• girlsempo@gmail.com

Our Team

We accomplish our work through the efforts of a great team!

ASOEMPO Board of Directors, Staff and General Assembly (Guatemala)

Asociación Empoderamiento (ASOEMPO) is a registered non-profit in Guatemala. Our mission is to improve the quality of life and the well-being of rural girls in the protected tropical rainforest region of Rio Dulce, Guatemala.

Sonia Lemus, Co-founder, Girls Program Leader, Secondary School Teacher

Sonia Yessenia Lemus Caal


Fundraising & Partnerships, Project Coordinator


Amalia de Paz López

Vice President

Lesly Merary Alarcón Martínez


School Teacher

Heidy Eloida Jor Figueroa



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Ana Pop Pop

Vocal I

lngrid Auxiliadora Chub Caal

Vocal II

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Beverly Yamileth Maas Bo

Vocal III

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Sandy Angelica Tux Catun

School Teacher

Eugenio Choc, School Bus Driver

Eugenio Choc

School Boat Driver

Erik Zolorsano, School Bus Driver

Erik Zolorsano

School Boat Driver

ASOEMPO General Assembly / Community Representatives

Lagunitas: Mirna Xol Xi & Magdalena Caal de la Cruz
Creek Jute: Matilde Cac
Nueva Generación: Julia Ac Chocoj & Rosario Shol
La Angostura: Ana Pop Pop & Santos Pop Holom
Barra de Lampara: Beverly Yamileth Maas Bo y Sandy Angelica Tux Catún
Piedra Pintada: Guadalupe Xi & Josefa Maxz
El Cedro: Blanca Estela Pop Cholom & Luisa Yat Choc
Plan Grande Tatin: Yosselyn Rossana Coc Coc & Maria Cristina Xol Pop
Creek Maya: Ericka Coc & Graciela Macz.
Totzbiyal: Ingrid Auxiliadora Chub Caal & Telma Maas Caal

GirlsEmpo Board of Directors (US)

GirlsEmpo is a US-based 501c3 all-volunteer non-profit organization. Our objective is to provide support to ASOEMPO to acheive our shared mission. We do this through fundraising, partnership development, capacity building, and financial oversight.


Anne M Richey

President & Founder

Fundraising & Development

Kathy Deener

Secretary & Co-founder

Amy Young


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Jeannie Zielinski

Financial Management & Operations


Leslie Paulson

Fundraising & Development


D Scott Davis

Fundraising & Development

GirlsEmpo Volunteers (US)

Thank you to our volunteers, without whom we could not accomplish our work!


Jimena Noelia Lopez

Documents Translation

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Meredith Farley

Girls’ Advocate