Our Team

Dr Nicholas Hellmuth

Founder

He has an undergraduate degree, Harvard; Master’s degree Brown University; then three different post-graduate research positions at Yale University.

PhD is from the University of Graz (Karl-Franzens Universitaet). Previously he was a research professor in digital photography at Rollins College (Florida) and then at Brevard Community College (Florida).

Nicholas Hellmuth resume

Administrative & Coordinator

FLOR SETINA

ADMINISTRATIVE MANAGER

With over 16 years of working with us, she is responsible for all the administrative operations here in FLAAR Mesoamerica. Her work is essential to different areas of the organization: supervising daily support operations of our company, planning the most efficient administrative procedures, monitoring costs and expenses to assist in budget preparation.

VIVIAN DÍAZ

GENERAL COORDINATOR AND ILLUSTRATOR

Vivi is an environmental engineer, who is actually doing project management for FLAAR’s divisions: Flora & Fauna and MayanToons. She is also the chief storyboard director of the department of cartoon illustrators. She loves to share her knowledge of nature and also to raise awareness through her drawings about how to take care, preserve and appreciate nature as she does.

Our Flora & Founa Staff

MARCELLA SARTI

RESEARCHER OF PLANTS AND ANIMALS

An environmental engineer student, Marcella Sarti is part of the research team of flora and fauna, she collects information along with bibliographies of many books to create documents with scientific and educational information which are posted on our pages. In addition, she has contributed to write storyboards for Mayantoons. Through her research, she hopes to…

ELENA SIEKAVIZZA

RESEARCHER OF PLANTS AND ANIMALS

Environmental engineer, forests enthusiast and lover of the guatemalan native flora. She is in charge of FLAAR Mesoamerica’s photographic database. Not only does she organize it, but also performs the flora and fauna identification of the photographs we have. Due to her knowledge, she also serves as a research assistant.

ERICK FLORES

PHOTOGRAPHER AND GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Is one of our team of photographers but he also does graphic design for FLAAR Reports on Neotropical flora and fauna. Erick does our video as well. Plus he will be working on publications of children’s books that we will be launching as part of our long-range program to teach family and cultural values, using…

XIMENA ARRIAGA

DIGITAL LIBRARY MANAGER

Ximena is in charge of scanning and digitizing all content from previews investigations about the Mayan culture by Dr. Nicholas Hellmuth so that can be available on all FLAAR’s websites.

Our MayanToons staff

VALERIA AVILÉS

ILLUSTRATOR AND GRAPHIC DESIGNER

An artist and illustrator, who stands out for the ease with which she works realism in analogous techniques. However, her work in children’s illustration is not far behind, always looking for her drawings and illustrations to be able to speak for themselves. She is excited about working with MayanToons because Guatemala needs to be cared…

MARIANA CABRERA

3D ANIMATOR AND ILLUSTRATOR

A creative mind that wants to use her skills to promote environmental education. In Mayantoons she has worked in illustration, character design and, at the moment, in 2D animation. She believes that, with dinamic and interactive material, we can ignite the interest of people of all ages in Guatemala and its diverse nature.

GENESIS GIRON

3D ANIMATOR AND ILLUSTRATOR

Génesis Girón is a proud member of the Mayan Toons Animation Department, she loves expressing herself through her unique creations. In addition to animation, Génesis enjoys illustration and character design. Powered by fashion, fandoms and cinema.

SU LIN CHANG

GRAPHIC DESIGNER AND COMMUNITY MANAGER

Su Lin is a graphic designer who is in charge of doing community management, uploading new content to our social networks and interacting with people replying emails and post comments. She also enjoys doing editorial design with our books and branding.

DIANA CRUZ

ILLUSTRATOR AND INDUSTRIAL DESIGNER

Industrial design student in her senior year, Diana Cruz is part of the illustration team in Mayan Toons. She likes to learn about nature and apply all her new knowledges through her digital or watercolor illustrations.

JOSEFINA SEQUEN

ILLUSTRATOR

Josefina is a digital illustrator who enjoys drawing realistic and cartoon animals like crocodiles and felines. She also assists with photography inside FLAAR and during field trips. She is a senior student on weekends and works in the office during the week.

ROSA SEQUEN

ILLUSTRATOR

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Our General Web Department

PAULO NUÑEZ

WEBMASTER

Paulo Núñez has taken over all webmaster responsibilities for the entire FLAAR network of websites. He is in charge of updating and reviewing the more than one thousand pages of our diverse sites with new information and photos obtained from the site visit cases, lectures, trade shows, etc.

JUAN CARLOS HERNÁNDEZ

WEB DESIGNER

He is a graphic design student with knowledge of website design and programing, he assists the Webmaster with the maintenance and administrations of the FLAAR website network: adding texts and photos, managing content, etc.

MARÍA JOSÉ GARCÍA

WEB DESIGNER

María José is an industrial designer with experience in web design and community management. She is actually in charge of photo editing,  uploading content to all Flora & Fauna and MayanToons websites and keep them updated.