Our Board of Directors

Service here is an honor and this team helps oversee the ministry and provide needed US side support.

Jeff Gould

Jeff Gould, and his wife, Lisa, have been deeply involved with Reach Out Honduras since 2012, leading teams from North Texas to Puerto Lempira, sponsoring students, and being involved in fundraising activities for ROH. As Chairman of the Board of Reach Out Honduras (ROH), Jeff resources needs, ensures vision and integrity, guides decisions and creates a safe and loving environment for all who participate in a variety of ways to achieve God’s mission for ROH. He has a true passion for the mission and vision of ROH and is dedicated to clear goals and nurture of a team of equals, where every heart leans into God’s vision through prayer and every voice matters.

Jeff and Lisa have two daughters, 2 sons-in-law and 4 beautiful grandchildren. As a professional, Jeff is a seasoned businessman who brings both leadership skills as well as a tender heart to the Board of ROH and serves as an elder at his church. Jeff and Lisa, have an ever-deepening love and passion for the mission of ROH and in giving love, sharing hope and walking with others in Christ.

James Templer

James was introduced to Reach Out Honduras in 2014 when he, along with his son and father, participated in a short term mission trip with a team from Riverside Church of Christ. James was drawn in by the way he saw the Lord at work through the Waits, the school, and the students to spread His love throughout the region. He has been back each summer since bringing family and friends along. James, who is a CPA, joined the Board of ROH in early 2017 in the role as Treasurer. James and his wife Ellen live in Flower Mound, TX along with their son and two daughters and are members of Riverside Church of Christ in Coppell, TX.


Russell Hall
Co-Director of Fundraising and Golf Tournament Chairperson

From the first time Russell was introduced to Reach Out Honduras, he felt a great admiration for the Waits family. They have a tremendous heart for the people they serve and this is not just Alex and Laura but the kids as well. After learning about the organization Russell, along with his wife, Krystal, immediately jumped in and got involved. They worked with the golf tournament as well as the dinner until he was approached about serving on the board. Russell considers it an honor to serve along side a great group of friends that all have a shared heart for the people of Puerta Lempira, Honduras. He looks forwarding to pouring his heart and everything else they have into this organization.


Mike Litzkow
Director of Church and Student Sponsor Relations

Mike is a founding Board member of ROH and has been a lifetime friend to Alex and Laura Waits. Mike has supported ROH since before it’s inception and has been on several trips to Puerto Lempira with his daughter, Hailey. Mike brings professionalism and business skills to the Board, as well as a devoted heart to the Lord. A dedicated husband and father, Mike has been a great asset to ROH as we grow, change and seek to be transparent, good stewards. Mike and his wife, Cheryl, live in Frisco, Texas and have two daughters. Mike is part of the leadership of First Baptist Church in Frisco, Texas.


Bethany Gray
Mission Care Director
Bethany and her husband, Kevin, have developed a heart for the ministry of ROH in the past few years and spend their summers working in Honduras with IVA. Bethany is a stay-at-home, homeschooling mama to their 6 kids and spends her “free” time painting wooden signs to raise money for their trips to Honduras. They live in Huntsville, Alabama and are actively involved in church leadership at Kingdom Life Christian Fellowship, where they teach and are part of the worship team.


Amy Pratt

Amy Pratt has had a love and commitment to Reach Out Honduras since its creation in 2010. Amy has led a number of mission trips from North Texas to Puerto Lempira over the years to serve through Reach Out Honduras and has had a passion for the people in the La Moskita region. As an educator, she brings a lot of help and advice to the education side of the ministry and has provided much-needed support to the teachers at IVA during the early years.


Charlie James
Co-Director of Fundraising

Charlie and Liz are founding ROH Board members. They both have a heart for missions on many levels, but their support of ROH was tied to their love of our founding missionaries. Not only do they serve the mission and vision of ROH through fundraising, golf tournaments, and financial accounting, but they have visited Puerto Lempira and spent time loving on our students. Liz and Charlie are gems whose contributions shine brightly for the Kingdom of God around the world.



These are our dedicated Christ followers on the ground in Puerto Lempira, Honduras.
They are committed to bringing the Gospel to this remote region of the world.

Alex & Laura Waits
Founders of ROH

In 2010, Alex and Laura moved from Dallas, Texas to Puerto Lempira, Honduras to live life with the Miskito people of the La Mosquitia region.  God began to place the vision of Instituto Vida Abundante on their hearts in 2011 and the rest is God’s work in action.  The Waits have 5 children who serve alongside them, Aidan, Arlee, Adam, Aaron & Cumi Joy.