Board of Directors


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.

Vice Chair, 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. 

Secretary, 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. 

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.

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

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

Prior to attending law school Dave spent five years in the U.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, Dave formed the Colorado Friends of El Porvenir, an auxiliary group in the Denver Metro Area that has supported El Porvenir since 2001. 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. 

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.

Richard Gammon: Dr Richard H. Gammon is Professor(Emeritus) of Chemistry and Oceanography, and Adjunct Professor(Emeritus) of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington. He is a former Co-Director of the UW Program on the Environment (2004-2007).  Richard has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in chemistry, oceanography, atmospheric science, global biogeochemical cycles, and climate change. His research has emphasized the measurement and interpretation of atmospheric trace gases critical to climate change. Richard served as the Director of Science at the Pacific Science Center (1979-80), and remains actively involved in improving the understanding of the climate change challenge with frequent public talks.

Phillip C. McVey: Senior Vice President - Area East - Schindler Elevator Corporation. Phil previously served as the CEO for Jade Bird Fire International (USA) Co., LTD, an electronic fire alarm systems manufacturer based in Montreal, Canada.  He has lived and worked in Europe, Asia-Pacific, and seven years in Latin America including Mexico, Panama, and El Salvador.  Phil is fluent in Spanish and holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics and business respectively. He is involved in fundraising, 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: President and CEO 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.

Nora Pillard Reynolds, PhD: Nora is the Editor of Globalsl and Fellow for Ethical Global Learning in the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship at Haverford College. Immediately following her graduation from Villanova University in 2002, Nora traveled to Nicaragua for the first time. That trip led her to co-found Water for Waslala, a small NGO that implemented 18 community water projects serving over 3,400 residents while reaching another 3,800+ residents since 2014 through a household filter micro-loan program. Most recently Nora led the acquisition strategy and on April 1, 2016, Water for Waslala was acquired by El Porvenir and WaterAid. Joining the Board of Directors of El Porvenir will enable Nora to continue working to ensure access to water, sanitation, and hygiene in Nicaragua.

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.  

Emeritus Board of Directors

Pat Baker and Phil Dunn: Pat is an advocate with the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, a statewide poverty law center in Boston. She’s focused for the last 10 years on anti-hunger initiatives and most recently fighting against attempts to gut core safety-net programs. Phil, an attorney, has worked exclusively for almost four decades in a private practice as a labor/management arbitrator and mediator. Pat and Phil married in Nicaragua in 1987.

In 1987-88, they lived in Puertas Viejas, Nicaragua, working with that community to build housing financed by Habitat for Humanity. In collaboration with Carole Harper and Mike Prentiss, they also participated in low tech potable water projects, in the very beginning of what would become El Porvenir. After a couple of years back in the U.S., Pat and Phil were back in Nicaragua in 1990-91, splitting their time between El Porvenir and Habitat for Humanity in Esquipulas and El Crucero. While living in the States since 1988, they have led many El Porvenir work delegations to Nicaragua. Phil served on the EP Board for most of two decades, with particular attention to personnel matters.

Carole Harper: Carole was born in Mobile, Alabama and escaped to the north when she graduated from high school and enrolled in Oberlin College in Ohio. She holds a B.A. degree in political science from Oberlin, a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Public Affairs at Syracuse University and a J.D. degree from the University of San Francisco. She lived and worked in Nicaragua 1986-1990 with Habitat for Humanity then with friends co-founded El Porvenir in 1990. She currently lives in Sacramento, California and works for the state of California as an Administrative Law Judge with the Department of Social Services.

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

Dick Whitmore: Retired forest engineer and watershed consultant. Dick took El Porvenir's reforestation program and transformed it into our comprehensive watershed restoration program to conserve existing forests, restore degraded areas, and restore stream flow and recharge groundwater sources. Dick has been on 8 work trips and travels to Nicaragua to train forestry staff as well.