Pueblo a Pueblo's Advisory Council members bring skilled knowledge and expertise to the organization.
Amb. James M. Derham
Ambassador Derham retired from the U.S. Department of State in 2008 after more than 30 years in the U.S. Foreign Service. His last post was as U.S. Ambassador to Guatemala (2005-08). Prior to that assignment, he served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs (WHA). James holds masters’ degrees in economics from George Washington University and in public administration from Harvard University.
Nancy is a Health Communications Specialist for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. She joined Pueblo a Pueblo in 2007 as a volunteer, after hearing about our work from a founding board member. She soon began sponsoring a child at the Panabaj School, and in the spring of 2008, she spent six weeks in our Santiago Atitlan office helping with grant development. While there, Nancy couldn't ignore the plight of an injured street dog lying in the sun near the central market. Shortly after Nancy's return to the States, "Miguela" joined her in the USA.
Lee is an accomplished attorney with over 15 years of US and international experience and specialization in commercial, intellectual property and media law. She is a member of the New York Bar. Prior to moving to the United States 9 years ago, she was a senior associate for one of South Africa’s most renowned law firms, Bell Dewar. Lee is now Senior Counsel in Special Olympics’ in-house legal department. Her work there includes handling governance issues for Special Olympics and its many branches and affiliated companies, accreditation for the over 200 Special Olympics Programs throughout the World, as well as managing the non-profit’s trademark portfolio.
Elisa is a family nurse practitioner with more than 10 years of experience in women’s health and primary health care. She currently lives in Vermont and works in primary care and as a senior clinical officer with Grounds for Health, an international NGO focused on cervical cancer prevention in coffee growing communities. Elisa was compelled to obtain skills as a primary care provider after working in Nepal, Latin America and the USA with NGOs engaged in community development, public health and issues of social justice. She first visited Santiago Atitlan in 1994 and returned as a volunteer nurse practitioner in 2007 and 2008 with Pueblo a Pueblo~Hospitalito Atitlan. Elisa remains dedicated to increasing primary health care access and reducing health disparities among underserved populations both domestically and abroad. She completed her master’s training at the Yale University School of Nursing in 2001 and a B.A. in English with a concentration in Latin American studies from Cornell University in 1996.
Linda became involved with Pueblo a Pueblo through our sponsorship program. She holds a master’s degree in educational psychology and B.A. in sociology and has worked for more than 16 years in communications and advancement for NASFAA, a Washington DC-based national nonprofit association dedicated to removing financial barriers to postsecondary education for students. She has traveled extensively in Central America and is committed to improving education, health, and financial stability for indigenous families in Guatemala. She now lives in Antigua, Guatemala, where she works as a freelance writer and editor for NASFAA while contributing to Pueblo a Pueblo’s communications and fundraising activities on a volunteer basis. LInda served on the Pueblo a Pueblo Board of Directors from 2009-2012.