Executive Team


Carolyn Bain

Executive Director

Seattle native Carolyn Bain received her MPH from Columbia University, has served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Dominican Republic (’91-’93) and also trained Peace Corps Volunteers in the Child Survival Program. Carolyn worked as a consultant for the Ford Foundation’s Sexual and Reproductive Rights program in Santiago Chile 1999-2005. In addition to working at GVH, she coordinates a breast cancer research program in Peru for PATH.


Jennifer Hoock MD MPH

Director of Development

Dr. Hoock is a graduate of Duke University Medical School and completed her MPH at the University of Washington. She has devoted her career to teaching Family Medicine residents and faculty, and is currently in charge of the Community Medicine training at Kaiser Family Medicine Residency program in Seattle WA. She is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Washington. As a cofounder of Guatemala Village Health, she is passionate about improving health in rural villagesand developing an educational model for primary care medical training in Guatemala.


Samuel Alvarez

In-Country Director

Samuel is a native of Guatemala City. He studied accounting in technical school and worked for 10 years with the Christian Cultural Center of Guatemala, as an administrator and program manager. This work focused on providing a children’s breakfast program, school construction, and logistical coordination for medical mission groups visiting remote villages. Samuel currently manages all of Guatemala Village Health’s medical missions and programs in Rio Dulce and Monte Rico. He makes monthly visits to our villages to re-supply medications and follow-up with health promoters. Samuel is passionate about serving others and grateful for the opportunity to help improve health and education status in his country.

Vladimir Melgar

In-Country Support Staff

Born and raised in Guatemala City, Vladimir studied design and construction. Some of his previous projects include building a 3 story retreat center in Monte Rico, and the clinic Guatemala Village Health serves people from there. Vladimir has worked on home construction with international groups – focusing on underserved families in marginalized neighborhoods. Most recently, he has been building the education center in Rio Dulce: partnership project between Guatemala Village Health and the Ministry of Health. Vladimir is motivated to help his fellow Guatemalans improve their lives in all areas, especially in nutrition education, training and hygiene. He is the master toothbrush holder builder for remote villages GVH serves!