Lisa Mitchell de Mena, Founder/Director 
– In 2011, Lisa came to Guatemala and fell in love with everything, and founded Small Change 4 Big Change in 2012. Lisa has dedicated her life to the community and loves being out with the people. She wants to empower the local indigenous families to help themselves, and remind people that God knows the needs of His people and meets them. Her passion is street dogs. Email:

Irvin Mena, Project Manager – Irvin is an agronomy student and has been working with Small Change 4 Big Change since early 2014. Irvin is interested in sustainable agriculture and working with the indigenous families to help them raise efficient, organic food. Irvin and Lisa were married in August 2015. Email:

Emilsa Sicán, English Teacher – Emilsa comes from Jocotenango, outside of Antigua. After graduating to be a bilingual secretary, she was given a prophecy by an hermana (sister) at her church that God was going to provide her with a job that would bless her and make her happy. After months and months of searching and finding nothing, she was referred to us when we were looking for an English teacher. Emilsa loves English and the kids, and has been such a blessing to Small Change 4 Big Change. Emilsa hopes to spend some time in the US practicing her English and making new friends. Her mother Juana opened a small librería (school supply shop) in their home and we were able to buy all of the kids’ school supplies from her family.

 Derick López, Veterinarian- Derick is the Small Change 4 Big Change (and local town) veterinarian. From our town of Santa Catarina Barahona, Derick has a vested interest in our spay/neuter program and presenting talks at local schools, “The Well-Being of Animals and Responsibility of Pets.” Derick did his practical with Small Change 4 Big Change through the University of San Carlos and became part of our dream team.

  Sonia Hernandez, Teacher- Sonia is a young, local teacher who runs early childhood education and the reading room. Most parents don’t believe in preschool because they think it is a “waste of time” and the kids are “just playing,” so children are often sent directly to 1st grade, where they are fortunate to pass their first year, and struggling through it at that. In 2017 we started a preschool program for local underprivileged children ages 3-4 and Sonia runs it all.