Suzanne Benally (Navajo and Santa Clara Tewa), Executive Director. Suzanne comes to Cultural Survival from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, where she served as the associate provost for institutional planning and assessment and associate vice president for academic affairs. She was also a core faculty member in environmental studies and a member of the president’s cabinet. Before starting at Naropa in 1999, she was deputy director and director of education programs at the American Indian Science and Engineering Society and director of the Institute on Ethnic Diversity at the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education. She has been a teacher at the university level and has served as a consultant to philanthropic foundations, nonprofit organizations, and many higher education institutions. Additionally, she has worked extensively with American Indian communities. Her interests, teaching, and passions are focused on the relationship between land, spirituality, and people as reflected in stories, and in environmental issues and Indigenous rights. Contact Suzanne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mark Camp, Deputy Executive Director. From 1993 to 1998, Mark ran Joint Effort, a small fair trade company that imported crafts from Maya cooperatives in Guatemala. He studied history and non-profit management at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and the Harvard University Extension School. He came to Cultural Survival in 1998 and served as Membership Coordinator and Editor of Cultural Survival Voices before assuming his current duties in 2004. Mark has served as Acting Executive Director twice (in 2003 and in 2010). Since 2009, he has served on the Board of Directors of Sobrevivencia Cultural, Cultural Survival’s sister organization in Guatemala. In 2013, he joined the Board of Directors of the Nashoba Conservation Trust. Mark is fluent in English and Spanish. Contact Mark email@example.com.
Kaimana Barcarse (Kanaka Hawaiʻi), Indigenous Rights Radio Series Producer.Kaimana has represented Cultural Survival at United Nations events in New York and Lima, Peru and has produced dozens of radio programs. Kaimana is also the lead DJ of Alana I Kai Hikina on KWXX-FM, and is the Coordinator of Hawaiian Language and Culture for the ʻĀina Based Education Department of the Kamehameha Schools whose mission is to improve the capability and well being of Hawaiians through Education. Kaimana was the director of the former Honuakai Exploration Sciences and Voyaging Division of the 'Aha Punana Leo which utilized the wa'a (canoe) as a platform to strengthen the Hawaiian language skills and cultural traditions of its participants. He continues to educate and further his work on voyaging and navigation through his roles with the ʻOhana Waʻa, as a board member of Nā Kālai Waʻa Moku o Hawaiʻi, as a Captain and part of the leadership team of Hōkūalakaʻi, and as a member of the Polynesian Voyaging Society. Barcarse is also an instructor at Ka Haka 'Ula O Ke'elikolani Hawaiian Language College of the University of Hawai'i at Hilo and is serving as co-chair on the board of directors at The Cultural Conservancy. Contact Kaimana at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jessie Cherofsky, Program Manager. Jess is the Bazaar Program Manager and Indigenous Rights Radio Production Coordinator. Originally from New York State, Jess has lived and worked in Massachusetts since graduating from Wellesley College with a B.A. in history and Spanish. She spent the last two years living in Guatemala and working on Indigenous Rights Radio. She is fluent in English and Spanish and speaks a few words of Yiddish. In addition to indigenous rights, she is dedicated to food justice work, hiking, biking, and playing outside. Contact Jess at email@example.com
Danielle DeLuca, Program Manager. Danielle is the Program Manager for our Advocacy Program and is the Logistics and Distribution Coordinator for our Indigenous Rights Radio Program. Prior to taking on these roles, she worked for three years as Program Assistant for the Community Media Program. Originally from Boston, she spent five years working for Cultural Survival from our Guatemalan offices, in both Antigua and Quetzaltenango. She moved back to Boston in May 2014 and she is now based in our Cambridge office. She speaks fluent Spanish and holds a B.A. in Cultural Studies and Psychology from McGill University, Canada. Outside of work (and on her way to work) Danielle enjoys bicycling, and she recently completed a biking trip across Southern Mexico. Contact Danielle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sofia Flynn, Accounting and Office Manager. Sofia is originally from Cali, Colombia, and worked in international banking in Venezuela for 10 years before moving to the United States. Fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, and English, she has worked at Cultural Survival since 1989. Contact Sofia at email@example.com.
Cesar Gomez (Pocomam), Content Production and Training Coordinator for the Community Media Program. Cesar is from Palin, Esquintla, Guatemala. Palin is a Pocomam Maya town that is located only 25 miles from Guatemala City. Pocomam was once a widely spoken language but, in Cesar’s words, “the colonial Spanish language media in Guatemala City have eroded our language and culture over time.” The Pocomam of Palin are an exception; they have maintained their language and many cultural practices. From a young age, Cesar has been involved in cultural revitalization in his community, as a founder and member of "Cultural Association of Poqoman Qawinaqel." In 1999, Cesar started as a volunteer at the Palin community radio station where he worked for five years. In 2005, he was selected as a regional representative to the Association of Guatemalan Community Radio Stations. In 2007, he was hired as the office administrator of the National Congress of Community Radios. In 2008, he joined Cultural Survival as content production and training coordinator for the Community Media Program in Guatemala. Cesar is also the secretary on the Board of Directors of Asociación Sobrevivencia Cultural. He holds a degree in communication from the University of San Carlos (Guatemala). Contact Cesar at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jamie Malcolm-Brown, Communications and Information Technology Manager. Jamie graduated from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst with a degree in anthropology. Before coming to Cultural Survival, he helped establish a computer lab at The Charles J. Andrew Youth Treatment Centre in Sheshatshiu Labrador, Canada. He has since conducted similar work in Kenya with the Maasai Education Discovery. Contact Jamie at email@example.com
Agnes Portalewska, Communications Manager. Agnes is originally from Warsaw, Poland. She studied anthropology, Latin American studies, photography, and media production at the University of Massachusetts-Boston and holds a M.A. in Sustainable International Development from Brandeis University, where her studies focused on Rights-Based Approach to Development. She has traveled extensively in Latin America and the Caribbean, researched Indigenous media, and taught photography workshops to children.For the past 12 years Agnes has served as consultant to several nonprofits in the area of communications, fundraising, and advocacy. Agnes has been working at Cultural Survival since 2002. She started as membership coordinator, then from 2004 to 2008 was program officer for the Cultural Survival Bazaars Program leading the expansion of the program from two to ten events a year. She currently is communications manager and directs all communications for program and advocacy initiatives, including the Cultural Survival Quarterly and social media efforts. She speaks English, Polish, French & Spanish. Contact Agnes at firstname.lastname@example.org
Angelica Rao, Executive Coordinator. Angelica is originally from Toronto, Canada. She holds a B.A. in Sociology and Psychology from the University of Western Ontario, and an M.A. in Sociology from the University of Toronto. Prior to assuming her current role, Angelica worked with the Community Media Program in Guatemala since February of 2013, first, as a project coordinator and then as program associate. She serves as direct support to the executives of the organization, enabling better efficiency in the organization. Contact Angelica at email@example.com
María del Rosario Sul González (Kaqchiquel Maya) Indigenous Rights Radio Series Producer.Maria del Rosario Gonzalez Sul is Kaqchikel Maya and a radio producer for Cultural Survival's Indigenous Rights Radio program. Rosy is from the town of Sumpango, Sacatepéquez, in Guatemala. She studied communication sciences at the Universidad de San Carlos in Guatemala City, and for five years volunteered at Radio Ixchel, the local community radio in Sumpango, where she hosted live talk shows and entertainment programs and promoted human rights. She has traveled as a representative of Cultural Survival to communities in Peru, Panama, Costa Rica, Belize, Mexico, and several international fora, such as the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and the UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. In each place, she shares the purpose, challenges, successes, and importance of community radio as a tool for community development and organizing, and in the international arena she has worked to demand that community radio be respected at the global level so that Indigenous Peoples can freely access it. Contact Rosy at firstname.lastname@example.org
Miranda Vitello, Development Associate, processes all donations, manages the membership database, and coordinates the internship program. Before joining the Cultural Survival staff in 2011, Miranda assisted with the creation of the Wampanoag teaching kit at the Boston Children’s Museum, conducted research on contemporary Native American artists for the Museum of Fine Arts, and organized cultural awareness presentations in elementary schools during an internship at United Planet. She holds a B.A. in Art History from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and a M.L.A. in Museum Studies from Harvard University. Contact Miranda in English at email@example.com.
Ancelmo Xunic Cabrera (Kaqchikel), Guatemala Community Radio Program Manager for the Community Media Project. In 1999, he helped found Radio Ixchel, the community radio station in Sumpango, Sacatepéquez. Anselmo continues to serve as the volunteer coordinator at Radio Ixchel. He also serves as the treasurer of the village cooperative. Anselmo has worked with the community radio program since its founding, playing an important role in every aspect of the program. He has travelled to the UN Permanent Forum as well as other significant international events on various occasions, meeting with important figures and speaking passionately about the community radio movement in Guatemala. Anselmo also serves as the treasurer for the Board of Directors of our Guatemalan sister organization, Asociación Sobrevivencia Cultural. Contact Anselmo in Spanish at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ingrid Sub Cuc (Kaqchikel and Q’eqchi’ Maya) Program Assistant. Ingrid is from Sololá, Guatemala. She grew up in Sololá and moved to the US at age 12. Ingrid went on to pursue her passion for Indigenous rights and medicine in the US and is currently finishing her degree in biology at Whitworth University in Washington. Ingrid has returned to Guatemala various times throughout her years spent abroad, working as an intern and volunteer for health organizations working with Indigenous communities in Guatemala. She has participated in various projects, working with Latino communities in the U.S. She is fluent in English and Spanish and proficient in Kaqchikel. Contact Ingrid at email@example.com.
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