BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile. Albert Einstein
Harold Patterson | President & Founder
Harold is the consummate professional in the construction arena. For 40 years he has been the principal contractor of his company, Rocky Mountain Construction Specialties, tackling larger projects such as churches, medical office complexes, commercial centers, as well as custom homes.
Since its formation in 2010, Harold has insisted that every building project completed under the IHB banner be built to the highest standard possible. As President of International Hope Builders, Harold works tirelessly to establish IHB as an effective force in the battle against human suffering and homelessness in the most resource‐starved parts of the world.
Charles Hamilton | Vice President
Charles Hamilton spent 32 years in the telecommunications industry, holding various management positions in engineering, finance, planning and field operations. Upon his retirement from the firm as Director-Interexchange Services, he returned from California to his home roots in Kansas City. There he entered the commercial construction business and co-managed a successful general contracting firm for 12 years.
Additionally, he has enjoyed both ownership and hands on involvement in small business ventures in Kansas City. Charles has served on various non-profit boards and currently serves on his church board and the Board of International Hope Builders.
Charles has had the privilege of traveling to less fortunate countries on several occasions. Having been invited to participate in a construction project building homes in Honduras in 2015, the tremendous need for basic shelter in this country became evident. Once exposed to the plight of the Honduran people, it was imperative to do all one could to alleviate the suffering of human lives. After several additional trips, Charles joined the Board of International Hope Builders and currently serves as Vice President of the foundation. He continues to return to Honduras multiple times per year to oversee and work on the construction of homes, schools and medical facilities.
Charles lives in Olathe, KS with his wife Vicki. They enjoy spending time with their two boys, their wives and four grandchildren. They find great joy in seeing their family involved in various humanitarian efforts, both locally and internationally.
Lana Patterson | Secretary & Founder
Lana considers it a great honor to serve as Secretary of the Board. Lana has a degree in Accounting and managed the office at Rocky Mountain Construction, two insurance agencies, and a successful coffee retail business over her 30 year career.
She takes great joy in bringing hope to others - by introducing Americans to Honduras to experience the life-changing lessons we receive when we give of our time, talents and treasures -but also the life-saving opportunity of providing relief and shelter to those in urgent need.
Growing up in a Christian home in Wichita Kansas her family always believed in the value of helping people in need. Lana married Harold Patterson 47 years ago. In 1987, the two wrote a letter committing to serve and give and continued to do so their entire lives by teaching young people and ministering to people they touch shoulders with every day. After retiring from several successful businesses, the couple founded International Hope Builders where they continue their vision and commitment to service through Humanitarian Construction efforts and a genuine love of the Honduran people.
“There is nothing in my life more meaningful than serving others.”
Dan Funkhouser | Chaplain
Dan Funkhouser started a commercial and residential painting company in 1975 in the state of Oklahoma. The company moved to Kansas in 1987 , where it still presently operates as a painting and services company. Over the years, Dan has supervised the company's office staff, field employees, and sub-contractors to accomplish work in the areas of residential, commercial, multi-family, and government projects. Additionally, he is active in owning and managing multiple properties in Kansas and Missouri.
Dan is a licensed minister. He serves with his wife, Debbie, as directors of the marriage and counseling ministry at Antioch Church in Overland Park, KS. Dan and Debbie met as high school sweethearts and have been married for 45 years. They are blessed with two grown children, their spouses, and five grandchildren. One of Dan's greatest joys is the gathering together of his family every Sunday.
Dan's interest in IHB began with his personal friendship with the founders, Harold and Lana Patterson. After multiple trips to Honduras where he experienced being part of a team that provided shelter to families in the most desperate circumstances, he accepted a position on the Board of IHB. He currently serves as Chaplin and in support roles to other disciplines of the organization. It is his privilege to serve this humanitarian organization by building homes, schools, and medical buildings, with the goal of meeting immediate needs for health and safety and changing families for generations.
Garry Lauber | Director, Quality Control & Construction Methods
Gary recently retired as Quality Assurance and Environmental Manager with Del Monte Foods, Inc. He has over 34 years of experience in developing quality policies and procedures, ensuring environmental compliance, and working with local, state, and federal regulatory agencies. He serves on his local church board of administration as Trustee and has 39 years of experience in residential construction. Gary has dedicated his skills on mission trips to conduct building projects in Haiti, Honduras, and the USA.