Executive Director - Elías Alonzo
Elías was born and raised in the Guatemalan mountain town where the Foundation’s work is focused: San Mateo Ixtatán. The second of seven children, Elías smiles as he tells people he comes from a small family. From a young age he developed a strong desire to get a good education, which at that time (before the Foundation’s work in San Mateo) meant going away from his home and family from the middle school level on. Through many interesting life turns Elías eventually ended up getting two degrees in the U.S., an associate’s degree in Computer Information Systems from North Georgia Technical College in 2004 and a B.A. in Business Administration from Toccoa Falls College in 2008. Soon after his graduation in 2008 he moved back to his Guatemalan hometown, returning to his family after an 8-year absence, with knowledge, ideas and passion to share, as well as a new wife to introduce to his family. He immediately began to work for the Foundation first as a computer teacher, then as Coordinator for the Foundation, and lastly as Business Administrator for two years. His facility in the three languages needed for these jobs (English, Spanish, Chuj), along with his training in business administration, proved invaluable in strengthening and improving the structure of the foundation. In 2012, Elías took on the challenge of becoming the Executive Director of the Ixtatán Foundation, and he looks forward to pouring out his passion and energy into this new position in order to continue to impact his community positively. Cheering him on in all of these projects are his wife, Becky, daughter Norah (born in 2010) and son Bryan (born in 2012).
General Accountant - Edilio Gregorio
One of the first graduates of the Seeds of Wisdom School in the accounting program. Ever since he started middle school, he showed special interest in numbers and accounting; when it was time to choose a career track, he did not think twice in enrolling in the accounting program when it was being offered for the first time at the Seeds of Wisdom School. Before graduating as an accountant Edilio interned with he Ixtatan Foundation where he learned to book-keep for a nonprofit organization and became familiar with the financial reports using Quickbooks. He then went on to work for the Seeds of Wisdom School for one year; by the end of 2014 he officially became the general accountant of the Ixtatan Foundation. He is currently finishing up his CPA degree at the Universidad Da Vinci de Guatemala.
Education Program Coordinator - Dora Raymundo
Dora was born in the town of Aguacatan, a municipality of Huehuetenango. It hasn’t always been easy as an indigenous woman, but her dedication and passion has won her a university degree in social work. Dora is passionate for those who are in need and before become part of the team of the Ixtatan Foundation, she worked for four years with young people in San Mateo Ixtatan. As an education program coordinator, she is in charge of planning and facilitating Project Based Learning workshops and coordinating bilingual literature programs for children though the public library in San Mateo Ixtatan.
Project Based Learning Curriculum Director - Maria Alonzo
Maria is a passionate young lady of the Chuj people. She has proven to be a leader in her community and is a teacher by profession. She is currently the Curriculum Director of Project Based Learning at the Seeds of Wisdom School. Maria is in charge of assisting and overseeing project based learning facilitators at the seeds of wisdom school; one of her key roles is to make sure the National Curriculum of Guatemala and class content is being related and pertinent to the project developed by students. Maria is very active in the community and is the president of the Municipal Youth organization in San Mateo Ixtatan. She graduated from the Universidad San Carlos de Guatemala in education with a minor in Mayan culture.
Librarian and Bilingual Reading Coordinator - Juana Pablo
Juana is an educator by profession with many years of experience in bilingual education. She has been part of conferences held in Mexico about culturally pertinent education for indigenous communities. Juana holds a degree in education from the Universidad Panamericana de Guatemala. She is the administrator of the community library Banco de Guatemala and implements bilingual reading programs for the community of San Mateo Ixtatán and neighboring municipalities in Northern Huehuetenango.
Administrative Director - Melinda Critzer
Melinda is a graduate of Dickenson College. She is in charge of all administrative aspects of the Ixtatan Foundation in Charlottesville, VA. Among her key responsibilities is keeping track of donations, bookkeeping and writing newsletter articles about the work of the Ixtatan Foundation in Guatemala.