Our Team

Dream Team


Alberto Armira

Head Foreman

Vivi Calán

Bottle School Director

Andres González

Development Director

Board of Directors

The Hug It Forward Board of Directors do not and have never received a salary for their operational and logistical guidance which allows more resources to be invested in our on-the-ground operations.

Zach Balle


Adam Flores


Dave Watson

Chairman of the Board

Board of Advisors

Our Board of Advisors ensure that Hug It Forward runs smoothly and we would not be where we are today without their invaluable support.

Mike Azcue

Business Development

Chris Barry

Community Development

Scott Burrows


Jarrett (Javi) Carpenter

Community Development

Janet Casteel


Bill Cohan


Gabe Cohan


Judy Cohan


Siggy Bataille Holbik

Community Development

Solomon Marsala

Team Development

Carmen Mauk

Community Development

Sherry Miller

Community Development

Tricia Stevens

Business Development

Kautia Vaden

Business Development

Franklin Voorhees

Community Development

Mykell Winterowd

Community Development

R.I.P. Jorge Guzmán

Jorge Guzmán, Hug It Forward’s much loved Director of Environmental Education, passed away tragically on Monday, September 9, 2013. His love of teaching and his passion for the communities of San Martín Jilotepeque continue to inspire us every day, and he will live on forever in our hearts.