Connect. Counsel. Contribute.


EWL's board members are experienced professionals dedicated to empowering women to care for themselves, their families and communities.

If you'd like more information about EWL, contact Shelly Timbol, Executive Director at 904-608-0107 or email her at


Shelly Timbol – Executive Director and Board Chair. Shelly is the Office Administrator for a local Jacksonville Church and former Administrator for local community development district serving an 18,000 resident population. She was part of a management team that planned and supervised the design and construction of an $11 million dollar recreation facility that employed over one hundred and thirty people. A trained biblical counselor with college training in psychology and special education. Shelly has been traveling to Liberia since 2010 on various teaching and fact-finding trips connecting and building a network of local women leaders. Shelly’s love for Liberia and the women who struggle under challenging social and economic conditions led to the creation of Empower Women Leaders (EWL).

Stephanie Cox – Programs Director and Board Member. Stephanie is completing her Masters Degree in Professional Counseling in Spring 2018. Over the past 10 years she has worked with non-profit organizations to help those in need. She has traveled to Central America and Alaska on various mission trips. The Ebola crisis revealed the dire need to send aid to an already recovering nation. This led to her join the EWL board and support our programs serving the Women, Men and Children in Liberia and other West African countries as needed.

Tony Timbol – Operations and Board Member. Tony is an IT Management Consultant with over 40 years of experience in Information Technology and business. He started his career at NASA working on the first Space Shuttle program and moved on to work for several Hi-Tech firms. A trained biblical counselor and former elder/deacon Tony supports EWL operations and logistics needs as well as program planning support.

Jacqui Brown – Board Member. Jacqui Elementary Education professional with overseas experience in East Africa teaching at an Ex-Pats school in Nairobi, Kenya early in her career. She revisited Kenya twice, leading a team serving in Nairobi’s slums and orphanages, and then providing assistance in establishing a school for Sudanese refugees living in Nairobi under Mission to the World. In addition to a full-time wife and mother to three, Jacqui helped a large local MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group, providing encouragement and support to mothers of young children.

Ann Macferran – Board Member. Ann’s passion for missions began in college while receiving her BA in Sociology from Valdosta State University. She had the opportunity to serve on several short-term mission trips including 8 weeks teaching English to college students in Bangkok, Thailand. Ann has served on missions to Costa Rica, Guatemala, and in 2014 had the opportunity to travel to Liberia, where she served with ELI and EWL to train and equip pastors and women leaders.

Chuck McArthur – Board Member. Chuck is also Executive Director for Equipping Leaders International (ELI) and a former Pastor/Church planter. Chuck and his wife Sheree spent significant time in Liberia West Africa before the 14 year Civil War that devastated the country. In the post-war period, Chuck travels extensively for ELI to train and equip church leaders to help restore the country.