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.
Jeff Hassel, Executive Director
Jeff joined the ODIM staff in June 2014 after serving 20 years as an ordained pastor in the United Methodist Church. For six of those years, Jeff served as a project manager, coordinator of international volunteer teams and fundraiser for the Methodist Church in the northern European country of Lithuania. Four of those 20 years, he served as the Mission Director of the Davidson United Methodist Church near Charlotte, NC, gaining expertise in grant management, partnership development, volunteer management, as well as program and staff development. In 2012-2013 Jeff spent 14 months in Guatemala and Nicaragua learning Spanish, immersing in the culture and looking for his next great job; he found that job with ODIM! Jeff's vision is to build bridges between cultures; to build up organizations, people, and communities; to build partnerships; and to connect people with service opportunities that matter.
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!
Yaneth Cholotio, Manager of International Programs
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. 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.
Holly (Ana) Burkoski, Community Health & Education Program Manager
Holly—or Ana as she is known in our villages—comes to us from Montréal and has been on the ground in Guatemala since 2013; working with another NGO and teaching Yoga. In Canada, from studying Trilingual International Studies, Holly moved on to open and manage a fundraising and consultancy office; advocating for a dozen major non-profits. With great passion for healthcare-oriented development work and community empowerment, Holly joined ODIM in February 2015. Holly partners with Melyna and Elena in the design, development and delivery of their five health and education programs; which reach hundreds of community participants each year. Alongside Elena and Lesbia, in 2015 Holly launched ODIM's extensive child health and nutrition initiative, Mamá y Yo, Saludable—Healthy Mommy and Me.
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.
Timoteo Ixcaya Ixcaya, Nurse
Timoteo sees patients daily in the clinic. He is a nurse, and is currently studying professional nursing at a local university. Timoteo previously worked at the Centro de Salud in San Pablo before begining to work in the clinic in 2009. He has gained a lot of experience working alongside the foreign and local doctors visiting ODIM.
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.
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.
Elena Ujpan, Women's and Sexual health, Nutrition coordinator
Elena, a native of San Pablo La Laguna, started working with ODIM in 2010 and has supported the organization in a variety of ways. She has worked for two years as a diabetes and nutrition educator, has been an active member of our community health promoters program and supports the work of visiting medical volunteers by translating from Tz’utujil to Spanish. She is trained as a teacher and before coming to ODIM worked as a health educator and also volunteers her time teaching children at her church. She is excited to support the education and health of women, children and families in San Juan and San Pablo.
Melyna Antonia Cholotio Perez, Beca (scholarship) program coordinator
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 is also the coordinator of the diabetes health education program where she manages the heath promoters who work as diabetes educators, updates the patient records and tracks the care of each patient.
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.
Josefa Ixcaya, Nurse
Josefa, originally from San Pablo, has been involved with ODIM since 2010. She started as a volunteer health promoter and has since become a diabetes health promoter. In this role she teaches classes and provides 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. 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.