Denise Francis received her Bachelor's Degree from Brigham Young University and her Masters in Linguistics and TESOL from the University of Utah. She was born in England, reared her family in the United States and is currently living in Guatemala. She is a citizen of the US and of England, and a Permanent Resident of Guatemala. She feels blessed to belong to all three countries. As a product of the orphanage system in England she developed a keen interest in helping the disadvantaged, and 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 volunteer, teacher, Coordinator of a Sponsorship Program, 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. Ms Francis is involved in humanitarian work, and is literate in Spanish; she also enjoys reading and hiking. She is the mother of four children and grandmother to eight.
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.
Tiffany attended Utah Valley University and Brigham Young University. She was born in Provo, Utah and currently lives in Lindon, Utah. She is the mother of five children. She has served on the PTO board for her children's school for 3 years and is the PTO President Elect for the year 2015-16. She has a love for service and has served or raised money for many foundations and children including: Mexico (Charity Anywhere and Builders without Borders), Cambodia (Youthlinc), Fiji (Humanitarian Especially for Youth), Africa (Ordinary Hero), and Guatemala, (Youthlinc and The Rose Foundation). She understands the importance of education and the opportunities for growth it can bring to enhance the future of children – giving them power to become what they dream, or the opportunity to create a dream they didn't know was possible. She also enjoys running, reading, traveling, and has a love for the outdoors.
Carlos was born and raised in Patzicía, a little town in Chimaltenango, Guatemala. He recently graduated as a Dentist from the University of San Carlos Guatemala, a very well recognized university in Central America. He speaks Kaqchikel (his parent's native language), Spanish and English. When he was about 13 years old, he learned to speak English by listening and spending time with volunteers who lived in his neighborhood. Carlos knows first-hand (many of his people don't read or write) that without an education life offers little opportunity to advance. Since a boy he has had the desire to help people improve their lives; and four years ago he began that service in Panama where he served as a missionary for two years preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. Carlos has been blessed by receiving help from others, and now he wants to return the blessings. He hopes that through this foundation he can help his people.
Dorene Bratten Humphers grew up in the Los Angeles area. She moved to northern California where she married and raised three beautiful children. After being away from school for over 30 years, she returned to obtain her Bachelor's degree in Spanish with a minor in Linguistics – Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. She is currently finishing her Master's degree in TESOL. She has done volunteer work in many capacities, but her heart is drawn to helping those less fortunate by bringing literacy and education to children and communities to aid in helping end the cycle of poverty. She loves to travel and feels like she leaves a piece of her heart at each destination, but her love for the children of Guatemala is special. She is determined and dedicated to making a difference in their lives. She has a passion for reading and learning and hopes to experience more cultures and languages in her future.