunice Landlord – with Kevin, Melanie, Isaiah and  David, are missionaries in the village of Marshall.  George grew up and lived in Mountain Village before the Lord brought their family to Kako for a period of time. George is an evangelist and Bible teacher, involved with the local Marshall church and men’s group.

Joshua & Alice Mathlaw – Seasonal off-site Staff for Counseling.  Joshua and Alice have a wonderful heart for bringing the love and grace of God through the medium of counseling.  Following obtaining a master’s degree in school guidance counseling in 2017, Joshua currently works in the Y-K delta school system, while Alice continues her work in grief counseling.