Board of Directors




Josefina Castillo, Ph.D.

President of the Board

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Received her BA in Sociology from Universidad Nacional Autonóma de México and has a PhD in Education from the University of Arizona. Has worked as a Popular Educator in Mexico and the US for over 30 years. Former Director for 12 years of the Austin office of the American Friends Service Committee. Co-founder and current Board Chair of Austin Tan Cerca de la Frontera. She is also a board member of Women on the Border.


Susana Pimiento


Colombian attorney with a MA in Public Policy from the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague. She works as an interpreter and translator and does counter-recruitment outreach with Sustainable Options for Youth.For over two decades, she has done advocacy work in the fields of human rights, demilitarization, environmental justice, arms control and indigenous peoples' rights.

Janet Cook

Long term volunteer and former delegate of ATCF. Previously involved for several years in the Austin Sanctuary Network. A licensed acupuncturist who has provided trauma relief at the border with Acupuncturists Without Borders. She has an M.S. in both School Psychology and Chinese Medicine, and currently practices the latter on a part-time basis.



Howard Hawhee

ATCF volunteer since 2003. Has been on numerous delegations as a delegate, facilitator and an interpreter. Member of Friends Meeting of Austin (Quakers). ATCF board member off and on since 2010. Works as a software developer at Austin Community College. 

Ruthie Powers



Ruthie has been on the ATCF board for several years. She has been on two delegations to the border with ATCF. Her interest in art and crafts has led her to work on the Women and Fair Trade Festival since 2015. She attends Friends Meeting of Austin (Quakers).

Donna Hoffman



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