Guatemala Aid Fund Board Members
Bethany Eisenberg Zeeb
Interview with the Founder:
President and Founder
After returning from Guatemala in 1998 Bethany wanted to find a way to help children in need. Each time she returns she wishes to do more to help children and families stay together and lead productive healthy lives in their own communities. GAF has created deep connections with Guatemalan community leaders and support the work they do towards eliminating the root causes of poverty, malnutrition and child abandonment through education, job training, parenting support and child protection programs. Integral to all programs is the preservation of indigenous cultures, environmental protection and use of the Guatemalan Work force. Bethany has worked in the field of Water Resources/Engineering for more than 35 years, and recently retired from her position as the Director of Stormwater Services at VHB to volunteer full time as the Director of GAF. Bethany is also a sufferer and advocate for the awareness for M.E/CFS, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Most important in Bethany’s life is her entire family, friends and nature, a source of joy and fulfillment on a daily basis. Bethany is also the Author of the Book Singing Beach Day with 100% of the profits going to support GAF Projects
International Projects Coordinator and Liason
Laura spent many years working with Central American youth in the United States before moving to Guatemala permanently. She is grateful to have the opportunity to continue her work with this population at Hogar de Niños Fátima and the Association to Eradicate Poverty. She loves sharing the amazing work that is being done in Guatemala with visitors from near and far. In addition to her direct work with the children she coordinates the GAF Volunteering Tourism Trips in-country. She also provides Guatemala Aid Fund with monthly updates and project management information regarding the specific programs GAF supports.
Social Media Director Pauline recently joined the Guatemala Aid Fund upon completing her studies in Montreal, Canada. She brings with her a degree in International Business & Marketing and work experience in content creation. She is eager to use her expertise to help us achieve our social media and e-commerce objectives and make a meaningful difference in the lives of children and families living in Guatemala.
Misal jumped right in with the Guatemala Aid Fund team sharing her tremendous energy and enthusiasm for helping the kids. Misal volunteers is always ready with insights and ideas for our programs. You may have seen her at fundraising tables surrounded by colorful Guatemalan and Indian textiles.
Marketing Materials Director, Book Editor and Artistic Director
Martha is the owner of MarketME . She has worked in professional marketing department for more than 25 years and has developed all of GAF materials since it began, including the logo. She completed the editing and layout for the Singing Beach Day book being published by GAF Charitable Books, Her creative skills with word and images bring ideas and concepts alive. Martha lives in Arlington MA with her husband and who two children who also volunteer regularly for GAF events and activities.
Communications and Presentations Director
Marielle jumped right into the Guatemala Aid Fund Board activities with extensive experience in communications, event planning, editing and innovative thinking. Marielle designed and initiated a Guatemala Aid Fund Newsletter, which was non-existent before, and she visited all of the Guatemala Aid Fund Projects on site in 2020. Her enthusiasm and skills have helped GAF launch the new Donor Management System and she has been instrumental in planning and coordinating many events.
Vice President Josie has grown up volunteering with GAF her whole life. From packing up toothbrushes to send, having lemonade stands to raise money, volunteering at yard sales and organizing Teen to Teen events it has been part of her life. As an adult, she has taken on an active role in the GAF Board of Directors focusing on engaging youth her age through social media and her activities to be engaged in acts of giving. She lived in Guatemala and volunteered at the Fatima Children's Home in August 2019 and returns to Guatemala frequently with the GAF Volunteering Tourism trips. Join Josie with a group in Guatemala!
Mary Jo Larson
Director of Grants
Mary Jo joined the Guatemala Aid Fund after being very active through global learning, sharing and caring programs initiated at the St. Johns Church in Arlington. Mary Jo enthusiastically joined the Board offering her extensive years of Grant Writing Experience and management skills to the team. She has offered up many fundraising ideas, and taken many on herself. Her group from St. Johns Church will be visiting the programs in Guatemala when travel allows.
The Zeebs visiting Guatemala
A visit to Guatemala