BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Gerald Van Belle | President
Gerald is a professor in the Department of Biostatistics and the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle (for more information about his professional work, go here). He has served on the WAVS board since August 2007.
Gerald and his wife Johanna, a retired physician, have been members of the First Christian Reformed Church of Seattle since 1974. Gerald has served as elder several times and also served on the board of Shoreline Christian School.
Martha Reynolds | Secretary and WAVS founder
Instead of retiring comfortably, Martha decided to devote her best years to helping one of the poorest countries in the world. She first traveled to Guinea-Bissau in 1996 and returned several times with the dream of starting a desperately-needed vocational school. In 2000, she founded West African Vocational Schools.
Martha, who grew up on a farm near Kent, Washington, operated her own dressmaking business in the United States and Germany for much of her life. She also worked at Boeing for 17 years and retired as a quality engineer. She was introduced to her husband, Herb Reynolds, by a mutual friend in 2001, and married him in 2002. Together they share the common goal of serving the Lord in Guinea-Bissau.
Martha brings to the board a passion for the health – both physical and spiritual – and welfare of the people of Guinea-Bissau.
Cindy Roberts | Treasurer
As a tax preparer for H&R Block and the treasurer of a homeowners association, Cindy is dedicated to helping WAVS maintain fiscal responsibility. She graduated from Mountlake Terrace High School in 1972 and has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology from Seattle Pacific University and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Central Washington University.
Dale Boyce | Board Member
Dale first got involved with WAVS when he traveled to Guinea-Bissau to help train the WAVS school's auto mechanics instructors in 2006. Since then, he has served as a member of the WAVS board of directors.
Dale is the owner of D&H Auto Repair in Everett, Washington. He graduated from Blanchet High School in 1977 and has a bachelor’s degree in forest management from the University of Washington. He has served on several missions boards in the past.
Richard Kagel | Board Member
Richard is the owner of K Prime, Inc., an environmental testing lab based in Santa Rosa, California. He is also the founder of Friends of Guinea-Bissau, a non-profit that is working to develop water-quality projects in Guinea-Bissau. He lives in Healdsburg, California.
Chris Collins | Executive Director
Chris traveled to Guinea-Bissau in February 2008 and saw first-hand how the WAVS school is transforming the community of Canchungo by giving students the job skills they need to provide for their families. In December 2010, he became the first full-time executive director of WAVS and has helped the organization expand its influence and pursue its vision.
Prior to joining WAVS, Chris was a journalist in California's Central Valley for five years and received several national and regional awards for investigative reporting. He spent six weeks covering the war in Iraq in late summer 2007 for McClatchy Newspapers.
Chris was born in Boston, grew up near Seattle and graduated from Whitworth University in Spokane in 2005 with bachelor's degrees in journalism and political studies.
Herb Reynolds | Volunteer Advisor
Herb is married to Martha Reynolds and helped her establish the WAVS school in Canchungo. He spent most of his 40-year business career in marketing, including sales and product development. He retired as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Product Development at the Reynolds Corporation, a wood-working plant based in Lynnwood, Washington.
Herb has served as ministries director for the Christian Reformed Church of Seattle and was on the board of directors for Shoreline Christian School. Following the death of his wife in November 1999, Herb began working as a counselor for grief support groups.
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