Staff

Executive Leadership

Joseph Berninger

Co-Founder/Executive Director

  • Former marketing representative for IBM
  • Graduate of the University of Colorado (MA, Religious Studies)
  • Graduate of Xavier University (BA, History)
  • Has implemented development projects in Guatemala since 1997

As Executive Director, Joe is responsible for overall management and oversight of U.S. operations. He is also responsible for program design, implementation, effectiveness, strategic planning, business plans, and measurable results.

Program Strategy & Evaluation

Augusto Bal

Subdirector of Programs

  • Experience in education since 1998
  • Former Administrative Director at various public schools
  • Former Administrative Coordinator, Guatemalan Ministry of Education (Chimaltenango)
  • Coursework in Pedagogy, History, and Mathematics at San Carlos University, Guatemala
  • Graduate of El Seminario Teológico Centroamericano, Guatemala City (MA, Theology; BA, Religious Studies)

As Subdirector of Programs, Augusto oversees all of CoEd’s programs in Guatemala, leading their strategic development and fostering coordination among them. He also manages our relationship with the Ministry of Education and coordinates partnerships with other organizations.


Mayra Sidler Guzman

International Programs Manager

  • Graduate of Northern Kentucky University (MPA; certificate in Nonprofit Management, BS, Sociology)
  • Experience in the nonprofit sector, including serving on the Board of Directors’ team of the Latino Leadership & College Experience Camp
  • Experience working in the education system as community liaison/interpreter

As the International Programs Manager, Mayra serves as a link between the U.S. and Guatemala offices and supports the strategic planning process and program evaluation. She also oversees systems and office technology.

Textbook Program

Luis Xicay

Field Representative

  • Experience in education since 1993
  • Former Administrative Director at various public schools, including Cerritos Asunción

As a Field Representative, Luis is responsible for monitoring Textbook Program activities, including providing support to teachers and administrators in the program, making sure revolving fund payments are collected, and conducting program evaluations. He also provides tour support.


Victor Coyote Guitzol

Field Representative

  • Graduated as a primary education teacher
  • 16 years of experience as a coordinator of education projects with the Rigoberta Menchú Organization since 2006
  • Experience as a Field Representative at CoEd since 2021

As a Field Representative, Victor is responsible for monitoring Textbook Program activities, including providing support to teachers and administrators in the program, making sure revolving fund payments are collected, and conducting program evaluations. He also provides tour support.


Alann Emilio Canel MonterrosoAlann Emilio Canel Monterroso

Field Representative and Teacher Trainer

  • Bachelor’s in Education with Specialization in Educational Administration at the University of San Carlos de Guatemala.
  • Three years of experience as a teacher
  • 16 years of experience as a call center analyst and supervisor
  • Experience as a supervisor at CoEd since 2020

As a Field Representative and Teacher Trainer, Alann is responsible for coordinating teacher training and monitoring Textbook Program activities, including providing support to teachers and administrators in the program, making sure revolving fund payments are collected, and conducting program evaluations. He also provides tour support.


Maritza Rodriguez

Textbook Program Assistant

  • Experience as an assistant for various private companies
  • Coursework in Business Administration & Information Systems in FISICC-IDEA, Galileo University

As the Textbook Program Assistant, Maritza is responsible for carrying out the administrative processes that enable the program to function, such as managing program school records and providing secretarial support.

Computer Program

Miguel Quinteros

Computer Centers Program Coordinator

  • More than seven years of experience in finance at Credomatic of Guatemala and Distribuidora Alcazaren
  • Graduate of Mariano Galvez University, Guatemala City (BA, Business Administration)

As Computer Centers Program Coordinator, Miguel is responsible for overall management of the program, including program design, implementation, and effectiveness. He also assists in the strategic direction of the project (educational approach, student learning goals, geographic reach, etc.), budget creation and monitoring, compliance and reporting, and Computer Center revolving fund management.


Harold Cóbar

Operations Coordinator of Existing Educational Technology Centers

  • 13 years of experience as Coordinator and Director for Magazine Futuro, Galileo University
  • Graduate of Galileo University, Guatemala (BA, Informatics and Business Administration)
  • Coursework in Quality and Reliability Management, Galileo University

As Operations Coordinator of Existing Educational Technology Centers, Harold is responsible for coordinating program advisors and managing our relationships with school and local government personnel.


Leonel del Valle Rodríguez

Computer Center Regional Advisor

  • Graduate of Galileo University (BA, IT & Administration)
  • AAS in Computer at ACCESA Academy
  • Three years of experience as a Supervisor in ADRI Association
  • More than 11 years of experience as a computer teacher in different institutions such as Intecap, Da Vinci Univerisity

As Computer Center Regional Advisor, Leonel is responsible for center operations involving administrative, pedagogical, and technical management. He also prepares computers for installation in new centers.


Geovany Pérez

Computer Center Advisor

  • Seven years of experience as a computer and math teacher
  • Five years of experience providing technical and administrative support at Centro de Estudios Y Sistemas De Computación (CESC)
  • Currently studying Science and Systems Engineering at San Carlos University, Guatemala City

As a Computer Center Advisor, Geovany is responsible for center operations involving administrative, pedagogical, and technical management. He also prepares computers for installation in new centers.


Edwin Pú

Computer Center Advisor

  • High school graduate with a certification in science and letters
  • Currently studying Systems Engineering, Mariano Galvez University
  • Four years of experience as an Area Supervisor and PC Maintenance Assistant at Centro General de Servicios y Empedrados Antigüeños

As Computer Center Advisor, Edwin is responsible for center operations involving administrative, pedagogical, and technical management. He also prepares computers for installation in new centers.


Mónica de Ramírez

Administrative Assistant

  • Eight years professional experience as an administrative assistant for various private companies
  • Volunteered in Honduras for a year and a half
  • Currently studying Business Administration at Mariano Gálvez University, Guatemala City

As Administrative Assistant, Monica supports and assists the Computer Centers Program and provides training and meeting support.

Spark Reading Program

Rebeca Román

Spark Reading Program Coordinator

  • Five years of experience as a teacher
  • Two years of experience as an assistant professor at Rafael Landívar University
  • Three years of experience as a trainer and workshop facilitator
  • Graduate of Mariano Galvez University (MA, Education)
  • Graduate of Rafael Landívar University (BA, Early Childhood & Pre-Primary Education)

As Spark Coordinator, Rebeca is responsible for Spark Reading Program logistics and administration, including coordinating training sessions, in-class observations, and evaluations.
She is also responsible for program methodology.


Claudia María Salguero

Educational Trainer

  • Graduate of Rafael Landivar University (BA, Early Childhood & Pre-Primary Education)
  • Fifteen years of experience as a teacher
  • Experience as a trainer since 2020

As an Educational Trainer, Claudia trains teachers, conducts classroom observations, and helps with evaluation studies.


Milton Ramos

Educational Trainer

  • Six years of experience as a primary school teacher
  • Currently studying Human Rights at University of San Carlos of Guatemala
  • Graduate of Mesoamericana University (BA, Philosophy)

As an Educational Trainer, Milton trains teachers, conducts classroom observations, and helps with evaluation studies.


Kimberly Jérez

Educational Trainer

  • Graduate of University of Galileo (BA, Education)
  • Five years of experience as a teacher

As an Educational Trainer, Kimberly trains teachers, conducts classroom observations, and helps with evaluation studies.

 


Vivian Nohemí Cabrera Méndez

Educational Trainer

  • Graduate of Mariano Gálvez University (BA, Educational Administration with specialization in Quality Management)
  • Graduated as a bilingual intercultural primary education teacher
  • Experience as a facilitator of the Maya Mam language since 2019
  • Three years of experience as a teacher

As an Educational Trainer, Vivian trains teachers, conducts classroom observations, and helps with evaluation studies.


Ana Victoria Rodas Andrade

Educational Trainer

  • Graduate of San Carlos de Guatemala University (BA. Educational Administration & BA. Psychology)
  • Graduate as a Pre Primary Education Teacher
  • Experience as teacher and trainer

As Educational Trainer for the Spark Program, Ana Victoria trains teachers, conducts classroom observations, and helps with evaluation studies.


Gloria Choxin

Administrative Assistant

  • Currently studying Business Administration at Galileo University
  • Experience as an administrative assistant since 2017

As Administrative Assistant, Gloria provides administrative support for the Spark Reading Program, including training and meeting support

Rise Youth Development Program (Thousand Girls Initiative)

Candida Acajabón

Rise Program Coordinator

  • Graduate of University of San Carlos of Guatemala (BA, Education)
  • Six years of experience as a teacher

As Rise Program Coordinator, Candi manages and coordinates the activities of the Rise Program, including preparing scholarship agreements and payments and monitoring academic performance.

 


Cesar Juárez

Supervisor

  • Graduate of San Carlos University (BA, Education with a specialization in Educational Administration)
  • Experience in education since 2013

As Supervisor for the Rise Program, Cesar is responsible for supporting program activities, and running workshops and youth development activities in the areas of San José Poaquil and Patzun​. He also assists with the selection of scholarship students, and coordinates with schools and other educational authorities.


 

Teresa Santelel

Local Facilitator

  • Graduate of Galileo University (BA, Education)
  • Four years of experience as a teacher

As a Local Facilitator for the Rise Program, Teresa is responsible for running workshops and youth development activities in San José Poaquil. She also assists in the selection of scholarship students, coordinates with schools and other educational authorities, and prepares and delivers supplies to students.


Marleny Batz

Local Facilitator

  • Graduate of San Carlos University (BA, Education)
  • Three years of experience as a teacher

As a Local Facilitator for the Rise Program, Marleny is responsible for running workshops and youth development activities in Patzún, Chimaltenango. She also assists in the selection of scholarship students, coordinates with schools and other educational authorities, and prepares and delivers supplies to students.


Any Xicay

Local Facilitator

  • High school graduate with a certification in pre-primary education
  • Four years of experience as a teacher

As a Local Facilitator for the Rise Program, Any is responsible for running workshops and youth development activities in the areas of Cerritos Asuncion and Chimazat, Chimaltenango. She also assists in the selection of scholarship students, coordinates with schools and other educational authorities, and prepares and delivers supplies to students.


Maribel Pérez

Local Facilitator

  • High school graduate with a certification in teaching
  • Five years of experience as a teacher

As a Local Facilitator for the Rise Program, Maribel is responsible for running workshops and youth development activities in the area of Paley in San José Poaquil. She also assists in the selection of scholarship students, coordinates with schools and other educational authorities, and prepares and delivers supplies to students.


Heidy Paola Patzán

Local Facilitator

  • High school graduate with a certification in primary education
  • Coursework in psychology at Mariano Gálvez University

As a Local Facilitator for the Rise Program, Heidy Paola is responsible for running workshops and youth development activities in Patzicía and Patzún. She also assists in the selection of scholarship students, coordinates with schools and other educational authorities, and prepares and delivers supplies to students.


Ana Bajxac

Local Facilitator

  • Graduate of University of San Carlos of Guatemala (BA, Education)
  • One year of experience as a teacher
  • Experience as an assistant and facilitator since 2017

As a Local Facilitator for the Rise Program, Ana is responsible for running workshops and youth development activities in the areas of Magdalena, and Santo Tomás Milpas Altas, Sacatepéquez. She also assists in the selection of scholarship students, coordinates with schools and other educational authorities, and prepares and delivers supplies to students.


Elubia Guamuch Ixcojoc

Local Facilitator

  • BA in Education with a specialization in Quality Management
  • Two years of experience as a teacher
  • Beneficiary of the Rise Program from 2014 to 2017

As a Local Facilitator for the Rise Program, Elubia is responsible for running workshops and youth development activities in Santiago Sacatepequez. She also assists in the selection of scholarship students, coordinates with the schools and other educational authorities, and prepares and delivers supplies to students.


Deysi Yomara Hernández Sujuy

Local Facilitator

  • BA Education in Language and Communications
  • Graduate as a Primary Education Teacher
  • 5 years of experience as a teacher

As a Local Facilitator for the Rise Program, Deysi is responsible for running workshops and youth development activities in San Pedro Yepocapa. She also assists in the selection of scholarship students, coordinates with the schools and other educational authorities, and prepares and delivers supplies to students.


Sandra Capen

Administrative Assistant

  • Graduate of San Carlos University (BA, Education)
  • Three years of experience as a teacher
  • Graduate of the Rise Program (2011)

As Administrative Assistant for the Rise Program, Sandra provides administrative support to the Local Facilitators, Supervisors, and Coordinator.

Finance

Anne Cunningham

Senior Analyst

  • Graduate of Ohio State University (MS, Physics)
  • Graduate of Xavier University (BS, Physics, Mathematics, Information Systems)

As Senior Analyst, Anne primarily provides decision-support data and analysis. She also performs some internal control functions and projects future financial needs.

 


Aníbal Colindres

Financial Coordinator

  • 11 years of experience with Save the Children Guatemala
  • Graduate of Mariano Gálvez University (BA, Business Administration )

As Financial Coordinator, Aníbal is responsible for payroll, expense, and income accounting. He also manages financial reporting.

 


Elda Aguilar

Accountant

  • Former General & Assistant Accountant for various private companies
  • Graduate of Panamericana University (BA, Accounting)

As an Accountant, Elda is responsible for maintaining the proper functioning of accounts through effective accounting organization and administrative support.

 


Andersson Hernández

Accounting Specialist

  • High school graduate with a certification in accounting
  • Currently studying accounting at Da Vinci University
  • Four years of experience as a bank assistant

As Accounting Specialist, Andersson provides support with inventory, monthly travel reports, control of petty cash, writing checks, and other accounting activities.

 


Jess Prussia

Bookkeeping Specialist

  • Graduate of Illinois Institute of Art (AAS, Interior Design)
  • Graduate of Western Governors University (BA, Business Administration)
  • 15+ years of administrative experience with a focus on non-profit work
As a Bookkeeping Specialist, Jess assists the CFO with finance and accounting tasks, employee benefits, payroll, donation processing, and other general office support.

 


Operations

Horacio Samayoa

Operations Director

  • Former rural development coordinator for CARE in Alta Verapaz
  • Graduate of San Carlos University (BA, Agronomic Engineering in Renewable Natural Resources)

As Operations Director, Horacio manages central operations in the Guatemala office, including organizational development, finance, and legal work. He also supports the programs through planning and process improvement.


Emy Pérez

Human Resources Coordinator

  • Eight years of experience in the nonprofit sector
  • Former Logistics Assistant for Catholic Relief Services
  • Former Human Resources Assistant for CARE
  • Graduate of Mariano Galvez University (MA, Human Resources; BA, Business Administration)

As Human Resources Coordinator, Emy is responsible for human resources management, and for ensuring the application of general policies and procedures. She also provides tour support.


Edwin Rodríguez

Computer Technician

  • Four years of experience as a computer technician in Grupo Editorial Santillana, Belen School, and Fines Guatemala, S.A.
  • Currently studying information systems at Mariano Galvez University

As Computer Technician, Edwin is responsible for inventory control, maintenance of CoEd staff computers, and technical support for the computer centers.

 


Yesica de León

Administrative Assistant & Receptionist

  • High school graduate with a certification in accounting
  • Graduate of the Rise Program (2017)
  • Currently studying business administration at Mariano Galvez University

As Administrative Assistant & Receptionist, Yesica provides support with phone calls.  She also coordinates messaging, and provides administrative support to the Human Resources Coordinator.

 


Dany Donis

Warehouse & Logistics Officer

  • High school graduate with a certification in accounting
  • Four years of experience as a warehouse assistant with Save the Children and Arte Fino Company

As Warehouse & Logistics Officer, Dany is responsible for warehouse reporting and textbook inventory control. He also oversees CoEd’s fleet of vehicles.

 


Samuel Molina

Maintenance Messenger

  • More than 12 years experience as a pilot messenger

Samuel (Felipe) manages general maintenance and messenger duties for the Guatemala office complex.

 

 


Vilma Monterroso

Hospitality

Vilma manages the cooking, cleaning, and general hospitality necessary for running the CoEd Guatemala office.

 

 

 


Julio Asturias

Hospitality

  • Eight years of experience in hospitality

Julio manages the cleaning and general hospitality necessary for running the CoEd Guatemala office.

Development

Jenn Archila

Chief of Staff

  • Eight years of experience as a Management Consultant leading Organizational Change Management programs for Fortune 500 companies
  • Graduate of The University of Akron (MA, Industrial/Organizational Psychology)
  • Graduate of Wittenberg University (BA, Psychology and Business)

As Chief of Staff, Jenn is responsible for the overall fundraising strategy and management. She helps the development team plan and execute projects to bring our strategy, vision, and mission to life.

 


Ann Dempsey, CFRE

Director of Philanthropy

  • Two decades of experience in the nonprofit sector, including work for the YWCA and Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Cincinnati
  • Graduate certificate in Nonprofit Management (Northern Kentucky University)
  • Graduate of Xavier University (BS, Computer Science)

As Director of Philanthropy, Ann manages a portfolio of individual, foundation, and institutional donor relationships. In addition, Ann is the resident Salesforce Administrator and loves to work closely with the development and program teams to identify, develop, and deploy improved business processes using Salesforce.


Howard Lobb

Director of Partner Development

  • Eight years of experience working in the technology industry for Lexmark, B/E Aerospace, and ImageX.com
  • Graduate of Valparaiso University (BS, Mechanical Engineering)
  • Experience implementing development projects in Guatemala since 1999
  • Co-Founder of CoEd’s Computer Center Division in 2001

As Director of Partner Development, Howard is responsible for collaboration and relationships with supporters in Guatemala and the U.S., as well as with partner nonprofits in Guatemala.


Jessica Stieritz

Liaison to Rotary International

  • Professional experience in the nonprofit sector since 2000, including work for Peace & Justice Programs at Xavier University and time as a Jesuit Volunteer
  • Graduate of Xavier University (BA, English)
  • Member of the Ohio Pathways Rotary eClub

As Liaison to Rotary International, Jessica is responsible for coordinating CoEd’s partnership with Rotary clubs around the world, known as the Guatemala Literacy Project. She also manages the grants process with Rotary International, advises the Project Tours team, and contributes to other special projects.


Lisa Groh

Senior Grants and Strategy Manager

  • Experience designing and implementing websites for nonprofit organizations, including accessibility validation and usability testing
  • Graduate of the University of Cincinnati (MA, English & Professional Writing)
  • Graduate of Muskingum University (BA, English, Psychology)

As Grant and Strategy Manager, Lisa manages the grants program, and prepares grant reports and proposals, as well as other marketing copy. She also manages updates to the website.


Abby Gaide

Senior Development Manager

  • Graduate of the University of Cincinnati (MA, US History)
  • Graduate of Valparaiso University (BA, History)
  • Experience in the nonprofit sector since 2015, including work for the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati

As Senior Development Manager, Abby facilitates meaningful connections between supporters and the students, families, and schools we serve in Guatemala.


Amanda Wirthlin

Senior Individual Giving Officer

  • Professional experience working with nonprofits in Central America since 2013, including two years based in Antigua, Guatemala
  • Graduate of Anderson University (BA in Business Management, 2010)
  • Graduate of University of Cincinnati, College of Allied Health Sciences (MA, 2020)
  • Certified Speech Language Pathologist, currently serving Spanish-speaking families in Wilmington, NC

As Senior Individual Giving Officer, Amanda communicates with Major Gift donors and sponsors to steward gifts and collaborate on funding opportunities in order to reach more families in Guatemala.


Emily Paver

Marketing & Outreach Manager

  • Nonprofit experience in marketing and communications since 2015, including work for the Holocaust and Humanity Center as a Scripps Howard Intern
  • Experience in for-profit sector in office management and human resources
  • Graduate of Northern Kentucky University (BA, Writing Studies and Education)
  • Member of the Rotary eClub of Silicon Valley

As the Marketing & Outreach Manager, Emily is responsible for managing marketing campaigns to grow CoEd’s visibility and support, including through recruitment of tour participants and sponsors.


Jaclyn Lynch

Senior Development Coordinator

  • Graduate of Ohio University (BA, Sociology; MA, Sociology)
  • Experience in the nonprofit sector since 2017​, including work with Restavek Freedom

As Senior Development Coordinator, Jaclyn manages CoEd’s tours to Guatemala, the annual Fall Fiesta, and other special events.

 


McKinley Wagner

Sponsorship Coordinator

  • Graduate of Eastern Kentucky University (BA, Spanish)
  • Three years of experience working in International Education

As Sponsorship Coordinator, McKinley is responsible for program communications and updates to sponsors. She also helps with data maintenance and other projects.

 


Andrea Zúñiga

Partnership Development & Special Visits Coordinator (Guatemala)

  • Graduate of Rafael Landivar University (BA, International Relations)
  • Experience as an administrative assistant since 2019
  • Six years of experience as an English teacher

As Partnership Development & Special Visits Coordinator, Andrea is responsible for providing administrative assistance to the Director of Partner Development and the International Service Coordinator.


Olivia Jones

Donor Relations Specialist

  • Graduate of The Citadel (BA, Political Science)
  • Current graduate student of Northern Kentucky University (MA, Public Administration)
  • Experience in the nonprofit sector, including work with No Kid Hungry and Falls Church Arts
As Donor Relations Specialist, Olivia assists with CoEd’s partnership with Rotary clubs around the world and the Major Gifts Team. She also helps coordinate tours in Guatemala.

 


Tia Phillips

Communications Specialist

  • Graduate of Miami University (BA, Professional Writing & Emerging Technology in Business + Design)
  • Experience in the for-profit and nonprofit sectors in email marketing and social media
As the Communications Specialist, Tia is responsible for helping share the stories of our students and teachers in Guatemala to gain more support. She also helps assist the Grants team.

 


Jenny Rios

Development Specialist

  • Graduate of California State University, Channel Islands (B.A Political Science, B.A. Global Studies)
  • Experience working in Education at a collegiate and college prep level
As Development Specialist, Jenny is responsible for supporting staff with everyday operations in addition to assisting with connecting donors with students and schools in Guatemala.