At SKIP we work with children and their families to help them change their situation through programs focused on education and social advancement.
To achieve all our goals we have a team, comprised mostly by Peruvians that work permanently with us. The activities are also supported by more than 30 volunteers that come from all over the world.
Since October of this year, Aaron has undertaken the CEO position at SKIP, taking on the responsibilities of this role, while keeping his existing responsibilities as Financial Planning Coordinator.
He is originally from the U.S., and has a BA in English/Spanish, a BBA in accounting, and an MBA. He is also licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in the U.S. Before joining SKIP in 2016, Aaron worked for six years as Director of Operations at a non-profit organization providing housing, youth programs and adult education to homeless families in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Currently he is living in Peru, working full time with SKIP and the volunteer network.
Volunteer Coordination Manager
Heather is not new to international volunteering, she spent 2010-2012 in Portoviejo, Ecuador teaching English through WorldTeach. Upon returning to the U.S. worked with Latin American immigrants as an affordable housing developer in Washington, D.C. which was the perfect combination of her experience and degrees in Business Administration and Spanish. After five years she wanted to do more international work which led her to SKIP.
She started at SKIP as an Economic Development volunteer and later stayed as a Volunteer Leader and Assistant Teacher.
After a brief period of travel, she returned to SKIP as the Volunteer Coordinator overseeing the recruitment, training, and support of volunteers. She is now living and working with SKIP in Trujillo and looking forward to working with all of the volunteers yet to come.
Hilda Pachamango Martínez
Hilda is a native of Trujillo, which gives her the knowledge about the area and its people.
She came on board as the Social Work Coordinator in 2008, her work advanced and by 2013 Hilda was the Coordinator of the entire Family Welfare Department, supervising SKIP programs in social work, psychology, economic development, and health.
In 2017, upon completion of her Masters in HR Management, she also assumed responsibilities for fundraising activities within Peru and received the new title of Program Coordinator. Hilda is a licensed social worker, and has degrees in Human Resources Management and in Labor Rights. In 2011 she completed her Rural and Marginal Urban Health Service (SERUMS, as its acronym in Spanish) in the health center in Los Jardines, Trujillo.
Dámaris García Chávez
Dámaris is a graduate in Primary Education, an area she has been working on for more than 7 years, she has also studied Environmental Administration applied to institutions and Educational Psychology.
Dámaris is from Trujillo, Peru; she joined SKIP in July 2015 as a Primary Education Coordinator, and as her responsibilities broaden she undertook the Education Coordinator position in July 2017. Under her purview are the primary and secondary levels and everything that surround those departments such as the education system, teachers, library, art, sports, homework, skatepark, English, and the ‘Mothers as assistant’ project.
As part of her role in SKIP, she interacts with kids, teenagers, parents and teachers/volunteers to improve the education level in all its extent.
Mirtha Bocanegra Zavaleta
Nursery Leader/Primary Education Teacher
Mirtha is a qualified Primary School Teacher and has been working with SKIP since 2013. She started as a Primary School Teacher in our afternoon classes. Her role evolved through the years and since 2016 she is the Nursery Lead Teacher.
She juggles different responsibilities in the organization, teaching in the Primary Education Program and the Nursery at the same time.
Mirtha is a responsible and serious person, passionate about education and with a strong desire to make a change with teamwork.
Patricia graduated of the Senati Institute in Graphic Design. She also studied photography at Escuela del Valle del Cauca in Cali, Colombia. In this same place she worked as a photographer for four years.
Patricia came to SKIP in 2014 and started working as an assistant in the kindergarten class, adding up responsibilities on 2015 she became a Primary School teacher, and runs two of the primary groups.
Family Welfare Department
Cynthia Lissette Méndez Castañeda
Social Work Coordinator
Cynthia is a native of Trujillo, she studied Social Work at Universidad Nacional de Trujillo, she not only knows the area, but understands the needs of its people.
She started at SKIP in 2009 as an intern for social work. Her focused on helping low-income families in El Porvenir has helped her gain experience in the field.
Since 2010 she has been a Social Worker for SKIP, responsible for doing home visits to the families SKIP work with, using social data and interviews, as well as assessments for CIS (to get free health care) and the poverty index. Moreover, she supports the offering of educational trainings for mothers; giving orientations on various topics, from legal matters to health issues.
Karen Tatiana Chávez Prado
Social Work Assistant
Karen is from Trujillo and, similar to other social work staff, studied social work at the National University of Trujillo.
Karen began as a social work student at SKIP in 2014 and following her graduation, went on to become an employee in 2016. Other than her support on social work, Karen also teaches in the Primary Education Program and focus her undivided attention to create a better learning environment for the kids and their families.
Sarah is a licensed counseling psychologist and earned her Ph.D. from Boston College. During her time working in the field, she became aware of the lack of Spanish-speaking psychologists available to serve the ever-growing immigrant communities in her area. Sarah was eager to join SKIP after learning more about the impressive staff and comprehensive programs they offer the children and families of El Porvenir. As Psychology Coordinator, Sarah facilitates psychoeducational and parenting workshops, engages in therapy with children and families, and supervises counselors in training. She is excited to continue learning about counseling in an international context and anticipates that she will learn the most from the families with whom she has the pleasure of working.
Anabel Bastra Muñoz
Anabel is from Trujillo, and she joined the organization in 2010 as a secretary. Since then she has undertaken all the administrative work. She has experience in this area since she has a degree on Executive Secretarial Studies.
She likes being a part of SKIP because it has given her the opportunity to grow professionally through trainings and to put into practice her knowledge to help people around her.
Ramiro is a certified accountant with 20 years of professional experience. He has a Masters in Business Management and has studied in both the National University of Trujillo and also the University of Piura. His professional career has grown through work as a general accountant in sectors like exportation, construction and sales. Ramiro now runs his own accountancy firm assessing and supporting national and international businesses. Ramiro has been working with SKIP since 2010.
María Fermina Rojas Fernández
Originally from Cajabamba - in the highlands of Peru - she moved to Trujillo 20 years ago. Her two children were born in Trujillo and now live near the SKIP office in El Porvenir.
She began to participate in SKIP in 2005 when her daughter was in primary school. While her daughter was in primary and secondary classes, she attended trainings from the social work team and participated in artisan workshops such as knitting and jewelry making. She has worked with SKIP taking care of the office in El Porvenir since 2013.
Federico Risco Roncal
Federico has worked with SKIP since 2004 as a night guard at the office in El Porvenir. He is originally from Pataz - in the highlands of Peru - but settled with his family in Trujillo many years ago.
In 2011 he also began to participate with his family in SKIP. His daughter attends classes and his wife participates in the social work groups and trainings.
Communications Leader (from the United States)
Allison is originally from Lima, Peru, with roots on the north coast (Trujillo and Piura). She joined SKIP in September 2017 and has taken a step forward managing all the communications including Social Media, Web content and the planning of communications strategies for future years.
She shares her interest of helping people in her native country, even from afar. She is currently based in the United States working on marketing, but she has lived in Spain for ten years, where she graduated and worked on Public Relations.
Her knowledge about communication and her close relation with Peru make her an asset to spread SKIP’s mission.
Web Support Coordinator (from Ireland)
Thomas has been using computers since the days of the information superhighway, and began programming not long afterwards. He has a BSc (Hons) in computer games technology, as well as an MSc and PhD in bioinformatics.
As a SKIP volunteer, he has seen at first hand the difference that education can make to a child's development and confidence. He joined the SKIP team in Trujillo for the first six months of 2017, splitting his time equally between computing support and English teaching.
He is delighted to be able to continue volunteering remotely, and is looking forward to supporting the team in enhancing SKIP’s web presence.
Translating Coordinator (from the United States)
Anna is from the U.S. Her first experience with SKIP was in the summer of 2015, when she volunteered as a Math Teacher, and she was a great asset giving her hands-on science classes. During her time in Peru, she also helped on economic development.
Ever since then she was looking for a way to start helping, even from afar. Since she recently graduated with a BA in Mathematics, she decided to come on board again as a remote volunteer taking up all the translation assignments.