Watch this video to learn about what we do, then scroll down to meet the team!
MEET THE team
We are a family-run organization. We hope these biographies provide an insight into each one of us, our mission, and our vision for this organization.
HUGO CORONADO, DDS
Hugo served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Costa Rica. He graduated from the Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala in 1993, as a Doctor of Dental Surgery. He practiced dentistry in Guatemala for 10+ years, and participated in several expeditions to the rural-most parts of Guatemala. During these expeditions, Hugo became a firsthand witness of the dire needs of his countrymen. In 2001, he emigrated to the U.S., with the firm conviction to one day give back to his people. He studied the English language, and became a Board-Certified Dentist in the State of California. In 2015, Hugo fulfilled his dream of creating this organization. Today, he enjoys working at his dental practice, exercising, and meeting people who share his dream to contribute to create a better world.
ileana de coronado
Ileana was born and raised in Guatemala City. The youngest of five children, she grew up in a family that strongly believed that education would be the gateway to a better future. She worked as a High School teacher and as a Professor of the English Department in Guatemala for 18 years. She served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Honduras. One year after serving her mission, she was sealed to her husband in the Guatemala City Temple. Ileana has two daughters who she says inspire her to become a better human being. She loves her Savior, Jesus Christ, and hopes to keep being a faithful disciple by serving others in every possible way.
LILIA DE GUERRA
Lilia served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the areas of Polochic, Guatemala. She graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Early Childhood Education with an emphasis on social work. Lilia has always loved to teach, and is a firm believer that education can greatly influence one's life for the better. Currently she works as an educational director for a kindergarten-level project. She enjoys spending time with her two children, husband, and extended family.
Salvador graduated with a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education. He is presently the principal of an elementary school in Guatemala City, and is the administrator of an education initiative. He enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, and loves to travel to visit his extended family in Los Planes, Guatemala.
José served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the areas of Polochic, Guatemala. He graduated from the Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala with a degree in Agricultural Engineering, and upon graduating, he worked for ten years in the rural areas of Guatemala as a social developer. Presently, he works for the educational system of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints as an auditor and surveyor of the seminary program. He is a photographer, hiker, fluent in the Mayan language of Qeqchí, and a lover of the indigenous cultures of Guatemala.
MAGLENY DE CORONADO
Magleny graduated with a Bachelors of Science as a Certified Public Accountant. She has worked as a businesswoman with different companies, and has enjoyed learning about importing goods from other countries into Guatemala. She is a sports enthusiast and loves practicing taekwondo and long-distance running. She likes being part of this association because it helps her give back to the community.
Herberth expressed love for his country and culture from a young age, as he participated in the Guatemalan National Academy of Dance. He served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in El Salvador, and later graduated with a Bachelors degree in Computer Science. He accomplished his dream of becoming a culinary expert upon graduating as an International Chef from Guatemala's Chef's Center School. He currently lives in Wisconsin with his wife and two daughters. As a member of this association, he looks forward to blessing the lives of others through acts of service.
Julieta de coronado
Julieta gained an appreciation and love for teaching from the example of her primary school teachers. She worked hard to pay for her own schooling, and graduated with a degree in Early Childhood Education. She developed the desired to study Special Needs Education when her first nephew was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome. Julieta then obtained a second Bachelors Degree in Psychopedagogy and a Master's Degree in Special Needs Education. She currently lives in Wisconsin with her husband and two daughters, and works as a Dual Immersion teacher. Her motivation for working with this organization is a hope that in helping Guatemalan families, she will contribute to providing better opportunities for her fellow countrymen and women.
Michael served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic. He will be graduating with a Bachelors Degree in Healthcare Management from Utah Valley University in December of 2016. His future goals include working in the healthcare industry as a hospital administrator. He joined the association with the desire to help others in the same way that he has been helped. Michael is happily married. He has an active five year-old, and loves spending time outdoors.
Melissa graduated in 2013 from Brigham Young University-Idaho with a Bachelors degree in Public Health and an emphasis in Nutrition. She started a photography business, focusing on family and wedding photography, and she has a five year-old boy that keeps her on her toes. She is motivated to become a professional and to follow in her father's footsteps of becoming a dentist, by attending La Salle Bajio School of Dentistry in Mexico in the fall of 2018. She loves being part of an association that works hard to give back and help in a small way to those who need it most.
CHRISTEI CORONADO fitts
Christel graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelors degree in Public Health with an emphasis in Health Science and a minor in Political Science. She is in current pursuit of a Medical Degree at the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara, in Mexico. Like her uncle, Christel began to express her love for her country and culture through dancing. She is motivated to continue expressing that love through these service projects with her family, and hopes to one day contribute more directly to the mission of this organization as a Medical Doctor.
David served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Sao Paolo, Brazil. After his mission, he graduated with a Bachelors degree in Economics and a minor in Positive Psychology from the University of Utah. While studying at the University of Utah, David was part of the Sigma Chi Fraternity, which focuses on philanthropic fundraising campaigns to further cancer treatment development. David is happily married. He is an avid skier with a great passion for the outdoors. He enjoys spending time with his wife, learning new things, and exploring whatever city he finds himself in.
Brenelly de Arredondo
Brenelly was born and raised in Guatemala and developed a love for learning. She served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Chihuahua Mexico. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelors degree in Family Sciences and Human Development with an emphasis in Child Development, and a minor in Gerontology. She is married to her sweetheart and has a six year-old son and a 2 year-old daughter. She is a crossfiter and runner, and is passionate for healthy living and nutrition. She hopes to be able to serve people in her beloved country. She also wants to create awareness of the needs in Guatemala, and motivate others to help this cause.