Board of Directors

Honduran Board of Directors:

TristanPresident: Tristan Mohagen serves as the executive director of El Ayudante. He and his family have been living and serving in Honduras since 2007 and have been a part of EA since 2008. His passion is for serving the Honduran people and sharing Jesus with them in a tangible way. His talent and experience in construction have enabled him to build the EA campus into what it is today. He loves working with the teams and seeing projects come together.
Secretary: Jorge Alcides is a neighbor to El Ayudante and a respected leader in the community of Lo De Reina, as well as neighboring communities. Jorge and his wife, Ana, are teachers and help us best assist the communities in the area of education.  Jorge & Ana have 2 children and are always opening their home up to others - including having housed EA staff and interns. Jorge leads the children's ministry at his church and is very passionate about assisting his community to be transformed through Jesus. They are active community advocates and have facilitated the marriage class at EA.
Treasurer: David Duron graduated from the National Autonoma University of Honduras with a degree in public finance. His understanding of finances, especially in the non-governmental faction is a huge asset to El Ayudante. David also has experience working in a bank. He currently is a pastor at CCI Comayagua, as well as oversees the finances and administration. David has been serving with EA since 2011 and continues to be a vital part of the pastor's trainings through EA. He and his wife, Candy, have one young son. They are very missions minded and provide an incredible support to our staff.
Legal Voice: Dinora Lopez is the director of Ruach Bi-lingual school in Comayugua, as well as a school counselor in the public high school near her house. She has a heart to serve her people and to make a difference. Her heart is to raise up a future generation of leaders in Honduras. Dinora is very active in her church and in other ministries happening in the area. Dinora is a mother of 4 and in her spare time is learning English. Dinora has been a great asset in finding translators as well.
Officer: Elizabeth Mohagen serves as co-director of El Ayudante with her husband, Tristan. She felt the call to missions from an early age and has a passion for working with the community to see their dreams achieved. Her education in Sociology/Social Services serves her well as she leads the Community Outreach department of the ministry. Her love for and her relationships with the people in the community are amazing. Beth & Tristan have 3 children: Sigel, Maddy & Ali.
Officer: Betsave has a degree and experience in Civil Engineering which has been a big asset to EA. She has been working closely with the local mayor's office and civil groups to bring constant access to water and basic sanitation to our zone. Her insight into the complexities of community projects and coordination with other groups has been very helpful. Betsave and her family live in Comayagua and are always available to serve.
Officer: Ogla works at Pinturas Americanas managing the Human Resource department. Her knowledge and experience regarding labor laws and the complexities of running a business in Honduras has been vital as the staff at EA continues to grow. Her assistance with staff development, legal issues and contracts has been pricess. Ogla grew up as a missionary kid in Belize and also brings great insight on pastor training and community involvement.
Officer: Allan Deware has been living and working in Honduras since 2002. Although U.S. military service is what initially brought Allan to Honduras, in 2004, he founded and is the President of Pinturas Americanas - a paint store chain with over 30 stores throughout Honduras. He has been assisting El Ayudante since 2011 in creating contacts for El Ayudante in the Honduran business world. His business knowledge & networking has been a big blessing for El Ayudante. In his spare time, Allan enjoys golf, watching football, and traveling.


USA Board of Directors:

El Ayudante Missions Inc. is  a registered not-for-profit in the State of Maryland with an active board that facilitates all the ministry planning from the States, as well as playing an advisory role to all ministry in Honduras. They  actively supervise the giving and book keeping of the ministry including financial audits and accountability. We are very grateful for our US board.

In addition to the board of directors, Mel Cox, founder of El Ayudante, is an active part of the happenings with the ministry. Mel has been a part of El Ayudante from before we even had land! His passion for missions and his heart of compassion for the Honduran people is contagious. Mel is constantly in contact with the directors of the mission and is a wonderful sounding board.

President: Manny Martinez has been involved with the California wine business for the last 35 years, the last 14 as the owner of a successful wine barrel import company.  He received his Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology from San Francisco State University. In addition to running his business, Manny is actively involved in his church and has done fundraising for several para-church organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area. Manny lives in the Bay Area with his wife of 33 years, Paula. He has three daughters, two sons-in-law, a granddaughter and a grand dog Jack. Manny faithfully follows his beloved S.F. Giants, 49ers, loves to travel and play golf.
Vice President: Bruce Mohagen is currently the VP of Internal Audit and Acquisition Integration for Simpson Manufacturing Co., Inc. He has worked for Simpson for 15 years and for Pacific Bell, the California Telephone company, for 27 years before that. He has been a Software Engineer and Database Designer for Pacific Bell, a Quality Professional for Simpson promoted to VP of Quality, and finally, beginning in 2004, he developed the Financial Internal Audit Department. Family is very important to Bruce, he lives in California with Shanon his wife of 41 years, and he travels often to Arizona to visit his daughter Jennifer, and to Honduras where Tristan, Beth, and their children are volunteers for El Ayudante.
Secretary: Terry Plotz lives in the coastal town of Reedsport, Oregon. He has been the pastor of Reedsport Foursquare church for 12 years and has a long history of working in the non-profit sector including directing 3 children's homes, two years of missionary work in St. Croix, and running a Bible camp. He also was an executive with the Boy Scouts for 10 years. In addition to pastoring, Terry is also on the school board, is a police chaplain, and very active in disaster preparedness committees. Terry has a pastor’s heart and loves training and mentoring people into their calling. Terry and Paula have been married for 35 years and have 4 children, 6 grandchildren and Terry’s mother lives with them.
Treasurer: Greg Martin has been in public accounting since 1983. Currently, he is a partner at Moss Adams, LLP and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants. Prior to joining Moss Adams, Greg was a partner with Kenneth Leventhal & Co and Ernst & Young LLP. He has lived with his wife, Selina, in Hercules, CA for 27 years and has 2 grown children. Greg & Selina are active members of their church and both serve on the worship team. Greg has been involved with El Ayudante since 2008 and is blessed by what he sees God doing in Honduras.
img_2121Member: Dr. Jeffrey A. Johnson received his undergraduate degree from Augustana College (IL) and his Doctor of Optometry degree from Illinois College of Optometry. He has been in private practice since his graduation in 1980, and is a member of the Illinois Optometric Association and the American Optometric Association. In 1991, Dr. Jeff was involved in the formation of New Vision Ministries, Inc., a non-for-profit corporation. NVM provides eye care to the under-resourced and works in close association with El Ayudante. He makes several trips a year to serve at El Ayudante and is vital to our optical care. Dr. Jeff and his wife Beth have three married children, 5 grandchildren and have been residents of Cary, IL since 1984.