Our Staff

Naomi Blum, MEd

Education Engagement Coordinator

Naomi is Education Engagement Coordinator at T2TGlobal. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from Indiana University Bloomington and a Master’s Degree in Education from University of Pennsylvania. After graduation, she taught middle school science to students with different learning styles. She built a curriculum and designed original and engaging lessons to reach all learners. After taking time to begin a family, Naomi started her own concierge errand service, The Errand Fairy. She lives in Chapel Hill, NC, with her two children.

Pao Castillo, MEd

Director of Partnerships, Ecuador

Pao Castillo is Director of Partnerships in Ecuador, where she also works as a math professor at the Universidad San Francisco in Quito (USFQ). She teaches statistics and researches mathematics teaching and learning as part of the Ecuadorian delegation of the Capacity and Networking Project organized by the International Commission on Mathematical Instruction. She has a BS in Mathematics from USFQ, as well as a Master’s Degree in Education through the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (Mexico). Her interests outside of mathematics and her family include music, soccer and painting.

Manuela Cea-Poblete, MA

Director of Global Fundraising

Manuela is Director of Global Fundraising with over ten years of experience gained in various NGOs and nonprofits around the world. A Chilean and Londoner, Manuela has always had strong connections with the Latin American community. In 2015 she made the move to Guatemala to work with a small social enterprise on the Pacific Coast before joining T2TGlobal as Country Director. She now makes her home in Barcelona, Spain, where she oversees T2TGlobal’s grant division. Manuela earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Multi-Media Journalism at England’s Bournemouth University as well as a Master’s Degree in Anthropology of Childhood, Youth, and Education at Brunel University in London.

Lucía Dávila

Coordinator of Education and Impact

Lucía is Coordinator of Education and Impact. She supervises T2TGlobal’s academic structure as well as the pedagogical aspect of all programs in Guatemala. She provides local context and bridges cultures to ensure T2TGlobal’s programs are an open space for collaboration and sharing. She also creates the metrics and assessments for analyzing impact. Lucía is a native Guatemalan who completed studies in linguistic sciences with an emphasis on translation and interpretation at the National State University of Guatemala. She has worked as a professional translator and interpreter and has volunteered with several NGOs in rural Guatemala.

Hans del Cid

Project Coordinator

Hans is Project Coordinator and a graduate of the National State University of Guatemala, where he completed his studies in linguistics. He has worked as a translator and interpreter on several T2TGlobal trips, including the 2013 inaugural visit to Santa Avelina. Hans in-country presence extends to managing business dealings for T2TGlobal. Hans has done volunteer work in rural areas of Guatemala, as well as coordinating volunteer groups that served in a project area of the landfill area of Guatemala City.

Callie Herring

Director of Programs, South America

Callie is Director of Programs for South America. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, and is working on a graduate degree in Bilingual Education through the University of Texas at the Permian Basin. She has been an instructional coach at a global public school in Tarboro, NC. Callie worked for Teach for America to coach and train new teachers. She also has lived and taught in Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic directing experiential service-learning leadership programs for teenagers.

Ali Jones

Vice President of Global Strategy

Ali is Vice President of Global Strategy who develops, implements, monitors and evaluates all of T2TGlobal’s programs. She also manages T2TGlobal’s resource development efforts. Since a trip to Nepal in 2008 opened Ali’s heart, she has thrown herself into nonprofit work. Ali feels passionately about empowerment through education, and she has applied her exceptional skills toward improving the lives of children around the world. Fluent in Spanish, Ali has traveled to more than 30 countries to volunteer, work, study and explore. On the rare occasions when Ali is in the US, her home base is Austin, Texas.

Katie Korsyn

Leadership Coordinator

Katie is Education Leadership Coordinator and an international development professional with a focus in access to and quality of education. Since 2013, she has lived in Guatemala, working as a primary and early childhood educator. In 2016, Katie began formalizing her own project, Camino a la Escuela, an early education program for those at high risk of becoming child workers. She has participated in conferences, projects, and trainings to encourage progressive education in Guatemala. Originally from Philadelphia, Katie earned a Bachelor’s Degree in International Development with a minor in Spanish and Latin American Languages, Literatures, and Cultures from The George Washington University.

Rita McGlone

Recruitment Assistant

Rita is Recruitment Assistant who has extensive experience in a variety of entrepreneurial settings. As a resident of Ohio, she founded two successful, self-supporting businesses in massage therapy and in breeding, showing, and selling alpaca. As a member of the T2TGlobal family (literally! she is Executive Director Chadd McGlone’s mother), Rita brings her considerable organizational skills to the recruitment process, serving as a point of contact for US teachers who participate on trips. In her spare time, Rita enjoys being with her family, friends, and church groups, as well as traveling, reading, and helping others.

Michelle Pratico, MFA

Executive Vice President

Michelle is Executive Vice President of T2TGlobal. A native Midwesterner, Michelle earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from Lake Forest College in Illinois, followed by a Master of Fine Arts in Computer Graphics from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has been awarded honorary membership in Associated Women in Mathematics. Michelle’s career has focused on the operational side of various businesses, and her interests put her solidly on the forefront of the emerging STEAM movement (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics).

Nelly Sequén, MA

Director of Partnerships, Guatemala

Nelly is Director of Partnerships in Guatemala, where she builds and maintain relationships with a wide range of stakeholders, both national and international. Holding a Master’s Degree in International Law, she is an international relations professional with a focus on the education and well-being of women and children. She has worked in the nonprofit sector with various organizations in Guatemala. Her dreams and hopes for children around the globe center on education as the primary tool to overcome poverty and inequality.

Alix Van Zandt, MA

Director of Programs, Central America

Alix is Director of Programs for Central America. She comes to T2TGlobal following two years developing curriculum and training local teachers for Colegio Impacto, a school in rural Guatemala that empowers indigenous girls through education. She has lived in Guatemala since 2014 when she was placed in Antigua, Guatemala, as a PILA (Princeton in Latin America) Fellow at Antigua International School where she taught high school social studies. Originally from Seattle, WA, Alix earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Stanford University in Political Science and Latin American Studies, respectively. She has lived and worked abroad in Panama, Spain, and Guatemala.

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