Brent and Laurie Whiting
Brent and Laurie WhitingPresident & Founders
In 2007 after visiting Guatemala they brought back 100 bracelets to sell to raise money to send a student to school. In early 2009 they founded the Yuda Bands organization which has grown from a simple idea into a leading authority on leadership, service, and education. Since the founding, Yuda Bands has provided nearly 5,000 years of schooling for impoverished youth in the developing world.
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Stephen L Whyte
Stephen L WhyteChairman of the Board
Stephen is a nationally recognized public relations thought leader and strategist. He has worked in Washington, D.C., New York City and around the world and currently serves as Utah Valley University’s Associate Vice President of Marketing and Communications. His expertise ranges from working with the top-tier TV and print media in New York City to counseling CEOs in strategic communication activities to cultivating relationships with Members of Congress. A tenured professor in the Communications Department at UVU, Stephen believes in “engaged learning.” He was able to travel to Guatemala with his family and experienced the Yuda Bands difference first hand. He is delighted to serve as a member of the Board of Directors.
Sharon White
Sharon WhiteBoard Member
Sharon earned her B.A. from BYU and her J.D. from J. Reuben Clark law school. She is the managing attorney of the Provo office of Utah Legal Services, a non-profit organization devoted to providing civil representation for low income clients. She has served on the boards of many organizations, including the Central Utah Bar Association and Timpanogos Legal Center.
Christina Tsoi
Christina TsoiBoard Member
Christina is currently working at the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in their Evaluation and Oversight Unit. She will graduate with a MSc in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies from the London School of Economics next fall. She’s worked for five non-profit organizations based in Asia, Central America, and the U.S.
Phillip Whiting
Phillip WhitingProject Manager / Service Trip Director
Phillip is a husband and father of three children. He is a frequent presenter and Key Note speaker at State, National, and International leadership conferences. He’s visited 33 countries on five continents and lived in four of those countries for over five years. These experiences abroad have given him a first hand experience with poverty and an increased desire to support Yuda Bands.
Carlos Salcedo
Carlos SalcedoGuatemala Director
Carlos is a family man and a “dad” to all of the Yuda Bands sponsored students in Guatemala. He is loving and compassionate and has the trust of those he works with. He helps coordinate and conduct monthly interviews with each student and their parents to follow up on their goals and needs. Beyond the day to day tasks he completes as a Yuda Bands director, he is available for each student 24/7.
Gricelda Argueta
Gricelda ArguetaGuatemala Director
Gricelda was once a Yuda Bands sponsored student herself which is why she is so passionate about seeing the Guatemalan youth in the program succeed. Her smiley and bubbly yet organized personality is invaluable to Yuda Bands as she oversees monthly workshops and quarterly community service projects with the Yuda Bands students. She is a part time certified school teacher and an online English/Spanish instructor and tutor.
The Mukundus
The MukundusZimbabwe Directors
Rangarirai and Precious Mukundu have been married for over 20 years and are the proud parents of a teenage daughter. Rangarirai is a newly retired soldier and Precious is a qualified school teacher with a degree in computer education. They are very involved in the community and are faithful members of their church. They enjoy travel and meeting new people and are proud to run the first Yuda Bands program in Africa.
Daniel Gálvez
Daniel GálvezHead Band Designer
Daniel is a master Guatemalan artisan and lead coconut carver for the Yuda Bands bracelets. He oversees the quality and production of the fair-trade bracelets and is the genius behind the majority of the current Yuda Bands designs. He has been involved in the Guatemalan education system for years and is the founder and retired principal of the El Valle school in San Martin. Many Yuda Bands students still attend this school.
Miguel Campaner
Miguel CampanerBlog Contributor
Miguel is a talented college graduate from the Philippines. He is living proof that education brings opportunity which helps him connect on a personal level to the Yuda Bands project and it’s cause. He helps manage ongoing projects here in the States and is a frequent contributor to the Yuda Bands blog and has written many of our most popular articles on education and poverty.
Ryan Coffey
Ryan CoffeyConference Rep
Ryan is currently a sophomore at the City College of New York, studying electrical engineering. Ryan was first introduced to Yuda Bands through his involvement and leadership with Key Club International, one of Yuda Bands partner organizations. He’s passionate about education and appreciates the way Yuda Bands connects American youth to international needs. This passion has lead him to become our East Coast convention rep.
Martina Tubac Ajbal
Martina Tubac AjbalSecretary
Martina is a responsible wife and mother of two beautiful children. She graduated from the Yuda Bands program in 2009 and now looks forward to supporting the Yuda Bands program as a secretary to the local directors. Excited about her own future, she is pursuing a university degree in Technology and English. Her deep desire to become educated and follow her dreams is an example to her children as well as a testimony to everyone that it is possible to break the cycle of poverty.