Maria Elena has been our Clinic Director since January 2013. In 1996 she received a degree in Quality Management from New York’s Broome Community College. Maria Elena has also studied Business Administration and is currently completing a Masters in Business Administration at Quetzaltenango’s Universidad Mariano Gálvez. Prior to joining Primeros Pasos, she worked for various organizations such as ChildFund, UNICEF and ASOSAM. She brings experience in strategic planning, administrative work and project development.
Megan McClellan began working with Primeros Pasos in September of 2013. Before relocating to Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, Megan worked as a teacher in an underserved community in Brooklyn, New York, as well as an administrator for the Food Bank for New York City’s citywide nutrition education program. Most recently, Megan graduated with a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Columbia University’s Teachers College, with a focus on nonprofit management and community engagement.
Adolfo started volunteering for Primeros Pasos in August 2012. As a volunteer he had the opportunity to work with various projects, including the Children’s Health Education Project and the Dental Project. In 2013, he became the Administrative Assistant. Adolfo is studying Chemistry and Biology at Quetzaltenango’s Universidad Galileo.
Flory has been working at the clinic for more than 10 years and is from the Palajunoj Valley.
Dr. Alonzo has been our General Medicine Project Director since 2012. She has practiced medicine for more than ten years in various places around Xela and has also taught medicine at the Colegio Preuniversitario de Medicina y Enfermería in Quetzaltenango.
Dr. Quixtan joined the Primeros Pasos team in 2013 as our Dental Program Director after serving for eight months as a dental intern while ﬁnishing his degree through the University of San Carlos. In the afternoons, Byron works with his father at their private dental clinic in Xela.
Marta is from the Palajunoj Valley, the area where Primeros Pasos works. In 2009 she was trained at Primeros Pasos to work as a dental assistant.
Our Laboratory Technician Irma has been working for Primeros Pasos since the beginning of 2012. She has more than 20 years of experience working as a laboratory technician and has been head of the blood bank and the clinical laboratory at both the public regional hospital and the private hospital of Quetzaltenango. She has also taught at various hospitals and has a degree in physiotherapy.
Lucy joined Primeros Pasos in 2011. She started working for our Women’s Health Project and now works as our Healthy Schools Project Director and manages our Scholarship Program. She studied Psychology at Quetzaltenango’s University of San Carlos and before working for Primeros Pasos she had various jobs working as a psychologist and a teacher.
Magui joined Primeros Pasos in April 2012. She started as our Administrative Assistant and now works as our Healthy Schools Project Assistant. Prior to joining us, Magui worked for the social program “Mi Familia Progresa” that was operated by the Guatemalan government. Magui studies Legal and Social Sciences in Quetzaltenango.
Miriam joined the Primeros Pasos team in 2007. She started as the assistant to our Healthy Schools Director and is now working as our Women’s Health Education Project Director. Before joining us, Miriam studied Psychology in Quetzaltenango. As director of the Women’s Health Education Project she leads women group meetings and does all the administrative work concerning the project.
Susy, originally from San Cristóbal, Totonicapán, became our Nutrition Program Director in 2013. Before starting her work at Primeros Pasos, Susy studied education and later Nutrition in Quetzaltenango. Her main tasks are coordinating the Nutrition Program, doing administrative work and teaching within the context of the program.
Isabel joined Primeros Pasos in 2013. Over the last 19 years, Isabel has worked as a health educator for the Guatemalan Ministry of Agriculture, Ranching and Food (MAGA) and for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Her tasks at Primeros Pasos include giving health classes to our Nutrition groups and coordinating the Nutrition Program. Isabel studied Education in Quetzaltenango.
Guatemalan Advisory Board
President / Juan Pablo Echeverría Pereira Vice President / Lic. Mario Edwin Morales Batz Secretary / Lourdes C. Archila Ruano Treasurer / Juan Pablo Muñoz Piedrasanta Vocal / Carlos Javier Antonio Valdez Pérez