Board of Directors

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Deborah Hopkins

President

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.

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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 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.

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Stefany Sterling

Secretary

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. 

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Sam McCracken

Treasurer

Sam is a business-owner and has been 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 very excited to be a part of the team and contribute in any way he can.

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Ferdy Aguirre

Board Member

Ferdy Aguirre was born in Guatemala and moved to Nevada at a young age. Upon joining the GVH Board, he has brought with him an impressive array of project management and leadership experience from his 10+ years at Microsoft. He has jumped right in to help out with our fundraisers and has been one of our most encouraging Board members. Ferdy traveled with GVH to Guatemala in 2021 to learn firsthand about our in-country programs and reminded us all what it means to volunteer.

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Loida Guerrero

Board Member

Loida Guerrero was born and raised in Guatemala City and moved to the Seattle area upon receiving a scholarship to study engineering. She brings to the Board an extensive business acumen from her professional life at Boeing along with a thoughtful, clear and authentic voice. As a long-term GVH supporter, she has shined as a Board member since joining. Loida traveled with GVH to Guatemala in 2022.

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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!

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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. Marcelo traveled to Guatemala with GVH in 2022.

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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 Peninsula.