Advisory Board

Jeannette Eunice Yalibat Ovalle de Quiroa

Jeannette, a business administrator, and photographer from Guatemala graduated from the Universidad Rafael Landívar in 2005 and also graduated as a photographer in 2008 from Loyola Global Hemispheric. She and her husband, Juan Carlos, own a multimedia material development and video production business. She is always interested in helping programs with social impact. For five years she was a volunteer missionary in Hearts in Action, a ministry focused on providing food, education, and values for children. She has supported many other programs that empower and provide food for those living in poverty. Currently, Jeannette volunteers with the Help the Widow and Orphan program, which provides food for those living at the city dump. Jeannette is the mother of two kids, Juan José and Joshua, and lives in Guatemala.

Juan Carlos Herminio Quiroa Villagran

Juan Carlos, an architect and television communicator from Guatemala, graduated as an architect from Universidad Rafael Landívar in 2011 and also graduated as a television communicator from Crossroads Conway School of Broadcasting and Communications in 2003. For many years, he worked for one of the largest churches in Guatemala, with the largest auditorium in Guatemala, with capacity for 15,000 people. He organized volunteers in the multimedia, photography, editing, backstage, lighting, filming, and graphic design departments. Currently, he runs his own company, which provides services of creativity, event production, and video filming. Juan Carlos has helped many new companies and non-profit organizations, providing and sponsoring their organization’s video, with expertise in video filming and editing. He is currently assisting the non-profit organization’s Financial Culture, which helps others cultivate good financial habits.

Bridget LaGro

Bridget is a registered nurse in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Unity Point Health-Meriter Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin. Prior to becoming a registered nurse, she spent several years working as a birth doula with the Madison-based organization Small Miracles, providing doula support for low-income women. She feels strongly about providing evidence-based, compassionate and culturally sensitive care to all women and their babies throughout the childbearing year. In addition to working in the NICU, she co-facilitates a community-based childbirth preparation class for families planning home births. She is a current student of nurse-midwifery at Frontier Nursing University and has a long-term goal of working in Guatemala with Supporting Safe Birth. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin, with her husband, son, and two dogs.

Carlos Alejandro Petersen Micheo

Carlos is an electronics engineer from Guatemala, with a large range of expertise in electronics, communications, and computers. He is a paramedic and a member-at-large of the fire department. He’s a member of the Board of Directors for two NGOs in Guatemala. He volunteers his time for eye surgery missions that take place in the country. He is married to Mariana and the father of three adult children and a grandfather of two.

Chad Comello

Chad is a librarian and writer living in Rolling Meadows, Illinois, with his wife Jenny and son. Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, he has visited Guatemala twice—first in high school and later in college—to serve in various capacities around the country. His Spanish is very rusty but he’d like to improve. You can find him at


Susan Pohorski

Susan is a public relations professional and long-time supporter of helping mothers and babies in Guatemala. She is a writer and serves as an elder for Faith Community Bible Church. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin, with her husband Jeff.