Our Board

Elizabeth Hankins, executive director

Elizabeth Hankins is an author and human rights activist. She has worked in the areas of genocide intervention and prevention related to South Sudan, Darfur and northern Uganda. Elizabeth believes local people building peace is the way forward in South Sudan and she’s eager to see the sister effect transform lives of women and girls in both world hemispheres! Elizabeth has a masters degree in peace and conflict studies from the University of Sydney in Australia and she and her husband David have two beautiful daughters and an incredible son-in-law.

Lizi Bailey

Lizi Bailey is a singer, songwriter and worship leader. She is married to Matthew and mom to five amazing children. Lizi has traveled to South Sudan and is committed to being a part of the healing and restoration in this region of the world.

Jessica Ray

Jessica graduated from Greenville College with a degree in Communication: Public Relations. Most recently, she worked as the Events Coordinator and Executive Assistant for the non-profit Every Village. Jess leads worship alongside her husband and worship pastor, Dave, at Bear Creek Baptist Church.

Jim Idiaquez

Jim was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. He served in the United States Navy and graduated from The University of New Orleans with a BS in Accounting. After five years in public accounting he enjoyed a twenty-two year career in the oil and gas industry in a variety of financial planning, special project and senior management roles. Since retiring in 2001, Jim remains actively involved in men’s ministry at his church, loves photography and travel.  His connection with South Sudan began several years ago when his daughter Googled ‘midwifery in Africa’ and subsequently became associated with In Deed and Truth and Sister Effect.

Glenn Powell

Glenn joins the Sister Effect team with a contagious, committed love for God and His Kingdom work and a highly collaborative spirit that he shares vocationally, in ministry and in his personal relationships. Glenn, has served in both public service and in the energy industry for more than two decades. He’s married to his beautiful wife, Janna, and is father of a grown son and daughter. He and Janna recently welcomed a new granddaughter into their family.


Advisory Board

  • Achel Gak, community liaison
  • Darren Moore, Esq., Bourland, Wall & Wenzel  P.C.
  • Diyo Deng, community liaison
  • Secily Torn
  • Peter Swann