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 was at God’s persistent nudging that she slowly became more involved. Initially just attending the medical brigades, she eventually wrote a provider’s manual, became chair of the brigade planning committee, and then joined the board in 2015. She is honored to be leading our team of faithful and long serving volunteers.
Paul Holt is a Senior HR manager with over 20 years of experience in manufacturing, technology, as well as some time in the non-profit sector. Paul and his wife, Ami, currently reside outside Houston, 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 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 each served on three trips since 2012. Through that first trip in 2014, Paul experienced the opportunity to serve and be an image bearer for Christ. Even though he is not a medical practitioner, he found 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 shares his business and non-profit experience in furthering the mission of Honduras Good Works.
Thiery “Reign” Sparks is an executive assistant at an investment office and graduated from The King’s College, New York in 2015. He first made a medical mission trip to Honduras in 2007 as part of the youth group of St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, Killeen. Since then, he has served faithfully on the brigade trips, and serves on the brigade planning committee. He is committed to supporting the Health, Education, and Spirit of the Honduran people.
My name is Judy Harris and it is a pleasure to be on the Board of Honduras Good Works. I have been married to Paul Harris for 17 years. Together we have 4 grown children, 9 grandchildren and 1 great grandson. I have lived in Killeen on and off for the past 48 years. I have been a member of St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church since 2003, where I met Don and Bobbie Hopkins.
I started helping with the packing parties when they moved them to Killeen. I have been fortunate enough to be able to go on 8 mission trips to Honduras. I helped with the kids for the first 6 years and the last two I helped with the dentist. I led group discussions at the end of the day and for two years I was responsible for the travel to and from Honduras. I look forward to working with
the board and doing whatever I can to help HGW continue in this ministry..
Andy is a Civil Engineer, working for the US Army Corps of Engineers for 30 years, overseeing construction projects for the Army. He has been at Fort Hood since 2001. He has been married to Carla for 36 years, has 3 adult children, and 2 grandchildren. He has been volunteering for HGW since 2008, and is in charge of logistics on the brigades. This involves getting all the supplies to the airport in Houston, arranging for trucks and buses in Honduras, and managing the day to day logistics of moving 4 teams out to the outlying clinics and back each day. He has a passion for the work being done in Honduras, and is dedicated to continuing our mission of serving to improve the health, education and spirit of those we serve.
Holly Lockhart, MSN, APN
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.
Alberto M. Melis
The Reverend Alberto M. Melis was born in Havana, Cuba, and came to this country at age 11, and resided in South Florida until he moved to Waco in April 2000. He graduated from high school in Miami, earned an associate in arts degree at Miami Dade College, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Florida Atlantic University and a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Florida International University.
He spent over 24 years for the Delray Beach Police Department, rising from patrol officer to captain – and in that period he commanded every division of the department. He formed the first community policing division to lead the agency into total community policing. He became chief of police of Lauderhill in 1997 and Chief of Police for Waco in April 2000. He became Chief of Police in Douglas, Arizona on the border with Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico in November of 2007. He retired in October of 2012, returning to Waco to enter discernment for Holy Orders in the Episcopal Diocese of Texas. He graduated from the Diocese’s Iona School for Ministry in June 2015, and was ordained to the Holy Order of Deacons.
While primarily assigned to St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, he supports Holy Spirit and St. Paul’s Episcopal Churches, the Hispanic Mission and the College Ministries, all in Waco. He is active in the Diocesan Committee for the Diaconate, the Committee on Hispanic Ministry, the Episcopal Health Foundation Kitchen Cabinet and Regional Discernment Committee.
He has been married to Carol for over 47 years, and has two adult children.
Board Member in Honduras
My name is Alexandra Abigail almendarez Ponce. I am from Tegucigalpa, Honduras. I am 29 years old and a dentist. I have been working as a volunteer with Honduras Good Works since 2017.
Dennis Tweedy, MD
I am trained as a medical oncologist and hematologist and have served as a provider on our missions. I retired from full time practice in 2015 but still work in New Zealand several months a year. I was raised in rural Virginia and attended Davidson College in North Carolina and medical school in Richmond, Virginia. The U.S. Air Force paid for much of my schooling and I spent several years on active duty in San Antonio, Albuquerque and Fairfield, CA.
Brenda and I moved to Austin, TX in 1990 with our children, Beth and Nathan and have lived there since. We established our church life at St. Luke’s on the Lake and I practiced in South Austin and San Marcos. Retirement has been a blessing with personal activity and service overseas. I hope to continue, and expand, my involvement with HGW.
BOARD MEMBERS EMERITUS
Bobbi Hopkins, PhD, MSN
Cindy Smith, MSN, APN
Cindy is a nurse practitioner working in several nursing facilites in the Taylor area. She joined the Hopkins on the first medical mission group in 1999 and has returned every year.
Cindy instigated the Scholarship program, and has developed deep bonds with the students and families we serve. As part of the scholarship team, she visits Honduras several times a year to foster this program. Under her leadership, the Education Program has grown from 17 students in 2003 to 225 students enrolled today. 97% of the students graduate from high school. Many are gainfully employed, and provide much-needed financial support for their families.
Reverendo Dagoberto Chacon
Head of the Episcopal Deanery of Yuscaran, Honduran Spiritual Advisor, Coordinator of Programs
Reverendo 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, and church construction. 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.