Carolyn FairmanExecutive Director
Through non-profit leadership, executive management, grassroots development and sustainability, Carolyn has worked for global social change for nearly 20 years. With a Master’s in Latin American Studies from the University of New Mexico, Carolyn’s built her career in the coffee industry where she worked to address endemic poverty while educating and engaging the global industry in new practices. She worked most recently with United Farm Workers as the Director of Strategic Initiatives. There her focus was on global supply chains, building stakeholder engagement through collaborative efforts from the farm worker to the farm owner, buyer and retailer.
Marcella VarleyDirector of Development
With a BA in Spanish, German and International Studies, Marcella has built a well rounded background in international development as well as account management in both non-profit and corporate environments. Her love of Latin American culture is rooted from her year living in Ecuador as a Rotary Exchange student and her passion for fundraising was born from her experiences as a volunteer in rural Uganda. Traveler and fundraiser, Marcella has a strong belief in the power of the human spirit and is continuously inspired by the people she meets along life’s journey.
Juliana VasquezProgram Coordinator, Guatemala
Very proud of being a Maya-K’iche woman, Juliana is passionate to be of service to others. She is a teacher and has university studies in law and social sciences. With experience in community development as well as children’s rights, Juliana is especially interested in working towards improving the quality of life of indigenous people in the region and strengthening their leadership and influence in social and economic spheres. She has worked to coordinate and develop relations between ancestral authorities, customary law, and the state system.
Brenda SalojCommunity Facilitator, Guatemala
With a Bachelor’s degree in Psychopedagogy, Brenda Saloj is focused on helping indigenous young people achieve excellence. Based in our partner community of Chaquijya, Brenda works with Reading Village as a facilitator, reading to and teaching children to read, helping to ensure that the NEXT generation of Guatemalan youth has the tools to realize their dreams. In addition to her work with Reading Village, Brenda is a freelance reporter for the Global Press Journal, writing stories about Guatemala, and helping those who are silenced find their voice.
During the time I’ve worked for Reading Village, I’ve realized that betting on young people is synonymous with changing a piece of the world.
Mayra ChocCommunity Facilitator, Guatemala
Mayra Choc is a Mayan educator trained in Paulo Freire’s methodology of Popular Education. Motivated by her own time as a student Leader, Mayra has worked as a primary school teacher, and is currently working to complete her degree in Social Work, with an emphasis on Sustainable Community Development. Mayra is dedicated to helping other young men and women develop their own leadership skills, providing a seed of peace and dignity for the women and children of historically marginalized communities.
Reading Village has offered me the opportunity to achieve my vision, by focusing on each child and young person’s role in improving and perfecting their own rural communities.
Rosalina TzapinelCommunity Facilitator, Guatemala
Rosalina is a vivacious Maya woman studying social work at university, while simultaneously working to complete her final year of a degree in Tourism Management.
Maya speaks Spanish, K’iche’ and English, and at the age of just 19, has participated in cultural exchange experiences at Michigan and Georgetown Universities, as well as in Brazil and México.
Rosalina has strong leadership skills, a strong voice, and wants to help empower other youth to have more significant participation in their communities, and to work together to build a better world.
Magaly YacCOMMUNITY FACILITATOR, GUATEMALA
Magaly is a Mayan woman who speaks two languages: Quiche and Spanish. With hard work and dedication, she graduated as an expert in marketing and advertising. She also has a degree in teaching with a focus in school management and administration. Magaly also has experience working with women, young women, boys and girls in rural communities. She is currently the president of the local community development council. Working as a Community Facilitator, Magaly is grateful to have the opportunity to continue supporting youth education in indigenous communities.
Kenia GuozAdministrative Assistant, Guatemala
I am a young Tz’utujil woman with many desires and dreams of overcoming poverty. Kenia was born and raised in the small village of Cerro de Oro on the south shore of Lake Atitlán. The first woman in her family to graduate from high school in the whole family, she has university studies in auditing and public accounting. Her parents have only ever supported her brothers to study, but as Administrative Assistant at Reading Village she is able to pay her own way.
Lori EggersBookkeeper and Administrative Assistant
Lori earned her BA in Business Management at the University of Colorado in Boulder. She has three years’ experience as a bookkeeper. Her passion is traveling and exploring, and she finds there is nothing more healing than discovering the beauty in the landscapes and people of our world.
Travitt HamiltonCommunications Coordinator
Travitt Hamilton has a degree in English, a career in branding and communications, and a passion for travel. Travitt fell in love with the cultures, beauty, and people of Guatemala exploring El Peten and Antigua. When not reading, writing, and catching a flick, you’ll find him hiking the mountains of Colorado, exploring Denver’s exciting food scene, or in the kitchen, where he belongs.