Ibis Schlesinger, Founder and CEO

Ibis is the founder and President of Ties to the World. She has been involved in projects to help people in need all her life - from entertaining at leprosy centers, senior centers and orphanages as a junior and senior high school student, to designing low-income homes for earthquake victims as a young adult, to coordinating medical and other supplies for flood relief in Guatemala more recently.

As a community leader, she has been president of a Northern California political party, chair of the education committee for the San Francisco Hispanic Chamber, and served on several boards and chaired several fundraising events

Marcos Ibargüen Segovia, Chair Board of Directors

Quiñones, Ibargüen & Luján, S.C., Guatemala City, Guatemala. Founding parter of the firm, June 1999. Corporate law, with emphasis in national and international commercial negotiation; general business and corporate law; distribution agreements; family business counseling (transitional and institutional processes); secured and structured financing; international financing, syndicated loans and project finance; mergers and acquisitions; telecommunications law; intellectual property; civil and commercial litigation and arbitration.

Member of the Advisory Committee of the Law School of Universidad del Istmo. President of the Advisory Committee of the Law School of Universidad del Istmo. Appointed by the Government of Guatemala as one of the 20 Panelists for Dispute Settlement under Section 20 of the Dominican Republic Central America Free Trade Agreement (DR-CAFTA). Appointed by the Government of Guatemala as one of the Panelists for Dispute Settlement in the Bilateral Free Trade Agreements with Belize and Taiwan. Has written on arbitration in Guatemala in publications made by the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). board member of other Guatemalan companies in the sugar, electrical generation, commercial and automotive distribution fields. Has written several articles on business law in business oriented Magazine Revista Gerencia

Kim Wirtz, MBA, Volunteer Program Manager: Art to the World

Kim Wirtz graduated from both the University of California, San Diego's bachelor program of Mechanical Engineering Science and the University of California, Berkeley's Masters in Business Administration program. She worked as a facility engineer, and later in real estate development, where she managed multiple aspects of the real estate development process in the urban S.F. Bay Area including finding land deals, negotiating purchase agreements, and obtaining the development entitlements for single family and multi family residential development

During her work as Auction Co-Chair at Sleepy Hollow Elementary School, in Orinda, CA, she developed theme and vision, and led teams of volunteers in producing a fundraiser that raised over $230,000 for the school. As program manager of Art to the World, Kim is in charge of leading our project and managing the production line which consists of greeting cards and paper cubes with the art produced by both Guatemalan local artists and the children from the Hogar San Francisco Xavier.

Jorge Alborna Campderros Amicelco, Treasurer

Amicelco represents and distributes over ninety European, North and Latin American Consumer and Health Products. Amicelco's clients include Abbot, Glaxo-Smith-Kline, Colgate, Laurel, Johnson & Johnson, Grise and many other. Amicelco's net of distribution covers all of Guatemala and serves large and small consumer stores as well as clinics, pharmacies and hospitals. Jorge has been working in Amicelco since 1974. He obtained his BA in business from Cal Poly and his MBA in economics from Universidad Francisco Marroquin in Guatemala. Jorge has served on the board of several organizations as President; Including; Camara de Comerio, Club Rotarios del Oeste, Cacif, Distribuidoras de Productos Farmaceuticos.

Jerry B. Hildebrand, Vice Chair

Jerry Hildebrand is one of the world's recognized leaders in microfinance and social entrepreneurship. He is currently director of the Global Center for Social Entrepreneurship at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA. Previous to this, Jerry was past-President and CEO of Katalysis Bootstrap Partnership, a microfinance network is one of the world's recognized leaders in social entrepreneurship in Central America, which provided micro loans to over 200,000 clients (67% women).

Previous to that he was Caribbean Regional Field Director for International Voluntary Services, founding board member of the Appalachian Alliance for Socio-Economic Development Projects, and the Deputy Director of Vermont's Office of Economic Opportunity. Jerry was also a charter fellow of the Robert F. Kennedy Foundation, and one of the first Peace Corps Volunteers stationed at Lake Titicaca, Peru.

Carlos Rodriguez Domene, Legal Advisor

(Born in Guatemala City, 1976) He obtained his law degree at Universidad Francisco Marroquín in 2004 and a Masters of Law (LL. M.) in U.S. Law for Foreign Lawyers at the University of Texas, Austin (UT), (USA) in 2004. He is licensed to practice law in Guatemala. Before working at Quiñones, Ibargüen & Luján, S.C., he first worked as an Associate Attorney in one of the most respected trademark law firms in Guatemala.

He was a member of the Honor Tribunal of Universidad Francisco Marroquín Law School and also Secretary of the LL.M. Student Organization and Research Assistant for the Contracts and Corporations professor, both at University of Texas, Austin. His practice areas include: Corporate law, Tax law, International Project Finance, judicial and administrative litigation, civil and commercial contracts, and Patent & Trademark Law.

In The Memory of John M. James

John James was director of the James Institute, an education, counseling and consulting center in Lafayette, CA. John taught professionals from over 50 countries at the Institute, and was a keynote speaker and workshop leader for public and professional groups in Mexico, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, Central and South America, Australia, Southeast Asia, Europe, Canada and across the US. He was the author of 4 books, including Passion for Life: Psychology and the Human Spirit. John also taught psychology and religion courses at Saint Mary's College of California, where he served as Director of Sport Psychology for the intercollegiate teams. John was founder and director of the Oasis Center, a Day Treatment School and Residential Treatment Home in California

"Our mission is to establish a set of trade business practices that can help orphanges create financial self-sustaninability while teaching the children life skills and successful independent living."
–Ibis Schlesinger