There is a board of directors in Mexico where Maya Indian Missions is called Ayudar es Compartir (to help is to share). A team made up of Maya and Mexican people are responsible for the projects in the villages. They include:
Pastora Millan, from Komchen, is Administrator of all programs. Pastora was a supervisor in one of the Maquiladora Factories until it closed. She is Maya and knows the people very well – a wonderful administrator.
Patricia Tamayo, from Merida, coordinates the Scholarship program and is responsible for our programs of outreach (Visantinas) in each pueblo and also the adult programs which meet each week and are concerned with justice issues in the pueblos. Patricia worked in Cuba for 20 years before returning to Merida.
Monica Alvarez is the young person who has developed and supervises our programs for Primary School Youth in Sierra Papacal, Cosgaya, Dzitya and San Antonio Ool. She has a master’s degree in psychology and education from the Marist University in Merida. She has developed a wonderful program which helps the kids get the education they deserve. She is also addressing the serious family issues of alcoholism and violence which are found in our families.
Welcome Abby Hurst
Fr. Bill celebrated the wedding of Abby Hurst and Joe Ziolkowski several years ago. Since then Abby and Joe have added three children to their family. They all visited Maya Missions in Mexico about six years ago. Recently they moved from California to Chelsea Michigan. Abby worked for a project begun by her cousin Jim. They built schools for the poor all over the world. They helped inner city kids in places like NYC and Chicago to get out of the impoverished conditions in which they lived by sharing their time with the elderly and the youth of their own inner city surroundings. Abby left that position so she could help her family.
We have hired her so that she can help us. Three times a year Abby will come to the Maya Missions. She will be the kind of person we need to look over our programs and advise our board on what might be needed so that we can continue our mission and meet the needs of the people. Bienvenida!!!
Fr. Bill Auth, osfs
When Fr. Bill is in Mexico he meets with the team and encourages their work.