Board of Directors

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Photo taken in 2015 at FHC.

John Kinard graduated from the Alliance Academy in Quito, where his parents were missionaries with HCJB. John and his wife now live in Signal Mountain, TN, and are the parents of two sons. John is the Federal Marketing Manager for Voith. He has been a youth leader since 1991, and an elder since 2005 at Signal Mountain Presbyterian Church. John has led mission teams to Central and South America. He joined the board of FHC in May 2011.

Kevin Broyles is an attorney at FSB FisherBroyles in Atlanta, GA. He and his wife are parents of two children – their daughter was adopted from Ecuador. Kevin is a leader in the business ministry at Victory World Church in Norcross. He and his wife met the Vaughn’s (founders of FHC) in 2006. Kevin was welcomed on the board of FHC in May 2011.

Alex Hurtado and his family live in Quito, Ecuador. Alex is founding partner of Hurtado & Associates. He and his wife adopted their daughter in 2005 from FHC/CPSN. Alex is coordinator of the worship team and a teacher at the Cumbayá Church in Quito. Alex was welcomed on the board of FHC in May 2011.

Melinda Vaughn co-founded FHC in 1991 after moving to Ecuador in 1990. She also serves on the Board of Directors of HPSN. Melinda is FHC’s President and Director. She currently lives in northwest Florida.

Cindy Sandoval and her husband Peter have five children and three grandchildren. Maria, their youngest, was adopted from FHC in 2000. The Sandovals live in Los Alamos, NM where Cindy is a Materials Engineer at Los Alamos National Laboratory. She is active in the Immaculate Heart of Mary parish where she taught religious education for six years. Cindy joined the FHC Board in February 2014.

Bart Cochran is the founder of Leap Charities, Inc., and co-founder of Property Rental People, LLC. He serves on the boards of several non-profit organizations. He and his wife, Tracy, and his Ecuador-born son live in Boise, Idaho. Bart and Tracy travel to Ecuador regularly and the ministries nearest to their hearts involve children. They spent six months living and working at FHC in 2013. Bart serves on the FHC Board (2015) because he believes FHC is a “leading force in advocating for children in Ecuador”.

Brad Wier joined the FHC Board in December 2016. He graduated from the University of South Alabama with a degree in International Marketing. He began his career with Provident Insurance Company in Chattanooga, TN. After 20 years with Provident, he started a employee benefit communication business that was later acquired by Aon Corporation, where he works today as a large employer benefits consultant. Brad and his wife, Patti ,have three children. When they lived in in Charlotte, NC, they attended Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, where Brad was an elder. They are now active members of Signal Mountain Presbyterian in Signal Mtn, TN. Brad is currently serving as an elder and has been chairman of the stewardship and property committees. In 2017, he is the elder representative in planting a church in the downtown area of Chattanooga. He is also currently on the Board of First Things First, serving as treasurer. In 2013, Brad participated in a mission trip to FHC. He will be co-leading a mission team from his church to FHC in summer 2017, with FHC Board member John Kinard.

In December, 2016, Jorge Hidrobo completed five years of service on the Board of Directors. Our heartfelt gratitude is extended to Jorge for his participation on the Board during a time of significant growth and transition for the ministry. We thank him for his professional and prayerful guidance, financial support, and encouragement during his years of service to FHC and the Board.