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WHO WE ARE

Our Mission

 

To create opportunities for education in partnership with the indigenous people in northwest Guatemala.

Core Values

Respect and dignity for the Mayan people, their culture, and languages. 

Integrity. Our strong organizational culture is based on ethical integrity, which has been instrumental in attracting talented volunteers and building strong donor relations.

 

Innovation. As leaders for change, we advance initiatives that create immediate, as well as long-term improvements to our educational programs.

Board of Directors

 

The Adopt-a-Village in Guatemala Board of Directors are stewards for fiscal management and are responsible for fund raising. Directors are volunteers who receive no financial compensation. Click on the photos to learn more about each director. 

 

FRANCES DIXON

Founder & President

KATHY HIEBERT

Director

THERESA TOUCHET

Treasurer

TED ROSE

Director

Advisory Council

 

Members of the Adopt-a-Village of Guatemala Advisory Council are volunteers who bring a diverse range of talents and expertise that aid our organization in bringing positive long-term changes to indigenous communities in Guatemala. Click on the photos to learn more about each member.

FRANK DIXON

Entrepreneur

LOUISE STEINMAN 

Author, Publicist

SUSANNE NORWITZ

Entrepreneur

 

MARY KORBULIC

Writer & Photographer

JERRY JOHNS

 Professor Emeritus

ELISABETH BROOKOVER

 Communications Specialist

MARY JANE HENLEY

Lawyer & Educator

LINDA MULLENS

Environmentalist

THERESA GODSEY

Internationally Accredited

Project Manager

 

Literacy Council

 

Members of the Adopt-a-Village of Guatemala Literacy Council are volunteers who bring a diverse range of talents and expertise to a unique new bilingual literacy preschool program for Indigenous children of northwestern Guatemala.  Click on the photos to learn more about each member.

KATHLEEN ZAMBONI

Nurse & Health Educator

EMILY FRANCONA
 US Air Force (Retired) 

NANCI JOHNSON
Certified Personal Trainer & Nutritionist 

NANCY DOWDY
Nuclear physicist 

MARY-ANNE GRAHAM
 Nonprofit Executive 

Our Guatemalan Associate Organization

The Fundación Para el Desarrollo Comunal de Huehuetenango, (FPDCH) a legally recognized Guatemalan nonprofit organization, executes and administers the educational and nutritional food growing programs funded by Adopt-a-Village in Guatemala.  In cooperation with Adopt-a-Village in Guatemala and Mayan village leadership councils, the FPDCH’s staff of teachers, agricultural technicians, and administrative staff manage the organization’s private schools, its educational farm, and village projects.  Adopt-a-Village volunteers from the United States and other countries visiting the projects are invited to provide support, expertise, and guidance during their visits.