Get to know the DESEA Peru team.

At DESEA, the board, staff, and qhalis operate closely as a single team. Get to know us here.

Meet Our Advisory Board

Our advisory board is composed of individuals who serve as representatives for DESEA stakeholders to establish ethical organizational policies and make high-level operational decisions.

Sandy Hart

Founder & Director at Large

Judy Chavez Ipenza


Sandra McGirr


Meet Our Team

Each member of the DESEA team brings passion and commitment to the project and, with their expertise, is helping to develop healthy, sustainable Andean communities.

Judy Chavez Ipenza

Program Manager

David Villagarcia Ramirez

Deputy Program Manager /Water Coordinator

Luis Miguel Challco Quispe

Economic & Social Development Coordinator

Mary Luz Palomino Zamalloa

Community Health Nurse

Juvenal Aguayo Espinoza

Water Program Coordinator

Meet Our Qhalis

Qhalis (Quechua for “healthy”) are our partners in the communities in which DESEA works. Elected by their communities to serve as health workers, these highly competent women embody the DESEA Peru mission and are essential to its success.

Tiburcia Espinoza Huilhua

2 children, Accha Alta Community

Evarista Ppati Quispe

1 child, Ttio Grande Community

Jeronima Siccus Ccoyo

7 children, Huarqui Community

Benita Guiterrez Mamani

7 children, Huarqui Community

Juana Puclla Puma

4 children, Huarqui Community

Gabina Quispe Merma

2 children, Huarqui Community

Cirilia Huaman Puma

3 children, Huarqui Community

Juana Puma Huaman

5 children, Ttio 2B Community

Rocio Yucra Huaman

3 children, Pampallacta Community

Paulina Huaman Condori

5 children, Pampallacta Community

Noemi Ppoccohuanca Juarez

3 children, Pampallacta Community

Plenaida Huaman Condori

3 children, Ttio Grande Community

Feliciana Tapara Mamani

3 children, Ttio 2B Community

Genara Huaman Taina

3 children, Airepampa Community