Natik’s board is responsible for oversight of the organization, and meets virtually every quarter to evaluate and approve Natik’s major programmatic and administrative actions. All Directors actively participate on one or more of Natik’s committees, thus forming an integral part of Natik’s operational capacity.
Current Board Members
Ian Ramsey-North, Chair
Ian joined the Natik board in 2014. He first worked with Natik in 2006 as part of a joint effort between Natik and the American Friends Service Committee to support the community of Santiago Atitlán following a devastating mudslide that displaced thousands. He serves as Chair of the Board of Directors, in addition to supporting Natik’s programmatic work in Guatemala. He is currently studying Religion, Ethics, and Politics at Harvard Divinity School. His past work in international development and social justice advocacy included expanding access to justice for women in East Africa, advocacy for Indigenous Peoples’ land rights throughout the world’s forests, and promotion of civil society capacity development, conflict resolution, and migrants’ rights in Latin America.
Paul is currently serving as Executive Director of Fauquier Habitat for Humanity based in Warrenton, VA. He holds a B.S. in Accounting from Cal-State Los Angeles and an M.B.A from Auburn University. He worked at Xerox Corporation from 1983 until his retirement in 2012 where he held a wide variety of management assignments in Finance, Strategy & Planning, Sales, Marketing, Engineering and Product launch and Support. Paul has been a volunteer with Natik since the fall of 2008 providing financial guidance and overseeing the financial records and reporting.
Vicki joined the Natik Board of Directors in 2016, after participating in a service-learning
trip to Santiago Atitlán in 2014. Vicki joined the faculty of the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies department at Portland State University (PSU) in 2000, after a decade working in community-based organizations focused on domestic violence prevention and reproductive health. In her professional role, Vicki designs and teaches community-based and experiential courses both at PSU and in correctional facilities, and she serves as a faculty support and assessment specialist in PSU’s general education program. Vicki writes and publishes scholarly work on community-based learning, community-university partnerships, and participatory pedagogies, as well as poetry and creative nonfiction.
Libby began working with Natik in 2015 as a volunteer in Chiapas. After working for two weeks over the summer, Libby was excited to continue work with Natik as a board member focusing on fundraising and product marketing. While in Zinacantán she worked with Mujeres Sembrando la Vida on designing products for the global market; and researched the creative economy in Mexico as part of her Master’s degree in Arts Management. Libby became passionate about Latin American textiles and craft art while traveling in Guatemala and Mexico. Libby is the Analyst of Special Projects, Contracts, and Risk Management at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, CA. She received a BA in International Relations from American University with a specialization in Environmental Policy and completed her MA in Arts Management from American University in 2015.
Deborah joined the board in 2017, after years of being an informal advisor to the Executive Director. She was born in Texas and has lived full time in Chiapas, México since 1987, so her bi-cultural perspective is an important contribution to Natik. Since 2002, She has been a Professor at the Universidad Autónoma de Chiapas, School of Languages. Her areas of academic interest include Main Currents in Education, Design of Programs, Didactics of reading and writing in the classroom, Methodology for preschool and primary, Psycholinguistics, Educational Technology, Senior Seminar, Academic writing, Evaluation Design, and Observation of teaching practice. Her extensive experience in all aspects of education and administration includes leadership in diplomas and training workshops for teachers and managers, Coordination of Educational Leadership Workshops, Pedagogical Advisor, and Instructor in Technology. Her non-profit experience includes board governance, project development and finance, as well as participation on many different types of committees.
Bruce joined the Natik board in the spring of 2017. He graduated nearly 100 years ago from Middlebury College with a BA in Spanish and is a certified public school Spanish instructor. He has worked extensively with students with immigration and programs to combat systemic poverty, both physical and educational. His involvement with Natik was an organic process of developing student Spanish language class curriculum, with the idea of helping those who cannot help themselves through US student-initiated sponsorship of the Santiago Scholarship program. He believes strongly in the wisdom of “not giving them fish, but to teaching them how to fish”. Bruce is working on a replicable curriculum that can be shared with Spanish teachers in the US who are interested in partnering with the Santiago Scholarship program.
Addison earned a BA in Anthropology with a Spanish language focus from Antioch College in 2017. She spent six months in Chiapas for her final co-op, working as a marketing intern for Mujeres Sembrando la Vida.. Through her relationships with weavers and her deep love of textiles, Addison has remained involved with searching for sales opportunities in the US, and joined the board in 2017. She sees her work with the cooperative, as a form of economic justice, and believes cross cultural connections are central to understanding the globalized world. Addison will be spending the next year teaching English in Spain before continuing onto a graduate program.
David began working with Natik during the summer of 2016 as the photography/videography intern. During his internship, he was able to gain first-hand experience with Natik’s partners and projects in both Chiapas and Sanitago Atitlán and developed a desire to remain involved with Natik after the conclusion of his internship. He joined the Natik board in 2017. David recently graduated with a BA in International Studies and a BA in Spanish from the University of Denver. He plans to spend a gap year teaching English in Latin America before continuing on to graduate school.
Bill joined the Natik board in 2017, after several months as a strategy and integration advisor to the executive director. After thirteen years of active and highly honored duty in the military, Bill retired to civilian life and obtained his MBA in an Executive Program with a specialization in Strategy and Leadership. Since 2015, he has worked with Amazon as Operations Manager, Senior Program Manager, and Logistics. The summary on his resume perfectly expresses the skills and passion that he brings to the Natik team: Results oriented and experienced in leading cross-functional teams in fast-paced and fluid environments. Driven by a passion to gather and develop great people, create efficient processes, and identify effective technologies to deliver innovative solutions and drive long-term results.
Past Board Members
Amish Parashar, Ippolita Di Paola, Kyle Farrell, Roisin Duffy-Gideon, Rebecca Galemba, Sarah Mawhorter, Brooke Pike, Heidi McAnnally-Linz, Anna Bramfeld, Amanda Flayer, Daniel Galemba, Trevor Jensen, Nat Lippert, Kevin McAndrew, David Morse, Gail Nystrom, Jesse Rokicki Parashar, Rebecca Perkins, Kathleen Reeder, Kristen Stelljes