SERES Global

sherry-miller-profileSherry Miller

President and Board Member, SERES Global

Dr. Miller is an Adjunct Professor at Framingham University, Consulting Partner with Empowerment Unlimited and an internationally renowned education and facilitator. She is also the currently serving as Treasurer of Asociación SERES.

Upon retiring from Colegio Maya, where Dr. Miller was the director for 9 years, she made a decision to evolve her retirement into an invitation to be more present, more human and more full of grace and thankfulness.

Sherry has been a passionate advocate for SERES since first meeting the founder in a small coastal community in 2012 with two SERES alumni. Since then, she has supported SERES growth and development with her tireless energy, her deep belief in helping youth find their voices and empowering them to lead their communities, her passion for Appreciative Inquiry and Appreciative Leadership and her hope to be a part of caring for our planet in the best possible ways we can.

 

Kathy Ruhf

Secretary and Board Member, SERES Global

Kathy has spent most of her professional life on sustainability issues, specifically in relation to food systems and farming. She currently works as the Executive Director of Land for Good, a US 501c3 organization that supports small-scale farmers, landowners and communities to navigate the complex challenges of land access, tenure and transfer. Kathy is also a Senior Fellow on the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group and a consultant to various agencies, foundations and NGOs on a wide range of sustainable agriculture and food systems topics.

Kathy brings her practical experience  in planning, site development, capacity building and training along with a deep appreciation for sustainability education and sustainable land use experience to her work as a Champion with SERES.

 

Alissa Harrington

Treasurer and Board Member, SERES Global

Alissa Harrington is a change-maker from Oakland, CA by way of Wisconsin. She has over 10 years of experience in a diverse range of roles aimed at making the world a more sustainable place including solar materials research scientist, social entrepreneur, and energy efficiency evaluator. Alissa brings these skills and passion for sustainability and spreadsheets to her work as a SERES Champion.

 

 

 

Photo 29Jacob Carter

Board Member, SERES Global

Jacob Carter is an International Education and Nonprofit Consultant and is currently completing a doctoral program at the Center for International Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He has over ten years of experience working in the education sector in Guatemala and recently returned from a 10-month Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship conducting research for the Guatemalan Ministry of Education on their National Reading Program. As an Education Specialist, he works in Spanish and in English; designs and manages organizational change processes; writes literature reviews, annotated bibliographies, and analytical documents in both academic and professional contexts, and has over a decade of hands-on experience working with and serving as a board member for various educational nonprofits.

 

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Alia Whitney-Johnson

Board Member, SERES Global

Alia Whitney-Johnson is the founder of Emerge Global, a social enterprise in Sri Lanka that equips girls who have survived sexual abuse with the business acumen, financial capital, and life skills to lead healthy, self-sufficient lives. Using jewellery creation as a tool for education, art therapy, and financial empowerment, Emerge has enabled more than 550 young women to launch businesses, finance education, build homes, and mentor other young women. Emerge was selected as Boston’s Small Charity of the Year (2010, Classy Awards) and has been featured on the front page of the Boston Globe’s fashion section, in Glamour Magazine, on Good Morning Sri Lanka, and as the cover story of Sri Lanka’s largest pop culture magazine. In 2013, Emerge was the featured case study in the book “Do Good Well,” a #1 Amazon bestseller with reviews from Muhammad Yunus and Nicholas Kristof. Emerge has been recognized by the American Ambassador and Miss Sri Lanka, and has successfully transitioned to local leadership in Sri Lanka.

 

Asociación SERES, Guatemala

 

Elizabeth Pellecer Rivera

President, Asociación SERES

Born and raised in Mixco, Guatemala, Elizabeth Pellecer Rivera obtained her undergraduate degree in eco-tourism from Universidad de Valle Guatemala in 2010, and graduated with a master’s degree in international development studies from Palacký University Olomouc in the Czech Republic in 2016. She now works in health studies, investigating social and communications aspects of the field.

From her experiences working in community tourism and environmental projects, Elizabeth has learned the importance of a local focus in development initiatives, because each context is different, along with the importance of empowerment in achieving sustainability.

Aside from her work, Elizabeth’s interests include traveling, music, and spending time with family and friends.

 

Ana Isabel Cifuentes

Vice President, Asociación SERES

Anisa Cifuentes was born and raised in Guatemala City, Guatemala. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology, with concentrations in Sociology and Art and Design, from Purdue University in Indiana in 2006. In 2016 Anisa graduated with a master’s in human resource management and organizational development from Universidad Galileo.

She currently works as the Education Manager at Glasswing International, directing educational programs in Guatemalan public schools. In 2013 she co-founded Café Pendiente Guatemala, the Guatemalan branch of an international initiative which mobilizes people buying coffee at participating businesses to purchase an additional coffee to be given to someone in need.  Her professional and academic experience has been focused on the social action and non-profit sector. Anisa is dedicated to social development work, and seeks to support forms of positive change focused on poverty and education in Guatemala.

Anisa is also a certified yoga instructor for children and adults since 2015. Apart from her work, her interests include volunteering, yoga, traveling, and discovering new spaces.

 

sherry-miller-profileSherry Miller

Treasurer, Asociación SERES

Dr. Miller is an Adjunct Professor at Framingham University, Consulting Partner with Empowerment Unlimited and an internationally renowned education and facilitator. She is also currently serving as President of SERES Global.

Upon retiring from Colegio Maya, where Dr. Miller was the director for 9 years, she made a decision to evolve her retirement into an invitation to be more present, more human and more full of grace and thankfulness.

Sherry has been a passionate advocate for SERES since first meeting the founder in a small coastal community in 2012 with two SERES alumni. Since then, she has supported SERES growth and development with her tireless energy, her deep belief in helping youth find their voices and empowering them to lead their communities, her passion for Appreciative Inquiry and Appreciative Leadership and her hope to be a part of caring for our planet in the best possible ways we can.

 

Axel Salanic

Elected Youth Ambassador Representative, Guatemala

Axel Salanic is a SERES youth leader and local ambassador from Cantel, Quetzaltenango.

He currently is a student of Pedagogy at the Universidad de San Carlos in Quetzaltenango, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. He is part of the Municipal Youth Council of Cantel, and has a certificate in music. In Axel’s opinion, “there is no better tool for combatting social and natural problems than sustainable development.” He first found about SERES in 2015 and has been part of their programs of empowerment and leadership as a youth ambassador since 2016.

Axel is very interested in learning about historical and social processes in Guatemala. He dedicates his free time to reading and practicing the piano.

 

Yeymy Ruiz

Elected Youth Ambassador Representative, El Salvador

Yeymy is a SERES youth leader and ambassador from Suchitoto, El Salvador. Currently she is participating in different processes and spaces in various institutions and organizations, such as the municipal government of Suchitoto, the intersectional environmental roundtable, the rural youth network of Cuscatlán, and ADES. She studied at the superior technician level in tourism management and development at the Universidad Católica de El Salvador.

She is especially interested in organic agriculture, entrepreneurship, and popular education. She discovered SERES in 2012 when she participated in an Actívate Congress, and later on the youth sustainability summit which she also participated in that same year. She’s been involved in different congresses in Ahuachapán, Panchimalco, and Suchitoto, and has worked in supporting action plans of other groups in other departments and communities. Ultimately she went through the process of becoming a SERES ambassador and was elected by the ambassador network to be the 2017 Salvadoran youth representative to the Asociación SERES executive board.

Apart from her work, Yeymy likes playing soccer and working with children.