The current Board of Directors is Jan Six, Helen Six, Debby Vajda, Tina Su, and Melissa Chamberlin-Bihun.
Jan Six, P.E., GE: President, since October 2009, member since June 2004
Jan Six is a registered professional civil and geotechnical engineer and worked for the Oregon Department of Transportation in the Bridge Design Section for over 33 years. He is now part-time employed with a geotechnical consulting firm in Portland. Jan became interested in the non-profit organization through the Ancient Ways Zimbabwe music program in early 2000 and this interest in the music, and especially the source of the music, opened doors leading to a greater understanding and appreciation of the humanitarian needs that Zimbabweans face every day, which further led to genuine desire to help support Ancient Ways mission.
Helen Six, RN: Vice President, since October 2009, member since June 2004
Helen Six is an RN and has recently retired after many years of hospital nursing. She began taking marimba lessons from Jaiaen Beck in 2000. It was through this door that she became acquainted with the mission of Ancient Ways. In 2005 she traveled to Zimbabwe with Jaiaen and had the chance to experience firsthand the real life positive impact the Nhimbe project is having in Mhondoro. She appreciates the fact that the programs within the project continue to grow and evolve, and enjoys working with the team in Zimbabwe to uplift the lives of many, particularly the children.
Debby Vajda, LCSW: Secretary and board member since October 2009
Debby Vajda has been a practicing clinical social worker for over 40 years, having worked in non-profit counseling agencies for almost 25 years, before transitioning into private practice. She is a previous board member of her local chapter of the American Society for Psychoprophylaxis in Obstetrics, has served as the president of the international Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology, and is currently president of A Home In Community. She has been pleased to serve on the board of Ancient Ways since October 2009, having been drawn to it through her joy of learning the music. She never ceases to be amazed at how large an impact this small organization makes!
Tina Y. Su, CPA, MST
Tina Su is a Certified Public Accountant and has earned her Master of Science degree in Taxation. She currently runs her own tax and accounting practice serving both individuals and businesses with their tax compliance, tax resolution, accounting, and business consulting needs. She also has a specialty practice focused on clients in the horse racing industry. During her spare time, Tina has a passion for helping those less fortunate. This passion lead her to find Ancient Ways. The humanitarian efforts that Ancient Ways has accomplished and continue to accomplish are important to Tina and she is thankful to be a part of a non-profit organization with such an impactful mission. Tina understands the opportunities and lifestyle that we are afforded living in the United States are far from what Zimbabweans are afforded and it is important for us to support Zimbabweans where meeting just their basic needs on a daily basis is a challenge; something that the mission and projects of Ancient Ways continue to strive to improve.