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.

President: Susanna Place (Boston, Massachusetts)
Vice President: Tania de Zedan (Guatemala)
Secretary: Rebecca Martin Evarts (Falmouth, Maine)
Treasurer: Maureen Pennington de Riojas (Guatemala)
Ernesto Jose Viteri Arriola (Guatemala)
Xavier Andrade (Guatemala)
Jessica Britt (Cambridge, Massachusetts)
Jordan Denning (Yarmouth, Maine)
Sandra de Gonzalez (Guatemala)
Carolyn Johnson (Yarmouth, Maine)
Douglas McAdams (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
Guillermo Montano (Guatemala)
John Paterson (Freeport, Maine)
Ellen Meyer Shorb (Lincoln, Massachusetts)

Our Leadership and Staff

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


Trae Holland, Executive Director
An educator and administrator with decades of experience, Trae has served as a high school and middle school teacher, as well as the Director of Development of the Polk Museum of Art in Florida, and most recently as the Director of Academia Cotopaxi’s The One Institute in Quito, Ecuador. Trae has successfully built two small community outreach schools that served marginalized populations in demanding situations. Trae has been studying sustainable approaches to landfills for more than a decade and has convinced municipalities to change their policies with regard to garbage pickers. Trae has dedicated his career to service through education, community outreach, and leading programs that nurture all aspects of student learning and community betterment.

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

Anna Marie Klein Christie, U.S. Director
Anna Marie joined our team in 2017 after decades working in the nonprofit community in Maine. Her work has focused on youth and families by serving as the Executive Director of Rippleffect, an experiential education program for youth, and Development Director for Day One, a youth substance abuse recovery program. Her mix of program development experience and fundraising skills will be dedicated to Safe Passage/Camino Seguro at a time where we are building our educational programming to best serve the children of the Guatemala City garbage dump community.

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.

Nancy Thompson, Database Manager & Annual Fund Strategist
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.

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.

Deborah Williams, Annual Fund and Communications Manager
Deborah has been involved in providing education to vulnerable youth in the United States and immigrant families in Sweden. She brings several years of experience in development and communications in Maine, and looks forward to using her skills to support a mission she’s passionate about. She joined the U.S. office in 2018.

Kerry Palleschi, Donor Relations Manager
Kerry joined the Safe Passage Team in 2018. She has spent the last ten years working within the local non-profit sector. Kerry’s previous experience focused on recruitment, institutional, and customer relations; first within the higher education field and more recently in educational and cultural exchange programming with CIEE.