Ron Noecker — Executive Director

Ron Noecker came to Guatemala in 2004 and found support and hope for that time in his life. When he returned to the U.S. in 2005, he promised himself that he would return someday. He then worked for six years as an oncology nurse at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore before finally returning to keep his promise.

Now in his seventh year as Executive Director of Nursing Heart Inc | Asociación Corazón de Enfermería, he remains enthusiastic about sharing his life and work in Guatemala with the nurses who visit to learn with and from NHI|ACE partner communities each year.

Sara Castañeda — Manager of Services

Sara is originally from Guatemala but lived in the U.S. for almost nine years. She has a degree in computer science and electronics with experience working in the industry for 15 years. In July of 2012, she was looking for opportunities to volunteer with an organization that would help her continue to speak English. That is when she met Ron Noecker. She fell in love with the work of what is now known as Asociación Corazón de Enfermería.

Sara finds meaning in service, organizing ACE general and women’s clinics alongside community leaders and organizational partners. She deeply enjoys interpreting for medical teams and using her management skills to enhance the learning and travel experiences of visiting groups.

César Santos — Clinical Director

Blanqui López — Pharmacist

Javier Orellana — Administrative Assistant | ACE