Board of Directors
As President and founder of PLACE Consulting, Inc., Kimberly Bares draws on her diverse community and economic development experience to design and implement dynamic, effective and practicable urban revitalization strategies and tools. Kimberly’s expertise in development, TIFs, BIDs, commercial district planning, governance and strategic planning make her an engaging speaker on the future of America’s urban areas.
Kimberly is a sought-after interim leader and executive leadership consultant, having transformed 10 organizations on an interim basis since 2012. Before forming PLACE Consulting, Kimberly was the executive director of several organizations, focusing on economic development, community organizing and housing development in Baltimore and the Chicago area.
Kimberly has a Masters of Urban Planning and Policy from the University of Illinois-Chicago, and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Northwestern University.
Pamela E. Winthrop is a seasoned fundraiser with over 20 years experience working in independent schools in the United States and Denmark. Pam currently serves as the Director of Institutional Advancement at Chinese American International School, in San Francisco, where she oversaw a 135% increase in parent support in her first two years, designed and implemented the first capital campaign in the school’s 33-year history, and surpassed the goal by 25%.
Pam is an associate with Graham-Pelton fundraising consultants, and her clients have included International School of Kenya, The Harker School (CA), Morgan Park Academy (IL), Southern Appalachian Historical Association (NC), and Neighborhood Schoolhouse (VT). She has presented at numerous conferences.
Pam received her bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College.
Elizabeth Bagnas is a strategic alliance professional with a global power management company. She collaborates with Information Technology (IT) partners for joint solution deployment and demand generation and was named to CRN magazine’s 2016 Women of the Channel list for expertise and vision in the IT channel.
For the past 20 years, she has held various marketing and sales roles and has helped with marketing activities for Mayan Families since 2008. Elizabeth holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California, San Diego.
Beth McFadyen is a Human Resources Professional, specializing in Organization Development and Training. Practicing primarily in the technology and finance sectors, Beth consults in the areas of organization design, performance management, courseware development, professional skills training delivery, and team building facilitation. Former employers and clients include General Electric, Lotus Development Corporation, Cambridge Technology Partners, and Incentive Systems, Inc..
Beth has been connected with Mayan Families since 2006 and has visited Guatemala on an almost annual basis. She resides in the suburbs of Boston with her husband, Jay, and their four children. Beth’s youngest child was adopted from Guatemala and was the inspiration behind supporting a non-profit organization linked to his Mayan heritage.
Over the years, Beth has served Mayan Families as a donation shipment leader and a financial manager. Additionally, she regularly visits Panajachel and volunteers with food distribution, stove building, blog posting, and organization consulting. The McFadyen Family is a financial supporter of the El Barranco Pre-School and plays an active role in the student and elderly sponsorship programs.
Beth earned her Master of Science degree in Organization Development and Training from Lesley University, and she received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
A native of New Zealand and a citizen of the United States, Sy Wyatt is an entrepreneur and an adventurer. Su is the founder and sole proprietor of a holistic medical practice in Santa Barbara, CA. She has over 40 years experience as a health program developer and health care provider, supporting families in achieving better health. Su has worked in a Guatemalan hospital and has returned to the country with surgical teams.
Su has been connected to Mayan Families co-founder Sharon Smart-Poage for over 30 years. She recalls while travelling with Sharon from Solola to Panajachel, Guatemala, for the first time, when Sharon said, “I think there is something down here for me.”
Su received her BSN and MSN-FNP, Honors Magna Cum Laude at the University of San Diego, with a sub specialty in migrant health.