Sue Patterson

WINGS Founder

Sue discovered her passion for helping women as a Peace Corps volunteer in a rural area of Colombia from 1966 to 1968, helping them learn about family planning and how to access it. Sue has lived in Antigua, Guatemala since 1996, when she retired from a 24-year career as a US Foreign Service official. Since then, Sue has devoted her time and energy to improving the lives of underserved Guatemalans, especially Mayan women in rural areas, without access to education.

In 1999, a Guatemalan friend contacted Sue asking for help for seven women, all with at least eight children, who wanted to undergo a tubal ligation. Sue contributed from her own funds and wrote to friends asking for donations. Within a few months she had received more than $4,000. She discovered the lack of a non-profit organization focused on family planning in Guatemala, and that led her to found WINGS (Women’s International Network for Guatemala Solutions).

Sue continues to be an active member of the WINGS Board and has contributed fundamentally to the growth of the organization.

EXECUTIVE TEAM

Rodrigo Barillas

Executive Director

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Michelle Dubon

Medical Director

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Eleanor Unsworth

Programs Director

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José Amaya

Finance Director

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Kirsten Taylor

Development and Communications Director

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Astrid Gramajo

Administration Director

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RODRIGO BARILLAS

Rodrigo Barillas joined WINGS as Executive Director in November 2014. Rodrigo served on WINGS’ Board of Directors since 2011 as Board Secretary and later as President of its Guatemalan subsidiary- ALAS. He brings 10 years of experience working in both the private and public health sectors in Guatemala and the United States. Before joining WINGS, Rodrigo held the position of Health Manager for USAID´s mutlisectoral project Alianzas, and worked closely with WINGS to execute multiple projects. Most recently he was the Director of Health Services at Hospital Herrera Llerandi. Rodrigo brings extensive knowledge of the local, private sector to WINGS.

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MICHELLE DUBON

Dr. Dubon oversees all technical aspects of clinical services provided by WINGS. She has been in practice since 2004 and has specialized in OB-GYN services since 2008. Dr. Dubon received her medical degree from Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala and continues to see patients in private practice. She is committed to providing the highest level of reproductive health care to all her patients and is known for her gentle bedside manner.

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JOSÉ AMAYA

José Amaya joined WINGS as Finance Director in December 2013. José oversees accounting, regulatory reporting and financial analysis for WINGS. With more than 19 years of experience in auditing, accounting, and tax management consulting for private sector companies and NGOs, José leads the Finance team in understanding and managing the organization’s fiscal health.

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ELEANOR UNSWORTH

Eleanor joined WINGS in 2016 after three years living and working in Guatemala. As Programs Director, she is responsible for the administrative supervision of all field staff, including our youth peer education program, volunteer promoters network, and nursing teams. She has 10 years of experience in reproductive health in the United States and Guatemala. Eleanor started her career in reproductive health as a youth peer educator and then as a coordinator of that youth program. She went on to gain experience in public schools providing health education and in a health center providing family planning counseling. In these positions, she has had the opportunity to work with a diverse array of populations, including undocumented immigrants in the United States and in low-resource communities in Guatemala. Eleanor graduated from Tufts University with a degree in Community Health and Women’s Studies.

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KIRSTEN TAYLOR

Kirsten joined WINGS in 2017 as the Director of Development and Communications. She oversees relationships with foundations and individual donors as well as coordinating marketing and evaluation activities. Her background as a Peace Corps volunteer in West Africa and experience in community health education led her to concentrate her skills in women’s and girls’ reproductive rights. Kirsten holds a Masters degree in International Development and Social Change from Clark University.

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ASTRID GRAMAJO

Astrid oversees all administrative facets of our Cobán office and in addition to handling program coordination in the northern part of the country. She studied Business Administration and Technology and has over 14 years’ experience working in the sector. Prior to joining WINGS she worked in the private business sector, but realized her true passion is social development and helping others.

STAFF

Martha Pacajá

Service Provision Coordinator South

Carolina Milian

Service Provision Coordinator North

Marfa Castillo

General Accountant

 

 

Bernarda Jimenez

Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator

Marta Augé

Communications Coordinator

Julia Morales

Office Manager

​Ana Lucia González

Youth Program Coordinator South

Fidelia Chub

Youth Program Coordinator North

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Roger DuvivierEvelyn Landry, Kate Flatley, Theresa WeimerskirchAlejandra ColomTonia PapkeJoel WeinthalAustin Anderson
Sue PattersonLynn Bakamjian, Silvia TumMarilyn EdmundsJackie VerityHolly Myers, Rodrigo BarillasJennifer Benz
Board Member Emeritus: Kathie Amble  

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LYNN BAKAMJIAN

MPH – President

Lynn worked for more than 30 years with EngenderHealth where she ultimately served as a Senior Vice-President for Programs. Recently, she directed a USAID/EngenderHealth global project that focused on expanding contraceptive choices within family planning programs. Lynn now works as a consultant, and happily, her new role gives her time to share her extensive expertise with WINGS.

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THERESA WEIMERSKIRCH

Theresa Weimerskirch is currently the Chief of Staff to Product Development at Thrivent Financial, a Fortune 500 not-for-profit financial services organization headquartered in downtown Minneapolis. Over the course of her career, she has developed a unique breadth of experience through leadership roles in finance, distribution, operations, innovation and development, and talent management. She holds an MBA from the Carlson School of Management and an undergraduate degree in Math from Hamline University. Her long-standing passion for supporting causes that alleviate poverty through education led her to WINGS. Theresa is thrilled to have joined the WINGS board in 2017.

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SILVIA TUM

Silvia Tum, an indigenous Mayan Kaqchikel, is a Social Worker with an emphasis in Development Management. Since October 2016, she has worked for the United States Agency for International Development – USAID / Guatemala in the Office of Planning and Program Support with the main objective of advising and giving assistance on indigenous issues. She has more than eight years of community work experience with youth and women throughout Guatemala in the areas of coordination, planning, monitoring and evaluation of activities planned at community and municipal levels, and has conducted participatory research, collection validation and analysis of tools and strategies.

She has participated in advocacy and surveillance processes in the implementation of public policies on maternal health, teenage pregnancy prevention, sexual and reproductive health and comprehensive sexuality education.

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EVELYN LANDRY

MPH

Evelyn has 30 years’ experience developing, implementing and evaluating comprehensive reproductive health programs in more than 35 developing countries, including 25 years at EngenderHealth. She most recently served as Deputy Director of a USAID funded maternal health project at EngenderHealth. Some of Evelyn’s first work experiences after graduate school were in Guatemala so she was thrilled to join the board in 2008 and return to support family planning here. She resides in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.

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TONIA PAPKE

MBA – Treasurer

Tonia has over thirty years of nonprofit experience, specializing in financial and operational turnarounds. Currently, she is serving as president of MDI Consulting, a financial consulting firm that provides practical expertise and hand-on experience to identify and diagnose problems facing non-profit organizations, to plan solutions, and to guide in their implementation. Previously, she has worked for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, as well as a resident advisor to a large, national labor union of peasant farm workers in El Salvador. She is bilingual in Spanish.

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SUE PATTERSON

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SUSAN J. CUSHMAN

MD

Susan joined the board in 2011, after 23 years as a private practice OB/GYN physician in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She saw firsthand how contraceptive access gave teens and young adults one of the tools they needed for a healthier, fuller life. She appreciates how WINGS educates about reproductive health, incorporates cervical cancer prevention, and delivers high quality medical services through a Guatemalan staff. During her career, Susan served on the board and was a volunteer physician for Interfaith Service to Latin America (ISLA). She was also a co-founder of Melpomene Institute for Women’s Health Research. Now retired, she is writing a nonfiction book about a young woman’s wait for a heart transplant. She splits her time between Minnesota and western Colorado, and enjoys hiking and cycling in both places.

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ALEJANDRA COLOM

MA

Alejandra is a Guatemalan professional who currently serves as the Program Coordinator for Population Council, where she coordinates all technical activities for the Poverty, Gender and Youth program. For the past three years, she has focused on indigenous adolescent education, implementing an out-of-school program that tackles girls’ self-esteem, their human rights, prevention of gender-based violence, building social support networks, and engaging communities to increase investment in girls. Alejandra has 14 years of experience working in development projects in the areas of natural resource management, gender, reproductive health, and strengthening civil society. She also has extensive experience conducting field research, in regions including Central America, East Timor, and Central Africa. A former Fulbright Scholar, Alejandra is currently pursuing her PhD.

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HOLLY MYERS

Holly Myers is a partner in Spring Ridge Vineyards in Portola Valley, California. She first visited Guatemala as a student in the 1970s, and has maintained a strong connection to the country ever since. She was a board member of PAVA, a Guatemalan community development organization from 2001-2010. Over many years, she worked extensively in reporting and advocacy for refugee and displaced persons through the Women’s Refugee Commission (New York), and also served as a longtime board member of the American Refugee Committee (Minneapolis). In California, she was a long-time elected trustee of the Portola Valley school board. Holly views the services and education that WINGS provides to the Guatemalan community as essential to the country’s future.

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JENNIFER BENZ

Jennifer is founder and CEO at Benz Communications, a consulting firm that specializes in benefits and strategic HR communication. Jen leads a team of nearly 30 employees who serve Fortune 500 clients. In 2012, Benz Communications ranked #20 on San Francisco Business Times’ “100 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in the Bay Area” and was also ranked #534 Inc’s list of the fastest-growing private companies in the U.S. Her work with WINGS began when she traveled to Guatemala to learn Spanish in 2005, and she hasn’t stopped since. She is a self-proclaimed “pro bono junkie,” and has worked with many nonprofit organizations including the Taproot Foundation and La Cocina. Jen is excited to join the WINGS Board to join her passion for communications and marketing with her passion for helping women around the world.

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MARILYN EDMUNDS,

MSPH – Vice President

Marilyn has more than 30 years of experience working with global health organizations and nonprofits to develop effective programs and generate resources to support their implementation. During her 20 years at Pathfinder International she worked with local public health colleagues in Latin America, Asia, and Africa to design and secure funding for reproductive health, MCH, and HIV/AIDS programs. Marilyn has consulted with global health NGOs, Planned Parenthood affiliates, and social service nonprofits on organizational and program strategy, board development, and fundraising. Most recently, she worked at the Harvard School of Public Health where she negotiated funding agreements to support the Harvard AIDS Initiative’s 2011 “AIDS @ 30” symposium and the Dean’s flagship initiative on Women and Health. She is delighted to join the Board and support WINGS’ important work offering Guatemalan families improved access to family planning education and reproductive health services.

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ROGER DUVIVIER,

MD, FACOG – Secretary

Roger is a retired OB/GYN and former Visiting Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology & Women’s Health at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center in New York, with over 40 years of experience in global health. Since 1976, he has offered his medical expertise as a volunteer in the Guatemalan highlands and Haiti with non-profits such as the Medical Relief Missions of the Association of Haitian Physicians Abroad, ALAS, and the Overseas Medical Assistance Team. In 2004, he received the Carmen and Francis Carryl Humanitarian Service Award for his work with indigenous girls and women in Guatemala, as well as numerous honors throughout the years for his academic, clinical, and volunteer experience. In 2014, he evaluated the technical quality of ALAS’ Direct Service Provision program and after permanently relocating to Antigua, Guatemala, joined the Board of Directors to lend his technical expertise and fundraising support.

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AUSTIN ANDERSON

Mr. Anderson has been an Associate Adjunct Professor at the School of Policy, Planning and Development at the University of Southern California since 2003,teaching land use economics and analysis of real estate markets. He is also a Consultant at ProForma Advisors, a firm specializing in land use and entertainment economics, with offices in Los Angeles and New York City. His business experience includes 30 years with Economics Research Associates, a multidisciplinary research firm headquartered in Los Angeles with offices in seven principal US cities and in London, Hong Kong, and Dubai. He was President and CEO from 1988 to 2000, and Vice Chairman until 2010 when the firm was sold to AECOM. From 1982 to 2008, Mr. Anderson was a director of Crown Holdings, Inc., of Minneapolis, the world’s largest producer of oilseed extraction systems, with worldwide sales over $100 million annually. Also, he was a Trustee of the Real Estate Investment Trust of California. Previous experience includes Director of Research and Financial Analysis at Property Research Financial Corp. in Los Angeles; Partner at Levander, Partridge and Anderson, Inc. in Beverly Hills; Management Systems Analyst at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena; and Bellhop at Imperial Hotel, in Tokyo. Mr. Anderson has conducted assignments in 30 states and 15 countries for large corporate and government clients. His principal areas of experience involve projecting the performance of proposed or existing projects and facilities, business strategy formulation, investment analysis, and energy economics. This work involves demographic analysis, economic forecasting, quantification of markets, field surveys, statistical analysis, financial modeling, and valuation. Mr. Anderson received a B.S. in Industrial Engineering/Operations Research from Stanford University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Previously he was a member of the Board of Councilors of the School of Urban and Regional Planning at USC, and an instructor in real estate economics at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management. Mr. Anderson lives in Manhattan Beach, California with his wife, Marilyn. They have four adult children: Guy, Alisa, Michael, and Emily. His hobbies are sculpting, sports, movies, travel, cars, economics, and reading.

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JACKIE VERITY

Jackie’s experience of 12+ years in executive and career coaching is complemented by more than 15 years of business leadership in senior human resource management, executive search, and consulting roles. In Houston since 1998, Jackie was born in England and has lived and worked in five different countries, providing her with a global perspective and multicultural awareness that she leverages successfully in her work. Jackie has an MBA with a concentration in International Human Resource Management from the UK’s Open University and BA and MA Honors degrees in Modern Languages from the University of Oxford, England. In the area of non-profit service, two main themes ignite her passion – empowering women and helping those in career transition. Jackie is delighted to join the WINGS Board and contribute to empowering women, men and young people to access the education and reproductive health services that are so vital to breaking the cycle of poverty in Guatemala.

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JOEL WEINTHAL

Joel Weinthal is a practicing pediatric hematologist/oncologist in Dallas, TX, specializing in the care of children with blood diseases and cancer, with a special interest in stem cell transplantation. He has been an active supporter and participant in many charitable causes including the Make a Wish Foundation, Mazon, and Planned Parenthood. He lectures around the country on many medical topics and has authored many published articles, book chapters, and reviews. He received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University, medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and conducted his pediatric residency at Stanford and fellowship at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. He has a long standing interest in health care access issues for women and children.

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KATE FLATLEY

Kate is the Executive Director and Founder of the Women’s Justice Initiative, a Guatemalan organization that improves the lives of rural, indigenous women and girls through access to justice, women’s rights education, and gender-based violence prevention. Kate is a lawyer with fifteen years’ experience working for nonprofit organizations developing and implementing projects and conducting research in the fields of human rights, women’s rights, access to justice, and public health. She holds a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. Kate has lived and worked in Guatemala for ten years. She is delighted to join the WINGS Board and support its critical work advancing sexual and reproductive rights for Guatemalan women.

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KATHIE AMBLE

Kathie Amble graduated from St. Catherine University with a BS in Nursing, and then earned an Adult Nurse Practitioner degree and a Masters of Arts. She worked in hospital and clinical settings, Macalester College Health Service, and the Minneapolis Department of Health and Family Support as coordinator of school-based clinics in Minneapolis high schools. For many years Kathie volunteered at Common Hope in Guatemala, where she helped set up and manage the clinic pharmacy. She also created health classes for rural women and developed protocols for the clinic. Kathie saw that many Guatemalan women didn’t have access to reproductive health education and services. She became passionate about making these needed services more available. She joined the new WINGS Board in 2001 and became President of the Board a year later. During the nine years she served in that role, she helped build WINGS’ organizational capability and networked tirelessly on behalf of the young NGO. Sue Wheeler, who succeeded Kathie as Board President, says “Kathie was a compassionate and stalwart leader. During her tenure, we hired our first Executive Director, launched new programs, and built our Board of Directors to support our work. A lot of organizations falter at this stage because they’re unable to transition from start-up to growth. We made it through, largely because of Kathie’s unwillingness to maintain the status quo. I am grateful for her steadiness, her deep dedication to the people of Guatemala, and her friendship.” In 2015, Kathie was elected Board Member Emerita. She remains an active fundraiser and performs key tasks in the WINGS U.S. office as a volunteer.

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AWARDS & RECOGNITION

  • 2007 Juan Bautista Gutiérrez Foundation’s Apoyando a Quienes Apoyan (Helping Those Who Help Others) award for non-profit excellence in Guatemala.
  • 2010 Finalist at the International Health Promotion Awards in Rome, Italy
  • 2011 Clarence H. Moore Award for Excellence for Voluntary Service from the Pan American Health and Education Foundation (PAHEF) (See video interview with PAHEF)
  • 18th International Congress on Women’s Health, Philadelphia, 2010 (presenter)
    Men’s Health in the Americas Conference, Brasilia, 2010 (presenter)
    5th Annual Latin American Congress on Health and Human Rights and Sexual and Reproductive Rights, Guatemala City, 2010 (presenter)
    Global Health Council’s 37th Annual International Conference, Washington, D.C., 2010 (presenter)
    The Elders Conference, Addis Ababa, 2011 (participant)
    International Family Planning Conference, Dakar, 2011 (presenter)
    Association for Women’s Right and Development, Istanbul, 2012 (participant)
    Desarrollando Habilidades de Comunicación y Abogacía para la SSR y la Disponibilidad de Insumos Anticonceptivos (Developing Communications and Advocacy Skills for Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) and the Availability of Contraceptive Supplies) Bogotá, Colombia, 2013 (participant)
    Women Deliver, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2013 (participant)
    Women Deliver, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2016 (participant)

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FINANCIAL INFO

Since WINGS’ establishment in 2001, we have held ourselves to the highest professional standards by placing great emphasis on accountability, financial transparency and open donor communication. Click below to view our most recent Annual Report and Financial Highlights. Should you ever have additional questions about our programs, administrative operations or finances, we invite you to write to us at info@wingsguate.org.

Our tax identification number is 31-1759515.

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