Our Board

Our Board

Britt Jarnryd

The president of the Bacaanda Foundation’s Mexican arm, El Sueño Zapoteco, Britt was born and educated in Sweden and studied languages and linguistics at the University of Gothenburg. Britt moved to Mexico City as a young adult, where she had a successful import-export business and raised her two children before moving to Huatulco in 2004. An original founder of the Foundation, Britt is an avid painter.


Erik Jarnryd

Erik is a real estate developer in the Boston area and the foundation’s Treasurer. After receiving a BA from Bates College and an MBA from the Harvard Business School Erik traveled the world as an international consultant with Mercer Management Consulting, specializing in Latin American business. Erik left consulting to become the President and CEO of Harvey Building Products, where he remained for 18 years. Erik is a dedicated soccer fan and player. He’s a Trustee at Bates College, Treasurer of Fields of CC fields, and one of the three original board members of the Bacaanda Foundation.


Susanne Jarnryd

Susanne is a former teacher who serves as the US president of the Bacaanda Foundation. She has a BA from Bates College and an Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and has served in the leadership of the Open Table food pantry of Concord, MA and the Concord Recreation Commission. One of the original founders of the Bacaanda Foundation, Susanne is passionate about international travel, family, and education causes. She lives in Concord MA with her husband Erik, three children and Daisy, their golden retriever.


Felipe de Jesús Sánchez Santiago

A former rural school teacher who was raised in an indigenous community, Jesus has devoted his career to providing a high quality education for children in remote locations. As CONAFE’s Regional Coordinator for the 125 schools in the Santa Maria Huatulco district, Jesus is an expert on the needs of rural schools. He holds degrees from the Colegio de Bachilleres de Oaxaca and the Universidad Pedagogica Nacional. Jesus lives with his wife and two children outside of Huatulco.


Larry Woelfel

Our building guru, Larry has had a wide-ranging career including work as a home remodeler, wine maker at Hook and Ladder Winery, financial consultant with Amex and solar system marketer and installer. Larry holds a BA in biology with an emphasis on environmental and behavioral science. He lives in Huatulco for a large part of the year with his wife Doreen, an active Bacaanda volunteer.



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