Board of Directors


Deborah Hopkins


Debbie works for the Bill and Melinda Gates Research Institute as a Research Project Manager. She has traveled with GVH on several occasions, with a special focus on smokeless stoves to prevent asthma and other breathing problems. Debbie recently joined our Board of Directors and is very excited to work closely with the team to bring new ideas and concepts to the ongoing programs.


Mickey Kander

Vice President

Mickey is a graduate of the Physician Assistant program at the University of Washington, and currently works at Valley Medical Center. He is passionate about public health and patient care, and also volunteers at Orion, a clinic for homeless youth in Seattle. Mickey loves baking and writing in his free time and frequently contributes his famous Tres Leches cake to events at GVH. His organizational skills are key to keeping the board on track and his skills in writing and research make his contributions to grant writing invaluable.


Stefany Sterling


Stefany worked for GVH throughout her college years, and graduated from Seattle University with double majors in International Studies and Spanish. She has now transitioned from her role as Program Assistant to a functioning board member! She has since taken on a new job outside of GVH, but is looking forward to continue to be involved in and contribute to the programs and activities that GVH promotes. 


Sam McCracken


Sam is a business-owner who is very generous to take on the treasurer responsibilities of our organization. He has training in accounting which qualifies him to track GVH's expenses, prepare budgets and coordinate with the Executive team to ensure that GVH is spending responsibly. Sam is still fairly new to GVH but is very excited to be a part of the team and contribute in any way he can.


Ferdy Aguirre

Board Member

Dr. Wallace is a graduate of New York Medical College. She has spent most of her career teaching residents in Family Medicine and is currently the Associate Director at Valley Family Medicine Residency Program in Renton WA. She holds an appointment as Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Washington where she completed her undergraduate degree. She has a strong interest in global health both overseas and in our own backyard.


Loida Guerrero

Board Member

Julia Bonilla was born Guatemala City and has graduated as a doctor from the Rafael Landívar University. She began her training in medicine with the goal of participating in the growth of her country and to collaborate with the improvement of the quality of life for Guatemalans. Julia is a cofounder of the Landivarian Association for Students of Medicine (ALEM) and has formed part of the national civic organizations such as Young People for Guatemala. She has a great interest in global health and in the growth of strategies to improve the national health system.

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Gabriela Maki

Board Member

Gabi is a college student in Seattle, passionate about soccer, and has been involved in GVH since she was young. She is the adopted daughter of Jennifer Hoock, and is the inspiration behind the creation of Guatemala Village Health. Gabi volunteers in the Seattle area, and hopes to continue her education with a focus on psychology at the University of Washington in the coming years. She is very eager to add her voice to the Board of Directors!


Marcelo Suárez

Board Member

Originally from Ecuador, Marcelo moved to Seattle in 2015 after finishing his graduate studies in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois. He is passionate about community involvement and volunteering for organizations that benefit vulnerable populations and the planet. He has actively participated in several GVH events and looks forward to contributing as a board member, both broadening the fundraising base and supporting ongoing programs. 


Peggy Visher

Board Member

Peggy Visher received her nursing training at Columbia University. After working several years as a RN in Alaska she returned to Yale University to be trained as a Certified Nurse Midwife. Helping women during their childbearing years is her passion. She did deliveries at several hospitals in New York City before moving to Washington. She is currently employed as the Clinical Nurse Specialist at Harrison Hospital and is working to improve Maternal-Child services for all women on the Kitsap Pennisula.