Denise Francis earned her Bachelor's Degree in History from Brigham Young University and her Masters Degree in Linguistics from the University of Utah. She was born in England, reared her family in the United States, and is currently living in Guatemala. At a young age she developed a keen interest in helping the disadvantaged, and later when the opportunity arose to help children located in the highlands of Guatemala, she accepted it. Ms Francis has worked in the area of education as a teacher, and Director of a school where she implemented literacy and math programs. She works to empower children by providing them with better access to education, strengthening the children and their families by encouraging and teaching valuable knowledge and life skills. She believes that education is the key to leaving behind the poverty that prevails in the mountains of Guatemala.
While her children were in school Joanne was a constant presence at their schools where she founded a math club and served as PTA President. She felt her children's education would be better served if she was involved in the classroom. More recently she's been involved with the Timpanogas Storytelling Festival in Orem, UT where they believe “Unless we pass our stories on, they are lost forever”. Joanne has a keen interest in genealogy because “knowing your ancestors gives more meaning to your own story”. Joanne and her family have been sponsors since 2006 to as many as six children in one family. She is an ardent believer in the saying “No one person can change the world, but you can change the world for one person.” Joanne Lives in Utah with her husband Kim. They have two daughters and two grandchildren.
Dr. Carlos Miculax (Dentist) was born and raised in Patzicía, a little town in Chimaltenango, Guatemala. He speaks Kaqchikel (his parent's native language), Spanish and English. He took a break from his studies at the University of San Carlos to serve as a missionary in Panama for two years. After seeing first-hand the devastating effects of illiteracy and poverty in his native land, he is pleased to serve as Vice President of Give Hope Guatemala helping others. Dr. Miculax currently lives in Guatemala City. He enjoys helping others have better oral hygiene and enjoys spending time with family and friends.
Michael is currently earning his masters degree in Information Systems at Brigham Young University. He is from Boston, Massachusetts, but currently resides in Provo, Utah. He developed an interest in social innovation after being introduced to the Ballard Center for Social Impact while studying at BYU. He currently helps run a school club that educates students on how to create lasting positive social impact in organizations. He is a strong believer that education is the key to creating a lasting impact in underprivileged areas around the world.
Meg Roberts is currently studying business and international development at Brigham Young University. She is from Salt Lake City, Utah, and enjoys anything outdoors, especially skiing and playing pickle ball. She is passionate about social impact and providing opportunities for individuals to succeed. She has a love for service, women's health, and education. She has worked with organizations such as the Ballard Center and Youthlinc and has traveled to Nepal for a humanitarian opportunity to teach English, women's health classes, and build a school. She has always had a desire to serve and help others, and believes her life mission is to bring joy to others through service.
Dan Hunter was born and raised in California. At the age of nineteen he served for two years as a missionary in Guatemala where he came to love and appreciate the people and their culture. It was there that he learned to appreciate serving others. Dan attended Brigham Young University where he earned his degree in Spanish, with a minor in International Relations. He has been working as a web developer and mobile app developer for the last 25+ years. Dan and his wonderful wife have five children. They currently live in Highland, Utah. Dan has been a sponsor to Give Hope Guatemala Education Foundation for years, and now hopes to do even more for the Foundation and the wonderful people of Guatemala as a Board Member.
Mom to three boys and grandma to five beautiful grandchildren, there is nowhere Malinda would prefer to be than with her family. She loves pretty much any sport, but her favorites are whatever her sons and grandchildren are playing, lacrosse, basketball and volleyball. She served as lacrosse and basketball booster president for several years while her sons attended high school and enjoyed her association with the team, coaches and parents. She is the current president of The Neal and Sherrie Savage Family Foundation where she oversees donations to charities throughout the world. Her oldest son, Micah, served a mission to the Guatemala City Central Mission and this is where her love for the Guatemalan people began. She looks forward to the opportunity to serve on the Board of Give Hope Guatemala Education Foundation.