Board of Directors
The Friends of Accion Board of Directors is entirely volunteer. It is comprised of 9 individuals from a constituency of churches that provide support to Acción Ministries. Directors serve terms of 3 years each with an option to serve more than one consecutive term. The Board provides financial and managerial oversight for the organization and Accion’s Director.
Current Board of Directors
||Stephanie Guffin, President
||Stephanie is a member of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, NC, where she has led or participated in multiple work team trips with Accion over the years. Stephanie is a Nurse practitioner.
||Rich Neidinger, Treasurer
||Rich is a member of First Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, NC. He helped found Friends of Accion, Inc., and was its first President 2003 – 2014; he returned to the board in 2017. He has been on many work team trips with Accion, dating back to 1990. Rich is an Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at Davidson College.
||Christine Canaga, Secretary
||Christine is a member of Vienna Presbyterian Church in Vienna, VA and has participated in Acción Work Team trips for over a decade.
||Sherry Gaither, Director
||Sherry is a member of Hopewell Presbyterian Church in Huntersville, NC, participating in youth and adult work team trips and on the witness committee. She has known Oscar R. Dorantes since he lived at Hopewell while in seminary in Charlotte.
||Elise Wallace, Director
||Elise Wallace is a former elementary school teacher. She has been to Mexico on 3 mission trips. She and her husband, Chris, have one son, Andrew, who is currently a Junior in high school.
||Amy Hockett, Director
||Amy Hockett is a member of First Presbyterian Church (FPC) in Charlotte, NC. She has been active with mission work through FPC in Mexico and Haiti for over 15 years. She has been on mission trips to VIM multiple times and to Merida once.
||Beth Webster, Director
||A longtime member of Vienna Presbyterian Church (Vienna, VA), Beth is a former high school Spanish teacher who began going on Acción work projects in the early 1990’s. When her daughter was in high school and expressed interest, Beth resumed mission trips to Yucatán. She loves building relationships with our sisters and brothers there!
||Amy Cathey, Director
Nik Van Nort
Lewis (Lew) Thomas