Board of Directors


Chair, David M. Arnolds, J.D. - David Arnolds is a retired attorney who spent most of his 37 year legal career in mining and oil and gas related matters.  Mr. Arnolds was in-house counsel for Atlantic Richfield Company and later for Chevron Corporation.

Mr. Arnolds received his Bachelor of Science degree in Scholastic Philosophy from Loyola University (Chicago) and his Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia.  In 2010 Mr. Arnolds received the “Highest Possible Rating in Legal Ability and Ethical Standards” from Martindale Hubble.

Prior to attending law school Mr. Arnolds spent five years in theU.S. Navy as a Naval Flight Officer in the F4 Phantom and was awarded various medals, including the Distinguished Flying Cross, while in combat in Vietnam.

In addition to being on the board of directors for El Porvenir, Mr. Arnolds formed the Colorado Friends of El Porvenir, an auxiliary group in the Denver Metro Area that has supported El Porvenir for about 15 years. He is also on the board for Family HomeStead, which provides emergency and transitional housing for homeless families in the Denver Metro Area, and for the Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network, which provides legal representation for people held in detention while in deportation proceedings. 

Vice Chair, Mark Smith - Health economist with Truven Health Analytics. As a Board member, he focuses on fundraising and developing a long-term monitoring and evaluation plan.

Treasurer, Jack Dunn - Retired manager for Alcoa with 30 years of experience in personnel, labor relations, and corporate security. B.S. Industrial Engineering, J.D. Law. Licensed PA Realtor (retired). Past President of Church Council, Columbine United Church, Littleton, CO. Initiated church water project with El Porvenir in 2009. Participated in El Porvenir work project in Nicaragua in 2011. Habitat for Humanity Metro Denver regular construction volunteer since 2000.

Secretary, Joe Sloan - Regional Director Public Affairs at BNSF Railway based in Denver, Colorado. Prior to BNSF Railway he worked for a public water utility (Denver Water), for social service organizations in Chicago and with the Maryknoll Lay Missioners in Esquipulas, Nicaragua (1989-1992) on community-based development projects. 

Jan Adams - Organizational and political consultant with over 2 decades of experience. Jan has been an advocate for the people of Nicaragua since she first became inspired by the Sandinista revolution in 1979. After traveling to Nicaragua in 1984, she worked in the United States to impede further U.S. interference in Nicaraguan self-determination and offered critical support to many Sandinista initiatives. 

Chris Conway - Spanish teacher at Albany Academy, NY. In his former position at the Rensselaerville Institute, he had extensive experience in small-community, self-help water and sewer projects in the United States. He lived in Nicaragua 1986-87, teaching at the University of Central America and serving as a social anthropologist at the National Museum.

Fredrick C. Cooper, PhD, P.E. - Professional engineer and President of Cooper Zietz Engineers, Inc., a civil and environmental engineering company working in the field of water supply, wastewater disposal, and public infrastructure projects in the U.S. and abroad.

Raymond P. Finney, BA, MRE - Century 21 Realtor; affordable housing advocate; 35 years of experience in housing and community development, including Denver Regional Office of HUD; Rocky Mountain Regional Director of Habitat for Humanity International; renewable energy advocate; bilingual.

Joni Foster - Currently a private consultant to nonprofit community economic development organizations and local governments on management systems, community economic development initiatives and real estate finance. Joni has almost 30 years of experience in community development most recently as the Director of Housing and Community for Rural Community Assistance Corporation, and 11 years as Executive Director of the Jacksonville, Florida office of Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), a national financial intermediary for community development. Joni was the former in-country project manager for El Porvenir in the early 1990's. Prior to that, Joni worked with small communities in the Sacramento Valley to develop community water and wastewater systems.

Phillip C. McVey - Phil is a senior corporate executive with experience living in and working in Europe, Asia-Pacific, and seven years in Latin America including Mexico, Panama, and El Salvador. He is fluent in Spanish and holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics and business respectively. He is involved in fund-raising, finance, and has participated in one work trip to Nicaragua with El Porvenir. He previously taught an adult GED program (in Spanish) to immigrants in Nashville.

Leslie Moulton - Senior Vice President and California Practice Leader for Water and Energy at Environmental Science Associates (ESA). With 30 years of experience at ESA, Leslie directs environmental planning and compliance services for water, wastewater, water recycling, and stormwater/flood management and energy infrastructure projects.

Liz Specht - Founding Board member of El Porvenir; Board President emeritus of St. John's Educational Center, San Francisco; local environmental activist. 

Gabriela Tinoco, MS - Gabriela is an environmental engineer who worked with Montgomery Watson in the 1990s; she served as Finance Director and Executive Director for El Porvenir from 2003-6. She is a native of El Salvador, and has visited El Porvenir staff and projects in Nicaragua many times.