ODIM is a mix of local and foreign staff dedicated to providing better futures to the people of San Juan and San Pablo La Laguna.
Amy Holly, Executive Director
Amy grew up in the UK, but spent periods of her childhood in the developing world which led to a fascination with learning about different cultures and a passion for fighting for equality. She fell in love with Guatemala on her first visit in 2004. On returning to the UK, Amy obtained a degree in Latin American Studies, before starting to work for Education for the Children Foundation (EFTC) in fundraising and donor relations. In 2010, Amy moved to Guatemala to become Director of EFTC, and led a team of 50 staff providing education, healthcare and social support to 600 children and families living in poverty in Jocotenango. After 4 years in Guatemala, Amy moved to Vancouver, Canada and worked in Monitoring & Evaluation for an organization developing Criminal Justice Systems in multiple countries around the world including Guatemala. In 2017, Amy found ODIM, and moved back to Guatemala to take on the role of Executive Director.
Pedro Mendez, Business Manager
Pedro started working with ODIM in April of 2012 as a projects coordinator. He graduated as a perito contador (accountant) with an orientation in computers. His work as a projects manager with Azzi, a non-profit organization in San Pablo, gave him the perfect experience to join our team. Pedro worked as the Beca (scholarship) Project coordinator in San Pablo. He was also the coordinator of our Diabetes Program “Caminemos Juntos.” In February of 2014 he was promoted to Business Manager of ODIM, where he manages the finances of the organization. ODIM is so thankful for Pedro's hardwork, dedication and great ideas!
América Castro, Human Resources Manager
América joined ODIM in May 2019 as the Human Resources Manager. She is originally from Panajachel, Sololá and is currently studying Business Administration. América has experience working in NGO’s focusing on education, women empowerment and the environment, where she specialized in Human Resources and Community Work. She enjoys working at ODIM because of the way its programs empowers adolescents, women and families. She is also happy to be part of a multi-ethnic and passionate team.
Katja Gryl, Communications and Fundraising Manager
Katja has a Masters Degree in communication and international development, and several years of communication, marketing and project management experience at nonprofit organizations in Denmark, Bolivia and Guatemala. She came to Guatemala for the first time in 2007 to make a documentary for a Danish NGO, but ended up staying for more than 3 years working with community health and communication in the western highlands. In 2018 she decided to move back to Guatemala to join ODIM as the Communication and Fundraising Manager motivated by ODIM’s community driven and socially responsible work. Katja is responsible for ODIM’s communication efforts as well as to secure and sustain existing and future fundraising streams.
Alba Mendoza, Communications and Fundraising Assistant
Alba is a Communications graduate from the University of Rafael Landívar in Guatemala City. Her experience includes an internship at ZAP, a project funded by USAID Guatemala, which focused on controlling Zika transmission in the eastern part of Guatemala. Alba was born and raised in Guatemala City, but has always preferred the beauty and the pace of rural Guatemala. Alba joined ODIM in April 2019 as the Communications and Fundraising Assistant. She is very excited about working with and learning from ODIM´s staff and the communities of San Juan and San Pablo La Laguna.
Stephany Girón, Community Health & Education Program Manager
Stephany joined ODIM in the end of 2018 as the Community Health and Education Program Manager and will be leading ODIM’s community health programs. She brings a wealth of experience within social work to the team, having worked on various educational and health projects at organizations such as USAID and World Vision. Her work experience is complemented by an MA in Advance Development in Social Work from the University of Lincoln (UK). Stephany was born and raised in Guatemala but she has been in love with the people and the life at Lake Atitlan for as long as she can remember.
Melyna Antonia Cholotio Perez, Deputy Manager of Community Health & Education Programs
Melyna joined ODIM as a health promoter for the diabetes program. In March of 2014 she became the new coordinator for the Beca (scholarship) program, serving as a liaison between the students, their teachers and parents to assure the best possibility for our students to succeed. She was also the coordinator of the diabetes health education program where she managed the heath promoters who work as diabetes educators, updated the patient records and tracked the care of each patient. On February 2017, Melyna was promoted to the Community Health & Education Program Coordinator Position. She is currently studying Clinical Psychology at Mariano Galvez University in Solola.
Julieta Tzaj, Diabetes Program Coordinator
Julieta was born and raised in San Juan La Laguna. She studies Education in a local university and is 2 years away from graduating. She started collaborating with ODIM in 2013, as a part-time translator. She liked the work that the organization was doing so much that she stayed as a volunteer. A year later, she became a health promoter, first for Healthy Mommy & Me and later for the Diabetes Program. During this time she realized how much she enjoyed working with the participants and having an impact in their life. Currently she is the Coordinator for the Diabetes Program where she organizes activities and manages the promoters. Her favorite part of working in this program is the way that the participants support each other and share their experiences.
Paulina Quiacain, Scholarship Program Coordinator
Paulina is originally from San Pablo La Laguna and she graduated as a teacher. She has been working at ODIM since the very beginning in 2009. She started as a tutor for the after-school program for Scholarship Students, and in 2017 she became the coordinator of the Scholarship Program. Before ODIM, she worked for a local NGO teaching adults in the community how to read and write. Paulina’s passion is teaching and working with children. She feels so proud every time she sees one of the students graduating. Her goal is to be able to help the students and enable them to get good grades so they can continue in the program.
Rosario Leja, Healthy Mommy & Me Coordinator
Rosario was born and raised in San Pablo La Laguna and started working at ODIM in 2012 as a volunteer and translator. In 2015 she became a Healthy Mommy & Me promoter and two years later she was promoted to Coordinator of that same program. Before joining ODIM, she received training from World Vision, where she learned about malnutrition in children and how to prevent it. Her favorite part her job is that she is able to teach people and help them improve their lives.
Betty Pérez, Adolescent Health Coordinator
Betty was born and raised in San Juan La Laguna. She graduated as a teacher and has several years of experience working in local schools and non-profits. She started collaborating with ODIM in 2012, as a health promoter. A year later, she became a Dental Assistant and stayed in that position for 3 years. Currently she is the Coordinator for the Adolescent Health Program. She enjoys working in the community and being able to help with its development. Her goal is to break the taboos that surround sex education and enable teenagers to make their own, informed decisions.
Hermenegildo Ujpan, High Impact Home Improvements Coordinator
Hermenegildo is originally from San Pablo La Laguna. He is a Business Administration and a Education graduate from San Carlos University in Guatemala City. Before coming to ODIM he worked for years as a teacher in a local school. Later, he worked in a non-profit, teaching women from the communities about governance and policies. Hermenegildo joined ODIM in 2018 as the High Impact Home Improvement Coordinator. He always wanted to help his community develop and this job gave him the opportunity to do it.
Marta Xicay, Volunteer Coordinator
Marta joined ODIM May 2019 as the Volunteer Coordinator. She is an Education and Human Rights graduate from San Carlos University in Guatemala City. She has several years of experience working as a social worker in nonprofit organizations that focused on health. Before coming to ODIM, she volunteered in Perú in an education project, where she gained experience coordinating other volunteers from different parts of the world. She is originally from Santa Catarina Barahona, a town next to Antigua. The warmth and friendliness of the locals in San Juan made Marta feel at home right away. She believes the holistic approach of ODIM is truly having an impact in the communities and she is thrilled to be working with the volunteers.
Yaneth Cholotio, Clinic Administrator
Yaneth Cholotio was born and raised in San Juan La Laguna and first came to ODIM in 2013 as an English-Spanish-Tzutujil translator. Using knowledge gained in two years of medical school, she was always invited to translate for visiting medical teams at the clinic. In January 2015 she became the Assistant to the Volunteer Coordinator and in December of the same year she was promoted to the Manager of International Programs at ODIM. In early 2018, she took the role of Clinic Administrator. She is glad that she can help to improve the lives of the people on her communities, because her dream is that the kids in her community will have better opportunities and live better. This is a dream that stems from the lessons her parents taught her; to learn as much as she can and use it in the best way she can.
Georgina Monzon de Batz, Physician
Georgina is a General Physician with a specialize in Public Health, she also has a degree in Childhood Health, Basic Epidemiology and Food and nutritional Safety.She has more than 10 years of experience working directly with patients in medical clinics in different NGO’s, mobile and communitarian clinics, as same in Health Centers of the Guatemalan health system. She worked eight years in the administrative area of the second and third level of the Guatemalan health attention including hospital; also as an Project Officer in a Swedish NGO. For her the direct attention to the patients in ODIM is a satisfactory experience because in this way we support and help the population in general and we contribute to improve their lives.
Gloria Mendoza, Nurse
Gloria worked as the clinic receptionist since 2009 and has now transferred into her current role as “Health Specialist”. She graduated as a perito contador (accountant), and began working with ODIM shortly after. Gloria is currently studying professional nursing at a local university. Gloria has been trained by ALAS (WINGS) as a representative for family planning, and provides consults with our patients. Additionally Gloria provides Bach Flower consults and counseling sessions for patients with mental health problems as well as performs a variety of tests in our clinic laboratory.
Josefa Ixcaya, Nurse (In charge of the Laboratory).
Josefa, originally from San Pablo, has been involved with ODIM since 2010. She started as a volunteer health promoter, and then worked as a diabetes health promoter. In this role she teached classes and provided one-to-one support for individuals in ODIM’s diabetes program. She has studied nursing and recently went back to school to get licensed in the field. She is currently in charge of our clinics' laboratory. Her favorite part of the job is learning about the work that the doctors are doing. Her ultimate goal in her work is to be the best pharmacist she can be.
Aracely Mendoza Quic, San Juan Receptionist
Aracely began working as our clinic receptionist in August of 2012. She holds a degree in social work and does a wonderful job interacting with patients and keeping our medical records organized. Before joining ODIM as a staff member, Aracely participated with ODIM as a health promoter for years and we are very excited that she has the opportunity to assume a long term role in our growing organization.
Monica Leja, San Pablo Receptionist
Monica, born and raised in San Pablo La Laguna, is honored to have the opportunity to support her community by providing them access to affordable health care. She has been involved with ODIM since 2009 as a community health promoter and a teacher in our scholarship program. She is trained as a teacher and appreciates the opportunity to teach the youth of San Pablo and to continue to expand her skill set. Serving as the receptionist of the San Pablo clinic, Monica is excited to expand her computer skills and also to provide excellent service for patients in San Pablo.