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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kaimana Barcarse (Kanaka Hawaiʻi), FPIC Radio Series Producer. Kaimana is not technically a member of the Cultural Survival staff; however, as a freelance radio producer with our FPIC initiative, he is an important part of our team. Over the past year, he has represented Cultural Survival at United Nations events in New York and Lima, Peru and has produced dozens radio programs. Kaimana is also the lead DJ of Alana I Kai Hikina on KWXX-FM, and is the Coordinator of Hawaiian Language & 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 andcultural 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. You can contact Kaimana at email@example.com
Jessie Cherofsky, Program Associate. Originally from New York State, Jess has lived and worked in Massachusetts since graduating from Wellesley College with a BA in history and Spanish. She has spent the last several years exploring the intersections of justice, sustainability, and community through conservation and environmental education work with the Student Conservation Association, a stint on a small organic farm, and a summer facilitating a crew of inspiring youth leaders with The Food Project. These interests brought her toCultural Survival in January of 2013, where she has been working ever since on the Free, Prior, and Informed Consent Initiative. She is fluent in English and Spanish, speaks a few words of Yiddish, and currently lives in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. You can contact Jess at firstname.lastname@example.org
Danielle DeLuca, Program Manager. Danielle is the Program Manager for the Global Response program and is the Logistics and Distribution Coordinator for our FPIC program. Prior to taking on these roles, she worked for 3 years assisting with the Community Radio project. Originally from Boston, she spent 5 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 email@example.com.
David Michael Favreau, Program Manager. He is the Cultural Survival Bazaar Manager, works on media and business partnerships, sponsorships, fundraising, event advertising and logistics, public relations, and an artist liaison. In 2002, he graduated from Framingham State University with a BA in Sociology, concentrating on Cultural Anthropology, and a minor in Creative Writing & Communications. He joined Cultural Survival in 2004. Contact Dave at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sofia Flynn, Accounting & 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 Radio Project.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, Cesarhas been involved in cultural preservation 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 Radio Project in Guatemala. As well, Cesar is 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 & 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 master's degree 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 for Cultural Survival. This is a position that was created to help the Executive Director, Suzanne and the Deputy Executive Director, Mark better manage their workload, enabling the better efficiency of the organization. Angelica has been working with the Community Radio Project in Guatemala since February of 2013, first, as bilingual communications intern, and later on, as a project coordinator and program associate. Angelica’s new role expands her responsibilities with Cultural Survival, allowing her to work in all of CS’s programs, as a direct support to the Executives of the organization. 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. Contact Angelica at email@example.com
Alberto ‘Tino’ Recinos (Mam Maya), Citizen Participation Coordinator for the Community Radio Project. He was born in San Pedro Necta, Huehuetenago, but was raised in the Ixcan region of Guatemala. ‘Tino’ joined the guerrilla as a young man during the civil war. He served for 13 years as part of the clandestine radio station operated by the guerrilla on the Tajumulco volcano. When the war ended, ‘Tino’ helped found the Doble Via community radio station in Quetzaltenango; a station which is now mostly run by youth from the town of San Mateo, Quetzaltenango. Tino has worked with Cultural Survival as Citizen Participation Coordinator for 5 years, playing an important role in our lobbying efforts and working directly with radio volunteers. In addition to his duties with Cultural Survival, he is the President of Mujb' ab'l yol, a federation of 24 community radio stations. Contact Tino in Spanish firstname.lastname@example.org.
María del Rosario Sul González (Kaqchiquel Maya) FPIC Radio Series Producer. María del Rosario Sul González, also known as Rossy, is a Kaqchikel MayaFPIC (Free, Prior and Informed Consent) Radio Series Producer. Rossy is from the town of Sumpango, Sacatepéquez, Guatemala. She studies communication sciences at the University of San Carlos in Guatemala City, and has worked at her local community radio station Radio Ixchel for the past four years as an on-air host, human rights promoter, and recently within the radio's administration. For the past year and a half, Rossy has been working with the Cultural Survival team as a Radio Producer for our FPIC Program. She has travelled to Peru, Panamá and Costa Rica as a representative for Cultural Survival and our FPIC Program, all the while sharing her experiences regarding the importance of community radio as a tool for community development and social organizing. Rossy will be travelling to the UN Permanent Forum for Indigenous People’s Issue in New York this year, as a representative for Cultural Survival’s FPIC and Indigenous Community Radio Programs. email@example.com
Miranda Vitello, Development Assistant, processes all donations and manages the membership database. 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 BA in Art History from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and a Master's Degree in Museum Studies from Harvard University. Contact Miranda in English at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ancelmo Xunic Cabrera (Kaqchikel), Guatemala Community Radio Program Manager for the Community Radio 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 email@example.com
Ryann Dear, Research Volunteer. Ryann is originally from Mason City, Iowa. She began working with Cultural Survival in January of 2013 as an intern for the Community Radio Project. She holds a B.A. in Anthropology and Archaeology from Boston University, and speaks English and Spanish. In May of 2013 she received a grant from BU, which she has used to continue her work with CS as a Research Volunteer. She currently lives in Antigua, Guatemala, where she is developing a methodology to evaluate the impact of community radios and their programming. She has implemented the evaluation at Radio Ixchel in the community of Sumpango, and is working to expand the project to nearby Radio Nacoj in Santo Domingo Xenacoj. Part of her work has also included evaluating new FPIC programming. Contact Ryann at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ingrid Sub Cuc (Kaqchikel Maya) Program Assistant. Ingrid is half Kaqchikel, half Q’eqchi’ from Sololá, Guatemala. She grew up in Sololá, moving to the U.S. at age 12. Ingrid went on to pursue her passion for Indigenous rights and medicine in the U.S. She 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. As well, 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. Ingrid is joining our team as a Program Assistant for our Community Radio Program, starting in June of this year. Contact Ingrid at email@example.com.
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