Leslie is our Board Secretary. She has been with YPM since 2013 and has assisted on 4 medical mission trips, 4 construction trips and was honored to be translator for the president's message at the dedication of the Instituto YPM.
She has lived in Texas all of her life and attended Texas A&M University. She currently lives in Austin and has 2 children.
Leslie first traveled to Mexico on a high school trip and fell in love with the Mexican people. She has been going back every chance she gets. She has enjoyed being a part of 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 to YPM from FPC San Antonio. She continues to participate in the MMT’s as a translator and co-leader most every year since. She has been a member of the YPM Board of Directors since 2011.
She was an officer in the United States Air Force, an Elementary Bilingual Program teacher, a pharmaceutical sales rep and a community/church volunteer in a number of organizations since 1980.
Cynthia has been a member of First Presbyterian Church San Antonio since 1984. Ordained as a Deacon; Presbyterian Women President as well as a number of other PW offices/committee jobs over the years; Circle Chairman; member of Global Missions Committee and Senior Adults Ministries committee; YPM Medical Mission Team co-leader for the last five years.
Cynthia is married to Charlie, a retired clinical pathologist. Between them they have 3 children and 4 grandchildren. Her family loves to travel, with Africa being a favorite destination (She was a Zoo docent for 30 years).
“What I love most about YPM is the leadership and the mission: Wilian & 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 four construction mission teams to YPM with members of his church, Northminster Presbyterian in Peoria, Illinois. Jay and his wife LeeAnn have enjoyed the relationships they have established with their Mayan brothers and sisters and they stay in contact with some of them via FaceBook. Jay has been on the YPM Board for two years and is currently serving as treasurer of the Board. He is currently the Vice President for Marketing and the State Bank of Speer, but will be retiring from that position at the end of 2016. He also serves on the Salvation Army Board and the Crittenton Centers Board in Peoria. He has three grown sons and seven grandchildren. He loves to attend his grandchildren’s activities from volleyball, football, cross country, swimming, soccer, dance, and plays-they seem to do it all! He is looking forward to retirement so he and his wife can volunteer and travel more. He recently received the fund Raising Volunteer of the Year from the Association of Fund Raising Professionals in the Peoria area. He has also been honored by the Salvation Army for his service to the Peoria community.
Jim has continuous attendance since 2007 on YPM construction mission trips and has been a board member since 2014.
He is married to Ann, has three married adult sons and two grandsons. With 44 years in the electric utility industry, Jim is now a retired electrical engineer.
As a member of the Northminster Presbyterian Church, he 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 Jevahirian has been attending 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 attended Michigan State University where he obtained his Bachelor of Art’s Degree from the School of Business and also studied at the University of Notre Dame, earning his Master of Business Administration. He is a certified public accountant providing traditional services from his office in Birmingham, Michigan.
He is married and the father of 4 boys, all of who have enjoyed YPM mission trips. His family attends First Presbyterian Church of Birmingham, since 2001.
Amy has led mission trips with YPM since 2007 and has served on the board since 2015. She is the Associate Pastor for Mission and Community at First Presbyterian Church of Birmingham 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.
Helped start local mission team and began work with YPM in 2008
9 YPM mission trips since 2008
Retired Spanish teacher
B.S., M.A. from University of Wisconsin-Madison 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 me to become increasingly active with YPM.
Serving first year on YPM board