More About Our Team

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Directors

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 LOPEZ CANU/
MEDICAL DIRECTOR

Waleska is 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 healthcare providers serving 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 ROHLOFF

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 Chief Medical Officer. Peter received his MD / PhD from the University of Illinois and 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 ‘.

Team Leaders

Lily Ajú / Nutrition Program Manager

Lily

Lilian manages the thriving Family-Centered Nutrition Program. She started with Wuqu’ Kawoq in 2015 as an interpreter for Kaqchikel-speaking patients. She served as a research assistant and coordinator before becoming a program manager. She takes joy in earning the trust of patients who have lost confidence in the health system.  Lilian is very adventurous and loves to go on excursions with her family. One of her greatest inspirations is her mother, a small business owner in Tecpán.

José Calderón / Monitoring and Evaluation Manager

JOSÉ CALDERON

José is a Sociologist, lover of social sciences, and committed to his country. He is oriented to learning and continuous improvement, and sees personal growth as an extension of professional growth. He has had the opportunity to work in different contexts and adapt to different situations, environments, and people, which has enriched him as an individual. He currently works as Monitoring and Evaluation Manager at Wuqu’ Kawoq, an institution with which he shares principles and values, including providing opportunities to rural communities in a dignified and competent manner regardless of language or origin.

Carmen Cerezo / Doctor of Community Clinics

CARMEN CEREZO

Carmen is originally from Guatemala City, where she obtained her degree in Medicine and her specialization in Pediatrics at Roosevelt Hospital. After finishing her degree, she became interested in projects aimed at rural populations with limited access to basic health services, working in the non-governmental sector and with the country’s Ministry of Health, with an emphasis on maternal and child health and nutrition. During that time she worked in many parts of Guatemala that she did not know much about, such as the northeast and on farms on the south coast. She learned a lot about working with health promoters, including extraordinary young women who were trained in our program. She is convinced that they are the best allies for a doctor like her who is not from the locality. To date, one of her most enjoyable activities is training nurses and community workers in nutrition and child health. She has worked in many different positions, always around issues of equity and quality of health services. She loves the outdoors, taking long walks, playing sports and rowing on Lake Atitlan.

Merida Isabel Coj / Director of Complex Care Services

MERIDA ISABEL COJ

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.

David Flood / Staff Physician

DAVID FLOOD

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 at Wuqu ‘Kawoq, he is a doctor and researcher at the University of Michigan. He speaks Spanish and Kaqchikel.

Magdalena Guarchaj / Manager, Education and Diabetes Program

MAGDALENA GUARCHAJ

 Magdalena is one of our Investigations Managers. She also is a nurse practitioner and manages our diabetes lifestyle and community outreach programs. She is K’iche Maya. In 2020, she represented Wuqu’ Kawoq in the El Colectivo committee, which joined forces to bring information on health, education, violence prevention, and Covid-19 prevention to rural communities via radio. She has experience in working with children, families and communities.  

Jill Hodges / Director of Communications and Development

JILL HODGES

Jill joined in 2020 to lead our communications and development efforts. She has worked as a reporter, producer, analyst, and communications strategist in media, government, non-profit, and higher ed, including several stints in Guatemala. Before joining Maya Health | Wuqu’ Kawoq, she was Communications Director at the Division of Computing, Data Science, and Society at the University of California, Berkeley. She has a master’s in public health from the University of Washington School of Public Health and a master’s in law from Yale Law School. She thrives on connecting people and ideas to advance health equity.

Yoli Juarez / Manager, Health for Life Program

YOLI JUAREZ

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.

Emily López /  Awards and Partnerships Manager. 

EMILY LOPEZ

Emily López is our Grants and Partnerships Manager. Spanish is her first language and she also speaks English. In 2021, she earned her Bachelor of Business Administration from Rafael Landívar University. She hopes to undertake a master’s degree in Digital Marketing. Before joining our team, she worked in the private sector. Emily is interested in communication strategies to improve global health among vulnerable populations. She focuses on creating content that helps raise awareness of social problems in Guatemala to improve medical care for rural and indigenous populations by combining technology and the knowledge and skills of the Wuqu’ Kawoq team. Emily is part of  a pioneering group developing  informative materials on the Covid-19 pandemic in Mayan languages. Her research interests include using media campaigns to save lives and  impact the economy, and social media tools to promote female empowerment.

Gabriela Montenegro / Research Fellow in Saqmolo Program

GABRIELA MONTENEGRO

Dr. Gabriela is a Nutritionist and Research Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She leads the Early Complementary Feeding of Eggs in Rural Guatemala Project, Saqmolo. She received her nutrition degree from Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala, her master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences-International Public Health from the Vrije University of Amsterdam (Netherlands), and her PhD in Nutrition and Food Sciences from the University of Bonn (Germany).  

Anneliese Moller Sundfeld / Microbiologist

ANELIESE MOLLER SUNDFELD

Anneliese joined the Maya Health team | Wuqu’ Kawoq in the year 2020, collaborating in determining the location and distribution of environments, design, equipment and advice for the opening of the Association’s Molecular Biology laboratory. Her main work experience focuses on Flow Cytometry and Microbiology, with an emphasis on infectious diseases and their diagnosis, both in public and private entities. She has been a university professor at the University of San Carlos de Guatemala (USAC) and at a private university. She has collaborated in various research projects in Non-Governmental Organizations, and in the USAC. She has a Masters in Financial Management from USAC. Her motivation is to contribute to improving the health of patients through high-quality diagnostic processes.

Sandy Mux / Clinical Supervisor and Trainer for Women's Health

SANDY MUX

 Sandy learned about Wuqu ‘Kawoq from a nurse who came to her town every week to work with people with diabetes. After hearing about the organization and its philosophy, she decided to apply. Sandy now works 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 on her birthday, and going to Laguna Brava in Huehuetenango.

Eva Ordoñez Tuiz / Manager, Kidney Disease and Childhood Neurodevelopment and Research Programs

EVA ORDOÑEZ

Eva is a professional nurse who manages our community efforts in chronic kidney disease and early childhood development.

Gustavo Par / Finance Manager

GUSTAVO PAR

Originally from the Department of Chimaltenango, Gustavo is a public accountant and auditor with a Master’s degree in Accounting and International Auditing. He also studied Environmental Engineering and Agroecology. He has experience in the financial, accounting, and auditing areas of commerce, service, and industry entities. His specialty is non-profit organizations, an area in which he has been collaborating for 15 years. He supports development and sustainability, managing accounts and transparency in the execution project funds.

Eddy Roquel / Operations Manager

EDDY ROQUEL

Eddy is an agronomist who 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 logistics and operations.

Neftali Sacuj / Programmer

NEFTALI SACUJ

Neftalí is the administrator of all Maya Health computer systems, from our 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. Naftali’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.

Susana Tambriz /Women's Health Program Manager

Susana Tambriz

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. She also likes to see children grow up happy and healthy. Susana’s daughter, whom she calls her “engine,” inspires her 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.

Carol Teleguario / Diabetes Program Coordinator

CAROL  RAQUEC TELEGUARIO

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 Maya Health Alliance, where she works as an educator in our diabetes program helping local Maya patients manage their illness.

Team Members

Isela Ventura Aguilar Vásquez / Field Nurse

ISELA AGUILAR

Originally from Zacualpa Quiché, I currently live in the village of Chixocol Zacualpa Quiché, my profession is Nursing Technician, recently worked as a Field Nurse in the municipalities of Quiché in Wuqu Kawoq Institution with Friendship Bridge, the work environment in Wuqu Kawoq is very respectful, pleasant, motivational, is an institution of values and ethics, with opportunity for personal and work performance, my goal is to be a better person through my actions demonstrating humility as a daughter, sister, friend, employee.

Angel Josue Ajin Macario / Pilot Nutrition Program

ANGEL AJIN

Originally from Tecpan, automotive mechanic and graphic designer, Pilot Nutrition Program  in the institution of Wuqu Kawoq. Something of great admiration in the institution is the responsibility, the great mutual respect without discrimination by religion or language

Carlos Bacajol / Logistics Manager Saqmolo' Program

CARLOS BACAJOL

Carlos is from Acatenango, Chimaltenango, He  is an accountant expert. At Wuqu’ Kawoq, he develops, plans, and organizes Saqmolo´ activities to contribute to the improvement of the children of the communities in the district of Tecpán.

Jenny Bartolomin / Supervising Nurse

JENNY BARTOLOMIN

Jenny is a Supervising Nurse in the Salud Para la Vida Program. She has a Bachelor of Nursing and has been part of the Wuqu’ Kawoq team since 2017. She works in Chimaltenango and Quiché. She is married and has an 8-year-old daughter.

Glendy Rosibel Batzibal Calí / Women Health Tecnician

GLENDY BATZIBAL

Originally from the community of Panimacoc, she graduated as an accountant with an orientation in computer science and professional midwifery technician. She is very adventurous and loves to practice yoga as well as collecting medicinal plants, she currently holds the position of women’s health technician. What she admires the most about the institution of wuqu’ kawoq is the opportunity for empowerment for rural areas, especially the importance Wuqu´Kawoq gives to the languages and cultures.

Liria Carina Batzibal Calí / Nutrition Technician

LIRIA BATZIBAL

Liria is originally from the Panimacoc village of Tecpán. She  graduated as a Bilingual Intercultural Primary Education Teacher, Social Work Technician, with a focus on Sustainable Development. She is a  Nutrition Technician with the Saqmolo´project. She admires the quality care that Wuqu’ Kawoq provides to patients, regardless of their origin or language, and the organization’s commitment to health in rural communities.

Vilma Borón / Nutrition Technician

VILMA BORON

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 firsthand. She loves to run and visit the nearby town of Antigua, where she has many fond memories of times with her grandparents.

Damaris Sucely Cabrera Cristal / Diabetes Educator

DAMARIS CABRERA

Damaris, originally from Tecpán, Chimaltenango, is a student of Business Administration. She has worked at Wuqu’ Kawoq since 2016 in the research programs: Mobile Health, Stars, World Diabetes, and Health Chronicle. It has been an enormous blessing for her to be part of the Wuqu’ Kawoq family because of the opportunities to support our indigenous communities by promoting development, empowering women and preserving our mother tongues. She’s inspired by touching the hearts of patients through the education and clinical care they receive.

Meylin Yahayra Canú Xinico / Programming Analyst

MEYLIN CANÚ

Meylin is from Chimaltenango. She is an expert accountant with  a focus on computers. She is studying Information Systems Engineering and Computer Science. She held the position of Programmer Analyst for the development of advanced applications for the Android platform. She currently has the Java programmer certification (SDK -J2EE), Mobile APP Development certification, Front End Web Developer certification, and Introduction to Azure certification. She is passionate about learning new technologies to continue earning certifications and diplomas. She admires the work, effort, and dedication that Wuqu’ Kawoq devotes to each person.

Evelyn Jasmina Calel Borón / Implementer Saqmolo’ program

EVELYN CALEL

Evelyn is originally from Tecpán, Guatemala. She is an expert accountant and a high school teacher of mathematics and physics. She worked previously as a project manager at the Ixmukane Bilingual Educational Center and as a teacher at the Miguel Ángel Asturias Municipal Institute. At Wuqu’ Kawoq, she is a nutrition technician with the Saqmolo´team. She is inspired to be part of the the small changes that can be brought to her country by fighting malnutrition. Her goal is to raise awareness and support each participant to improve the growth and development of boys and girls.

Mirsa Azucena Chan Cortez / Nutrition Technician

MIRZA CHAN

Mirsa Azucena Chan Cortez is originally from the Cruz de Santiago village in Tecpán, Chimaltenango. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science and Letters with a computer focus. She is a Kaqchikel speaker. She joined Wuqu’ Kawoq as a Nutrition Technician in 2020. She works with chronically malnourished children in the communities of Paraxquin and Paxorotot. For her, it is a great pleasure to work with each family to see their children grow and their health improve each month.

Blanca Chiroy / Nutrition Technician

BLANCA CHIROY

Blanca is a Nurse and Nutrition Technician who works with our nutrition programs and complex cases. She is passionate about women’s health and very much enjoys visiting the families she works with in their 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!

Isabel Chiroy / Nurse with Friendship Bridge Partnership Program

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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.

Brenda Vicenta Chavajay Méndez / Nursing Technician

BRENDA CHAVAJAY

Brenda is from San Pedro La Laguna, Sololá, where they speak the Tzutujil language. She is currently studying at university. In her third year as a Nursing Technician, she is working at Wuqu’ Kawoq in the Health for Life program, doing health promotion, working at mobile clinics, providing family planning follow-up visits, and communicating to patients about the importance of chronic disease prevention.

Aroldo Chocojay / Warehouse Manager

AROLDO CHOCOJAY

Aroldo is our Warehouse Manager. He speaks Kaqchiquel as his mother tongue and Spanish as a second language. He graduated from GALILEO University as a middle school teacher in mathematics and physics and worked in public schools teaching elementary school children before joining the team. Aroldo is very excited to be part of an organization that focuses on helping people who have been marginalized because he likes to be part of development in Guatemala.

Cecia Chonay / Care Navigator

CECIA CHONAY

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, whether at work  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.

Marleny Chonay / General Secretary

MARLENY CHONAY

Dina is our general secretary and helps in many ways with 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.

Karyn Choy / Research Assistant

KARYN CHOY

 Karyn earned her business degree in the US and now works as a nutrition manager in our women’s health and complex case programs. Her ambition and her hard work are motivated by her son, Santiago, who gives his mother the confidence she needs to change the world. In her spare time, Karyn likes watching movies and enjoying the outdoors with friends.

Mardoqueo Colorado Matzer / Driver

MARDOQUEO COLORADO MATZER

Mardoqueo was born in Tecpán. He studied waiter courses at INTECAP and worked as a waiter at Katok y Paulinos Restaurant. He joined Wuqu’ Kawoq in 2019 as a driver and is very happy to be part of the team.

Alicia Cuc / Nurse with Friendship Bridge Partnership Program

ALICIA CUC

Alicia is a nurse with our health program in partnership with Friendship Bridge. Every day, 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 Atitlán.

Claudia Cumes Bal / Navigator

CLAUDIA CUMES

Claudia is originally from one of the communities of Tecpán, Paxorotot. She learned about Wuqu’ Kawoq in 2017, when she experienced complications in her first pregnancy. A Navigator from our Mobile Health Program helped her overcome her fears and access the hospital services she needed. Inspired by that experience, she joined Wuqu’ Kawoq in 2018 as a Navigator for Obstetric Care to help other mothers feel safer and more confident seeking and receiving care in hospitals, where they may face difficulties such as language, machismo, and unfamiliarity with the system. She is proud and happy to be a Navigator of obstetric sare. She is married with two children.

Yosselin Yasmin García Martínez / Health for Life Nurse

Yosselin

Yosselin Yasmin Garcia Martinez is 24 years old.She received her degree as a Professional Nurse at the Panamerican University of Guatemala, She has the opportunity to practice her profession as a Professional Nurse Technician in the Health for Life Program, in Quetzaltenango agency, she is very happy of the opportunity of sharing her work with the communities , because she practices  respect for human life,  also is proud to provide health care services in the language of each patient.

Alejandrina Garcia / Nurse with Friendship Bridge Partnership Program

ALEJANDRINA GARCIA

Alejandrina’s greatest inspiration is her mother, whom she admires for her strong sense of perseverance. She tries to follow this example 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.

Sara Hernández / Child Development Research Assistant

SARA HERNÁNDEZ

Since she was little, Sara wanted to work with young children, so she always wanted to be a teacher. Her motivation for a career in education led her to study a Bachelor’s degree in Psychopedagogy at the Universidad del Istmo. At the same university she also obtained a Professorship in Special Education, a Professorship in Primary Mathematics and a Bachelor’s degree in General Psychology. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in 2017, she landed a job researching the effects of Zika on children’s neurodevelopment at the University of Colorado. The investigation led her to work and live in a village in southwestern Guatemala. Here, she had the opportunity to learn about the reality of childhood in the country, including malnutrition and its effects on a child’s development. Since then, child development has been her greatest interest. She has worked in a variety of positions focused on children and adolescents in vulnerability.  In addition, she started a learning center for parents, where she provided workshops on Child Development and Timely Stimulation. She is currently in a Master’s program studying Child and Adolescent Development Management at Rafael Landívar University. She is excited to be part of the Wuqu’ Kawoq team, due to the diverse and culturally appropriate work they do for the health and development of children, as well as their mothers. 

Lucrecia Morales / Implementer Saqmolo’ program

LUCRECIA MORALES

Lucrecia is  originally from the community of Chuti-Estancia, San Andrés Semetabaj, Sololá. Her profession is Business Administration with a focus on Computing. Her previous positions have included working as an accounting assistant and with the association ITZAMNA. She is currently a Nutrition Technician for the Saqmolo´program. At Wuqu´Kawoq, she really admires the  the teamwork and attention to the well-being staff. Her goal is to raise awareness among her patients to improve the quality of their diets. She enjoys working with marginalized communities.

Duglas López / Programming Analyst

DUGLAS LOPEZ

Duglas, originally from the department of Chimaltenango, lives in Caliaj, a village in Tecpán. He is an accounting expert and a high school teacher in computer science. He has completed his studies in Information Systems Engineering and Computer Science. He currently works on the Mobile Applications project as a Programmer Analyst at Wuqu ‘Kawoq. He likes to learn about new technologies that help provide solutions to people’s needs through the implementation of computer systems and applications.

María Alejandra Pinzón Rosales / Nutritionist in WK Child Development Programs.

MARÍA PINZÓN

Originally from Tecpán Guatemala, she is a nutritionist and currently works as a nutritionist at Wuqu’Kawoq. Something she admires about this institution is the gap they are breaking to provide comprehensive, quality health without distinction of creed, language and origin for rural communities.

Irma Yolanda Pilo / Recruiter Saqmolo' Program

IRMA PILO

Irma is originally from Sololá, and currently lives in Tecpán. She is an Early Childhood Education Teacher and professional nursing technician. She studied nursing in college and is currently working as a Nutrition Technician and recruiter for the Saqmoló team. She admires the respect, regardless of language and origin, that the team offers in supporting rural communities in rural Guatemala.

Roselia Quina / General Accountant

ROSELIA QUINA

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 seven of the 32 volcanoes in Guatemala and wants to climb more. One of Roselia’s heroes is Doña Nicolasa Cuxun, a sixty-year-old Mayan woman who participates in distance races wearing traditional clothing.

Dominga Ramos Ciprián / Field Nurse, Health for Life Program

DOMINGA RAMOS

Originally from Barrio Central in the municipality of Joyabaj in the department of Quiché. Profession is Secretary and Clerk and Professional Nurse, currently working as a Field Nurse in the Health for Life program in the institution Wuqu Kawoq. Her goal is to continue to be part of the team to support our indigenous community, something she admires is the priority given to patients in rural areas, as they are provided health services in their native language, see the satisfaction of patients and understand and appreciate the services provided to them.

Yolanda Raquec / Nurse

YOLANDA RAQUEC

Yoli is a nurse with our Women’s Health and Nutrition programs. She travels every day 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 every day. When she does have time to relax, Yoli enjoys listening to music and watching action movies.

Irma Robles / Nutrition Technician

IRMA ROBLES

Irma works in the Bocacosta region. Her work includes a mix of visiting patients in their homes and at our clinics. Her favorite part of her job is being able to spend time with kids and talk with moms 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.

Karen Romero / Nutrition Technician

KAREN ROMERO

Karen is originally from the municipality of San Juan Ostuncalco. She lives in the village of San Juan Ostuncalco, where many men work as potato and milpa farmers, exporting their products to El Salvador, and women are weavers. She is a pre-primary education teacher and enjoys working with children. At Wuqu’ Kawoq she has appreciated learning about malnutrition and nutrition and how to help mothers whose children are experiencing malnutrition. She works in Aldea Nueva Concepción as a Nutrition Technician. She is motivated by supporting the physical and mental development of children through healthy nutrition. 

Blanca Romero / Nutrition Technician

BLANCA ROMERO

 Blanca ives in San Juan Ostuncalco. She is a teacher of Intercultural Bilingual Early Childhood Education. She is working as a Nutrition Technician in the Nutrition Program with children between six months and two years of age. She loves children, and likes to embroider and make crafts.

Ashley Rocío Salazar Juárez / Nurse

ASHLEY SALAZAR

Ashley was born and raised in Santa Cruz Balanyá Chimaltenango, where she currently lives.  She is a primary education teacher and a university technician in Nursing. She previously worked as a teacher training of nursing assistants. She currently works for the Wuqu’ Kawoq Health for Life program as a field nurse. She is grateful for the opportunity to work in the communities and to provide services to help patients improve their health. She is committed to continue learning and strengthening her knowledge  to provide patients with quality care. She enjoys spending time with her family and with patients and walking outdoors.

Olga Marina Saloj Chiyal / Nutrition Technician

OLGA SALOJ

Olga grew up in the central Chaquijyá village of Sololá. She is currently working as a Nutrition Technician in our Saqmolo project in Tecpán, Chimaltenango.

Ingrid Sipac / Accounting Assistant

INGRID SIPAC

Ingrid is originally from Patzún, Chimaltenango. An expert accountant, she studied Public Accounting and Auditing. She currently works as an accounting assistant at Wuqu’ Kawoq institution. For her, it is a great pleasure and honor to be part of this team, since it recognizes  the importance of the language, and uses an innovative medical care model to provide quality services to the indigenous communities of Guatemala.

Rosa Olivia Sirín / Nutrition Technician

ROSA SIRIN

Rosa is originally from Chuacruz San José Poaquil Caserío. She graduated with training as a teacher and social worker. In 2021, she joined the Wuqu’ Kawoq team as a Nutrition Technician in the Saqmolo’ project.

Rosibely Sut / Mobile Health Coordinator

ROSIBELY SUT

Rosibely was born in the village of Chuatzunuj, Tecpan. She graduated school as an accountant, but she looked for a way to contribute more to her community. Rosibely joined our team as one of our first Care Navigators (Chajinel en Kaqchikel) in our Maternal Mobile Health Program. She understands deeply the situation rural indigenous women confront in Guatemala and she puts her heart and soul into her work, including reporting maternal abuse in the hospital as a navigator. She was promoted to assistant in the program where she learned how to work closely with the midwives, training them on continued use of the cell phone application, high risk signs during pregnancy, and how to implement and use the addition of the neonatal application to identify infants in danger in the first days of life. She was promoted to Coordinator of the program, where she serves today. She speaks Kaqchikel Maya and Spanish.

Johana Raquec Teleguario/ Research Assistant Gardens Program

JOHANA TELEGUARIO

Johana was born in Patzún, Chimaltenango. She graduated as an accountant with a computer orientation. She speaks the Kaqchikel language and Spanish. She started working at Wuqu’ Kawoq on the research staff  and has worked on the gardens program. She also works as a nutrition technician. 

Scott Tschida / Research Assistant

SCOTT TSCHIDA

Scott joined Wuqu’ Kawoq in 2020 as a researcher and works on diabetes and early childhood development projects. He received his B.S. in Human Physiology from the University of Oregon and his MPhil in International Community Health from the University of Oslo. Scott’s interests include using implementation science frameworks and mixed-methods to understand how contextual factors impact an intervention’s success.

Neldrick Tichoc / Warehouse Assistant

NELDRIC TICHOC

Neldrick, a resident of Santa Cruz Balanya in the department of Chimaltenango, graduated as an expert accountant with a specialty in commercial computing. He is currently pursuing a degree in public accounting and auditing. His has worked as a purchase manager for  the municipality of Santa Cruz Balanya, and as an accounting teacher for Runawal Balamya. He is active in his church. At Wuqu’ Kawoq, he is a warehouse assistant. He appreciates the environment and the opportunities that are given to each person to be part of Wuqu’ Kawoq without discrimination.

Reyna Tumax / Nurse

REYNA TUMAX

Reyna is a Nurse with our Women’s Health Program. She is from Santo Tomás La Unión, Suchitepéquez and she speaks Ki’che’. One of the things that inspired her to become a nurse is her father, who is a dedicated Community Health Worker. Learn more about Reyna in this video

Jeany Tzoc / Nurse with Friendship Bridge Partnership Program

JEANY TZOC

Jeany is a nurse working in our program with Friendship Bridge in the department of Quiché. 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

LESVIA VASQUEZ

Family is at the center of Lesvia’s life. She loves when they come together through food, cooking, and enjoying traditional dishes from Tecpán. She also has a close relationship with her brother, whose 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.

Irma Yolanda Velasquez Matias / Navigator

IRMA VELASQUEZ

Irma is a Navigator. She likes to be part of the Wuqu’ Kawoq team because it is an opportunity to help rural communities in her country. She likes to listen to Christian music, and her favorite food is pepián and stew. She is married and enjoys spending her free time with her two sons and two daughters. 

Brenda Yolanda Xico Ajsivinac / 'Health for Life' Nurse

BRENDA XICO

Originally from the municipality of Patzicía, Brenda currently lives in La Aldea el Caman. She is a Certified Public Accountant and Nursing Technician and is currently studying for a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing. She works as a Field Nurse for the Salud Para la Vida team. She admires the dignified treatment given to each of the patients that we serve in their mother tongue. She also appreciates the quality and warmth of the services provided in rural communities that otherwise cannot count on timely healthcare.

Estela Xoquic / Nutrition Technician

ESTELA XOQUIC

Estela was born in Sololá. She trained as a primary education teacher and graduated from the Private Normal School, Sololá. She also completed a Diploma in Nutrition. She was excited to put her knowledge into practice when she joined Wuqu´ Kawoq in 2018 as a Nutrition Technician. She currently works in Chuti-Estancia, Canoas Bajas, and Godínez, villages in the municipality of San Andrés Semetabaj, Sololá. Blanca’s daily work includes visiting the families of children enrolled in the Nutrition Program to learn about their diets, monitor their weight and height, and provide individualized counseling and nutrition supplementation. All of this is to improve the growth, quality of life, and development of each child, and minimize the chronic malnutrition that affects San Andrés Semetabaj, as well as all of Guatemala.

Silvia Xoquic / Nurse with Friendship Bridge Partnership Program

Silvia xoquic

Silvia is a nurse with our women’s health program in partnership with Friendship Bridge. She is a loving mother and is inspired every day 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.