The ALDEA Board values having Directors who collectively bring a diversity of background, personal experience, expertise and perspectives, so that we can effectively raise funds for our programs in Guatemala, plan for the future, make prudent decisions, manage risk, and take advantage of new opportunities to achieve ALDEA’s overall Mission of promoting integrated development services that improve the well-being of families with limited resources, especially in rural Mayan areas of Guatemala.
Current Board members are:
SONYA FULTZ, M.Ed. – President
Sonya is the Chief Executive Officer of Adopt a Class, a nonprofit organization in Ohio that connects businesses and civic groups, as mentors, with students in schools with high percentages of poverty. She has trained the Ministry of Education in Costa Rica and Trinidad/Tobago in Comprehensive School Conflict Management and has dedicated her career to creating academic opportunities for marginalized communities to access an affordable and effective education. Her interest in Guatemala is rooted in the adoption of her Guatemalan-born son and she has led adoptive families on Return to Guatemala trips for the last 13 years aiding them in connecting with their children’s birth country.
JONATHAN MAUPIN, Ph.D. – Vice-President
Dr. Maupin is an Associate Professor of Anthropology in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University. His research focuses on community participation in health and development programs in Guatemala as well as variation and change in health-related beliefs and practices. He has conducted research in Guatemala since 2002 focusing on healthcare reform, community health worker and midwifery training programs, and community health. As a part of his work, he leads a field school on community health and medical anthropology through ASU which focuses on a specific health-related research project each year.
WAYNE GILBERT, M.A., J.D., LL.M. – Secretary
Wayne Gilbert is certified as a specialist in estate planning, trust, and probate law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. He graduated from the UCLA School of Law in 1978, and earned an LL.M in Taxation from New York University in 1986. Wayne is a member of the Tax and Estate Planning, Trust, and Probate Sections of the State Bar of California; of the Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law and Taxation Sections of the American Bar Association; and the Marin Estate Planning Council. He has served on ALDEA’s board since 2015 and has led ALDEA tours since 2016.
BRUCE ROBBINS, M.D. – Treasurer
Bruce worked for 36 years as a pathologist in the Scripps Hospital system in San Diego. His work included subspecialty expertise in immunology and leukemia/lymphoma diagnosis as well as multiple administrative roles including Medical Director of the Scripps Mercy Hospital clinical laboratory, and president of a private pathology laboratory business. He attended Stanford University as an undergraduate, and then UC San Diego Medical School. While in medical school, Bruce spent the summer of 1978 studying Spanish in Antigua, Guatemala and tropical medicine in Costa Rica. He returned to Guatemala in the summer of 1979 to volunteer at the Behrhorst Clinic in Chimaltenango. In 2016, he and his wife Elaine participated in the ALDEA Guatemala tour. This experience rekindled his passion and commitment to ALDEA’s mission, and he joined the board in June 2016. Bruce retired from medical practice in 2017, and now has more time for ALDEA and his other passions.
NARRA SMITH COX, Ph.D.
Narra is a professor emerita of Continuing Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she served as a Professor and Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs in the Division of Continuing Studies. Her area of interest was school and community health and she was the founder and director of the HIV Outreach Project, a partnership with the State of Wisconsin to facilitate training and community planning for HIV prevention and care. Narra became familiar with the work of Dr. Carroll Behrhorst in the 1970’s as a participant in the School for International Training’s Guatemala program. Many years later she participated in the BPD (now ALDEA) Guatemala tour and subsequently served on the board for 7 years. Following her retirement from UW-Madison Narra returned to the board in 2020 to support the important work of ALDEA in reducing chronic childhood malnutrition in rural Guatemala.
GARY S. ELBOW, Ph.D.
Gary is a geographer with a long-term interest in Latin America. He was a contract employee with USAID (1967-69) and conducted research in Guatemala over several summers, mostly in the 1970s and ‘80s. Gary also conducted research in Costa Rica (1983) and spent 4 summers in Ecuador teaching in a field geography program for students from Organization of American States member countries (1988, ‘90, ‘92 & ‘93). He served for 49 years as a geography professor at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX, including 3 years as Associate Dean for the University Honors College and 6 years as Associate Vice Provost with primary responsibility for managing the university’s undergraduate core curriculum. Gary retired at the end of 2009. His interest in ALDEA is a product of a brief acquaintance with Dr. Behrhorst, awareness of his clinic and health programs in Chimaltenango, and a desire to contribute in a small way to improving the lives of Guatemalans.
YVONNE K. GATZ, M.S.W.
Yvonne Gatz is a retired social work professor of Concordia College, Bronxville, New York. She received her B.S. degree from Valparaiso, Indiana, where she majored in theology, and earned her Master of Social Work degree from Florida State University. She taught social work for Florida State University and the University of North Florida in Jacksonville. She also worked as a clinical social worker for a children’s hospital and a residential treatment center and developed her own private practice, counseling adolescents, children, families and individuals. When living in New York, she worked as a part-time psychotherapist for Lutheran Counseling Services. She has served as co-leader of ALDEA tours and joined the board in 2016.
CARY HILL, M.D.
Cary graduated from UC Davis Medical School in 1983 and completed his Residency in obstetrics and gynecology in 1987. His practice is located at Palo Alto Medical Foundation where he has also held numerus administrative positions. His role in administration started shortly after joining the group in 1990. Currently, he is on the Sutter Health Bay Area Board of Directors and is the Vice President of Capstone Insurance, a medical malpractice insurance company. He has also served on the Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group Board, started a high-risk pregnancy department, and coordinated the incorporation of infertility and gynecological oncology into the group while he was the ob/gyn department chairman.
SARAH L. MILLER, M.B.A.
Sarah has spent the majority of her career in international business and social causes where empowerment tools and market connections drive economic impact. She started her career with human rights NGOs and local government in Santiago de Chile and followed a path into Fair Trade with Fair Trade USA, helping coffee cooperatives to achieve certification in LATAM. She later spent time as an International Trade Advisor and has worked in the private sector in sales and marketing. She has spent a cumulative 9 years on family foundation and non-profit boards focused on cultivating leaders and social impact. Sarah currently lives in her native San Francisco Bay Area and is an Area Director for Toastmasters SF where she supports corporate clubs and is a public speaking mentor within her own Spanish Bilingual Toastmasters group. She holds a BA in International Studies focusing on LATAM and an MBA in Global Strategic Management.
PATRICIA O’CONNOR, Ph.D.
Patricia has spent the past 30 years as a country representative, program manager and technical advisor in international development. She has worked for UN agencies, USAID, and international NGOs in 10 countries in Latin America and Africa, especially in humanitarian and conflict-affected settings. She specializes in human rights, civil society participation, community health, women’s empowerment, and food security. She is currently serving for the third time since 1985 on the ALDEA board.
THOMAS A. SHARPE, JR., M.B.A.
Tom is Co-Founder of Onetegrity, LLC, a professional services firm advising thought leaders on bringing innovation to bear on public missions. He retired in June 2017 as the Commissioner of the Federal Acquisition Service, where he led the federal government’s large scale centralized procurement organization. Prior, Tom was a consulting principal with IBM Global Services. He holds an M.B.A. from Marywood University and a B.S. from the University of Scranton. Tom resides in Washington, DC and New York City. He joined the ALDEA board in January 2018.
GORDON STARKEBAUM, M.D.
Gordon graduated from Columbia University Medical School in 1970. He spent three months working with Dr. Behrhorst in the spring of 1970 which left an indelible mark on his approach to the practice of medicine. He was trained as a rheumatologist at the University of Washington and was at the UW-affiliated VA Puget Sound Health Care System for over 35 years where he was Chief of the Arthritis Section, then Chief of Staff. He is now mostly retired. He was appointed Emeritus Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington and Masters of the American College of Rheumatology.
C.J. SULTZ, M.B.A.
C.J. retired after working for 25 years in brand management, customer marketing, and business insights, for such companies as Unilever, Kellogg’s, Coca-Cola and McDonald’s. When she’s not otherwise occupied with non-profit endeavors, she runs her own marketing firm, Glen Vista Consulting. She received her M.B.A. from the University of Michigan and a B.S. in Marketing and Sociology from Indiana University, and resides in Glenview, Illinois. Her interest in ALDEA stems from her board participation with Feed the Dream, a Chicago area-based non-profit which provided funding to ALDEA before dissolving in 2018. C.J. joined the ALDEA board in January 2019.
DEBORAH WALTERS, Ph.D.
Deb is the retired Provost and Vice President of Unity College; Professor Emeritus University at Buffalo, State University of New York; a member of Rotary International Global Woman of Action; and Unity Rotary Club member. She is a former board member of Safe Passage, and has held many Rotary International leadership positions.
PAMELA E. WINTHROP
Pamela E. Winthrop is a seasoned fundraiser with 25 years’ experience working in independent schools in the United States and Denmark. Pam currently serves as the Director of Institutional Advancement at Chinese American International School, in San Francisco, CA. As a fundraising consultant with Graham-Pelton, Pam partners with institutional leaders and boards of trustees to fulfill their fundraising goals. She takes great pleasure in helping institutions build fundraising capacity, apply best practices, assess programmatic effectiveness, lead and interpret the results of feasibility studies, and coach leaders and volunteers through the various phases of capital campaigns to achieve success. Pam received her bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College. Her love of Guatemala was sparked 15 years ago, when she adopted her Guatemalan-born son. She previously served on the board of Mayan Families. Pam joined the ALDEA board in January 2019.
BARBARA YOST, M.S.
Barbara’s 24-year military career included multiple command and supervisory logistics support involving local nationals, U.S. civilians, multinational and U.S. military personnel, and West Point’s Corps of Cadets. Prior to the military, Barbara served in the Peace Corps in rural Costa Rica and taught high school and college physical education and health in the U.S. She has degrees from Valparaiso University, University of Northern Colorado, and Industrial College of the Armed Forces. Barbara’s 2006 and 2009 ALDEA tours compelled her to greater involvement. She began serving on the ALDEA board in 2010 and led ALDEA tours from 2012 to 2017.
PATRICIA KRAUSE, M.A.
Patricia Krause was first introduced to Chimaltenango in 1970 when she and husband Paul chaperoned Lutheran teenagers for a summer of volunteer work at the Behrhorst “hospitalito.” Later, she joined the board of the (then) Behrhorst Clinic Foundation, Inc., and in 1989, while serving as U.S. Coordinator, began organizing Behrhorst tours. Pat later became chair of the (then) BPD board until her 2006 retirement.