Amigos

Amigos Hospitalito Atitlán ("Amigos") is a US nonprofit corporation formed to provide financial, material and human resources backing to subsidized healthcare services in rural Guatemala. Its focus was on Guatemalan charitable organizations that had strong roots in their local communities and could leverage Amigos support with a broad base of donors and volunteers.

Amigos has fulfilled this mission through its commitment to Hospitalito Atitlán. It has awarded the hospital two grants, providing:

  • Money underwriting subsidies for medical treatment.
  • Funds for the construction of the new hospital building, completed in 2011.

It not only offers financial support, but also organizational, technical and marketing assistance that enhances Hospitalito Atitlán's work. Amigos also processes all US donations.

The Amigos Board of Directors includes:

Officers

Leslie J. YermanChair
Lyn DickeyVice Chair
Lisa GattiSecretary
Larry FinneganTreasurer

Trustees

Kenneth L. Bachenberg, MD
Michael Harvey
Robert Meyer, MD
Michaeld Oswald
Brian L. Strom, MD, MPH

Leslie J. Yerman, Chair

Leslie made her first trip to Guatemala in 2011 for a photography workshop. While in Santiago Atitlán, she met Lyn Dickey and Mike Harvey at a Hospitalito fundraiser and offered to volunteer. For the past three years, she has provided HA with pro bono communications services including the rewriting and re-launch of the Hospitalito website, media releases and editing and counsel on newsletters and other marketing and development materials. Leslie is a multifaceted consultant with extensive experience in the nonprofit, private, and public sectors in communications, management/administration, special events and fundraising strategies. She is a HA maternal/child sponsor and also sponsors a Guatemalan orphan through Tree 4 Hope. Leslie is also a photographer.

Lyn Dickey, Vice Chair

Lyn drove to Guatemala in 1980 and dreamed of returning someday to live on the shores of Lake Atitlán. She continued to travel to Mexico and Central America, while raising a family, running a natural foods business, founding a recycling center and being an artist/photographer. In 2001, she built a solar-powered home near Santiago Atitlán, fulfilling a life-long dream. Lyn has been instrumental throughout the history of the Hospitalito. She was Founder and Treasurer of Comité K'aslimaal (2003 - 2006), which spearheaded the hospital's re-opening after the Guatemalan civil war. From 2006-2011, Lyn was treasurer of Asociación K'aslimaal - Hospitalito Atitlán, the hospital Board, when she became its secretary. Today, she serves as the Hospitalito's development officer.

Lisa Gatti, Secretary

Lisa has been involved with Hospitalito Atitlán since 2008 when she spent time in Santiago Atitlán as a University of Pennsylvania graduate student. She has spent several long periods living and working in the community. This included one year as a Fulbright Fellow, during which she acted as the Hospitalito's development manager. Lisa has also worked in Mexico, Thailand, Kenya and Tanzania. She has BSN and MSN (health leadership) degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and has completed several fellowships with its Center of Health Disparities and the Department of Global Health. Lisa is currently supervising several maternal child health program through Jefferson County Public Health in Golden, CO. She is a HA maternal/child sponsor.

Larry Finnegan, Treasurer

Larry has served as AHA Treasurer for three years. He lived in Santiago, Chile in the 1980s while working with the United Nations and, more recently, in Guatemala where he was active in several local charities including Hospitalito Atitlán. Larry worked for the US Census Bureau for 20 years, leaving in 1995 to start his own landscaping and nursery business. He has been involved with the Hospitalito since 2005, right after the Hurricane Stan mudslides. He was on the board of Asociación K'aslimaal before becoming an AHA Board member. He lives on the coast of Maine.

Kenneth L. Bachenberg, MD

Kenneth L. Bachenberg, MD is Chief Medical Officer and Patient Safety Officer at PeaceHealth at the St Joseph Medical Center in Bellingham, WA. Previously, Ken was PeaceHealth's Medical Director of Perioperative Surgical Services. Prior to joining PeaceHealth, he was an anesthesiologist at Bellingham Anesthesia Associates for 23 years. Since 2007, Ken has made regular missions to Santiago Atitlán, Guatemala; medical and with the St. Paul's Episcopal Church. Since 2009, he has participated in surgical team and anesthesia training in Managua, Nicaragua with Health Volunteers Overseas. A graduate of Creighton University (Omaha, NE), he was Chief Anesthesia Resident and Critical Care Fellow at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Michael Harvey

Mike is currently studying for his doctorate in Public Health at University of California, Berkeley. From 2011-2012, he lived in Santiago Atitlán while he served as HA's development manager. During that time, he managed a diverse portfolio of public health and sustainability projects, oversaw annual fundraising drives, contributed to grant applications, and administered the completion the hospital's $1.5 million capital campaign. He has a Masters in Public Health from the University of Pennsylvania, where he also took part in the Guatemalan Health Initiative - a longstanding partnership between Penn and HA. He recently served as a research associate for the John Hopkins HealthCare Research and Development Unit. He is a HA maternal/child sponsor.

Robert Meyer, MD

Rob is a practicing pediatrician at the Windsor Street Health Center of the Cambridge Health Alliance, Cambridge, MA. He is also an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, Associate Pediatrician at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Pediatric Residency Director at The Cambridge Hospital. Rob first visited Guatemala in 2006 for a week of Spanish immersion. Since then, he has served as a volunteer physician at Hospitalito Atitlán for two to four weeks each year. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, he completed his pediatric residency as Chief of Residence at Boston's Mass General Hospital.

Michael Oswald

Mike is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist who obtained his Master's degree from the University of South Carolina. He spent two years in Colombia, SA on an LDS mission where he learned to speak Spanish fluently. He has also participated in 10 eye surgery missions to Guatemala, where he has built relationships with the people of Santiago Atitlán. A resident of Coeur d Alene, ID, he practices anesthesia at Kootenai Health. He has a special interest in orthopedic surgery where he enjoys performing regional blocks. Mike and his wife Teresa have four children and enjoy having exchange students in their home.

Brian L. Strom MD, MPH

Brian is the inaugural chancellor of the Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences -eight schools and their attendant faculty practices, centers, institutes, and clinics in New Jersey. An MD and MPH, he is a renowned epidemiologist and award-winning teacher and clinician. Previously, he was executive vice dean for institutional affairs at the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine. He founded Penn's Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics. He has been principal investigator on over 225 grants, including $70 million in direct costs alone. As part of the Penn-Guatemala program, he was principal investigator on a $1.1 million NIH-sponsored grant to train clinicians and research from two Guatemalan universities in in clinical epidemiology, the study of diseases, over a five-year period. In 2008, Brian received of the John Phillips Memorial Award for Outstanding Work in Clinical Medical from the American College of Physicians, one of the most prestigious awards in internal medicine.