Amy Scheuren (President), is a graduate of St. Joseph’s University, a Jesuit university in Philadelphia and received a Masters of Social Service and a Masters of Law and Social Policy from Bryn Mawr College in 2005. She first studied Spanish and volunteered in Xela in 2005 as part of El Centro de Estudios de Español Pop Wuj’s Social Work Program. Following several years of volunteer trips to Xela to work as the Guarderia/Family Support Center Coordinator, Amy served as the Pop Wuj coordinator from 2012 to 2016. As the coordinator, Amy was able to continue volunteering in the various community development projects of Asociación Pop Wuj. Amy has been a board member of Foundation Todos Juntos since 2006.
Grace White (Vice President) holds a B.A. in International Affairs and Modern Foreign Languages and has completed Masters course work in International NGO Management from James Madison University. Grace also worked with the Shenandoah Area Council of BSA in financial management. Grace first interned as a project coordinator at Pop Wuj, in 2011-2012, spending time on each of the projects and working with Carmen de Alvarado. While working with Carmen, Grace saw how she and Pop Wuj had become a lynchpin of support for so many families in Xela and the surrounding areas. The work of Pop Wuj and of Carmen inspired her to continue to be a part of the projects as a board member. Grace has also served as a volunteer for “The Gus Bus” which aids in developing the reading skills of children in disadvantaged areas of Virginia.
Emily Scheuren (Treasurer) became aware of Foundation Todos Juntos through her daughter, Amy Scheuren, whose involvement with Pop Wuj and the Foundation inspired her to volunteer as a board member. Emily had previously served three years (2010-2012) as Records Director on the Board of Directors for the Chester County Chapter of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. Throughout her working career of over 40 years she has always been involved with the support side of an organization from receptionist-secretary to payroll and accounting clerk. Currently working fulltime from January through April at a tax accounting firm, she enjoys her part time status from May to December by following her favorite sports team, the Philadelphia Phillies, and attending Asleep at the Wheel and The Time Jumpers concerts. She resides in Honey Brook, PA with her husband of 46 years, Jack, and his German Shepherd, Buck.
Adam Kinross (Secretary) an Accountancy graduate of RMIT University (Australia) is also currently undertaking a Masters of International Development at Melbourne University (Aust.) Adam first became acquainted with the work of the Foundation as an intern at Asociación Pop Wuj in 2013. He then returned to Guatemala in 2014 and spent another nine months volunteering extensively in all of Pop Wuj’s projects. Adam deftly understands the importance of the relationship between the two organizations and its role in the success of the projects they support. He joined the board because he is dedicated to maintaining and strengthening this relationship for the benefit of both organizations and the people of the Western Highlands. Adam has also volunteered with Habitat for Humanity Guatemala in their International Donor Relations department, as well as various social organizations in his home town of Melbourne and parts of Southeast Asia.
Claudia Hindo has been on the board of Foundation Todos Juntos since 2010. A Chicago native, but New Yorker since 2005, Claudia has been working with colleges and universities on education reform and school development projects involving the Chicago and New York City public school systems. Claudia’s first visit to Guatemala was as a one-year old, when her mother, a native Guatemalan, returned to her home on vacation. Twenty-five years later, Claudia found herself in Xela, volunteering at Pop Wuj and connecting with her heritage. Claudia holds a Bachelors degree in Psychology from Loyola University Chicago and a graduate degree in the Learning Sciences from Northwestern University. Claudia is also a founding board member of Innovate Manhattan Charter School, is a former board member for Fertile Grounds Project, is a long-term volunteer with New York Cares and can be found playing with her children and running the trails of Central Park.
Dave Smith, B.A. and C.G.A., is a semi-retired management consultant who spent his career as an industrial accountant in the forest industry. He is also a past president of the Ribbons of Green Trails Society and has served as a director of the Okanagan-Shuswap Green Party Riding Association. Aside from spending the last four winters with his wife in Xela volunteering with the Safe Stove Project, Dave can be found gardening, cycling, backpacking, and talking politics at the Bean Scene. With a respect for the Mayan people and a belief in the value of education as a tool for helping people rise from poverty, Dave joined the Foundation Todos Juntos board in January 2012.
Lara Hendy Quinlivan, a native of Glide, Oregon graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in Biology. During college, Lara, spent a year abroad in Wales and after college continued to travel and work, visiting Australia and New Zealand, teaching English in China, and volunteering in Zimbabwe. Upon her return, Lara, received her Masters of Public Health from Emory University. Following her graduate work, Lara traveled back to Asia and spent 2.5 years working in Thailand with Burmese refugees border working with women and teens. After being frustrated with using translators in Asia (sometimes translating between 3 languages-- Thai, Karen and English!) Lara decided to learn Spanish and work in Latin America, which led her to Guatemala. Beginning as a student in 2008 in Pop Wuj, a planned 3-month stay turned into one year of continued study and volunteering with the Safe Stove Project, the Medical Program and more, including working with women's groups. Since leaving Guatemala, Lara moved to Winston-Salem, NC and has been working for Planned Parenthood. Her passion lies in international women's health and since leaving Guatemala, Lara has helped to coordinate two return volunteers trips with nursing students to do volunteer/educational work trips for one week in 2009 and 2010 (the latter with her husband), working again with Pop Wuj each time. Lara enjoys traveling and outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, camping, rafting, canoeing, and plans to return to Guatemala again (hopefully this year!).
Ginger Lee took her then 14-year-old son to Xela in 2009 where they studied Spanish at Pop Wuj, visited the school’s projects, traveled around the country, and became enamored with the Guatemalan people. Ginger has a Master’s degree in Public Health, and a background in non-profit management and fund development. She has managed projects for the Los Angeles and Orange County health departments and has conducted research in universities, including the University of Southern California Institute for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research. After serving as CEO of two non-profit organizations, Ginger is returning to work with the Latino immigrant community in southern California at the amazing non-profit organization, Latino Health Access, where she previously worked for nine years. She absolutely loves the rich cultures of Latin America. Ginger lives with her partner in Long Beach, California, where she can be found walking, biking, kayaking, reading, playing with her dogs, and generally loving life.
Laura Jones was introduced to Foundation Todos Juntos on her second visit to Guatemala, while studying Spanish in Xela. The time spent in and around Asociación Pop Wuj and its projects over the next month left a lasting impression on her, so that she was thrilled when presented with the opportunity to get involved through the board. Laura holds a B.A. in International Affairs from James Madison University, and has completed studies in international NGO management. She worked for two years at The Advocacy Project in Washington, DC before moving to Los Angeles, California where she currently resides. In her free time Laura enjoys cycling, and recently completed her first century through Team In Training as a benefit to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.