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The Team

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Juan Méndez, Executive Director, Juan is originally from the beautiful city of Antigua Guatemala. He graduated with a degree in industrial engineering from Montgomery College in Maryland, and spent 10 years working in operations, logistics and management for companies in the US. Juan returned to Guatemala 4 years ago and is looking forward to contributing to improving and developing opportunities for the cooperatives affiliated with the De La Gente.

Danilo Rodríguez, Account Manager, was born in San Miguel Escobar and as the son of a coffee farmer has been involved in coffee his whole life. Like many Guatemalans, he’d been drinking since he was 8 months old. Danilo started working with DLG as a translator and later as a tour coordinator. Looking for new challenges and professional growth, he then spent 2 years working in a call center in Guatemala City. Now he is back with DLG and is excited to continue to contribute and support people from his community.

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Carol Méndez Rabe,
Tour Manager, is the brains behind the logistics and organization of our tours and workshops. With over 10 years of experience as a travel manager and certified corporate travel expert, she has organized congresses for the corporate tourism industry in Guatemala. Moreover, Carol is a tour guide herself and works in initiatives which allow everyone to collaborate. Carol spends her free time with her family and dogs. She enjoys photography, cooking, and (of course!) travelling.  

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Ronald Vega, Office Assistant, was born in Antigua and raised in San Miguel Escobar. Already at an early age he started asking questions about social differences and injustice he saw in the surrounding reality. Looking for explanation, Roland enrolled himself as a History student, and now, after hours, he continues his Anthropology studies at Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala.  With punk in his heart, Ronald believes that his experience at De La Gente will help him finally find his answers and be actively involved in his community.

Timoteo Minas, Technical Assistance Coordinator, brings a wealth of coffee-farming experience to De la Gente and shares best practices with DLG's partner cooperatives. Timoteo helped found the San Miguel Escobar co-op in 2006 and has held a number of leadership roles. His coffee fields are on Volcan Agua, with a hike of at least 45 minutes at his speed (and much slower for those of us from lower altitudes). 

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Cecilia Díaz, Marketing and Sales Coordinator, graduated from a Bachelor degree in Administration of Tourism and Hotel Industry from Marino Gálvez University in 2016. She met DLG after experience one of the coffee tours and, decided to take a chance to join the team in order to use the skills she acquired from her studies and from her past roles to help her fellow Guatemalans. In her spare time you can find her riding her bike around Antigua and hiking.

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Keara Farrelly, Director of Development, is a coffee lover with a passion for international development. After graduating from the University of Delaware, Keara took a leap of faith and moved to Guatemala to begin working in the non-profit sector. After a few years of experience in Guate and then the US, she is excited to back in Guatemala and working to promote the livelihoods of so many coffee farmers. In her spare time, you can find her people-watching in Antigua's Central Park or rummaging around the market for unique foods and finds.

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Emma McDowell, Service Learning Program Manager, has worked leading service and language immersion trips in three different continents, most recently working for Global Leadership Adventures in Peru. She graduated from Hobart and William Smith Colleges with a degree in Environmental Studies and Spanish & Hispanic studies, and spent the last year completing a US Fulbright grant in Southern Thailand.  Her hobbies include kayaking, photography, and finding ways to incorporate avocados into every meal.

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Silvia Méndez, Financial Administrator, was born and raised in Guatemala City. She graduated with a Bachelor´s degree in Public Accounting and Auditing from the Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala. She looks forward to being able to contribute to the development of her country through supporting coffee farmers while working at De la Gente. In her free time she enjoys reading, listening to music, and cycling.