All salaried staff members of AIR are Guatemalan professionals. Through our efficiency, experience, and many volunteer hours, we are able to channel an extraordinary 96% of your donations directly to the fieldwork and programs in Guatemala.
Dr. Hallum started AIR after leading a group of university students to Guatemala on a school project. 22 years later AIR has planted over 4.2 million trees and trained over 2,700 farm families. Read more about Anne’s story here.
Cecilia Ramirez has been the Executive Director of AIR (“AIRES” in Spanish) since 1996. She has a Degree in Business Administration from the Universidad Rafael Landivar in Guatemala City, and has been an invited member of three Boards of Directors in Guatemala that work in forestry and micro-businesses (INCOFIN, MECOFOR V, ADAM). Sra. Ramirez’s organizational and motivational talent is a key reason for AIR’s accountability and extraordinary efficiency in which productivity increases year after year. She also arranges every detail of AIR’s summer mission trips.
Our field technicians are specialists trained in agro-forestry and environmental engineering. They are Guatemalan professionals who come from the area where AIR works. This is important for the success of AIR’s programs because they quickly have the trust and confidence of the farmers with whom they work and are able to communicate in the native language of Kaqchikel, as well as in Spanish.
Anne M. Hallum - Chairperson – Atlanta, GA
Rachel M. Hallum-Montes - Director - Qualitative Research Specialist, Sociologist – ZS Associates, Inc. and QualResearch Plus – Brooklyn, NY
Lorna Jean Hagstrom - Director – Agriculturalist,Community Activist, Philanthropist - DeLand, FL
Candace Lankford - Director – Philanthropist, Chair of County School Board – DeLand, FL
Ken McCoy - Director – Professor of Theatre Arts and Latin American Studies - Stetson University – DeLand, FL
Robert McIntosh - Director – Attorney, Peace Corps Volunteer, Philanthropist – Sanford, FL
Glenda Gray - Director - Actress, Philanthropist – Norcross, GA
C. McFerrin Smith – Circuit Court Judge, Philanthropist – DeLand, FL
William T. Potter – Founding Partner, Liberty Creative Group, Inc. – Rotary Club Liaison – Winter Springs, FL
Rev. Lawrence Cuthill – Presbyterian Pastor (PCUSA) – Welaka, FL
Christopher Stubbs – Director – Founding President, Link Staffing Services – Rotary International Liaison - Sanford, FL