Our Board of Directors
Daniel Paz, President
Danny’s first official duty for Long Way Home was driving a donated truck from the United States to Comalapa in 2009. He stayed in-country for four months and during that period he made a long-term commitment to the success of the organization. His background in international management, experience in Latin American politics, and educational background have made him an integral part of LWH.
Danny holds a Master's in Pacific International Affairs from the Graduate School of International Relations/Pacific Studies at UC San Diego. He currently is a realtor serving the Greater Los Angeles area.
Jon Fripp was introduced to Long Way Home by former LWH staff member, Lisa Massey, in 2008. He was very impressed with the dedication and ethic of the organization. In 2010 and 2012, Jon worked with LWH as a professional mentor for an Engineers Without Borders (EWB) water project in Panimacac. He joined the board in 2013.
Jon is a civil engineer with undergraduate and graduate degrees from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He has worked in a variety of areas in the developing world but now lives in Arlington, Texas.
Jacob M. Lopez
Jacob discovered Long Way Home before he took a three month sabbatical from his day job in 2013, working as a manufacturing data adviser and process improvement lead for Cameron International Corporation. After spending five weeks in Comalapa digging a cistern, making cob balls, and having several hitch-hiking adventures, he was hooked! He joined various committees in 2014 and became a board member in 2015.
Jacob holds a dual Bachelor of Arts Degree in Cultural and Social Anthropolgy and Policy Studies from Rice University and currently works and lives in northern Italy.
Imani was one of the founding board members for Long Way Home, serving from 2004 to 2006, and returned to the Board in 2015. He served as a Peace Corps Volunteer working on education and development projects in Alta Verapaz, Guatemala at the same time as LWH Executive Director, Mateo Paneitz. Imani is excited to be reuniting with the LWH team.
Currently, Imani serves a Program Director for the Minority Youth Violence Prevention Initiative in Sacramento, CA. This program seeks to reduce violence by integrating Public Health, Education and Community Policing strategies under one multi-sector approach. He brings expertise in various areas including organizational, strategic and financial management.
Elizabeth Rose first became involved with Long Way Home in August 2005 when she and her family visited Parque Chimiyá, the recreational facility that LWH built before Técnico Chixot. Elizabeth served as President of the Board of Directors from December 2008 to December 2013. She founded the Rubbish to Runway ReFashion Show to fundraise for LWH in 2010.
She has Master's Degrees from Boston University in Clinical Social Work and from Antioch University New England in Conservation Biology. She is delighted that LWH emphasizes sustainability in all of its projects.
Alexander Sinclair first traveled to Guatemala in the summer of 2007. This trip precipitated two theses, one in Spanish, about tourism in Guatemala for his bachelor’s degree from Roger Williams University. He later returned while studying micro-credit at Westfield State University. His Master’s thesis was used to earn a grant from the university to fund the MicroLending program at LWH. Alexander returns twice each year to select new borrowers for this program.
Stateside, Alexander is a stay-at-home father to Sandy, the baby pictured above. He and his wife, Dr. Stephanie, took her on a medical trip to Long Way Home’s campus in Comalapa when she was seven months old.