United States Board of Directors
Lindsay Renaud, Chair (Manila, Philippines)
Lindsay joined the board in 2013 after working in Chajul as our Evaluation & Operations Associate from 2011–2013. We benefit from her expertise in organizational performance management, evaluation and international development. She works at the Asian Development Bank as a Results Management Specialist. Lindsay is a credentialed evaluator (CES) and has a BA and MA in International Affairs. She serves on our governance committee.
Laura Myers, Vice Chair (Brooklyn, NY)
Laura joined the board in 2013 after serving on staff as International Coordinator in Chajul from 2011–2013. She brings years of educational and youth development experience. Laura is the Associate Director, College Counseling Initiatives, CUNY K-16 at the Research Foundation of the City University of New York. She has a BA in Psychology & Education Studies, and a EdM in Education Policy and Management from Harvard University. She serves on our programs and staffing committee.
Mary McCabe, Treasurer (Greater Philadelphia Area, NY)
Mary joined the board in 2014 and contributes crucial accounting and finance knowledge. She is Audit Senior Manager at KPMG LLP. A Certified Public Accountant, Mary has a BA in Accounting and Finance from St. Joseph’s University. She chairs our finance committee and serves on our program expansion committee.
Melissa Granetz (San Francisco Bay Area, CA)
A former principal and teacher, Melissa brings expertise in school leadership and instruction. She has been a supporter of Limitless Horizons Ixil since she visited Chajul on our community engagement trip in 2012, and she joined our board in 2019. Melissa is a leadership coach at TNTP and has an EdM in School Leadership from Harvard University and a BA in Political Science from the University of New Hampshire. She serves on our program expansion committee.
Lindsey Musen (Greater Boston Area, MA)
Lindsey brings to our board expertise in nonprofit management, fundraising, and education. A consultant to education nonprofits, Lindsey has a BA from Wesleyan University and an MA in Urban Education Policy from Brown University. She is a founding board member at Limitless Horizons Ixil and serves on our fundraising and communications committee.
Molly Robbins (Stockholm, Sweden)
Molly worked in Chajul as International Coordinator from 2008–2009, and has served on the board ever since. She brings her experience in international development, communications, and the specific context of our programs in Chajul. She is the Strategy & Partnerships Specialist at Global Water Partnership and has a BA in Political Science and an MA in International Development. She chairs our programs and staffing committee and serves on our program expansion committee.
Emma Weisman (San Francisco Bay Area, CA)
Emma joined the board in 2016, bringing a wealth of legal, compliance, nonprofit, and international development experience to the team. She has a JD from University of Oregon Knight School of Law and a BA from Kenyon College. She is the Government Agency Relations Manager at Burning Man. Emma chairs our governance committee and serves on our program expansion committee.
Courtney Wong (New York, NY)
Courtney joined the board in 2010 after working as International Coordinator in Chajul from 2009–2010. She brings extensive nonprofit fundraising, communications, and education experience to the team. She is the Director of Strategic Partnerships at Read Ahead. Courtney has a BA in Public Policy from Brown University. She chairs our fundraising and communications committee.
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Guatemala Board of Directors
Ricardo Tomas Guzmán Cedillo, President (Nebaj, Quiché)
Ricardo brings nonprofit management experience, local business knowledge, and a deep cultural understanding to the board. Ricardo has worked for Community Enterprise Solutions, an organization that combats socioeconomic issues in rural Guatemala, since 2005. Ricardo has a high school degree in Primary Education from El Instituto Normal para Varones Antonio Larrazábal in Antigua and he is pursuing a degree in Psychology at Mariano Gálvez University in Antigua.
Katie Morrow, Treasurer
Executive Director | Limitless Horizons Ixil
See her bio in our staff section.
Isabel Verónica Yat Tiu, Secretary (Nebaj, Quiché)
Managing Director | Limitless Horizons Ixil
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Ana Eymi Canay Canay (Chajul, Quiché)
Operations & Community Outreach Manager | Limitless Horizons Ixil
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Edgar Baudilio Velasco Gomez (Nebaj, Quiché)
Edgar brings technological expertise, local knowledge, and business insight to the board. He has owned his own business for over 20 years and is the owner and manager of Miscelánea Xhun Chee, a store that provides computer maintenance services, computer parts, and stationary supplies. Edgar has a high school degree in Agronomy from the Centro De Educación Media Agropecuaria del Sur Oriente in Jutiapa, Guatemala.
Elma Elizabeth Noriega Rodas (Chajul, Quiché)
A lifelong resident of Chajul, Elma is an active citizen and brings a deep understanding of the culture, politics, and civic structures of the community to the board. Elma is the property owner of the Limitless Horizons Ixil Community Center and provides consistent support for the staff and youth.
Margarita Consuel Aguilar Palacios (Nebaj, Quiché)
A business owner and active community member, Margarita has extensive experience working with other businesses and organizations in the Ixil area. She owns Tienda y Zapatería Margarita in Nebaj, Guatemala.
Mehdi Lazar (San Francisco Bay Area, CA)
Mehdi is an international education expert specialized in bilingual education. An author, and Head of School at École Bilingue de Berkeley, he provides invaluable technical and practical advice to guide and inform LHI’s programming—especially in the area of socioemotional learning—drawing on his extensive combined knowledge and experience in teaching, administration, and research.
Simran Su (Greater Boston Area, MA)
Simran brings invaluable expertise in finance to the finance committee and board-at-large. She is a chartered financial analyst (CFA) and received her BS in finance from Penn State University. Simran is currently a Vice President & Account Manager in the Global Relationship Group at Wellington Management Company. Prior to this, she was an equity research analyst at Citadel/Surveyor Capital, a long/short hedge fund after starting her career in investment banking at Lehman Brothers/Barclays.
LHI Emeritus Board
Christie Leighton (Fort Lauderdale Area, FL)
Christie was a founding board member in 2008 and served as Treasurer until 2014, and a member of the finance committee until 2020. She is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Internal Auditor, with extensive expertise in internal audit.
Kevin Saunders (Greater Boston Area, MA)
Kevin chaired and served on the governance committee from 2010-2016. He is an attorney specialized in providing mission-driven counsel related to impact investments, not-for-profit/tax-exempt compliance and governance, and the full spectrum of in-house legal issues.
Jessica Sherman (Portland, OR)
Jessica provided years of invaluable leadership as the founding board President (2008-2014), and a member of the fundraising and communications committee from 2009-2019. She is a seasonsed expert in fundraising and communications for humanitarian, social and environmental causes.