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Service Trip Coordinator, Guatemala
Pablo Aguilar grew up in Guatemala City, and attended to San Carlos University to become a veterinarian. While in veterinary school, he completed an internship with Ayuda, an animal welfare nonprofit organization committed to the health and well-being of dogs and cats. In addition to veterinary medicine, Pablo recently completed a permaculture design certification with Atitlan Organics in partnership with the Mesoamerican Institute of Permaculture, and hopes to one day own a farm. He currently works at IS as a service trip coordinator. His hobbies include outdoor activities such as hiking and camping and playing the acoustic and bass guitar in a band with his cousins.
Step by Step Scholarship Director, Nicaragua
Timothy is the Program Coordinator for the Paso a Paso Program in Nicaragua. He has professionally photographed communities working at dumpsites from all over the world for 9 years. Currently, he resides in Nicaragua to further his efforts to work with these communities full time.
Step by Step Scholarship Director, Guatemala
My name is Angelica, and I am a coordinator for International Samaritan in Guatemala. I currently hold a joint Bachelors degree in Pedagogy and Educational Administration; now, I am completing my thesis in theology. Outside of work, I am a nature lover, a mother, a daughter, a wife, and a friend. I love to read and travel. I feel very fulfilled in my life, both personally and professionally. I am so passionate about what I do – I feel like I get to spend my days in service to others and in service to God.
Yolanda Virginia Chacaj Lopez
Administrative Assistant, Guatemala
Yolanda graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Computing and a minor in Commercial Orientation in 2012. In 2018, she began her graduate degree and so far she has completed two semesters of her Masters of Social Work. As of 2019, Yolanda has worked at International Samaritan for four years at their Guatemala location as an administrative assistant. Outside of work, Yolanda lives in Guatemala City with her family. What she likes to do the most is spend time with her family, because they are “her greatest motivation to move forward in life”.
Kenneth M. Coleman
Research Consultant, USA
Kenneth has assisted International Samaritan in recent years with quantitative and qualitative research endeavors among beneficiaries of programs supported by International Samaritan, as well as among our mission trip volunteers. Currently an independent qualitative research consultant, Coleman has worked in the market research industry and as an academic specializing in Latin America. His academic appointments have included the Universities of Kentucky, North Carolina and New Mexico in this country and as a Fulbright Lecturer in Mexico, Venezuela and Nicaragua.
Step by Step Program Coordinator, Honduras
International Service Coordinator, USA
Sarah graduated from Adrian College in Adrian, MI in 2014 with degrees in Spanish and Psychology. She has had service immersion and international travel experiences. She studied abroad for a full semester in Sevilla, Spain and was able to travel throughout Europe. She enjoys learning about new cultures and encouraging others to see the world.
Francisco Emilio Davila Gutierrez
In-Country Coordinator, Nicaragua
Office Manager, USA
Mary has twenty years in project accounting and office management for custom home and commercial builders; Project Accountant/Bank Liaison for Mallard Condominiums, LLC; Extensive volunteer work including Board Secretary/Treasurer of Education Commission for Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, FIRST Robotics, and Brian’s House Hospice.
Development-Communications Coordinator, USA
Michelle holds a MBA with a nonprofit concentration from Eastern Michigan University. She spent a month in Calcutta, India doing service work while comtemplating a career in the nonprofit sector. Her prior experience in Development and Communications includes international work with The Appropriate Technology Collaborative, a graduate position in the Foundation Office at Eastern Michigan University and several years with Covenant House Michigan.
In addition to a long history of community service engagement, she enjoys learning about diverse cultures and exploring at home and abroad.
Julia Elizabeth López Cuyuch
Julia is 25 years old, and graduated with a degree in Accounting in 2015. Julia was a member of International Samaritan’s Paso a Paso program as a child, and her education was supported through International Samaritan. As of 2019, Julia has been working at International Samaritan’s Guatemala office for three years as an accountant. In her free time, Julia likes to spend time with her father and brothers, whom she lives with, and listen to music.
International Program Coordinator
MANUEL ALEJANDRO MARTINEZ DONADO
Director of Education, Guatemala
I have a background in clinical psychology and I have worked as a volunteer in the human rights department for child abuse. I also have experience in construction, so besides being a Trip Leader I am in charge or the construction projects for International Samaritan. In my free time I like to play the guitar and record music. I also like to cook – I even earned an additional degree as a chef assistant!
International Service Coordinator, USA
Dan studied International Studies, Economics and Chinese Studies at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. He studied abroad in Dalian, China and went on multiple service immersion trips in Appalachia and Jamaica during college. He was a Passionist Volunteer International in the Diocese of Mandeville, Jamaica for one year after graduation and is passionate about promoting global solidarity and spreading awareness of poverty issues through service immersion experiences. He believes the most important way to serve those in poverty is through accompaniment, being in relationship and partnership with them, while focusing on sustainable development.
Vice President of Operations, USA
Andrew is a Latin American International Affairs Specialist; former Coordinating Assistant for Development and Recruitment, Ohio University Puerto Rico Study Abroad Program; former Researcher, Tosepantomin Microfinance Internship, Cuetzalan, Mexico.
Mike is a graduate of University of Michigan Law School and the author of the Jonathan Effect, a book about the power of the church and its people to help schools and their students win the battle against poverty. He is also the CEO of Uncommon Solutions, LLC, a consulting firm helping urban schools, churches and impact organizations create strategies to improve conditions and outcomes for kids. Mike brings his passion for reform and his leadership experience to the fore when driving the mission of International Samaritan.
Step by Step Scholarship Director, Ethiopia
Selam has over five years experience in international development and aid with a track record of career advancements. A thorough and in-depth knowledge of gender, legal, social and political issues of East Africa with a special focus on Ethiopia. Demonstrated skill in project management, research, leadership, monitoring and evaluation and diplomacy. Remarkable communication skills across age groups. Passionate about development in Africa and a strong believer in effective use of partnership.
Graphic Design/Communications Associate, USA