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Friends' Board Members

Our board members experience the joy of helping people reach their greatest potential by exploring the power of servant leadership, management and problem solving using their learnt proven techniques for engaging communities in the United States

and in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The passion that drives our board members, drives the world since they love helping people to the best of their ability because they know the value of opportunity.

From empowering women & girls, sustainable agriculture, water, food programs, medicine, or coordinating seasonal events

Friends of Woni International President


Miguel Avila

Santa Barbara, California

Miguel was a founding member of the Board for Leadership of Santa Barbara County and was later named as Santa Barbara County Distinguished Leader of the County of Santa Barbara. He has served as director of Old Spanish Days for fifteen years, the board of the Westside Boys and Girls Club, over 35 years member of Santa Barbara Puerto Vallarta Sisters past Board Member. And currently he serves as a Board Member of Friends of Woni International.

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Marcia Nielsen

Santa Barbara, California

Marcia Nielsen has been serving as a Board Member for the past ten years together with her husband, Craig Nielsen

who was the second president after the nonprofit was founded.

Marcia has been instrumental in the progress of the programs, and events we do in the community over the years and after traveling to Kenya last year she says,

“I was truly transformed and humbled from meeting the people and seeing the projects that Friends of Woni has successfully done.”

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