Our Staff

Naomi Blum, MEd

Education Engagement Coordinator

Naomi 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, engaging lessons to reach all learners. After taking time to begin a family, Naomi started her own concierge errand service. She lives in Chapel Hill, NC, with her two children.

Pao Castillo, MEd

Director of Partnerships, Ecuador

Pao is based in Quito, Ecuador, where she worked as a math professor at the Universidad San Francisco (USFQ). She taught statistics and researched 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 Operations

Manuela brings 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 and spent two years as T2TGlobal’s Country Director. She now makes her home in Barcelona, Spain, where she oversees T2TGlobal’s financial and administrative operations. 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.

Hans del Cid

Operations Coordinator, Guatemala

Hans is 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, Guatemala. Hans’s 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, MA

Director of Global Partnerships

Callie is based on the coast of Ecuador, where she leads T2TGlobal’s global partnerships. She studied Elementary Education at Appalachian State University and has a Master’s Degree in Bilingual Education from the University of Texas at the Permian Basin. A former Teach for America member, she has taught in NC, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic. Callie’s deepest desire is to expand opportunities for students from marginalized communities by using education as a tool for social justice. Her favorite place to be is a classroom, followed by any beach, as long as her rescue pitbull comes along.

Ali Jones

Executive Director

Ali provides the leadership that enables T2TGlobal to carry out its mission. 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.

Fátima Santos

Math Coach, Guatemala

From her classroom in Sacatepéquez, Fátima witnessed strides being made when T2TGlobal coaches visited her school. She now has taken a leadership role in coaching her peers. She has worked as an elementary and middle school teacher after gaining her Teaching Associate’s Degree in Middle School Education with a focus in Physics and Mathematics from the University of San Carlos de Guatemala. She is currently working towards a Bachelor’s Degree in Middle School Education Pedagogy with a focus in Natural Science.

Alix Van Zandt, MA

Director of Programs, Guatemala

Alix came to T2TGlobal following two years developing curriculum and training local teachers for 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. 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.

Suhailah Waheed

Individual Giving Manager

Suhailah brings her resource development expertise to support T2TGlobal’s mission. She is happiest at the intersection of technology, stewardship and fundraising. Prior to joining the T2TGlobal team, she worked for nonprofits focused on such issues as clean water and women’s leadership. A North Carolina native, Suhailah earned her Bachelor’s Degree from North Carolina Central University. She then relocated to Austin, Texas, where she can be found enjoying the sunny weather while eating the most colorful macarons in town.

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