Linda SmithFounder and Executive Director, Board Member
Linda has a background in education, public health, business, solar energy, and community-sustainability, both in the corporate and non-profit worlds. She has been connected to Guatemala since 1988. She earned an MBA and MA in Latin American Studies from UCLA, is fluent in Spanish and is learning Kaqchikel. Dreamer, doer, and constant learner, Reading Village continues to thrive under Linda’s leadership and expertise.
Daniel GuzmánProgram Director in Guatemala
Daniel is a Guatemalan native and has a university degree in history and social sciences. He has 25 years of experience in education (as a teacher, professor and school director), in library and librarian development and in literacy program development, particularly in rural areas. He extends to every person who crosses his path, no matter their station in life, his deepest respect and warm heart. Father figure, teacher, and friend, Daniel’s local presence in Guatemala and his contextual expertise have been integral to our growth as an organization.
Kassia BinkowskiDirector of Communications & Development
An international development professional, Kassia Binkowski brings nearly a decade of experience working in low-resource communities to Reading Village. Wordsmither, relationship-builder, and color-coordinator, she has contributed to the communications and development efforts of non-profit organizations around the world. Kassia is a doctoral candidate at the Colorado School of Public Health.
Ismael PecherCommunity Facilitator in Guatemala
Ismael is a Guatemalan native with a university degree in education. He has six year’s experience in teaching and youth and community development training based on popular education methodology. Recruiter and mentor, he is responsible for the selection, cultivation, and training of our teen reading promoters. Ismael comes from the same area as the teens in our program and like them fought hard to get his education. He is bilingual Kaqchikel/Spanish.
Larry DresslerBoard Member
For over 25 years Larry Dressler helped people in organizations and communities mobilize their collective insight, commitment, and energy to make a positive difference in the world. He is a facilitator of high-stakes conversations and a trusted advisor to leaders who seek to weave authentic engagement and collaboration into the fabric of their organizations. Confidante, trip-leader, and visionary, Larry is a founding board member of Reading Village.
Martin KrugerBoard President
Martin is the Chief Operating Officer at Earth Island/Follow Your Heart, a Los Angeles based manufacturer of natural/organic, vegetarian/vegan condiments, dressings and cheese alternatives. Strategist, performance measurement expert and our go-to numbers guy, Martin has led Reading Village’s financial management and strategic planning process since 2008. He has traveled with us to Guatemala twice in that time.
Alice SwettBoard Secretary
Alice is the director of the Youth Opportunity Advisory Board. She has directed this unique program in Boulder, Colorado for 13 years. She develops teens’ leadership skills as they manage a portion of the city’s budget for youth issues. Curriculum developer and networker, Alice brings her experience with Colorado teenagers to support program design for our Guatemalan youth. She is currently a board member of the Boulder Community Foundation, and has served on our board since September 2010.
Debra RobbinsBoard Member
Debra is the Associate Rabbi at Temple Emanu-El in Dallas, Texas. She has served her congregation, the largest Reform synagogue in the state of Texas, for 21 years. Inspirational fundraiser, teacher, and leader, Debra has refined this expertise as Vice President of the Central Conference of American Rabbis and on the Board of Jewish Family Service. She joined the Reading Village board in October 2011 and participated in her first Learning Journey, accompanied by her family, in March 2012.
Ellen GoldsteinBoard Member
Ellen is a passionate, trusted and accomplished advisor to CEO’s, senior management teams and boards of directors in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. She is the Founder and President of IntoGreat Management Partners, a consulting firm with a unique combination of expertise in both operations and strategic human resources. Ellen has a deep relationship with Guatemala having travelled there to adopt her daughter and she continues to sponsor four children through their education.
Julia YoungBoard Member
Julia Young is a co-founder of Facilitate.com, developer of web meeting software offering collaboration tools for innovative thinking and decision making. As a facilitator and process consultant, Julia combines the logical mind of an engineer and a facilitator’s attention to group dynamics, to explore how collaborative an innovative thinking can augment the effectiveness of work teams. Inspired by the experiences of close friends and family, Julia joined the Reading Village Board of Directors in 2012 . When she’s not traveling, Julia lives and works in San Francisco.
Aaron SmithBoard Member
Aaron is a Staffing Researcher at Google, where he uses data to analyze, improve and scale talent acquisition workflows. Analyst, listener, problem-solver and social entrepreneur, he enjoys working with cross-functional teams toward a common goal. Aaron earned a BA from Wake Forest University and a MS from the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver.