Katie Korsyn came to Guatemala in August 2013 with a degree in international development from The George Washington University, looking for the opportunity to become involved in a development project with children. She became acquainted with a friend who was organizing the children who work in Antigua, Guatemala's Central Park in January 2014, and she was asked to give dance classes, starting the relationship that would lead to the creation of Sueños. In her time in Guatemala, she has worked in varios schools, teaching preschool and elementary school, and has been involved in various education projects, where she specializes in pedagogic coaching. She has worked with Division Educativa as an education specialist and Teachers2Teachers-Global as education leadership coordinator.
Founder & Executive Director
Oneida is an early childhood educator and clinical psychologist from Guatemala. She joined Sueños at the beginning of 2018. She has been working with kids of all ages for more than 10 years in both the public and private sector. Besides working to support public school teaching and to promote literature, she has worked as a classroom teacher and as manager of an infant center. She has a degree in clinical psychology from Landivar University.
Educational Program Coordinator
ONEIDA DE LEÓN
Yuri became involved in Sueños through a university project that helped create our curriculum and parent program, and she began to support Sueños as a volunteer in May, 2017. Yuri is a teacher at the secondary level with a specialization in psychology; she has a bachelor's degree in pedagogy and educational administration, from the University of San Carlos of Guatemala. She began her work in education as a math and physics teacher in 2011. She currently teaches mathematics and computing for the Ministry of Education at the National Institute of Basic Education Sacojito, in Chinautla. She has experience in the preparation of institutional strategic planning and educational administrative documents, in addition to serving as an educational administrative assistant in 2013.
Facilitator Sueños en Acción
Sunny is an un Karla Yesenia Xinic Asij is from Santo Domingo, Xenacoj. She is an elementary education teacher who has studied teaching pedagogy and educational administration at the Universidad San Carlos in Guatemala. She is a graduate of the three year program "Leaders in Mathematics" at Teachers2Teachers-Global. Her goal at Sueños is to teach in an environment of innovation and creaticity, to cultivate critical thinking, and to share new experiences with each of her students.
U.S. Board of directors
Amy Cohen spent twenty years as a social studies teacher. Seventh grade World Geography was the course she taught most consistently and counts Katie Korsyn among her former students. Cohen currently works as the Director of Education for History Making Productions, a documentary film company. Her younger daughter, Chloe, was adopted from Guatemala in 2002. Since then, she and her family have visited the country several times and are in touch with Chloe's foster and birth families.
Brent Gray taught math and computer science for 15 years, after a 7 year mini-career in corporate law. Brent currently works as a software developer at an education technology company. Brent's family is grateful to include three children adopted from Guatemala -- his two sons and a nephew.
Ariel Johnson-Peredo is a Manager in the Advisory Services practice of EY. As a member of the Technology Risk group Ariel assists clients develop solutions to various complex compliance, financial, and technological challenges. Ariel has experience in program management, regulatory, compliance, IT audit, product and system technical design analysis, system integration reviews and security/risk assessments. Ariel has serviced engagements as both a management consultant and auditor and has gained hands-on experience on major platforms, databases, and ERP packages. She has provided these services in a wide range of regulated industries including: Media & Entertainment, Telecommunications, Oil and Gas, and Advanced Manufacturing.
ARIEL JOHNSON PEREDO
Sunny is an undergraduate student at the University of Pennsylvania studying Psychology and Spanish. She volunteered with Sueños in Antigua during the summer of 2017, and was able to get hands-on experience working with Sueños' students. She has continued to be involved, serving as secretary on the Board of Directors, and by supporting fundraising efforts in the United States through involving other college students in Sueños' work.
Karen Cheney joined the board in 2018 due to her vast experience in the nonprofit world.