Felipe Hernandez, a board member for Reach A Village, graduated from Northern Illinois University with his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. After nearly five years in the engineering field, analyzing and solving complex technology problems, Felipe changed career directions. In 2003, he entered the legal field, working as a patent engineer at a private law firm, and soon after enrolled in law school.
Felipe earned his Juris Doctor degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 2008 and is a licensed Illinois attorney and registered U.S. patent attorney. He analyzes innovations, advocates for clients to secure patent rights, and counsels clients on strategies for building strong patent portfolios in the U.S. and around the world.
“Over the years in the engineering and legal fields, I have enjoyed applying analytical and problem-solving skills to meet the needs of corporations and individuals. It is a privilege bringing those skills to the work Reach A Village undertakes in reaching people for Christ,” Felipe notes. Additionally, he is a board member at his church and volunteers as an attorney for Administer Justice, a Christian legal clinic that offers legal services to low-income individuals and families.
Wayne Evans, a board member for Reach A Village, was brought up in a non-Christian home, but his father taught him the value of hard work. He founded a company in his parents’ garage as a teenager and eventually grew it into a Silicon Valley business, providing hundreds of commercial clients with electronic automatic fire alarm systems. Despite his success, Wayne always felt there was something missing.
Then, Wayne provided funding to drill a water well in Africa, and the Christian organization invited him on a trip to Nairobi, Kenya. He accepted Christ during the trip. After he returned, he dedicated the business to the Lord and to supporting ministries serving the poor and the lost. Over the years, he has visited ministry locations in 12 different countries.
“The Lord was calling me to focus more on heaven. No matter what we do in the here and now, if people don’t end up in heaven, it’s really all for naught. It’s obvious to me that Reach A Village is focused on heaven and effective evangelism,” Wayne remarks. “Financial integrity is also extremely important to me, and Reach A Village is committed to financial accountability as one of its core values.”
Bob Beasley, a board member for Reach A Village, has a wealth of experience in Christian ministry. He has served as an officer in The Salvation Army; a successful church planter in Florida' a successful pastor in Chatham, Ontario, Canada; head of a Christian broadcasting ministry in Canada; and currently serves as the liaison to ministry organizations in Canada that share Reach A Village's mission and passion.
Bob is a gifted speaker and Bible teacher with great experience in organizational leadership and serving as a board member. His passion and vision for the Kingdom of God and his ability to work cross-culturally make him uniquely qualified to serve with Reach A Village.
Lynn Griffin, a board member for Reach A Village, grew up in a Christian home and gave his life to Christ at age 11. Having a heart for missions and an interest in printing, Lynn graduated with degrees in Missions and Printing from Pensacola Christian College. After marrying his college sweetheart, Heidi, he returned to his home area in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. After several years of working at print companies and as a print sales representative, he started his own printing and marketing company, which he has run successfully since 2010.
Lynn has a deep passion to help people meet Jesus Christ. At his local church, he helps lead a Bible study. With over 20 years in the graphics industry, he has used his experience and expertise to provide print materials for several mission groups, missionaries and churches.
Missions has always held a special place in his heart, so he contacted Reach A Village regarding how he could help with printing needs. Today, Lynn is excited to serve as a board member. He says, "I am totally amazed at the great Kingdom work that is being accomplished through the Holy Spirit and the ministry that is taking place around the world!"
Melissa Yoon, a board member for Reach A Village, experienced a dramatic change in her life after reading Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream by David Platt (2010). She and her husband, Andrew, are committed to doing the most with every gift and resource God has given them. Their passion is to spread the Gospel to those around the world who have never heard the name of Jesus while also meeting very real physical needs. They hope that a legacy of generosity will be passed down to their children, who will become disciples who make disciples.
After a career in the public sector as a city planner, Melissa chose to become a full-time stay-at-home mom to four children (three biological and one through adoption). She and her family reside in Florida, where most of her time is devoted to educating growing children, running a real estate corporation, helping Andrew grow and expand his dental practice, and being involved in various worldwide ministries.
She is a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in political science and earned her master’s degree in city and regional planning from the University of Pennsylvania. Her organizational and management skills, as well as her active faith, are definite assets for her service on Reach A Village’s Board of Directors.