Board of Directors
Tom is currently serving as president of the WAVS Board of Directors. He recently retired as the president of Gray & Osborne, a Seattle civil engineering firm which has operated since 1935 and has more than 150 employees. Tom's engineering and business career focused on infrastructure development and on organizational team building, two areas of importance as WAVS develops its second campus in Guinea-Bissau.
He has served on the WAVS Board of Directors since 2012 and since then has made four trips to Guinea-Bissau. Tom is dedicated to working with WAVS staff toward the continual improvement of the organization’s mission, staffing, program curricula and means of accountability.
Instead of retiring comfortably, Martha decided to devote the best years of her life to working hand-in-hand with community leaders in Guinea-Bissau to create a brighter future for their own country. She first traveled to Guinea-Bissau in 1994 and returned several times with the dream of starting a much-needed vocational school. In 2000, she founded West African Vocational Schools.
Martha, who grew up on a farm near Renton, 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. Four years later, they helped establish the first WAVS School in the town of Canchungo. 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. She is motivated by the knowledge that job-skills training and Jesus’ message of hope will lead young people in Guinea-Bissau to a brighter future.
Cindy is dedicated to helping WAVS maintain fiscal responsibility. In her 30-year career, she has worked as a tax preparer, a treasurer of a homeowner’s association, and a bookkeeper.
She holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from Central Washington University and has a bachelor's degree in psychology and sociology from Seattle Pacific University.
Sam is a certified public accountant in California. He has a passion for global missions that developed at a young age while living as a missionary in Paris. He has since made his home in Fresno, California, where he graduated from Fresno Pacific University.
Sam also serves on the board for the local non-profit Katey’s Kids, which focuses on literacy for at-risk youth, and is on the audit committee for his alma mater, Fresno Pacific University.
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 is the owner of K Prime, Inc., an environmental testing lab based in Santa Rosa, California. He is also the founder of Guinea-Bissau, a non-profit that is working to develop water-quality projects in Guinea-Bissau. He lives in Healdsburg, California.
Robert is a current member of Madera County Board of Supervisors. He is the former mayor of Madera, a city of 62,000 people in the heart of California. He was first elected to the City Council in 2004, re-elected in 2008, and re-elected again in 2012 to serve as Madera’s first elected Mayor for four years.
Robert is a native Maderan who graduated from Madera High School in 1974. After high school, he attended California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California, and in 1978 graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Business Management. In 1998 he earned his graduate degree from Pacific Coast Banking School, University of Washington.
Robert has been in the banking industry since 1979. He is currently Vice President and Manager of Citizens Business Bank in Madera. He is also a partner in Teco Hardware and Poythress Farms.
Robert currently serves on the following boards:
Madera County Transportation Authority and Commission (MCTC)
Madera County Economic Development Commission
Sherman Thomas Charter School, Board of Directors
Madera Community Hospital, Chairman of the Board of Directors
San Joaquin Regional Policy Committee, Vice Chairman
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Board of Directors
Holly lived and worked for six years in the Middle East and North Africa before returning to her hometown of Fresno, California, where she now works as a pediatric physical therapist for Valley Children’s Hospital. Holly married Chris Collins in 2013 and, since then, has spent several months each year in Guinea-Bissau building meaningful relationships with students and staff at the WAVS school.
Holly contributes with her first-hand experience and knowledge of cross-cultural community development work. While living abroad, she used her expertise as a physical therapist to train nationals in skills to care for people with disabilities. She understands the challenges and joys of development work and is able to share valuable insights with the board and staff.
Holly graduated from the University of California, Davis, and received her master’s degree from the University of California, San Francisco. She enjoys any activity that allows her to be outdoors and working her hands, including gardening and woodworking.
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. He married Martha Reynolds in 2002.
Starting in 2003, he traveled regularly to Canchungo to help start the WAVS School. He brings to the board his decade of missionary experience and strengths as a planner and administrator.