Leslie is our Board Secretary. She has been with YPM since 2013 and has assisted on medical mission trips, and construction trips and was honored to serve as translator for the president’s message at the dedication of the Instituto YPM. Leslie first traveled to Mexico on a high school trip and fell in love with the Mexican people. She goes back as often as she can. She enjoys working with YPM and is dedicated to serving the Mayan people.
Cynthia grew up on the Texas border, has spoken Spanish since childhood and holds a BA in Spanish. Her first mission trip was to Guatemala in 2005. 2008 was her first Medical Mission Trip with YPM with FPC San Antonio. She continues to participate in the medical trips as translator and co-leader most every year since. She has been a member of the YPM Board of Directors since 2011. Cynthia is married to Charlie, a retired clinical pathologist. Between them they have 3 children and 4 grandchildren. They love to travel, with Africa being a favorite destination. “What I love most about YPM is the leadership and mission: Wilian and Erly are visionaries dedicated to bringing educational opportunities and healthcare to the underserved Maya population. The people are charming and winsome, and it is a blessing to serve in whatever capacity I can in order to help bring about positive change in their lives.
Jay has served on 5+ mission trips for YPM with his church, Northminster Presbyterian in Peoria, Illinois, and currently serves as Treasurer. Jay and his wife LeeAnn have developed wonderful relationships with their Mayan brothers and sisters in the Yucatan.
Jim has been participating since 2007 on YPM construction trips and has been a Board member since 2014. He is married to Ann, has three grown sons and two grandsons. With 44 years in the electric utility industry, Jim is now a retired electrical engineer. As a member of Northminster Presbyterian Church, is active in Building and Grounds, and Mission Teams. “I love the Mayan people and their love of God and for each other. I believe in the YPM purpose and hope to remain active for many more years.
Mark has been participating in YPM mission trips since 2012 and indicates that each trip has been a life-changing experience. He loves the opportunity to support the energy and efforts of YPM He was invited to join the YPM Board of Directors in 2016, where he is happy to serve as the accountant and financial manager. Mark attending Michigan State University where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the School of Business and also studied at the University of Notre Dame, earning his MBA. He is a CPA providing traditional services from his office in Birmingham, Michigan. He is married and the father of 4 boys, all who have enjoyed YPM mission trips. His family attends FPC of Birmingham.
Amy has led mission trips with YPM since 2007 and has served on the board since 2015. She is the Pastor of First United Church in Loveland, CO and holds a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Arts from New York University. Amy is married to Jason Morgan, and they have a son, Dean. The whole Morgan family has enjoyed mission trips together with YPM. What Amy loves most about YPM is the way it changes the lives of those who participate in mission trips while making a difference for the Mayan people.
Kathy is a retired Spanish teacher who helped start a local mission team and began work with YPM in 2008. She’s served on more than 10 YPM mission trips since 2008. She has a B.S. and M.A. from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and attends First Presbyterian Church of Lodi, WI. The blend of serving others, interacting with another culture, and working toward goals that will improve the lives of the Mayan people of the Yucatan have drawn Kathy to become increasingly active with YPM.
Matthew grew up in Des Moines, Iowa and has been living in Houston Texas since 1997. Since 2001, has owned and operated a custom audio and video integration company.
Matthew has three daughters and five grandchildren. His youngest daughter of fourteen lives with him and they have been active at Grace Presbyterian Church in the choir and youth ministries.
He experienced his first Mission trip in the Yucatan in October, 2016 and was taken by the work being accomplished with and by the Mayan people and looks forward to a continued and growing relationship.