OUR TEAM

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Jonathan Quintanilla || Co-Director || Bible Teacher

Jonathan was born and raised in Guatemala. He grew up as a scholarship student in a local program called Common Hope, where someone sponsored his schooling through college! In college, he studied business administration, music and social work. Jonathan played professional soccer on several teams in Guatemala, but after living a bit of a celebrity life, he felt that he was being called by God into ministry. He began working in ministry in 2012 and began with Redeemer's House International in 2014 (which since morphed into Elévate Guatemala in 2019).

Lauren (Kelly) Quintanilla || Co-Director || Reading Teacher

Lauren grew up in Lawrence, Kansas. She attended Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, where she earned a Bachelor's in graphic design. After working several years as an artist for a screen printing shop, she felt God calling her to something more. She went on her first mission trip in 2013, where she served in El Salvador and fell in love with the latin culture, the Spanish language, the slower pace of life and the gratefulness with God that the people exuded. Lauren headed back to serve in El Salvador with her sister, Lindsay, for the summer of 2014 and then headed to Guatemala for the summer of 2015. In 2016, she moved to Guatemala full-time and has been serving in Santiago Zamora ever since.

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Maureen Erickson || English Director/Teacher

 

Maureen moved down to Guatemala almost 10 years ago along with her husband and her three children. They have worked in Santiago Zamora for more than 8 years, focusing in relational ministry. Maureen has over 20 years of teaching experience and also is TEFL certified to teach English as a second language. She has a heart for helping people secure better jobs through English.

Todd Erickson || Pastoral Care and Advisor

Todd is one of the pastors at Iglesia del Camino in Antigua, Guatemala. Because he led a ministry and served in Santiago Zamora for many years, he has great knowledge of everything from being relational to best practices for fundraising. We really value him opinions and input and see having him as part of our team a huge asset.

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Francisco Hernandez || Reading Teacher

 

Francisco started working with us in Santiago Zamora in 2018. He has a background in physical education and physical therapy, but loves being around kids and does a great job as a reading teacher, along with many other roles. He has his own 8 year old boy, so he's very experienced and familiar with the (lack of) education system in Guatemala. Apart from working with us part-time, he is a soccer coach at a soccer academy.