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Sue Ellen Kingsley

—CCGAP's Founder & Director

I have been passionate about Guatemala ever since 1976 when I was in an earthquake down there and worked in a Red Cross field hospital for four months. I became involved in human rights work when I learned more about the political situation and the US role in the oppression and violence toward Mayan Indians in Guatemala. In 1997, I lived as an accompanier in Fronterizo, at that time, a very remote jungle community of returned refugees. I returned to the Copper Country of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to form the Copper Country Guatemala Accompaniment Project which has continued to support accompaniment in Fronterizo and elsewhere in Guatemala ever since. I continue to visit Fronterizo once or twice yearly to maintain our ties of solidarity and help organize any small projects that CCGAP has taken on.

I am a member of the national NISGUA (Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala) board and the GAP (Guatemala Accompaniment Project) council which represents all of the US accompaniment sponsoring communities.

My husband Terry Kinzel is a physician who designed our small alternative-energy home (that means we make our own electricity), and keeps geese and chickens in the yard. Our daughter Karla works in Oakland California to support her bicycling habit.

I recently retired from my work as a nurse practitioner with the Veterans Administration to devote more time to my other passions which include singing and playing guitar and mandolin with a performing group, gardening, skiing, biking and reading.