Our team

Our international team of varied individuals is based across Guatemala, the United States and the Netherlands:


Alison Asturias Kelly

President, Board of Directors USA

Alison discovered Niños de Lago (NdL) through a budding friendship with the director and founder, Arlaine Cervantes. She spent several years supporting the project by developing NdL’s La Cadena, a network of schools and institutions that serve disadvantaged youth in Guatemala.


Arlaine Cervantes

Founder and Executive Director

Niños del Lago was founded by Arlaine after being profoundly moved by the hardships suffered by the women and children she met in Guatemala.

Marten Neuman

Marten Numan


Having worked with Niños del Lago since 2008, Marten became the Chairman of the Dutch board in October 2011.

Bill Conlon

Bill Conlon

Treasurer, Bord of Directors USA

He retired in 2014 after 35 years service as a teacher and high school principal. Bill plans to keep busy with home improvement projects, art, and special projects in his local community.

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Tim McNitt

Web Hosting Specialist

Tim McNitt keeps our website and email running. Through his company, Acies Communications, he has been hosting our website since 2006.


Armando Martínez

Administration and Operations Manager

Armando grew up near the Niños del Lago site and truly believes in the need for education and empowerment to improve the lives of Guatemalans.

Stefania Schepers

Stefania Schepers

Development Manager

Stefania’s educational background is put to good use as she looks to increase involvement with the community as a whole.

Chris Powell

Chris Powell

Search Engine Optimization

Chris Powell joined our team in 2012 while living in the nearby community of Santa Cruz la Laguna with his family.


Team NL

The Dutch team forms the backbone of our fundraising efforts and always help drive the project forward. They are:


Team GT

The team in Guatemala focus on the daily running of the projects, development of the programs and the overall direction of all of Niños del Lago.


Team US

With the largest Guatemalan population outside of Guatemala itself, the US board is based in Los Angeles, California. Their focus is on fundraising and spreading the message.

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