WHO WE ARE

Our Mission

WINGS provides quality reproductive health education and services to underserved, primarily rural Guatemalan youth, women and men.

Our Vision

WINGS envisions a future where all Guatemalans thrive and are able to fully exercise their sexual and reproductive rights.

MEET OUR TEAM

FOUNDER

Sue Patterson

THE FOUNDER

Sue first learned about her passion for helping poor women get better control over their lives when she served…
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SUE PATTERSON

Sue first learned about her passion for helping poor women get better control over their lives when she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in a rural area of Colombia from 1966 to 1968. Since that time she has also been passionate about enabling such women to learn about and get access to family planning. Starting in 1996, when she retired from a 24-year-long career as a Foreign Service Officer in the U.S. Foreign Service, part of the U.S. State Department, Sue has lived in Antigua, Guatemala. She has dedicated her time and energy to improving the lives of less-fortunate Guatemalans, particularly women who are Mayan, undereducated, and rural.

In 1999, when Sue was asked by a Guatemalan friend to help seven women, all with at least eight children, to be able to get the tubal ligations they desired, Sue contributed of her own funds and wrote to others seeking donations. Within a few months she had received over $4,000, and she decided there was a need for a family planning non-profit organization in Guatemala and for the resources to fund it. So, Sue started WINGS (Women’s International Network for Guatemalan Solutions).

Sue has remained an active WINGS Board Member, and she has contributed in fundamental ways to the growth of the organization and to the professionalization of its Board of Directors.

STAFF

Rodrigo Barillas

Executive Director

Rodrigo Barillas joined WINGS as Executive Director in November 2014.

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Michelle Dubon

Medical Director

Dr. Dubon oversees all technical aspects of clinical services provided by WINGS. She has been in practice since 2004 and has specialized in…

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José Amaya

Finance Director

José Amaya joined WINGS as Finance Director in December 2013…

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Bernarda Jimenez

Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator

Bernarda is responsible for implementing WINGS’ comprehensive Monitoring and Evaluation Plan..
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Sally Parmelee

Development Coordinator

Sally first joined WINGS in 2013 as a volunteer for the Development Department and became the Development Coordinator in April 2014..
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Astrid Gramajo

Administrator/Program Coordinator

Astrid oversees all administrative facets of our Cobán office and in addition to handling program coordination in the northern part…
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Fidelia Chub

Youth Program Coordinator (Northern area)

Fidelia oversees WINGS Youth Program in Alta Verapaz, which entails training and supervising our network of Youth Leaders..

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​Ana Lucia González

Youth Program Coordinator

Ana Lucia first became involved with WINGS as a youth leader when the program began in 2007… MORE

Julia Morales

Office Manager

Julia has served as WINGS Antigua Office Manager for over 3 years, overseeing all day to day activities, scheduling, organization…
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Martha Pacaja

Mobile Unit Coordinator

Martha is a professional nurse, who has worked in private hospitals for 6 years in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala’s second…

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Marfa Castillo

General Accountant

Marfa graduated as a Public Accountant and Auditor from San Carlos University. Marfa worked as an accounting assistant
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Eleanor Unsworth

Programs Coordinator

Eleanor joined WINGS as Programs Coordinator in 2016. She is responsible for coordinating field activities in many of

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SALLY PARMELEE

Sally first joined WINGS in 2013 as a volunteer for the Development Department and became the Development Coordinator in April 2014. She is responsible for overseeing individual donor relationships through management of our database and specific communications, as well as collaborating with the Development Team on all fundraising efforts. Previous to WINGS, Sally worked with several non-profits in and around Antigua, including Las Manos de Christine and Camino Seguro. She is a graduate of Fordham University with a B.S. in International Political Economy.

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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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ELEANOR UNSWORTH

Eleanor joined WINGS as Programs Coordinator in 2016. She is responsible for coordinating field activities in many of WINGS’ programs, specifically in training and services through our youth leader network and volunteer family planning promoters. She has 10 years of experience in reproductive health in the United States and Guatemala. Eleanor started her job in reproductive health as a youth leader and then as a coordinator of that youth program. She then gained 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 communities of scarce resources in Guatemala. Eleanor graduated from Tufts University with a degree in Community Health and Women’s Studies.

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MARFA CASTILLO

Marfa graduated as a Public Accountant and Auditor from San Carlos University. Marfa worked as an accounting assistant previous to WINGS. In October of 2011, she started working at ALAS as an auxiliary accountant. Since March of 2012, she holds the General Accountant position and she is in charge of all of the accounting, legal presentations, and official records for WINGS.

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MARTHA PACAJA

Martha is a professional nurse, who has worked in private hospitals for 6 years in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala’s second largest city. She then worked with the Ministry of Health as a nurse in a health center of Quetzaltenango, as an outpatient nurse in San Marcos. Martha is currently in her sixth year of a nursing degree. She is very happy to work in the communities we serve, and she is also very happy to be a first-time mother!

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BERNARDA JIMENEZ

Bernarda is responsible for implementing WINGS’ comprehensive Monitoring and Evaluation Plan, training staff, coordinating public health studies, and monitoring and measuring program results. She holds degrees in Marketing and Monitoring and Evaluation and previously worked on social marketing analyses and a secondary study on the high-risk sexual behaviors of Guatemalan farmers which was published in 2013 as part of the National Maternal and Infant Health Survey, developed by MEASURE Evaluation.

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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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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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ANA LUCÍA GONZALEZ

Ana Lucia first became involved with WINGS as a youth leader when the program began in 2007. She was hired in 2011 as a Youth Educator, providing sexual education to young women and men in schools and community centers. In 2013 she took over the volunteer promoter network in four departments, overseeing the activities of 17 volunteer promoters. Currently, Ana Lucia leads WINGS Youth Program based out of Antigua and is pursuing a degree in nursing.

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JULIA MORALES

Julia has served as WINGS Antigua Office Manager for over 3 years, overseeing all day to day activities, scheduling, organization, and other administrative tasks. She has a degree in Business Administration and previous to joining WINGS worked for 12 years in the banking industry, specifically in client services and branch management.

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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.

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FIDELIA CHUB

Fidelia oversees WINGS Youth Program in Alta Verapaz, which entails training and supervising our network of Youth Leaders, and promoting sexual and reproductive health education among young women and men. Before joining WINGS, she worked as a Health and Nutrition Educator and IT Instructor for two years at the organization Fundemi Talita Kumi. She is currently studying Education Management and Pedagogy to complement her professional experiences.

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ANNA ZATONOW

Anna joined WINGS in March 2015 to coordinate all aspects of Communications. Before that she worked for Education for the Children Foundation in Guatemala. A keen photographer and designer, she focuses on producing engaging visual and digital media content for increased initiative awareness, with particular interest in international development and reproductive health. She holds a BA in Photography and an MSc in Tourism with research in Ecotourism in Sustainable Development in Latin America.

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SUE PATTERSON

Sue first learned about her passion for helping poor women get better control over their lives when she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in a rural area of Colombia from 1966 to 1968. Since that time she has also been passionate about enabling such women to learn about and get access to family planning. Starting in 1996, when she retired from a 24-year-long career as a Foreign Service Officer in the U.S. Foreign Service, part of the U.S. State Department, Sue has lived in Antigua, Guatemala. She has dedicated her time and energy to improving the lives of less-fortunate Guatemalans, particularly women who are Mayan, undereducated, and rural. In 1999, when Sue was asked by a Guatemalan friend to help seven women, all with at least eight children, to be able to get the tubal ligations they desired, Sue contributed of her own funds and wrote to others seeking donations. Within a few months she had received over $4,000, and she decided there was a need for a family planning non-profit organization in Guatemala and for the resources to fund it. So, Sue started WINGS (Women’s International Network for Guatemalan Solutions). Sue has remained an active WINGS Board Member, and she has contributed in fundamental ways to the growth of the organization and to the professionalization of its Board of Directors.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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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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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 WHEELER

Sue owns a consulting business in Minnesota, coaching non-profit leaders and organizations in transition. She has 25 years of leadership experience in both the corporate and non-profit sectors, including three years as U.S. Director for Common Hope. Sue learned about WINGS through her participation as a translator on a volunteer medical team that traveled to Antigua in early 2002. She has been an enthusiastic supporter of WINGS’ work ever since, and makes regular trips to Guatemala each year to see it first-hand.

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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.

OUR IMPACT

MAJOR CURRENT AND PAST SUPPORTERS

Faye and Michael Richardson Charitable Trust

WestWind Foundation

Bloomfield Family Foundation, Bill Bloomfield

Cementos Progreso

Conservation, Food and Health Foundation

Foundation for a Just Society

Erik E. and Edith H. Bergstrom Foundation

Irwin Andrew Porter Foundation

Miracles in Action

Daniele Agostino Derossi Foundation

Seattle International Foundation

Appleton Foundation

The Pasculano Foundation

Summit Charitable Foundation, Inc.

Morris Smith Foundation

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