About Ixcán Ministries

Volunteer with family

Mission Statement

Ixcán Ministries is a Christian lay mission serving as a ministry of presence with the Maya people in the Ixcán jungle of Guatemala. We act as a bridge between cultures for the exchange of gifts to transform lives and society.

Ixcán Ministries was founded in 2003 to support the ministry of Kathy Snider, a lay missioner who has been serving in the Ixcán since 1998.

Board of Directors

Kathy Snider, President and Executive Director 
Founder of Ixcán Ministries, Guatemala, Central America
Mandan North Dakota and  Santiago Ixcán, Guatemala

Mary Fristad, Vice-President
Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology 
Director, Academic Affairs & Research Development, Nationwide Children’s Hospital Behavioral Health
Columbus Ohio

Sue Schnell, Secretary
Registered Nurse, St. Alexius Medical Center, (44 years, retired)
Mandan North Dakota

Marilyn Stumpf, Treasurer
Co-owner and Operator of Heating and Cooling Business, (32 years, retired)
Mandan North Dakota

Teresa Samayoa, Director
Program Administrator of Solidarity and Civil Participation for Integral Community Development
Diocesan Social Pastoral Services, Caritas of Quiché, Guatemala, Central America (20 years, retired)
Sacatepéquez  Guatemala

Kathy Mittlesteadt, Director
Early Childhood and Elementary Special Education teacher 
(18 years, including 13 abroad, retired)
Bismarck  North Dakota 

Laura Huber, Director
Certified Public Accountant
Diocesan Finance Officer
Bismarck North Dakota 

Margaret Rasmussen, Director
Catholic Educator/Aide Montessori School 
Mandan  North Dakota 

Lorilee Petrangelo, Director
Executive Director, Founder of Project Amistad (Human service projects providing clean water and access to medical care in Guatemala City, Guatemala, Central America).
St. Paul   Minnesota

Craig Keller, Ixcán Ministries Financial Advisor
Accountant, Northern Energy Corporation
Bismarck  North Dakota