Board of Directors
As President and founder of PLACE Consulting, Inc., Kimberly Bares draws on her diverse community and economic development experience to design and implement dynamic, effective and practicable urban revitalization strategies and tools. Kimberly’s expertise in development, TIFs, BIDs, commercial district planning, governance and strategic planning make her an engaging speaker on the future of America’s urban areas.
Kimberly is a sought-after interim leader and executive leadership consultant, having transformed 10 organizations on an interim basis since 2012. Before forming PLACE Consulting, Kimberly was the executive director of several organizations, focusing on economic development, community organizing and housing development in Baltimore and the Chicago area.
Kimberly has a Masters of Urban Planning and Policy from the University of Illinois-Chicago, and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Northwestern University.
Pamela E. Winthrop is a seasoned fundraiser with over 20 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, where she oversaw a 135% increase in parent support in her first two years, designed and implemented the first capital campaign in the school’s 33-year history, and surpassed the goal by 25%.
Pam is an associate with Graham-Pelton fundraising consultants, and her clients have included International School of Kenya, The Harker School (CA), Morgan Park Academy (IL), Southern Appalachian Historical Association (NC), and Neighborhood Schoolhouse (VT). She has presented at numerous conferences.
Pam received her bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College.
Beth McFadyen is a Human Resources Professional, specializing in Organization Development and Training. Practicing primarily in the technology and finance sectors, Beth consults in the areas of organization design, performance management, courseware development, professional skills training delivery, and team building facilitation. Former employers and clients include General Electric, Lotus Development Corporation, Cambridge Technology Partners, and Incentive Systems, Inc..
Beth has been connected with Mayan Families since 2006 and has visited Guatemala on an almost annual basis. She resides in the suburbs of Boston with her husband, Jay, and their four children. Beth’s youngest child was adopted from Guatemala and was the inspiration behind supporting a non-profit organization linked to his Mayan heritage.
Over the years, Beth has served Mayan Families as a donation shipment leader and a financial manager. Additionally, she regularly visits Panajachel and volunteers with food distribution, stove building, blog posting, and organization consulting. The McFadyen Family is a financial supporter of the El Barranco Pre-School and plays an active role in the student and elderly sponsorship programs.
Beth earned her Master of Science degree in Organization Development and Training from Lesley University, and she received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
A native of New Zealand and a citizen of the United States, Sy Wyatt is an entrepreneur and an adventurer. Su is the founder and sole proprietor of a holistic medical practice in Santa Barbara, CA. She has over 40 years experience as a health program developer and health care provider, supporting families in achieving better health. Su has worked in a Guatemalan hospital and has returned to the country with surgical teams.
Su has been connected to Mayan Families co-founder Sharon Smart-Poage for over 30 years. She recalls while travelling with Sharon from Solola to Panajachel, Guatemala, for the first time, when Sharon said, “I think there is something down here for me.”
Su received her BSN and MSN-FNP, Honors Magna Cum Laude at the University of San Diego, with a sub specialty in migrant health.
A native of Guatemala, Will is eager to give back to his country of birth. As a Site Superintendent at a prominent Boston construction company, Will has overseen the construction of multi-million dollar projects from the ground up. He maintains a rigorous work schedule and then returns to his home in Rhode Island where he resides with his wife, Catherine, and their four school-age children.
Will can truly appreciate the American dream that he has built for himself in the US. Growing up in the throes of poverty in Guatemala motivated him to provide a stable life for his own family. Immigrating to America at age 14, by himself, he was forced to build his future from nothing. He quickly learned English and put into practice his single mother's work ethic and, little by little, made a life for himself. Will has deep appreciation for those who helped him to pave his path, and he is eager to create similar opportunities for his fellow Maya.
Will has been actively involved with Mayan Families since 2011. Together with his family, he has participated in annual outreach trips and has built two houses in the village of San Antonio. He is an active member of the REVIVER group who, through fundraisers, has donated over $100,000 to Mayan Families. The Reyes family currently sponsors four Guatemalan students in the Mayan Families Education Program.
In addition to his construction expertise, Will has his Associates Degree in Spanish Translation and is certified as a Court Translator.