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Meet the team on a mission to be that helping hand on the path to stronger communities.

  • SHELBY AUSBAND

    PRESIDENT & CO-FOUNDER

    Shelby moved to Guatemala after graduating and immediately began immersing herself in work in hospitals and villages around Antigua. With 6+ years of experience in business, marketing and fundraising, she heads up the Stateside operations for our team while making as many trips down as possible! As our resident chief dreamer, she is always striving for more and is passionate about connecting people to the real-life stories behind our sponsorships and businesses. She fully believes that this is our chance to give a chance.

  • ALI NEW

    DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION

    Ali spent the past seven years in the classroom both in Central America and in the States. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in reading instruction and a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Ali leads all facets of our educational program from student sponsorship to teacher development. She believes that a curriculum is only as strong as its teacher, and it’s her mission to help the schools we work with become models of change for the entire country.

  • TY NEW

    CEO & CO-FOUNDER

    Ty also moved to Guatemala after college to build houses with his brohter, Lee and has since moved back and planted roots in Antigua. With an MBA and 7+ years of experience working with startups and small businesses, Ty heads up our Guatemala operations. He has seen first-hand that talent, strength and courage are all evenly dispersed, but opportunity is not. Ty is proud that Project Apoyo gets to play a small part in big change by connecting you to schools, leaders and organizations to make a real impact in Guatemala.

  • GIOVANNI SANTIZO AND JOSÉ & LUIS ARIAS AGUILAR

    Giovanni lives in a nearby village and is at the bakery bright and early taking care of orders, and in turn, taking care of his family in the process. Through hard work and classes, he continues to master his craft and our business.

    José & Luis run our daily operations and are an integral part in taking Panaderia Apoyo to the next level. Through business and recipe development, these brothers are local experts who deeply care about the impact on their surrounding communities!

    Click here to learn more about this awesome operations team!

  • HANNAH PUDDY

    After dedicating her life to volleyball both growing up and at the University of Mississippi, God changed Hannah’s path and called her towards mission work. As an education major at Ole Miss, she now lives out her faith while serving others. Hannah is excited to join our team as an intern and promises to bring her energy, enthusiasm and positive attitude to Project Apoyo!