We’re proud to introduce our current Board of Directors, our Council of Guatemalan Advisors, and our Council of Electors:
Dr. Scott Pike, President of the Board
Dwight Fleck, Treasurer of the Board
Dr. Brian Arvidson, Secretary of the Board
Dr. Jessica A Lynch, Social Media Manager
Alexandra (Ali) Durbin
Anna Wisdom, 2023 Amigos Eye Care Representative
Board of Directors
Dr. Scott Pike
Dr. Scott Pike is a 1970 graduate of Pacific University College of Optometry. In 2006 he retired from private practice and worked as an assistant professor in clinical instruction at the College until 2020. Enfoque Ixcán was created in 1997 by Scott and a health promoter, Pedro Chom, in the village of Santa Maria Tzeja, Ixcán. Even though neither could speak the other’s language, their dedication to the project overcame that barrier. Now, 47 trips to Ixcán later, Scott and Pedro continue to lead Enfoque Ixcán which has served over 23,000 people. Scott is on the board of directors of Amigos Eye Care.
Dwight Fleck has been employed in risk management for over 37 years as an analyst, manager and consultant. He has also served as a leader in a boys camping based program for over 20 years. For over 15 years he served as Treasurer and member of the Board of two churches.
Dr. Brian Arvidson
Dr. Brian Arvidson graduated from Pacific University College of Optometry and completed a residency at the Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He currently serves as adjunct faculty at Pacific University and works as a physician at Pacific Cataract & Laser Institute, a surgery referral center, in Chehalis, Washington. Brian has traveled throughout Central and South America during undergraduate school and has been a member of the Enfoque Ixcán medical team since 2005. His wife and two sons enthusiastically support his medical mission endeavors and hope to travel with him one day.
Dr. Jessica A Lynch
Social Media Manager
Dr. Jessica A. Lynch graduated from Pacific University College of Optometry and is the co-owner of a private optometry clinic in Hillsboro, Oregon. She is a past adjunct faculty at Pacific University and first traveled as a member of the Enfoque Ixcan medical team in 2017.
Jessica has a deep interest in public health and loves to travel. She is married, with four (mostly-grown) children and an old pug named Oscar.
Alexandra (Ali) Durbin
Ali Durbin, a Massachusetts native, has lived in Guatemala since 2000. She is a freelance consultant, editor, writer, interpreter, and translator for several non-profit organizations in the fields of social and environmental justice, education, and health care.
She participates in communications, fundraising, and advocacy work for causes that link communities in Guatemala and the US. Ali lives in the Sacatepéquez region and regularly visits the Ixcán.
Amanda Terhes is the Director of Affinity Research at the C2C Project at Oregon State University. The C2C Project provides market research services to a variety of professional clients and is part of the Austin Entrepreneurship Program in the College of Business. Amanda’s focus is on qualitative research methods with an emphasis on the development and sustainability of non-profit organizations.
While earning her M.A. degree in Applied Anthropology, Amanda worked as an intern for Enfoque Ixcán. Amanda visited the Ixcán in February, 2006.
2023 Amigos Eye Care Representative
Anna Wisdom is a graduate student at Pacific University College of Optometry in Forest Grove, OR. She is the current President of AMIGOS Eye Care, a non profit organization at Pacific University and partner of Enfoque Ixcán. Anna is passionate about serving underprivileged communities locally and globally, especially through providing eye care. In her free time Anna enjoys exploring the Pacific Northwest’s beautiful hikes, playing card games, and baking sourdough bread.
Council of Guatemalan Advisors
Dr. Natividad Chom
Dr. Natividad Chom, “Naty”, graduated as a doctor and surgeon from the University of San Carlos in Guatemala in 2020. She began her postgraduate studies in Antigua, Guatemala as a resident of Internal Medicine at the Pedro Bethancourt Hospital.
Dr. Chom was raised in Santa Maria Tzeja, a village in Ixcán, where her father volunteered as a village health promoter: there were no doctors in the area.
In her childhood, she accompanied her father, Pedro Chom, and a group of Enfoque Ixcán eye surgery patients, to the eye clinic, Visualiza. She received an eye exam at that time and that motivated her to study medicine. Dr. Chom is happy to be a part of the Enfoque Ixcán team.
Emiliano Panjoj Pérez
Emiliano Panjoj Pérez is Maya K’iche’ and was born and still lives in the Community of Santa María Tzejá, Ixcán municipality, department of Quiché, Guatemala.
He is an Agricultural Engineer in Renewable Natural Resources with a degree from the Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala. Emiliano has supported the education of his community as a high school teacher, community leader and City Councilor for the Municipality of Ixcán.
For the last 13 years he has been providing his professional services managing his own economic initiative called TopoCampo. Emiliano supports collective struggles including the defense of nature, community organizing and local economic development for community well-being.
Douglas Ch. Hernández G
Douglas Ch. Hernández G. He was born in Guatemala City and studied Business Administration at the Rafael Landívar University. He has worked as an administrator in various institutions, real estate, financial, consumer product distributors, among others. He became familiar with the Visualiza eye Hospital project from its inception, and in 2011 he permanently joined the team, as Regional Hospital Manager in San Benito, Petén. In 2014 he took the position of General Manager at their central hospital in Guatemala City. While managing the Vincent Pescatore hospital in Peten, the only eye hospital in the department, he met the Enfoque Ixcán Project with whom they have been working since that year to support the population of Ixcán and to support the training of promoters and staff in community health.
In addition, he has held countless ophthalmological outreach programs throughout Guatemala, has received and taught courses focused on hospital administration, and patient care. He has received Hospital Administration courses in several countries, including at the International Center for Community Ophthalmology (LAICO) in Madurai, India. He has participated in SEVA Foundation Programs both as a student and as a facilitator, including as the Collaborator in the Latin America EYEXCEL.
He is currently the Visualiza eye care Hospital Manager, which has 5 Hospitals and 11 Vision Centers throughout the Republic of Guatemala.