Who We Are

Vision

To see the Ixil region flourish through Christ-centered education.

Mission

Equip the future generation of leaders through Christ-centered education to transform their families, villages and the Ixil Region.

Values

  • Christian faith lived out in community
  • Hope
  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Stewardship
  • Transformation

Board of Directors

Lolo Levy

Treasurer

Lolo Levy

Treasurer
Lolo is passionate about breaking the cycle of poverty with the rural poor and has been on multiple service team trips to Guatemala. Lolo was a CPA in public accounting and various large corporations, and now is a financial consultant helping individuals with accounting needs.



Becci Merritt

President and Board Chairman

Becci Merritt

President and Board Chairman
Becci owns her own business as an RN case manager in the field of workers’ compensation. Becci , a multi-trip veteran, began travelling to the Ixil in 1997 and is an ardent supporter of education for Ixil region students as a way to escape poverty.

Carrie Nordberg

Director

Carrie Nordberg

Director
Carrie lives in Bellevue, WA with her husband, four kids ages 6-19, and a big white dog named Banjo! She works part-time at her kids’ school in the admissions department and also coaches swimming in the summer. Carrie loves to swim, exercise, cook, bake, read, and hang out with friends. She serves as a volunteer on the drama team at her church and has been to Baja, Mexico & the Ixil, Guatemala for mission trips.

Kathy Riper

Director, Donor Engagement

Kathy Riper

Director, Donor Engagement
"I am grateful that God would call me to the work that NFE is doing in the Ixil region since 2001. I taught ice skating for 36 years to competitive and recreational students. I volunteered with Agros International for 16 years. My passion now is to help my dear friends. and new friends in the Ixil region of Guatemala have the opportunity to receive a higher education that they would not otherwise receive beyond the government provided primary school education through just the sixth grade."

Mary Young

Director

Mary Young

Director
Mary has been on several trips to the Ixil with a heart for providing an education for poor rural children. Mary is a project manager for an international software firm.










Heidi Reynolds Ph.D.

Director

Heidi Reynolds Ph.D.

Director
Materials Science Engineering Consultant, specializing in STEM education and project management. Heidi is passionate about empowering students to dream big, encouraging them to boldly follow God’s path for their lives.









 

Bill Safstrom

Vice-Chair and Academic Committee Chair

Bill Safstrom

Vice-Chair and Academic Committee Chair
Bill has extensive experience as a teacher and principal in Christian schools. He currently works in teacher education at Seattle Pacific University. He has worked with teachers and students in the Ixil region of Guatemala since the beginning of the Nicolas Fund for Education.

 

Guatemalan Staff

Ivan Espana

National Director - Guatemala

Ivan Espana

National Director - Guatemala
I have a Mechanical Industrial Engineering degree, have completed my MBA, and have a B.S. in Theology. I have a certification in Leadership from the John Maxwell Team. I define myself as a worshipper, a preacher and a teacher for the past 35 years. I love seeing people transformed by the love of Jesus. I started going to the Ixil in 2001 and God spoke to me in a vision to work with the poor people in my country. I began working for Nicolás Fund for Education in December 2010. I am most satisfied when I contribute my talents to the NFE students and their families. Being the National Director for NFE is one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had.