Bobbi Hopkins, PhD, MSN
Founder, Board Member Emeritus, Member of the Health Committee
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.”
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, 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.
Nellie Symm Gruender
Nellie is a new board member beginning her term in January 2016.
Paul is a new board member beginning his term in January 2016.
Reverend Janice Jones
Janice Jones is a native of Bethany, Connecticut who is grateful to have found Texas. Janice received her BS and MS degrees in Biology from Southern Connecticut State University. She began her theological studies with the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and completed her M.Div. degree at the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest. Janice was called to serve at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church in 2012.
Janice’s husband, Dr. Richard Jones, is a mathematician and graduate of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and University. They have three children daughter, Dr. J’aime Jones, an ER physician, son Richard, Jr., Finance Director for Allegiance Ambulance Company and son, Gareth (Indy!) is a completing his doctoral research at New Mexico Institute of Technology.
Board Member, Member of Education Committee
Brian McDonough is a board member and member of the Education Committee where he serves as an interpretor, 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. He is married with two children, lives in Austin, Texas, and is a high school Spanish teacher.
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. Her 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.
Board Member, Webmaster
Bob comes to the board with over 30 years experience in data processing. He has participated in mission trips to Guatemala and assisted his wife, the Rev. Nancy Willet, as she has pastored churches in El Paso and Uvalde, Texas. Bob and Nancy have three adult children and are enjoying their semi-retirement in Driftwood. When he is not playing on his computer Bob loves riding his motorcycles.