Brenda Towell, MD
Dr. Brenda Towell is a retired medical oncologist, who graduated from UT Austin in 1975, and UT Health Science Center, Houston medical school in 1979. She did her internal medicine residency and her hematology/oncology fellowship at UT Health Science Center, San Antonio, where she remained on faculty for 3 years. After a short stint in Fairfield, California, while her husband was in the Air Force, she practiced medical oncology and hematology in Austin for 23 years, retiring in 2013. She is married to Dr. Dennis Tweedy, and has 2 adult children.
Brenda’s first medical mission trip to Honduras in 2008 was at the insistence of her then teen-aged daughter, who challenged her with the fact that she was the only one in the family that had not been on a mission trip, and “that God would equip her”. Indeed God’s hand was all over that mission trip, and it is at His persistent nudging that she has gradually become more and more involved every year.
Laird is a senior legal assistant for a law firm in Round Rock, and he and his wife Isa are partners in an Austin travel agency.
Laird and his wife, Isa, have been going on the medical mission trip for many years and is one of our most experienced drivers on the terrible Honduran roads. Laird joined Cindy Smith on the Education Committee and has been a tireless spokesperson for the Education Program. Isa speaks fluent Spanish and acts as interpreter on the medical trips.
Paul Holt is a Senior HR Business Partner with over 20 years of experience in business and operations management in roles ranging from Operations Manager managing Accounting, Customer Service, and Production processes to his current role as a Senior HR Business Partner. He is working on his MBA in Organizational Behavior with expected completion in December, 2017, from the University of North Texas. Paul and his wife, Ami, currently reside in Flower Mound, Texas.
Paul has served on other missions including Katrina relief in Mississippi as well as local charities in the greater Dallas area. Their first medical mission trip to Honduras in 2014 was a decision made after several years of coaxing by his mother, a RN/Paramedic, who shared her passion for serving on the HGW mission. His two children, Taylor and Dustin, have also served making three trips each since 2012. Through that first trip in 2014, he experienced the opportunity to serve and be an image bearer for Christ. Even though Paul is not a medical practitioner, there are ample opportunities to serve. It only took one trip to develop a heart for serving this Honduran community and he and Ami have been going ever since. Paul currently serves on the board where he can share his business and non-profit experience in furthering the mission of Honduras Good Works.
Reign is a new board member beginning his term in January 2017.
Donald Hopkins, DO
Founder, Board Member
Dr. Hopkins, known as Don by all his friends, continues as a practicing physician dividing his time between an acute care center and nursing homes. He and his wife, Bobbi, live on a ranch near Lampasas, Texas. Don was born in Houston but raised in Venezuela and spent some years as a teenager in Columbia. He is fluent in Spanish.
Don and his wife, Bobbi, founded the medical mission that started going to Honduras in 1999, beginning with 34 volunteers and now numbering about 75 volunteers annually. Under his leadership the Education Program was started in 2003. Don oversees all aspects of the medical programs conducted by Honduras Good Works which have provided medical treatment to over 34,000 Hondurans.
Reverendo Dagoberto Chacon
Head of the Episcopal Deanery of Yuscaran, Honduran Spiritual Advisor, Coordinator of ProgramsReverendo Dagoberto has many churches under his direction. He works very closely with Honduras Good Works on all our programs there: medical mission, education, vitamin program, church construction, and microfinance. Reverendo Dagaoberto is truly the spiritual leader for his followers in all the villages where we work, preaching the Gospel and exhorting the youth to get an education and avoid the pitfalls of early pregnancy, drinking, crime, drugs. Reverendo Dagoberto makes it possible for our organization to do its good works.
Leanne Chappell, MSN, APN
Leanne is a family nurse practitioner, certified in 2006. In 2008 she went on her first medical mission trip and has been back 7 more times. “It’s habit forming”. Now she has been recruited not only to sit on the board but has also become an expert driver in the mountains of Honduras.
“Leaps and bound like I never imagined. Before going to Honduras I had never been out of the country. Every year I experience a life time of change. In 2017, the 92 volunteer strong brigade included 33 Hondurans: 21 university students who acted as translators, 4 dentists and 8 medical doctors from Honduras. As Dr. Brenda most eloquently stated, we are equipping Hondurans to care for Hondurans.” — Leanne
Fr. Jeff Davis
Fr. Jeff is a new board member beginning his term in January 2017.
Brian lives in Austin, Texas, where he is a high school Spanish teacher. He and his wife, Mindy, have two children.
Brian is a member of the Education Committee where he serves as an interpreter, translator, and helps lead group discussions with our scholarship students. Influenced early on by the mission work of his parents in Mexico, he enjoys using his Spanish skills to help the Hondurans find a way out of the vicious cycle of poverty.
The Reverend Paul Moore
Father Paul is an Episcopalian priest. Born in Ecuador to missionary parents, Father Paul is at home in Latin America, and speaks Spanish and English with equal ease. Father Paul oversees the church and community development efforts of Honduras Good Works. He ministers to the needs of the Hondurans during medical brigades and serves as Spiritual Advisor to Honduras Good Works in its relationship and fellowship with one another as well as ensuring the direction of the organization is always led by Christ’s teachings.
Jenna Thornton, RPh
Jenna is a new board member beginning her term in January 2017.
BOARD MEMBERS EMERITUS
Bobbi Hopkins, PhD, MSN
Bobbi and her husband, Don, founded the medical mission trips to Honduras in 1999. She is a retired nurse, and has volunteered full-time for the medical mission since its inception. Bobbi heads the Guardianes program, an effort to train Honduran villagers in providing basic first aid and monitoring chronically ill patients. She also oversees the Vitamin and Anti-parasite Medication Program that serves 1400 school children. Devoted to her husband, family, and the Hondurans she serves, Bobbi is a tireless advocate for the underserved in Honduras. Bobbi is often quoted by our volunteers by her saying, “We go to Honduras to change lives, and we do, but our own lives are profoundly changed as well.”
Cindy Smith, MSN, APN
Cindy works full-time as a nurse practitioner in her own practice in Taylor, Texas. She joined the Hopkins on the first medical mission group in 1999 and has returned every year.
Cindy is also the passionate Program Director for the Education Program and visits Honduras several times a year to foster this program. Under Cindy’s leadership, the Education Program has grown from 17 students in 2003 to 150 students enrolled today. 97% of the students graduate from high school, and many are gainfully employed, and providing much-needed financial support for their families.