Peggy Stranges RN, Founder
In 2001, after 14 years of coordinating volunteer medical and dental mission teams to Honduras, Peggy Stranges RN permanently relocated to the island of Roatan. As a nursing volunteer on Roatan, Peggy was acutely aware of the critical need for health services and made it her goal to help the people of Roatan to obtain accessible medical services. Clínica Esperanza started at the kitchen table of Nurse Peggy. Over the years, it expanded, first, to the apartment beneath her home, then to 4 rooms at the Son Rise Calvary Church, and finally into a dedicated, first-class freestanding hospital in Sandy Bay. Peggy has given her life to building “Hospital Ms. Peggy.”
Laura and her family moved to Roatan in 2001 from Southern California, where they owned a real estate sales and development company and Laura worked as Broker of record and administrative manager. She holds a B.S. in Business Administration-Accounting from California State University and holds certifications in the fields of Human Resources Management and Real Estate Finance and Appraisal. Laura has served on numerous boards, including the Board of Directors of Kaiser Federal Thrift, a financial institution serving Kaiser Foundation Hospitals. She also currently acts as Treasurer for the West Bay Business Association. Laura manages the family’s two West Bay restaurants and assists her husband with their current development project, The Meridian at Lighthouse Point.
Rita Foulk, Board Member
Design Support/Designer, Rita Foulk enjoys the opportunity to turn a house into a “HOME.” When not designing, she enjoys sketching – painting – learning! Rita loves to spend precious time with her husband who is her best friend and companion in life and as much time as possible with their 4 grandchildren. Rita loves Roatan’s special gifts and its many special challenges. Her favorite quote is “Most people don’t know there are angels whose only job is to make sure you don’t get too comfortable & fall asleep & miss your life.”
Jill Wittry, Board Member
Born and raised in Wisconsin, Jill has lived in Roatan since 2012. Jill owns a Pilates studio that offers both mat classes and private sessions. Since moving to the island, she has become actively involved in the Clinic. Prior to moving, she was the co-owner of an electrical contracting company with her family.
Helen Murphy, Board Member
Helen moved to Honduras from NYC many years ago. She had an opportunity to help Peggy with a medical mission she was a part of in 1992. In 2005 Helen started the Christmas Concert for the Angels (now the Music Festival for the Angels) and has been serving proudly on the Clinic’s Board of Directors for the past 5 years.
Charles George, Board Member
Charles George founded his electrical contracting firm, Vegas Electric, in 1987 and since then has been a full-time resident of Roatan. In 1992 Charles joined forces with other Roatan business leaders to found the Roatan Electrical Company(RECO), the first investor-owned utility in Honduras and he served on RECO’s board for ten years, as both a director and an officer. Vegas Electric has been providing scholarship opportunities for bilingual education, for their employees as well as for other motivated students
Charles has served on the board of Clinica Esperanza since 2005. Additionally, twice each year he travels throughout Honduras visiting volunteers while he serves as the in-country representative for Project Trust, a Scottish based charity providing a gap-year experience for 17 – 19 year olds.
Steve Harnden, Board Member
Steve is a CPA and a Certified Financial Advisor and has a BS degree in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Arizona. Currently located in Phoenix, Arizona, he has a team of 5 financial advisors and 5 professional support staff and has been providing financial, tax and estate planning services for clients coast to coast for nearly 30 years.
Steve is a widower and has 3 wonderful children who all share his love for the island and the people of Roatan. He is currently serving on a number of Boards including the Bay Islands Community Health Care Association (BICHA).
Darren Hall, Board Member
Darren and his family have been volunteering at Clinica Esperanza yearly since 2009. Darren and McKenna are both NREMT’s & Board Certified Dive Medics while Susie is a Cardiographic Tech. They generally spend 3 months each winter on Roatan.
Darren stays involved stateside by coordinating equipment donations and various other tasks. Susie is the volunteer coordinator and she processes the applications and documents of all volunteers coming down to serve.