LEADERSHIP

JESSIE COHN
Executive Director

ROSALIA SIMÓN PÉREZ
Director of Education Programs and Administration

ESTELA SIMAJ
Director of Economic Programs

FINANCE AND COMMUNICATIONS

CRISTINA HERNÁNDEZ TEPAZ
Accountant

JOSÉ MENDOZA
Accounting Assistant

PABLO HERNÁNDEZ
Communication and Operations Manager

READING PROGRAM

MANUELA SIMON PEREZ
Early Education Program Coordinator

PAULINA TEPAZ SANTOS
Reading Program Teacher

AURA SIMÓN
Reading Program Teacher

YOSSELYN SIMAJ
Reading Program Teacher

MARÍA LÓPEZ
Reading Program Teacher

JOSÉ QUIEJU
Reading Program Teacher

SCHOLARSHIPS

BRAULIO COCHOY
Formal Education Coordinator

CRISTIAN MENDOZA
Formal Education Assistant

CECAP VOCATIONAL TRAINING CENTER

JUAN PÉREZ
CECAP Director

CLAUDIA CUMES ALVAREZ
Tourism Associate and Guatemalan Cooking Instructor

SANTOS BENITEZ
Director’s Assistant

MARTA PÉREZ
Professional Development and Environment Coordinator

AGUSTÍN SANTOS
Maintenance manager

FRANCISCO HERNÁNDEZ PÉREZ
Carpentry Instructor

FELIX TEODORO AJCALON
Sewing Instructor

YOUTH AND SEX EDUCATION

BRENDA DE LEÓN
Youth and Sex Education Program Coordinator

DALIA VASQUEZ GONZALES
Youth and Sex Education Program Associate

DANIEL PÉREZ SIMAJ
Youth and Sex Education Program Associate

WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT PROGRAM

VANESSA VÁSQUEZ
Women´s Empowerment Program Coordinator

TOMASA PÉREZ SIMAJ
Women’s Empowerment Program Associate

ELISEO HERNÁNDEZ
Women’s Empowerment Program Associate

MANOS CRUCEÑAS ARTISAN STORE

RICARDO ACEITUNO
Store Manager

PAULINA TEPAZ
Wholesale Sales Representative

CLAUDIA HERNÁNDEZ RAFAEL
Production Assistant

CAFÉ SABOR CRUCEÑO

SANTIAGO PEREZ SANTOS
Restaurant Manager

ALFREDO SANTOS
Service Captain

THELMA MARTIN BALCOT
Café Assistant

FOREVER PART OF THE AMIGOS FAMILY

IN MEMORY OF ALBA MENDOZA

Alba served as our first Communications and Operations Manager from October 2020 to July 2021. Originally from Guatemala City, Alba brought a wealth of talent and experience in communications, improving our online presence and communications strategy, and delivering the organization’s first-ever Annual Impact Report. Her bright smile and friendly personality lit up the offices each day and made her a beloved part of the Amigos family.

On May 29th, 2021, a gas explosion at her home in Santa Cruz caused burns to over 90% of her body. Sadly, after a month of fighting for her life, Alba passed away on July 1st, 2021 at only 25 years old. Her loss was felt by every member of the Amigos family. In honor of our dear colleague and friend, Amigos has planted a memorial garden in her name on the second floor of our offices.

Alba served as our first Communications and Operations Manager from October 2020 to July 2021. Originally from Guatemala City, Alba brought a wealth of talent and experience in communications, improving our online presence and communications strategy, and delivering the organization’s first-ever Annual Impact Report. Her bright smile and friendly personality lit up the offices each day and made her a beloved part of the Amigos family.

On May 29th, 2021, a gas explosion at her home in Santa Cruz caused burns to over 90% of her body. Sadly, after a month of fighting for her life, Alba passed away on July 1st, 2021 at only 25 years old. Her loss was felt by every member of the Amigos family. In honor of our dear colleague and friend, Amigos has planted a memorial garden in her name on the second floor of our offices.

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