I'd like to introduce you to the new International Staff of ODIM Guatemala. These persons come to us as the result of months of searching for the right people to join us, and each brings strong skill sets and the desire to make a difference with ODIM in this remote place. They will complement our capable Guatemalan staff of 30 full and part-time employees and I'm glad they are here!
Jan Capps has joined ODIM as Clinic Administrator. She holds a Masters of Public Health degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has over 20 years experience in community and public health, including two years in Guatemala as a Community Organizer for a health program in the Peten region. Her career has focused on building local capacity and increasing healthcare access for the underserved, particularly for immigrants and migrant farm workers. In particular, she developed a statewide network for immigrant victims of domestic violence, assisted communities to open and expand migrant health centers, advocated to state and federal policy makers to expand and strengthen health centers, and has secured and overseen numerous large federal and private grants. She has extensive experience in popular education, the community health worker (promoter) model, developing systems and processes, policy analysis, program planning and evaluation, and nonprofit operations and management. Jan also brings a data driven focus and a quality improvement orientation to the work.
Though originally from North Carolina, she has been living for the past 11 years in Seattle, WA with her 10 year old daughter, Solanes, who is accompanying her on this adventure.
Libby Sittley recently arrived to Guatemala as the new Administrator of International Volunteer Programs for ODIM. Libby received her Masters degree in International Relations from American University’s School of International Service in 2011 and spent several years working with unaccompanied minors in the Washington, DC area, monitoring their safety, access to mental and medical health resources, academic success and legal representation. Prior to coming to ODIM, Libby taught English to college students in Micronesia! She looks forward to this new adventure with ODIM.
Milton Ilovares joins ODIM through the Global Mission Fellows Program of the United Methodist Church and will be working in International Volunteer Programs and ODIM Communications. Milton is fluent in Spanish and English. His life changed when, at the age of 13, his mother signed him up to volunteer with a team of medical missionaries through his home church in Honduras. Milton began to work regularly with mission teams as translator. Later on he started leading and coordinating teams of volunteers in Honduras. Milton developed a strong faith and a calling to serve after many years of struggles in his life. This calling has brought him to join the ODIM team to share his talents with our team and our communities.
Please join me in welcoming these incredible new team members!
-Jeff Hassel, Executive Director