Our Team

Our international Board of Directors along with our leadership in Guatemala and the United States work together to advance our mission and impact the lives of thousands of people across the world.

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Our Board of Directors

Our Board takes seriously their fiduciary responsibility to steward Safe Passage’s resources and plan for sustained growth. By monitoring spending, cash flow, capital improvements, liabilities, and assets, we ensure both excellence in what we do and long-term sustainability.

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  • President: Sandra Aguilar de Gonzalez (Guatemala)
  • Vice President: Susan Egmont (Boston, Massachusetts)
  • Secretary: Ray Tripp (Acton, Massachusetts)
  • Treasurer: Wayne Workman (Cedar, Michigan)
  • Ernesto Jose Viteri Arriola (Guatemala)
  • Xavier Andrade (Guatemala)
  • Drew Casertano (Millbrook, New York)
  • Jordan Denning (Yarmouth, Maine)
  • Margaret Downing (Yarmouth, Maine)
  • Juan Mini (Guatemala)
  • Guillermo Montano (Guatemala)
  • John Paterson (Freeport, Maine)
  • Maureen Pennington de Riojas (Guatemala)
  • Ellen Meyer Shorb (Lincoln, Massachusetts)
  • Tania de Zedan (Guatemala)

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Our Leadership and Staff

In Guatemala City, our Executive Director leads our staff and programs. In our Yarmouth, Maine office, our U.S. Director oversees administrative, development, and communications efforts.

Guatemala

Todd Amani, Executive Director
Todd’s heart is close to Safe Passage where his wife, Mary Jo, volunteered in 2001-2006 alongside our founder, Hanley Denning. He brings a distinguished career focused on international development from his early days as a Peace Corps volunteer in a remote village in Costa Rica, to his  work as the Deputy Assistant Administer for USAID’s Africa Bureau. Todd served as the USAID Director in Mozambique from 2007-2012 where he provided strategic leadership to a staff of 140, implementing a $235 million program of health, food security, democracy and education. Todd served six years in Guatemala as the USAID Deputy Mission Director and the Director of the Office of Democratic Initiatives. Working for USAID in Honduras after Hurricane Mitch, Todd authored a $400 million dollar reconstruction program authorized by the US Congress and implemented over 3 years. From 2002-2006 Todd served as the School Board President for the Colegio Maya International School in Guatemala and was the School Board President of the Discovery School in Tegucigalpa, Honduras from 2000-2001. Todd also worked closely with the founder of Libros Para Niños to develop a program methodology that is still thriving 18 years later. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Wartburg College, a Master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and was selected for training at the Federal Leadership Institute.

Maria Eugneia (Sheny) Rabbe, Educational Programs Director
Sheny holds a master’s degree in Educational Administration and a license in psychology. Her experience spans from a professorial role at the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala to her time as Executive Director of Fundacion Poulias in Guatemala. Throughout her career, Sheny has held positions as an educator, consultant, and principal.

Brenda Ivonne Donis Rossell, Family and Community Services Program Director
Brenda Donis is a kindergarten teacher licensed in Psychology and School and Vocational Counseling, with graduate studies in Human Development and International Cooperation.  Brenda has extensive experience managing social and community programs aimed at children, teens, women and vulnerable groups in general.  Brenda shared Hanley Denning’s dream and worked with her as the Director of the Educational Reinforcement Center from 2005-2007.  Today, committed to our founder’s vision, Brenda returns to Safe Passage as the Director of our Family and Community Services Department.

Ana Lucia Mijangos Mendez, Guatemala Development and Outreach Coordinator
Ana Lucía Mijangos, is a licensed Human Resources Administrator, and graduated from Universidad Francisco Marroquín, with a Masters Degree in Business, Quality Management and Reengineering. Visiting Guatemala’s poor communities allowed her to visualize and feel urban and rural poverty and compelled her to get involved in the changes in her country through development work. She has more than 15 years of experience with NGOs (Covenant House Guatemala) and international organizations (ActionAid International) focused on sponsorship programs with European and American donors, fundraising with international organizations, and communications for social marketing and campaigns. She is skilled at keeping up relationships and increasing donor experiences and donations with a focus on Human Rights. Ana Lucía is happy to be part of the Safe Passage team and efforts and, when not working, she loves loves to swim, meet new people, visit new places, and spend time with her family and friends. 

Marc Wuthrich, Finance and Human Resources Director
Marc, originally from Switzerland, met Hanley and began working with Safe Passage in 2006. He has held his current position as Finance and Human Resources Director since 2008.

United States

Matthew Wolcott, U.S. Director/Director of Development
Matt has been in development for nearly a decade including most recently with a small independent school in New Hampshire which successfully completed a $47 million campaign in 2013. Prior to that, Matt spent seven years leading the annual fund at a national conservation organization. He began his career working in marketing and communications for a Fortune 1000 company near Boston. Outside of work, Matt spends his time chasing his three young children and is an active member of the Portland, Maine Rotary Club.

Barbara Davis, Comptroller & U.S. Office Manager
Barbara started working for Safe Passage in 2003, and moved to her current role as Comptroller in 2009.  Barbara has a degree in Business Administration and extensive experience in accounting, finance, programming, and office management in both the public and private sector.

Karen Bolmer, Development Assistant & Grant Officer
Karen first became a supporter of Safe Passage in 2003 and in 2005 she traveled to Guatemala as part of a Safe Passage Support Team. Karen joined the U.S. office in 2008.

Nancy Thompson, Database & Capital Campaign Coordinator
Nancy brings passion for fundraising and over 30 years of experience. She finds it especially rewarding to see the direct impact Safe Passage supporters have on the lives of so many children in Guatemala. Nancy joined the U.S. office in 2014.

Danielle Maheu, Communications Manager
Danielle specializes in website management, social engagement, and organizational branding. She especially loves sharing Safe Passage stories through effective communication, compelling copy, and creative collateral. Danielle joined the U.S. office in 2014.

Mariah Healy, Associate Director of Development
Mariah, a Maine native, brings extensive experience as an advocate for children living at social risk in Latin America.  Inspired by her experience volunteering with Safe Passage in 2007, she went on to work with children in the most at-risk neighborhoods of Santiago, Chile, where she lived for six years.  Mariah brings strong leadership and communication skills and a passion for Safe Passage’s mission. Mariah joined the U.S. office in 2015.