Alejandro Paiz (Left) and Zoe Froget (Right)

Jorge Alejandro Paiz Macz

Founder and President

Alejandro is ALAS’ lead psychiatrist. He founded ALAS together with Zoe Froget in 2013 as a way to formalize an activity that he had been pursuing for 5 years already. Alejandro decided to act on the lack of public funds for mental health by going to local communities to provide the most distressed families with free treatments. Alejandro embodies ALAS’ vision to improve access to mental health care throughout the country

Mildred Ordóñez

Mildred Nathalie Ordóñez Ventura

Board Secretary and project coordinator

Mildred is working with ALAS since 2013. She started off as a volunteer psychologist, providing therapies to ALAS’ patients and coordinating awareness activities (conferences, speeches, workshops, etc.). Mildred is now fully dedicated to ALAS: she is responsible for coordinating projects and missions as well as for providing therapies to the communities.

Jorge Paz

Legal Accountant & Auditor

Jorge Paz is the legal accountant in charge of ALAS legal financial status. His technical expertise has been extremely valuable in the development of ALAS financial plans. Jorge provides us with important insights on how to budget our missions, uphold bookkeeping best-practices and remain transparent

christina khan

Strategic advisor

Christina is a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist and Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine. She has broad based training in community and global health and conducts community-based research and outreach aimed at the prevention and early identification of mental health concerns invulnerable populations. Her current role at Stanford is to build academic-community partnerships in the areas of integrated behavioral health and global mental health.

Christina has been supporting ALAS for several years. She is a key partner and our main contact at Stanford University. She helped us raise funds and unlocked the Stanford Grant for our Training project in Sololá

Nyla Maria Esquina Sojuel

Local communities coordinator

Nyla is ALAS’ coordinator with local communities since 2014. She is a social worker who speaks both Spanish and the local Mayan language. Thanks to her communication skills and knowledge of the communities, Nyla organizes and coordinates events, consultations and all the social work that ALAS provides to the communities of the Sololá region