Board of Directors

 

PRESIDENT: Craig Orr                                                               CraigOrr

Craig is the volunteer President on the Friends of FORMA Board of DirectorsHe previously served as the Board Treasurer from 2015 to his election as president in 2017.

Craig retired from Ford Motor Company after a career in finance and purchasing.  He then served as director of purchasing and business services for the state of Michigan.  Since 2009, Mr. Orr has volunteered his time as a consultant, teacher, and mentor with nonprofit organizations in Southeast Michigan that provide educational opportunities and life skills development for persons with limited resources.  He has made several trips to Guatemala to attend Spanish language school and provide clothing and financial assistance to students and children. Through his travels he has gained knowledge of the educational and nutritional needs of the Guatemalan communities who will benefit from Friends of FORMA donations.

 

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TREASURER: Randy Stephenson                                                                                                                      Friends of FORMA Treasurer Randy Stephenson is a committed educator. After retiring as a teacher with experience from elementary to high school, he now teaches English as a Second Language to adults at the Latin American Association in Atlanta.  Randy enjoys traveling and has spent time in Mexico, Panama, and Ecuador over the past few years, but it is Guatemala where he has felt a strong connection to the people.  Over the last couple of years, Randy has studied Spanish in Guatemala and has taken time to serve as a volunteer teacher in two primary schools.  In addition, he has worked directly with Friends of FORMA scholarship students as an English language tutor.  Randy’s experiences in Guatemala have given him an intimate understand of the educational and nutritional needs of the youth in Guatemala.

 

LynnetteSecretary: Lynnette Brown                               Lynnette is the volunteer secretary for the Friends of FORMA Board of Directors.  Throughout her life, she has worked in a variety of careers including elementary school counselor, university instructor, and laborer for the US Forest Service.  She has made several trips to Guatemala where she has studied at Spanish language schools, has volunteered in charitable works, and has witnessed first hand the educational and nutritional needs of the communities who will receive direct assistance from funds donated to the Friends of FORMA cause.

 

Board Member: Lucy Potts                                                                                                                            Lucy is a volunteer member of the Board for Friends of IMG_2363FORMA. She is a retired elementary school teacher who still volunteers in the schools on a daily basis.  She served on the board of the Center for New Life, a natural birthing center in Silver City, NM.  She is co-chairperson of the St. Francis Associates for the Needy, a local relief organization also in Silver City.  Ms. Potts has served the “Associates” for 35 years.  She also has experience working to house and shelter folks in need in Mexico.

 

WayneBOARD MEMBER: Wayne Brown                                             Wayne is a volunteer member on the Friends of FORMA Board of Directors.  From 2015 to 2016, he served as the president of the Friends of FORMA Board President.

Wayne is a retired school counselor and a copper miner.  Wayne frequently travels to Guatemala to attend Spanish language school and, several times, has served in humanitarian missions in Mexico, Brazil, and Guatemala.  He has first hand knowledge of the educational and nutritional needs of the Guatemalan communities targeted by the Friends of FORMA programs.

BOARD MEMBER: Tony Rothschild

Tony is a volunteer Board Member who joined the Friends of FORMA Board in 2017. He is retired from various careers in higher education, community mental healthumb_TonyRothschildWithStudents_1024 2th and neighborhood development.

Over the past few years Tony has spent time in Panajachel, Guatemala studying Spanish and absorbing the culture. He has observed the development of Forjando Mi Manana (FORMA) and seen its growth from idea to implementation. The rapid success and growth of both the school and the FORMA program greatly impressed him.  In 2016, Tony and his wife, Mona, returned to Panajachel. Besides taking spanish classes, they both tutored Friends of FORMA scholarship students and volunteered with the younger kids at the  after-school community sites. Through those experiences, Tony has gained first hand knowledge of the needs in the Guatemalan communities served by the Friends of FORMA programs.