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Field Station People & Partners


Maria (Masha) Polinsky


Pedro Mateo Pedro

Executive Director

Omer Preminger

Associate Director


Tess Wood

Assistant Director


Caitlin Eaves

Logistics & Finances


Ana Victoria López Sipac

Local Coordinator


Wuqu’ Kawoq / Maya Health Alliance is an NGO providing healthcare in indigenous languages, working to transform the health of Mayan communities. Wuqu’ Kawoq has offered language classes and health-related research opportunities for a number of years, and is collaborating with UMD on our Summer Field School.

Universidad del Valle de Guatemala: Altiplano Campus (UVGA) is our local partner university in Sololá, Guatemala. Our collaboration with UVGA offers the opportunity for joint research and education projects, and faculty and student exchanges.  Dr. Pedro Mateo Pedro, Executive Director of the field station, is a faculty member at UVGA as well as with UMD.

Asociación Renacimiento is a local NGO, school, and community center in Patzún, Guatemala. Renacimiento hosts our Field School language courses each summer.