More About Our Team
Anne Kraemer / Executive Director
Anne co-founded Maya Health Alliance | Wuqu’ Kawoq in 2006 and has served as our Executive Director since 2009. Her passion is building high-impact, collaborative, and culturally and linguistically appropriate health and development programs in Guatemala. Anne trained as a cultural anthropologist at the University of Kansas, where she received her master’s degree and completed doctoral coursework. She was the recipient of a Fulbright scholarship in 2007 to examine the relationship between rural Guatemalan communities and the NGOs that serve them. Anne lives in Guatemala with her family. She speaks Spanish and Kaqchikel.
Waleska López Canu / Medical Director
Waleska originally from Patzún, Chimaltenango and is proudly Kaqchikel Maya. She received her medical doctorate from the Autonomous University of Mexico and completed her clinical training at the University of San Carlos in Guatemala. Waleska has worked extensively in Mexico and Guatemala for Ministry of Health programs to extend coverage to rural areas. Her previous leadership experience includes managing a large team of providers who provide healthcare in dozens of rural communities in the Department of Chimaltenango. She originally worked with Wuqu ‘Kawoq in 2010-11 and returned to our team in 2014.
Peter Rohloff / Chief Medical Officer
Peter was a co-founder of Wuqu ‘Kawoq | Maya Health Alliance in 2006 and he splits his time between Boston, where he is on the faculty at Harvard Medical School, and Guatemala, where he serves as our organization’s Medical Director. Peter received his MD / PhD from the University of Illinois and then completed residency training in internal medicine and pediatrics at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital. Peter’s interests lie at the intersection of indigenous language support and global health delivery in Guatemala, and he leads our large team of researchers and clinicians in conducting innovative mixed methods research. He speaks Spanish, Kaqchikel and K’iche ‘.
Ángela González / Finance Manager
Angela assists in numerous aspects of our daily operations and logistics. She is a vital key in our daily movement through 5 departments of Guatemala. She has previous experience in managing rural health programs with the Kajih Jel Association. She is from Tecpán and speaks Kaqchikel and Spanish.
David Flood / Staff Physician
David is a physician who helps coordinate our clinical, research and training initiatives, especially those related to chronic diseases and malnutrition. He received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School, his master’s degree in international health policy from the London School of Economics, and his training in internal medicine and pediatrics from the University of Minnesota. In addition to his role in Wuqu ‘Kawoq, he is a doctor and researcher at the University of Michigan. He speaks Spanish and Kaqchikel.
Eva Ordoñez Tuiz / Manager, Kidney Disease and Childhood Neurodevelopment and Research Programs
Eva is a professional nurse who manages our community efforts in chronic kidney disease and early childhood development.
Michel Juarez / Manager, Early Child Development Research Program
Michel is a doctor and the medical coordinator of the Mobile Health program. He oversees operations and analyses data collected from this program for our ongoing research. Michel is a committed physician who constantly seeks out opportunities to learn and grow as a professional. He is also passionate about environmental conservations and enjoys spending time in the highland province of Quiche, where his family is originally from.
Ana Cordón / Principal Investigator in Civil Society and Social Change
Enma Coyote Ixen / Mobile Health Coordinator
As a nurse who oversees the Mobile Health programs, Enma works with local midwives and provides them with the tools they need to provide excellent medical care. She loves meeting and learning about the women she works with who often have amazing stories and a lifetime of knowledge. She carries out her work with humility, perseverance and love as her mother taught her, which is one of her greatest inspirations. Enma speaks Spanish, Kaqchikel and K’iche ‘.
Andrea García / Medical Manager for Health for Life Program
Andrea is a family physician with additional degrees in medical administration and nutrition. Her many professional accomplishments were inspired by her mother, who was also a doctor. She is the medical director of our Health for Life program in partnership with Friendship Bridge. Outside of work Andrea loves the outdoors and dreams of taking a trip to South America, tasting as many foods as possible along the way.
Magdalena Guarchaj/ Manager, Education and Diabetes Program
Magdalena is a nurse practitioner who manages our diabetes lifestyle and community outreach programs.
Kirsten Austad /Director of Women's Health
Kirsten provides clinical care, conducts staff training, and does health services research with Wuqu ’Kawoq. She received her medical doctorate in 2013 from Harvard Medical School and is currently a Global Health Fellow at Boston Medical Center, working towards her master’s degree in public health. Before she has focused her research on conflicts of interest in medical education, Kirsten’s interests currently include access to comprehensive family planning and strategies for safer birth in resource-poor settings. She has also worked in West Africa, the Dominican Republic, Chile, and Chiapas, Mexico. She speaks Spanish and is learning Kaqchikel. She began working with Wuqu ‘Kawoq in 2013 and is currently the Director of Women’s Health. Under her leadership, Wuqu ‘Kawoq has developed expertise in family planning counseling and provision, including long-acting reversible contraceptives (implants and IUDs) that are rarely used in Guatemala. Kirsten oversees cervical cancer screening, prenatal care, domestic violence, and other women’s health programming, and has trained more than 20 frontline health nurses and community health workers. She was also one of the founders of the collaboration with Friendship Bridge to provide preventive women’s health services to microfinance clients. In addition, she provides medical care for the complex care program and serves as a clinical mentor and researcher for Wuqu ‘Kawoq students and volunteers.
Kirsten’s work in Guatemala is currently supported by the Global Women’s Health Fellowship (2016-2018) through the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where she also works as a medical hospitalist. She will graduate with a Master of Public Health from Harvard T.H. Chan of Public Health in 2018. Her research interests include application science, respectful motherhood and reproductive health, and qualitative methods. She is a lead investigator for a Canadian-funded Grand Challenges pilot program known as “Stars,” which is using a quality improvement approach to develop a new model for addressing disrespectful and abusive maternity care: care navigation. obstetric.
Merida Isabel Coj / Director of Complex Care Services
Merida studied business administration in college and now manages our complex case program. She helps patients navigate the healthcare bureaucracy to ease the burden of their lives and help them get the medical care they deserve. Outside of work, she is a caring mother and spends time with her son riding a bike, going to soccer games, or watching movies.
Sandy Mux/ Women's Health Manager
Sandy learned about Wuqu ‘Kawoq from a nurse who came to his town every week to work with diabetics. After hearing about the organization and its philosophy, she decided to apply. Sandy now works with Maya Health as the manager of our diabetes and women’s health programs. Every day she feels that she can make a difference in society and change people’s lives. Outside of work, Sandy enjoys spending time with her family, especially during her birthdays, and going to Laguna Brava in Huehuetenango.
Susana Tambriz/ Diabetes Program Manager
Susana’s favorite part of working as a nurse with Maya Health is having the opportunity to empower women to make their own decisions about their bodies. Also, she likes to see children grow up happy and healthy. Susana also has her own daughter, whom she calls her “engine” to continue to work hard and help patients access excellent health care. One of her favorite days of the year is the Day of the Dead, where families fly kites and gather to remember their loved ones who have passed away.
Yoli Juarez / Manager, Health for Life Program
Yoli is a registered nurse and manager of our Star and Mobile Health projects. She is in the field almost every day, walking from house to house to visit the families with whom she works. Yoli’s family is the center of her life, her daughters inspire her to work hard every day to give them and her patients a bright future. She loves it when her family gets together for a movie or Christmas dinner.
Karyn Choy / Manager, Nutrition Programs
Karyn earned her business degree in the US and now works as a nutrition manager in our women’s health and complex case programs. In addition to working. Her ambition and her hard work are motivated by her son, Santiago, who gives her mother the confidence she needs to change the world. In her spare time, Karyn enjoys watching movies and enjoying the outdoors with friends.
Eddy Roquel / Operations Manager
Eddy is an agronomist that worked on our landscaping project. He passes his knowledge on to rural Guatemalan families, helping them find healthy and affordable food options. Eddy loves the outdoors, especially the Boca Costa area and the lush, forested areas of the Altiplano. He is also a loving father and has a close relationship with his son. Now Eddy is helping us with all logistics and operations in Wuqu’ Kawoq.
Anneliese Moller Sundfeld / Biologist Chemistry
Emily López / Executive Assitant
Emily López is our executive assistant. She has Spanish as her first language and also speaks English. In 2016, she began studying her Bachelor of Business Administration at the Rafael Landívar University. She worked in private companies before joining our team. Emily is excited to work with an organization that focuses on social development and equality for all Guatemalans through high-quality health services.
Blanca Chiroy / Nutrition Technician
Blanca is a nurse and nutrition technician who works with our nutrition programs and complex cases. She is passionate about women’s health and she very much enjoys visiting the families she works with in her homes. Blanca is also very close to her family and takes frequent trips with them to the countryside or the coast. She is also a competitive athlete who dreams of being a soccer champion.
Marleny Chonay/ General Secretary
Dina is our general secretary and helps in many ways in all of our programs. She enjoys everything about her job, especially her daily interactions with the other members of our team. Dina is also a committed mother and her son inspires her to work hard every day. When she has time, Dina likes to visit the beach in Monterrico with her family.
Roselia Quina / General Accountant
Roselia is a member of our accounting team, and she plays the crucial role of managing our finances and ensuring that our programs run smoothly. She is adventurous and loves planning trips to explore different parts of Guatemala with her friends. To this day, she has climbed 7 of the 32 volcanoes in Guatemala and wants to continue climbing more. One of Roselia’s heroes is Doña Nicolasa Cuxun, a sixty-year-old Mayan woman who participates in distance races wearing typical costumes.
Neftali Sacuj / Programmer
Neftalí is the administrator of all Maya Health computer systems from our official website to our research database. He is constantly looking for new ideas to improve our site and enjoys helping our medical staff perform data analysis. Naphtali’s life revolves around his two young sons and they are his motivation to work hard. In his spare time he loves to take them to the zoo.
Lilian Ajú / Research Assistant
Lilian is a research assistant, helping to collect data about women’s and child’s nutrition for ongoing projects. However, she tries to go beyond her focus area to get to know the participants she works with. Lilian has an adventurous personality and loves to go on excursions with her family. One of her greatest inspirations is her mother, a small business owner in Tecpán.
Vilma Borón/ Nutrition Technician
As one of our team’s nutrition technicians, Vilma helps children in rural Guatemala grow up to be happy and healthy. She enjoys home visits where she gets a chance to connect with families and see the results of her work first hand. She loves to run and visit the nearby town of Antigua, where she has many fond memories with her grandparents.
Damaris Cabrera / Research Technician
Damaris is a research technician for our mobile health research project that connects rural Maya women to hospital-level prenatal care when they need it. She spends her days visiting new and expectant mothers in their homes, doing interviews, and entering data. Damaris speaks Spanish and Kaqchikel.
Isabel Chiroy / Nurse with Friendship Bridge Partnership Program-
Isabel is a nurse with our women’s health program in partnership with Friendship Bridge. She is a compassionate professional who enjoys connecting with her patients and seeing the look in their eyes after receiving excellent service. Isabel loves to sing and dance. She also has ambitious travel goals, hoping one day to make it to the US or Israel.
Cecia Chonay/ Care Navigator
Cecia is a health navigator with our Stars program, helping rural Guatemalans work through the complexities of the local healthcare system. She is always driven to perform her best weather at work with Maya Health or in her studies, which continue in her spare time. Cecia is also very close with her family and loves to catch up with them on the weekend
Alicia Cuc / Nurse with Friendship Bridge Partnership Program
Alicia is a nurse with our health program in partnership with Friendship Bridge. Everyday she visits patients in their homes, making personal connections and bringing excellent care. Alicia is very compassionate and always driven to help as many people as possible. One of her favorite places in Guatemala is the mountainous lakeshore of Lake Atitlan
Marta Julia Quiná/ Researcher
As the supervising nurse for our Women’s Health Program in Sololá and Chimaltenango, Rebeca is passionate about providing excellent care to her patients as well as promoting their reproductive rights. She also feels strongly about the importance of cultural respect as a medical professional. Rebecca’s passion and work ethic, are inspired in part by her father, who she admires for his lifelong commitment to his family.
Alejandrina Garcia / Nurse with Friendship Bridge Partnership Program
Alejandrina’s greatest inspiration is her mother, who she admires for her strong sense of perseverance. She tries to follow this example in her daily work as a nurse working with women and families through our partners at Friendship Bridge. Alejandrina is also a music enthusiast and loves the piano in particular.
Marta Julia Quiná / Researcher
As a research assistant, Marta collects, enters, and analyses data for several of our ongoing research projects. She loves to visit the cobblestone streets and idyllic cafes of Antigua Guatemala, as well as the coast where she can feel the ocean breeze. She also enjoys life in Tecpán and her weekly ritual of going shopping with her brother.
Carol Teleguario / Nurse
Carol is a free spirit who enjoys spending time in the Guatemalan countryside and visiting natural wonders such as Semuc Champey. She is also passionate about social justice issues and holds a degree in Indigenous Rights along with her nursing license. This combination of interests has made Carol a perfect fit for Mayan Health Alliance where she works as an educator in our diabetes program helping local mayan families to overcome this illness
Yolanda Raquec / Nurse
Yoli is a nurse with the our Women’s Health and Nutrition programs. She travels everyday to small rural communities bringing expert care and guidance to her patients. Her six year old son and family motivate Yoli to follow her passion and set new goals for herself everyday. When she does have time to relax, Yoli enjoys listening to music and watching action movies.
Irma Robles / Nutrition Technician
Irma works with our nurse, Glenda, in the Bocacosta. Her work includes a mix a visiting patients in their homes and at our clinical space. Her favorite part of her job is being able to spend time with kids and talk with mom’s about nutrition. Originally from the Bocacosta, she studied to become an elementary school teacher at the Insitiuto Profesional de Educación. In her free time, she loves to listen to Christian music. She speaks Spanish and K’iche.
Jeany Tzoc / Nurse with Friendship Bridge Partnership Program
Jeany is a nurse working in our program with Friendship Bridge in the department of Quiche. She loves the area where she works for its rich traditions and kind people. When Jeany isn’t out in the field, she likes to be at home with her baby boy who inspires her to continue working to provide basic necessities for other families.
Lesvia Vasquez / Nurse with Friendship Bridge Partnership Program
Family is at the center of Lesvia’s life. She loves when they come together through food, cooking and enjoying traditional dishes from Tecpan. She also has a close relationship with her brother who’s positive attitude is something she admires and brings with her to her work in the field. Lesvia is a nurse with our program in association with Friendship Bridge. In her day to day work, she enjoys going out into the fresh air of rural Guatemala, and helping women overcome obstacles to care.
Silvia Xoquic / Nurse with Friendship Bridge Partnership Program
Silvia is a nurse with our women’s health program in partnership with Friendship Bridge. She is a loving mother and is inspired everyday by her baby to help other women live healthy lives. In particular, she strives to overcome the language barriers that prevent many Guatemalans from receiving quality care. In addition to work, Silvia is also passionate about soccer and plays regularly in her free time.
Eva Yax / Nurse with Friendship Bridge Partnership Program
As a nurse, Eva loves to get out of the office and do hands on work in the field. She goes through her day with a strong sense of purpose and compassion, bringing care with dignity to her patients. Family is also an important facet of Eva’s life. She is happy to spend time at home helping out but also loves to go on group trips to Champerico Beach.