OUR STAFF

About Our staff

International Samaritan runs with a small staff of highly trained, highly specialized individuals who have all been chosen specifically for the role that they are in. We believe that each person’s job is equally important – to reflect this, our staff members are listed alphabetically.

Interested in joining our staff? Check our Team Page for any open positions.

Pablo Aguilar

Trip Leader

Guatemala

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Timothy Bouldry

Program Manager

Nicaragua

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Angelica Cancinos

Program Director

Guatemala

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Yolanda Chacaj

Program Assistant

Guatemala

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Ken Coleman

Researcher

USA

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Erika Cuevas

Program Manager

Honduras

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Sarah Daniel

International Service Coordinator

USA

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Francisco Davila

Trip Leader

Nicaragua

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Mary Hall

Business Manager

USA

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Tavian Jones

Project Coordinator

Jamaica

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Julia Lopez

Administrative Assistant

Guatemala

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Michelle Kuhar

Development & Engagement Manager

USA

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Emily Lorek

International Programs Coordinator

USA

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Andrew Pawuk

Vice President of Operations

USA

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Dan Piaskowski

International Service Coordinator

USA

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Mike Tenbusch

President

USA

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Selam Terefe

Program Director

Ethiopia

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Hannah Wickham

Communications Coordinator & Graphic Artist

USA

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About Us

International Samaritan is a nonprofit organization with the designation 501(c)(3). Our headquarters is located in Ann Arbor Michigan.

info@intsam.org

(734) 222-0701

803 N Main St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

M-F: 9am-5pm, S-S: Closed

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About Pablo

Pablo Aguilar grew up in Guatemala City, currently lives in Panajachel, lake Atitlán and attended to San Carlos university in Guatemala  veterinary school, where 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 in IS as a trip leader, helping the students and volunteers during their time in Guatemala and planning different social cultural activities for the groups. His hobbies include outdoor activities, such as hiking and camping, and playing the acoustic and bass guitar in a band with his cousins.

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About Angelica

Angelica received a Bachelor's Degree in Pedagogy and Education Administration, and has now returned to school and is completing her thesis for a Master's Degree in Theology. Angelica says that, regarding her work, "she is passionate about the job and about serving and doing the work of Jesus", and that she feels "fulfilled both as a woman and professionally by what she does". Outside of work, Angelica describes herself as a lover of nature, a grateful daughter, a loving wife, and a devoted friend. In her free time, Angelica enjoys reading and traveling.

About Yoli

Yoli graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Computing with a Business concentration in 2012, then returned to school in 2017 to pursue her Master's of Social Work, which she is currently partway through. Yoli has worked at International Samaritan for four years as an Administrative Assistant. Outside of work, Yoli lives in Guatemala city with her family, and enjoys spending as much time with her family "every moment that she can", because "they are her main motivation for everything that she does".

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About Erika

Erika has a degree in Management and Social Development. She is the  Program Manager at International Samaritan's partnership organization, RETE, in the town of San Pedro Sula, Honduras. Erika has been working with International Samaritan since 2016. Prior to her work with I.S., Erika worked with children and youth at-risk for thirteen years. Her work consistently focused on eradicating child labor in the municipal garbage dumps.

About Sarah

Sarah received a B.A. in Spanish from Adrian College and is currently pursuing a M.A. in Educational and Global Leadership at Western Michigan University. During college, she studied abroad in Sevilla, España for a semester and became an advocate for international education. She has been working at International Samaritan since 2015 and is passionate about social justice, women's rights, fair trade products, and cultivating globally aware citizens. Outside of work, Sarah enjoys kayaking, paddle boarding, traveling, swimming, and spending time "up north".

About Francisco

Francisco is a Business Manager and is currently studying Pedagogy. He has been an English teacher for 15 years. His work with International Samaritan involves leading volunteers groups in their immersion trips to help people who work in dump sites and live under severe poverty. When not at work, he enjoys fishing and playing baseball with his two sons in Lake Nicaragua.

About Mary

Mary joined International Samaritan "temporarily" more than ten years ago, but found the mission so rewarding that she never left. Mary holds an MBA from the University of Michigan and developed her skill set in a variety of business management roles in commercial and residential real estate organizations prior to joining International Samaritan. Outside of work, Mary enjoys coaching FIRST Lego League with her husband Steve, studying history and spending time with her family.

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About Julia

Julia is a former scholarship recipient of International Samaritan from the Paso a Paso program, and through International Samaritan was able to graduate with a technical accounting degree from Perito Contador in 2015. She has now been working at International Samaritan for 3 years, primarily handling accounting. Julia lives in Guatemala City with her father and brothers, and she enjoys listening to music in her free time.

About Michelle

Michelle completed an MBA with a concentration in nonprofit management and BBA in entrepreneurship from Eastern Michigan University. Prior to joining the team, she worked in development and communications at the EMU Foundation and with Covenant House Michigan.  Her passion for international poverty relief stems from a month-long service experience in Calcutta, India, and her time volunteering with ATC (The Appropriate Technology Collaborative) and their work in Central America. In her spare time, Michelle enjoys singing in her church choir, learning about different cultures and studying Spanish.

About Emily

Emily holds a M.A. in Global Youth Development from the University of Montana and a B.A. in Psychology, with minors in Leadership Studies and Spanish, from Marietta College.  She served two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Costa Rica as a Youth Development Coordinator. Her service primarily focused on sustainable program development and capacity building for youth and families in a low income, rural community. Emily is passionate about service-learning and grassroots initiatives that make a global impact. Outside of work, Emily enjoys baking, running, and traveling.

About Andrew

Andrew holds a Masters Degree in International Studies from Ohio University and has two B.A. Degrees from Miami University in International Relations and Spanish. He was also part of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Peru before joining us at International Samaritan. He has been with International Samaritan for over a decade, making him our longest-tenured employee. Outside of work, Andrew enjoys ornithology and spending time with his wife and two-year-old daughter, Anna Claire.

About Dan

Dan holds a B.A. in International Studies, with minors in Economics and Chinese Studies from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. During college, he spent time as a foreign exchange student in Dalian, China and participated in multiple service immersion trips to Appalachia and Jamaica. After graduation he accompanied the people of rural Jamaica for one year as a Passionist Volunteer International in the Diocese of Mandeville. He is passionate about promoting global solidarity and spreading awareness of poverty issues through service immersion experiences and believes the most important way to serve those in poverty is in relationship and partnership with them, focusing on sustainable development. Dan is also currently pursuing a M.A. in International Development from St. Mary's University of Minnesota.

About Mike

A graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, Mike co-founded Think Detroit with Dan Varner in 1997, which was named Crain’s Detroit Business Best-Managed Non-Profit in 2004 and merged with Detroit PAL in 2006. After serving on Detroit’s school board, Mike then led an effort at the United Way for Southeastern Michigan to move graduation rates from less than 60% to 80% or higher in the region’s most historically challenged high schools. Most recently, he served as the founding executive director of the SAY Detroit Play Center and interim CEO of the Detroit Parent Network. He is also is the author of The Jonathan Effect: Helping Kids and Schools Win the Battle Against Poverty, called a “moving, inspiring and important book” by best-selling author Dan Heath. Mike and his wife, Maritza, have three children, Grace, 19, Julia, 17 and Jacob, 16.

About Selam

With degrees in law, management, sociology, and "Peace, Security, and Development", Selam has over five years experience in international development and aid with a track record of career advancements. Her education and career has given her a thorough and in-depth knowledge of gender, legal, social and political issues of East Africa with a special focus on Ethiopia. Over the years, she has demonstrated skill in project management, research, leadership, monitoring and evaluation and diplomacy. Selam has remarkable communication skills across age groups. Selam is passionate about development in Africa and a strong believer in effective use of partnership.

About Hannah

Hannah received a Bachelor's of General Studies from Eastern Michigan University, with focus areas in Media Production, Political Advocacy, and Health Advocacy. She also studied abroad at the University of Glasgow, where she studied International Law. Before coming to International Samaritan, Hannah worked for a mix of nonprofits and government agencies that focused on mental health and suicide prevention, and she brings her passion for health and social justice to her current position. Outside of work, Hannah enjoys writing, doing art, and spending time with her fiancé, Evan, and their two cats.