Our team

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

Claudia Rincon Cano – Executive Director

“I fell in love with Guatemala and decided to commit to NdL so that I could continue to work to help improve people’s life, especially children through our programs.”

Zabdi Pocop Can – Guatemala Administrative Assistant

“My professional objective is, through my own experiences, to work in personal development so people can reach their goals. In my spare time I work with closely with community groups in my community.”

Francesca Wade – Guatemala Board Vice President

“Guatemala is a magical country that is hard not to fall in love with. I strongly believe in working with local communities to help them find ways to achieve their goals, especially women and children – they are the key to Guatemala’s future.”

Nancy Morales – USA Board President

She received her B.S degree from Chico State University in International Relations, Latin American Studies and Spanish.

José Byron Gonzáles – USA Board Secretary

“I have recognized Niños del Lago’s potential for empowering and fundamental change for future generations…”

Andrea-Marie Stark, Founding & Present Board Member

Founding Board Member

Andrea-Marie has been a volunteer for Ninos del Lago since the start of the project, serving in many different roles, from writer to fundraiser.

Marten Numan – Netherlands Board President


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

Arlaine Cervantes – Founder & Former 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.

And Many Thanks to our Past US Board Members

Ninos del Lago would not be the organization that it is without the dedicated support, advice, and fundraising efforts of all its past Board Members.

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.

Team NL

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

Team Guatemala 2020

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 Niños del Lago USA

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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