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James Thompson

A real estate investor, has been involved in volunteer work since the 1970's. He has been a volunteer fireman, construction worker, and has been on several short term mission teams to Mexico, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Honduras and Guatemala. In 1999-2002 he was the disaster relief coordinator for Western, N.C, coordinating relief especially after Hurricane Floyd and flooding in W. Virginia. In 2003 he co-founded the Boca Costa Medical Mission in Guatemala where he currently works coordinating teams coming to Guatemala. He also keeps the books, runs the pharmacy in the clinics, keeps the inventory and does medicine orders.

Marìa Josè Yurrita

Was born in Guatemala City. Moved to Mazatenango Suchitepèquez at the age of three. Graduated from school as an Accountant. Owned a coffee shop and a bakery for eight years. For three and one half years has worked as a translator for the Boca Costa Medical Mission, Partners In Development and First Presbyterian Church of Howard County, Md. Maria also runs a small clothing business, teaches English to children on Saturdays and gives cooking classes.

Dianne Thompson

Has been a registered nurse since graduating from Asheville-Buncombe Technical College in 1988. She is co-founder of the Boca Costa Medical Mission in Guatemala and has been a volunteer nurse for this mission since February, 2003. As a nurse Dianne sees clients in hospital, clinic, and home settings. She coordinates their needs with services offered through the Boca Costa Medical Mission and refers clients to other services in the area. Dianne also teaches nursing skills to local health promoters.

O. J. Guzman (Guz)

Guz recently retired after 42 years in the transportation sector. He served the public as a professional driver for twelve of those years and a Transportation Safety Analyst and Re-constructionist for 30 years. Has been a Deacon for twenty years at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, in upstate New York, and a willing volunteer serving at local nursing homes and assisted with the Capital District Hospice program, among other programs benefiting those less fortunate. He also served Prince of Peace as a Church council member ten years. With one mission trip to Guatemala under his belt, he believes this is what God is calling him to do and hopes and prays that he will be able to continue this greatly needed work to aid those in need.

Anita Castillo Gooding

Has been a registered nurse for 23 years, and continues work for Carilion Clinic. She is Clinical Team Leader at Carilion in the Presurgical Testing Department., her specialty of nursing. She is an active board member with the Virginia Society of Peri Anesthesia Nursing. She has lived in Roanoke, Virginia since 1987 and is originally from St. Louis, Mo. She has been on two short-term medical missions to Dominican Republic, and she leads short-term medical mission teams to Guatemala. She serves on the Roanoke District United Methodist Church Board of Missions. Anita has been to Guatemala on several medical missions working with the Boca Costa Medical Missions. She is very passionate about medical missions, and leading teams to work in Guatemala. Anita is an active member at Cave Spring United Methodist Church in Roanoke, Va. She has two sons, one granddaughter and another grandchild due in June, 2014.

Peter M. Liljeberg, M.D.

Is a Family Physician who practices in Canajoharie N.Y. He attended UCSF Med School in San Francisco California and completed residency at St Clairs Hospital in Schenectady, N.Y. He has been practicing in rural upstate NY for 23 years where he lives with his wife Betsy and their 2 children. He is an active member and a preaching deacon at St John St Mark's Lutheran church.

Thomas Ray Gray
Has always loved the outdoors including running, cycling and diving. In 1980 he got a job as an electrical apprentice which he worked at until 1988. He took the NC Electrical Contractors Test, became a licensed Electrical Contractor and started TG Electric. He has served as president to the local chapter of the Electrical Contractors Association and worked closely with the local community college to implement an electrical apprenticeship that is still active. In 1988 Tommy became a member of West Market Street United Methodist Church, where he is today. Tommy’s first mission trip was to Jamaica with West Market Street. He has been back to Jamaica then to Costa Rica and Guatemala where he has visited 11 times and continues to do mission work there. Tommy has served as co-team leader of the construction part of the trip and has served as a team leader for both the construction and medical teams the last several trips Tommy and Sarah married in 2011. She also shares his passion for Guatemala and has joined him on several mission trips.

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