As the Esperanza Board we not only focus on the organization’s mission, strategy, goals but are engaged with all aspects of Esperanza’s work.
Meet the current Esperanza Board:
Medora Hix, President
Medora is a professional Christian educator, with degrees in Social Work from Florida State University and a Masters in Religious Education from McMaster Divinity College, Ontario, Canada. Having served churches in several states, she is currently the Director of Christian Faith Formation at Cary Presbyterian Church, Cary NC, a position she has held for eleven years.
It was through Cary Presbyterian that she became involved with mission in Guatemala. From the first trip in 2013 with another church she has been a passionate advocate of engaging folks in the U.S. to reach out and form relationships with the indigenous people of Guatemala. She believes this can be a rich experience, both ways. While she may travel to other locales for business or pleasure, it is going to Guatemala that is one of the high points of her year. She embraces and promotes the idea that ‘together, we can make a real difference.’ Her husband, three children and five grandchildren support her involvement.
Sherry Bradsher, Vice-President
Sherry recently retired as Deputy Secretary for the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. With more than 30 years of experience as a social worker and public policy administrator, she has experience leading many human services programs including child welfare services, aging and adult services, income support services, Child Support, Child Care, Refugee Services, Community Action, Vocational Rehabilitation, and other supportive services.
She continues to work as a Consultant using her knowledge to assist non-profit and governmental programs in improving the lives of families and children. In 2017, Sherry was recognized for her public services through the receipt of NC highest honor and award, The Order of the Long Leaf Pine. She volunteers for a number of organizations whose mission is to improve the well-being of others through the promotion of social equity. Sherry lives in Cary with her husband and has two “almost adult” children, the youngest of which joined the 2017 mission team to work in Guatemala.
Sarah Troiano, Secretary
Sarah Kent Troiano grew up in Hurt, Virginia. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia. Sarah has been a Registered Nurse for over twenty years. She has worked in oncology, home health, geriatrics, parish nursing and hospice. She currently works as a case manager for hospice patients.
She calls Cary, NC home, where she lives with her husband, two daughters, two cats and crazy dog. Sarah has a heart for service which grew out of her faith. She is an active member of Cary Presbyterian Church and an active volunteer in her community. One volunteer role close to Sarah’s heart is being a Girl Scout leader for ten years. She is excited to be on the Esperanza board and is headed down for the first time fall of 2018 to Nimasac.
Barbara Carew, Treasurer
For the past fifteen years, Barbara has worked as the Financial Manager for Cary Presbyterian Church and Preschool. Previously she worked as an audit and tax accountant for a CPA firm in Chevy Chase, MD, and as Controller/VP of Finance for a home builder and real estate developer in Bethesda, MD. Barbara has a B.S. in Accounting, Virginia Tech and is a CPA (currently inactive license).
Barbara has been married to her husband, Chip, for over 30 years and they have two adult daughters. Barbara enjoys reading, gardening, and sewing. Her favorite vacation destinations are anywhere out West or the beaches of South Carolina.
Rhonda Carlile, Assistant Treasurer
In 2016 Rhonda traveled to Guatemala with several other mission minded folks and had the inspiring opportunity to meet the people of Nimasac. The signing of a covenant with the Mt. Sinai church in Nimasac left a lasting impression on her and a feeling of connection with that community. She hopes to return to Nimasac in the near future to help further the work of Esperanza.
In years past Rhonda has been a tutor with the Wake County Literacy Council and has participated in several Appalachian Service Project trips through her church. During her tenure as Business Manager for Durham Bulls Baseball, she help found the Capitol Women’s Network, a group that promoted the education and advancement of women within Capitol Broadcasting Company. She served on that board and acted as mentor for several young women in the sports industry. Now that she has retired from Durham Bulls Baseball, she has more time to devote to a call for more hands on mission work.
Rhonda has been an active member of Cary Presbyterian Church since 1999 and has served in numerous leadership roles there. She and her husband, Ron, both grew up in eastern North Carolina and have lived in Raleigh for almost forty years. Their daughters, sons-in-law, and granddaughters also live near-by and enjoy frequent visits.
Dr. Jim Tompkins, Board Member
Jim Tompkins is a native of Virginia. He was born and raised in Richmond. After attending college in Virginia and medical school in Tennessee, he returned to Richmond for post-graduate training in Pediatrics. He practiced Pediatrics in the Navy, and then in multiple locations in Virginia, Wyoming, and on the Navajo Reservation in Arizona. After returning to Virginia to work on the Eastern Shore in 2010, he subsequently retired from Pediatrics in 2013. He and his wife Beverly then moved to Apex, NC to be near their family and grand-children. He currently works for the Town of Cary part-time in the Cultural Resources Division, and he also volunteers weekly at Dorcas Ministries in the Crisis Ministries area.
He and Beverly have 3 daughters and 4 grandchildren. He and Beverly joined Cary Presbyterian Church (CPC) in May 2014, and are involved with the Adult Choir. They both enjoy live theater and helped with a recent youth musical at CPC. He is active with the Esperanza Mission and has been twice to Guatemala with that mission team. He is happy to be a member of the Esperanza de Guatemala Board as we move forward in our future endeavors in Guatemala with our friends in Nimasac.
John Hansen, Board Member
John is a photographer, video editor and FAA-certified drone pilot. He is owner of John Hansen Photography (johnhansenphoto.com), specializing in drone aerial photography and offering still and video photography and editing services as well. Previously, John worked at The News & Observer as a photo editor for 26 years.
He is a five-time attender of the Appalachian Service Project, a structured service opportunity in the US, bringing thousands of volunteers from around the country to rural Central Appalachia to repair homes for low-income families. His first trip to Nimasac was in October, 2018. He has generously provided photos of the beautiful Mayan people for fundraising to Esperanza.
John is married to Paula, an art teacher at Panther Creek High School and has two grown children, a daughter, who lives in Durham and works in Cary, and a son, who studies classical bass performance at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. John grew up in St. Louis and is a fan of the Cardinals baseball team. John enjoys swimming, camping and hiking and loves movies of all kinds, especially the Star Wars series.