Board of Directors
Letty López Contreras
President, Founder and Executive Director
A therapist, she found her mission a long time ago providing education to children with different forms of learning. She began the school with a positive attitude, 2 tables and 8 chairs. As a result Letty’s leadership, Brillo de Sol has grown to over 50 students in the school, added an early learning program, plus programs for speech therapy, psychology, teacher training, parent education, cooking classes, karate , and other academic support. Through various means, she carries the message of how important it is to provide special education opportunities in Guatemala and informs families about the strengths and minds of their children. She is a tireless champion for these children, constantly reminding people of the gifts and potential they possess.
“I work every day to maintain excellence in education and rehabilitation of our students, always ensuring that their education is appropriate to their needs, they learn values such as respect for diversity, develop their critical thinking skills, that they realize how bright they are and. above all, to see life with joy.”
After serving in the United States Navy and a number of years in the wireless industry, Jaime earned his Master’s degree in Library Science from The Palmer School of Library Science and Information, Long Island University. Afterward, he volunteered for our partner organization, CasaSito as a librarian, then went on to a full time job with CasaSito heading up El Plan Infinito, a community center in nearby Santiago Zamora. There, he coordinated the reading and after-school programs, organized community events and health programs, and partnered with the village elementary school on a number of projects. He was also mentored students in both the Debate Club and Entrepreneur programs.
“The first time I met Letty, I was touched by the caring and warmth she shows not only to the children, but to everyone around her. Brillo de Sol is a special place. Children that would otherwise be given up on receive the nurturing, education, and values to enable them to be responsible and productive adults.”
Lorenzo is a special educator, who has 15 years working on projects to help children with special needs and children at risk of joining gangs or gangs.
“‘I believe in Brillo de Sol.’ I saw its birth, I saw their needs, their joys and their problems, but mostly I always see the perseverance, love and real changes in the lives of children, so I wanted to help.”
Joe comes to us with 25 years’ experience in accounting, information systems and operations management in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors. He has served in a number of volunteer roles over the years, including many years as a board member and finance committee chair for a Catholic Elementary school in Baltimore Maryland, as a Scout leader, and most recently as a volunteer with our partner organization, CasaSito, developing a curriculum and mentoring young entrepreneurs. He holds a degree in Accounting from Loyola University and an MBA from Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts.
“When I first encountered the children from Brillo de Sol at the CasaSito Festivals, and watched how they looked out for each other, I knew this program was something special. The love and care Letty and her team provide the children are an inspiration and I’m grateful to be a part of it.”
Jorge Alejandro Arriola
Psychologist and and advisor to the municipality of Antigua Guatemala; Former teacher at Brillo de Sol.
Enrique Morales Baiza
Mechanical Engineer and University Professor, University of San Carlos of Guatemala
supporting their students with improvements in school infrastructure
Leo is a 22-year old law student, and the founder of the movement, “Es hora Guatemala” (“Guatemala’s time”) an organization to promote values in Guatemala and teach young citizen about participation and social change. He was the 2013 coordinator of Casa Sito’s Debate Club, which teaches young people research, critical thinking, and presentation skills.
“Being part of Brillo de Sol is an opportunity for a great deal of personal growth and and opportunity and to help grow the children and young people of Guatemala. I believe in Guatemala, its people, its children and youth.”