Gary Heath – President
Gary is the President of AIDNACTION LIMITED, as well as Chairman of the Board of Directors. “AIDNACTION GHANA” was formed to help the people of Ghana achieve a higher standard of living and provide hope of a better life. He and his wife provided the funds to drill the first private water well in Breman Asikuma that during the dry season provides water to many. Gary has traveled to El Salvador and to Ghana, West Africa frequently. Gary is married to Elaine and a father of Chris and Amanda. He has 6 grandchildren. Gary is currently retired.
Ato Mends – Secretary/Treasurer
AARON ATO MENDS is our corporate Secretary/Treasurer for AIDNACTION LIMITED as well as one of its Directors. He provides in-country leadership to insure the Corporations compliance to Ghana government regulations. Both he and Noah provide valuable suggestions and insight to the involvements of the Association (AIDNACTION LIMITED is classified as an Association by the Ghana regulations). Ato is a college graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting. He is somewhat shy and reserve; but, not enough to keep his from marrying his love, Mavis Mbroh Mends. They have 2 sons Ekwo and Rich.
Noah Mends – Director
Noah is one of AIDNACTION LIMITED Directors. Many of us look at Noah as one of Ghana’s most out-going, friendly, cheerful, and positive people you could ever meet. Noah supported Aaron in college while he worked to receive his degree. Noah will begin his college schooling as soon as he is able. Noah is one of the most resourceful individuals you will ever meet. He make things happen that you would never think someone could accomplish. He is married to Safia Ibrahim Mends. They have 3 sons, Gary, Teddy and Chris.
Phillis Dickey – Director
Phillis serves as a director for AIDNACTION LIMITED. Phillis has a great desire to see Ghanaians achieve a higher standard of living. When the Sewing Center was active, Phillis has been the Keynote speaker at graduation ceremonies and provided sewing supplies to the graduating girls. She has traveled frequently to Ghana, West Africa and Guyana, South America. She most recently has returned from El Salvador, Central America where she assisted Manos De Esperanza with their on going mission to provide school children with school supplies and living assistance. She is widowed, has 2 adult children, and is currently retired.
Rich Rowland – Director
Rich serves as a founding member of the Board of Directors of the organization. He also has the title “Webmaster” and has the responsibility of all internal and external communications for the company. He is innovative in his approach as he has designed the company’s digital footprint. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Visual Communication, which makes him a natural fit for his role with AIDNACTION LIMITED. Rich has produced many videos; worked on countless websites; and is an essential asset to the company. Rich has traveled to Ghana, West Africa, and has a commitment to helping the people achieve a better life. He is married to Kathryn.
Paul Garrison – Director
Paul serves as a director for AIDNACTION LIMITED. Although a new member of the team, his desire to help the people of Ghana achieve a higher standard of living is not new. Paul has a background referred to as “high tech”, He has worked in aerospace manufacturing since 1978 in large machine shops to small 2 man operations, sometimes being certified in 5 disciplines at once. Working in exotic metals holding tolerances to .00005”, Paul believes he can persuade organizations like Honeywell, Boeing, Raytheon and others to donate machines and equipment for use at Joy Vocational Technical School, Ltd., in Baako, Ghana, West Africa, one of our many goals to increase skill levels and prepare students for employment. He “welds” recreationally. He continues to work on his own vehicles because, HE CAN. Paul has traveled to Nigeria, Trinidad, Tobago, and Ghana, West Africa. Paul is married to Sjon and has 4 adult children.
John Blake – Director
John serves as a director for AIDNACTION LIMITED. Although a new member of the team, he has desire to help the people of Ghana. John has a background serving others. He has worked in Senior Care Assisted Living organizations. He has a strong desire to lead the organization in assisting those that can’t help themselves to live and be productive members of their community. John’s goal is to help provide the physical facilities and a local structure of administration to help the senior population in Ghana who can no longer work or provide for themselves. He has the skills and leadership to accomplish that goal. John currently works for an organization connected to the City of Tempe, Arizona. John is married to Artemisa and has 2 adult children.
Pete Glaser – Director
Pete is the newest member of the Board. He has a history of service to his church and those around him. He is looking forward to Aidnaction’s future projects and involvements in Ghana, West Africa. Pete has worked the semiconductor, electronics and financial industry. His background has given Pete the experience to be an important contributor to the Aidnaction team. He looks forward to traveling to Ghana and involvement in our projects. Pete has made his home in Arizona over 50 years. Family is important to Pete. He has been married to Donna for 30 years and has 2 adult children.