Board of Directors

Photo taken at FHC in 2017.

Photo taken at FHC in 2017.

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.

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 Austin, Texas.

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.

Stephanie Aguirre has been a member of the Hogar Para Sus Niños Ecuador Board of Directors since 2015. In 2017, she accepted the invitation to also serve on the FHC Board. She has been involved with the ministry in Ecuador for over 15 years, starting when she was a graduate student in the San Francisco University’s community service program. She has initiated various projects in benefit of the physical and emotional health of the children. Stephanie is also a designer and business owner and consultant. She and her family live in Cumbayá,in Quito.

Vernadette Broyles lives in the Atlanta-area, and is an experienced family law attorney. Married to Kevin Broyles, they are parents of two children via international (Ecuador) adoption. She serves as a Guardian Ad Litem in child protection cases. Vernadette has served on a number of federal, state and non-profit boards of directors, including the Board of the Georgia Department of Human Resources from 2003 to 2008, during which time she chaired the committee on Department of Family and Children Services.

In July 2017, Alex Hurtado and Kevin Broyles completed five years of service on the Board of Directors. Our heartfelt gratitude is extended to Alex and Kevin for their participation on the Board during a time of significant growth and transition for the ministry. We thank them for their professional and prayerful guidance, financial support, and encouragement during their years of service to FHC and the Board.