Meet the Team
Born in Canada, Dr. Elena Garde began her career working with wildlife in Canada. As a result of this work, she realized that many of the problems these animals face are a result of human disturbance, activities, growth or their domestic animals.
Guillermo’s professional career started in 1993 in the remote northern Canada working in forest management and bird conservation. In 2009, he moved back to Chile to work on mitigating conflicts between animals and people in marginalized communities.
Angélica discovered a holistic, creative and trans-disciplinary way to apply her profession. Angélica enjoys using her artistic skills as a tool to disseminate critically important information about wildlife conservation and responsible pet ownership.
Marina was born in Valdivia but lived most of her life in Coyhaique, where she grew up surrounded by animals in her parent’s farm. Besides her work at the clinic as a vet assistant, receptionist and dog groomer, Marina is very passionate about her hobbies.
Nicole is a visual artist with experience working as a make-up/special effects artist for several local horror productions. She has also worked as a freelance copy editor and translator, as well as co-creating and hosting two radio shows for local stations.
Organizational Development & Relationships Manager
Sarah’s professional career path has centered on public health, natural resources management/conservation, and animal welfare. She has worked for non-profit organizations, private consulting firms, and government agencies.
Patricia Lechten is the owner of GAAP partners Allandale Veterinary Hospital in Ontario, Canada. She has been a friend and supporter of the GAAP for a long time, collaborating with their annual vet campaigns in Todos Santos five times. In 2016 Patricia founded the GAAP's first international branch, GAAP-Canada.
Natalie first got involved with the GAAP four years ago when Patricia Lechten approached her and asked if she would like to help with a Spay/Neuter campaign in Guatemala. Since then, Natalie has become a supporter of the Family Sponsorship Program, and vital part of GAAP-Canada's work in northen Ontario.
Melissa is a vet technician at Allanale Veterinary Clinic where she helped develop their low stress handling training. In 2013, Melissa was part of the GAAP's vet campaign inTodos Santos, Guatemala for the first time and has returned each year since. She is now proud to be a part of GAAP-Canada's board of directors.
Dr. Holling is the founder of Sitka Veterinary Services and she has a strong interest in combining both Western and traditional Chinese veterinary medicines. Nancy’s interest in animal welfare lead her to become the GAAP’s first ever donor. With time, and as the GAAP started to grow, Nancy’s involvement developed and she became integral part of GAAP-Canada.
He is the owner-operator of a kayak company named Agua Brava. As a young teenager, Thyren volunteered with the Canadian Coast Guard and there found his passion for helping in emergency situations. From that point onward, he developed his interest in search and rescue and is now a fire fighter with the North Cowichan South End Hall as well as a Wilderness First Responder.