Meet Our Staff

Administration Team

Maria Elena XurucDirectora de la Clinica

Maria Elena Xuruc / Clinic Director


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

Megan McClellan / Director of Development and Volunteers


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.



Flory Mejia Custodian

Flory Mejia / Custodian


Flory has been working at the clinic for more than 10 years and is from the Palajunoj Valley.

Medical Team

Dr. Gabriela AlonzoGeneral Medicine Program Director

Dr. Gabriela Alonzo / General Medicine Program Director


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. Byron Quixtan Dental Program Director

Dr. Byron Quixtan / Dental Program Director


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 Mejia Dental Assistant

Marta Mejia / Dental Assistant


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.






Irma Mazariegos  Laboratory Technician

Irma Mazariegos / Laboratory Technician


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.




Education Team


Education Team profiles coming soon!!!



Susy MenchúNutrition Program Director

Susy Menchú / Nutrition Program Director


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.



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


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