PATRICIA O’CONNOR, Ph.D. – President
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.
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.
CAMERON CLARK – Treasurer
A graduate of Lake Forest College, Cameron had a 34-year career with Merrill Lynch, and Tucker Anthony and Advest, finishing his career as a registered investment advisor until retirement in 2010. He has served on numerous non-profit boards and has been a part-time resident of Antigua, Guatemala since 2007, and a frequent visitor prior to that for 30 years. He has many friends in Guatemala who have worked with ALDEA over the years, and has served on the board since 2008.
SONYA FULTZ, M.Ed.
Sonya is teaching faculty and Chair of Undergraduate Studies at Antioch University Midwest in Yellow Springs, Ohio. She has trained the Ministry of Education in Costa Rica and Trinidad/Tobago in Comprehensive School Conflict Management and is focused on classroom management and conflict studies. Her interest in Guatemala was aided by the adoption of her Guatemalan-born son, and she has led Guatemala adoptive families on Return to Guatemala trips for the last 13 years, aiding them in connecting with their children’s birth country.
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 is currently on its board.
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.
LETTY MANNE, M.B.A., J.D.
Letty was a marketing consultant working with law and accounting firms as well as an account executive in advertising in New York City. In 1988, with the goal of leaving New York City and living in the countryside, she went to law school at night while working. In 1993, she began her legal career in the Hudson River Valley. From that time on, she also had the opportunity to travel all over the world.
BRUCE ROBBINS, M.D.
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 2015, 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 2016. Bruce retired from medical practice in 2017, and now has more time for ALDEA and his other passions.
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.
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.
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.