Staff

Suzanne Benally (Navajo and Santa Clara Tewa), Executive Director. Suzanne comes to Cultural Survival from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, where she served as the associate provost for institutional planning and assessment and associate vice president for academic affairs. She was also a core faculty member in environmental studies and a member of the president’s cabinet. Before starting at Naropa in 1999, she was deputy director and director of education programs at the American Indian Science and Engineering Society and director of the Institute on Ethnic Diversity at the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education.  She has been a teacher at the university level and has served as a consultant to philanthropic foundations, nonprofit organizations, and many higher education institutions. Additionally, she has worked extensively with American Indian communities. Her interests, teaching, and passions are focused on the relationship between land, spirituality, and people as reflected in stories, and in environmental issues and Indigenous rights. Contact Suzanne at sbenally@cs.org.

Mark Camp, Deputy Executive Director. From 1993 to 1998, Mark ran Joint Effort, a small fair trade company that imported crafts from Maya cooperatives in Guatemala. He came to Cultural Survival in 1998 and served as Membership Coordinator and Editor of Cultural Survival Voices before assuming his current duties in 2004.  Contact Mark at mcamp[at]cs.org.

Kaimana Barcarse (Kanaka Hawaiʻi), FPIC Radio Series Producer & Program Director.  Kaimana is also the lead DJ of Alana I Kai Hikina on KWXX-FM, and is the Coordinator of Hawaiian Language & Culture for the ʻĀina Based Education Department of the Kamehameha Schools whose mission is to improve the capability and well being of Hawaiians through Education. Kaimana was the director of the former Honuakai Exploration Sciences and Voyaging Division of the 'Aha Punana Leo which utilized the wa'a (canoe) as a platform to strengthen the Hawaiian language skills and cultural traditions of its participants. He continues to educate and further his work on voyaging and navigation through his roles with the ʻOhana Waʻa, as a board member of Nā Kālai Waʻa Moku o Hawaiʻi, as a Captain and part of the leadership team of Hōkūalakaʻi, and as a member of the Polynesian Voyaging Society. Barcarse is also an instructor at Ka Haka 'Ula O Ke'elikolani Hawaiian Language College of the University of Hawai'i at Hilo and is serving as co-chair on the board of directors at The Cultural Conservancy. You can contact Kaimana at kaimanaonalani@me.com

Jessie Cherofsky, Program Associate.  Originally from New York State, Jess has lived and worked in Massachusetts since graduating from Wellesley College with a BA in history and Spanish. She has spent the last several years exploring the intersections of justice, sustainability, and community through conservation and environmental education work with the Student Conservation Association, a stint on a small organic farm, and a summer facilitating a crew of inspiring youth leaders with The Food Project. These interests brought her to Cultural Survival in January of 2013, where she has been working ever since on the Free, Prior, and Informed Consent Initiative. She is fluent in English and Spanish, speaks a few words of Yiddish, and currently lives in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. You can contact Jess at jess.cherofsky@culturalsurvival.org

Matilde Choocoj Coc (Maya Q'eqchi) is from El Estor, Isabal, Guatemala. She works part time on Cultural Survival's Free Prior, Informed Consent and Community Radio projects and is active within her local community as a social worker at the Defensoria Q'eqchi, an organization that provides legal defense services to the Q'eqchi Maya people of Guatemala.  She has participated in two Cultural Survival exchanges, between Mayan communities in Belize and Guatemala in January 2013, and with a Quechua Federation in San Lorenzo, Peru. 

Danielle DeLuca, Program Manager. Danielle manages the Global Response program and is the Logistics and Distribution Coordinator for our new FPIC initiative. Previously, she worked for 3 years assisting with the Community Radio project.  Originally from Boston, she is now based in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, and has been been living in Guatemala since 2009.  She speaks fluent Spanish and holds a B.A. in Cultural Studies and Psychology from McGill University, Canada. Contact Danielle at danielle[at]cs.org.

David Michael Favreau, Bazaar Program Manager. He is the Cultural Survival Bazaar manager, works on media partnerships, sponsorships and fundraising, as well as advertising and circulation for the Cultural Survival Quarterly. In 2002, he graduated from Framingham State College with a BA in Sociology, concentrating on Cultural Anthropology, and a minor in Creative Writing & Communications.  He joined Cultural Survival in 2004.  Contact Dave at dave[at]cs.org.

Sofia Flynn, Accounting & Office Manager. Sofia is originally from Cali, Colombia, and worked in international banking in Venezuela for 10 years before moving to the United States. Fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, and English, she has worked at Cultural Survival since 1989.  Contact Sofia at sflynn[at]cs.org.

Cesar Gomez (Pocomam), Content Production and Training Coordinator for the Community Radio Project. Cesar is from Palin, Esquintla, Guatemala. Palin is a Pocomam Maya town that is located only 25 miles from Guatemala City. Pocomam was once a widely spoken language but, in Cesar’s words, “the colonial Spanish language media in Guatemala City have eroded our language and culture over time.” The Pocomam of Palin are an exception; they have maintained their language and many cultural practices. In 1999, Cesar started as a volunteer at the Palin community radio station where he worked for five years. In 2005 he was selected as a regional representative to the Association of Guatemalan Community Radio Stations. In 2007, he was hired as the office administrator of the National Congress of Community Radios. In 2008, he joined Cultural Survival. He holds a degree in communication from the University of San Carlos (Guatemala). Contact Cesar at cgomez[at]cs.org.

Dana Lobell, Grant Manager and Grant Writer. Dana joined the staff of Cultural Survival in 2013 after working with the organization for two years as a freelance grantwriter. She previously served for nine years as Corporate & Foundation Relations Manager at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, where she raised over $4.5 million in private and federal grants for the college. Dana came to Boulder from Philadelphia, where she held fundraising positions at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. She completed a BS in Speech at Northwestern University and an MA in Communications at the University of Pennsylvania. Her passions include sustainability, progressive social change and all forms of storytelling – including movies, novels, and a well-crafted grant proposal.

Jamie Malcolm-BrownCommunications & Information Technology Manager. Jamie graduated from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst with a degree in anthropology. Before coming to Cultural Survival, he helped establish a computer lab at The Charles J. Andrew Youth Treatment Centre in Sheshatshiu Labrador, Canada. He has since conducted similar work in Kenya with the Maasai Education Discovery.  Contact Jamie at jamie[at]cs.org.

Agnes PortalewskaCommunications Manager, manages communications for program and advocacy initiatives. From 2004 to 2008, Agnes ran the Cultural Survival Bazaars program. Agnes is from Warsaw, Poland. She studied anthropology, Latin American studies, photography, and media production at the University of Massachusetts-Boston and holds a Master's degree in Sustainable International Development from Brandeis University. She has traveled extensively in Latin America and the Caribbean, researched Indigenous media, and taught photography workshops to children.  Contact Agnes at agnes[at]cs.org.

Angelica Rao, Executive Coordinator.  Angelica is the new Executive Coordinator for Cultural Survival.  This is a position that was created to assist and support the Executive Directors of the organization, enabling the better efficiency of the organization. Angelica has been working with the Community Radio Project in Guatemala since February of 2013, first, as a program assistant and bilingual communications intern, and later on, as a project coordinator and program associate. Angelica’s new role expands her responsibilities with Cultural Survival, allowing her to work in all of CS’s programs, specifically as a direct support to the Executive Directors. Angelica is originally from Toronto, Canada.  She holds a B.A. in Sociology and Psychology from the University of Western Ontario, and an M.A. in Sociology from the University of Toronto. Contact Angelica at angelica@cs.org

Alberto ‘Tino’ Recinos (Mam), Citizen Participation Coordinator for the Community Radio Project. He was born in San Pedro Necta, Huehuetenago, but was raised in the Ixcan region of Guatemala. ‘Tino’ joined the guerilla as a young man during the civil war. He served for 13 years as part of the clandestine radio station operated by the guerrilla on the Tajumulco volcano. When the war ended, ‘Tino’ helped found the Doble Via community radio station in Quetzaltenango. In addition to his duties with Cultural Survival, he is the President of Muj abl yol, a federation of 24 community radio stations.

María del Rosario Sul González (Kaqchiquel Maya) FPIC Radio Series ProducerMaría del Rosario Sul González, also known as Rossy, is a Kaqchikel Maya FPIC (Free, Prior and Informed Consent) Radio Series Producer. Rossy is from the town of Sumpango, Sacatepéquez, Guatemala. She studies communication sciences at the University of San Carlos in Guatemala City, and has worked at her local community radio station Radio Ixchel for the past four years as an on-air host, human rights promoter, and recently within the radio's administration. For the past year and a half, Rossy has been working with the Cultural Survival team as a Radio Producer for our FPIC Program. She has travelled to Peru, Panamá and Costa Rica as a representative for Cultural Survival and our FPIC Program, all the while sharing her experiences regarding the importance of community radio as a tool for community development and social organizing. Rossy will be travelling to the UN Permanent Forum for Indigenous People’s Issue in New York this year, as a representative for Cultural Survival’s FPIC and Indigenous Community Radio Programs. rosy@cs.org 

Miranda Vitello, Development Assistant, processes all donations and manages the membership database. Before joining the Cultural Survival staff in 2011, Miranda assisted with the creation of the Wampanoag teaching kit at the Boston Children’s Museum, conducted research on contemporary Native American artists for the Museum of Fine Arts, and organized cultural awareness presentations in elementary schools during an internship at United Planet. She holds a BA in Art History from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and a master's degree in Museum Studies from Harvard University. Contact Miranda at mvitello[at]cs.org.

Ancelmo Xunic (Kachikel), Guatemala Community Radio Program Manager for the Community Radio Project. In 1999, he helped found Radio Ixchel, the community radio station in Sumpango, Sacetepuequez. In addition to his duties with Cultural Survival, he continues to serve as the volunteer coordinator at Radio Ixchel. He also serves as the treasurer of the village cooperative.