Meet the team

SDM relies on so many people to do the work we do, from donors to partners to dance teachers to our board members. But without team members working on the ground, SDM wouldn't be a reality. Meet our team below!

Christina Smith, founder and executive director

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Christina was blessed with musician parents, Wayne and Marilyn Smith. She spent most of her childhood with her parents and brother (also a musician) in rehearsals, jam sessions, gigs, and church services. She began playing the violin at 7 years old and clarinet at 9 years old but stopped studying music after high school. She attended Temple University for Anthropology and, upon graduating, she went on to Rutgers Camden Law School in New Jersey. In 2012, Christina graduated from law school, passed the Pennsylvania Bar Exam and then, in 2013, she started a legal clerkship in the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania-Philadelphia Courts. In 2014, she moved to New York to continue studying international affairs at The New School University with hopes to do international advocacy for abused women and children. During this time, she also visited Guatemala for the first time with members from her church in Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania. Upon returning to New York after this trip, she began volunteering with various nonprofit organizations working with children facing deportation hearings in the New York Federal Court. She also began extensively researching various issues faced by communities in Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras for her academic studies. Simultaneously, Christina began developing pilot ideas for Sonido del Movimiento with the help of various international development professors, classmates, and friends of The New School University and other nonprofit organizations in New York City. She started Sonido del Movimiento officially in 2016 in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. While in Guatemala, Christina has also worked in development for a local clinic and taught at a local school. Christina loves reading, studying, writing, coloring, dancing, playing her violin, and fashion. She also loves to learn about and analyze social and taboo issues. Most of all she loves her family and friends and attempts to put Christ first in all she does. 

A native of Rochester, New York, Bethany spent her early years begging her parents for a violin, and walking around the house practicing once they finally gave in. Since then, she’s loved music in all its forms, seeing firsthand the freedom, power of expression, discipline, and joy that can be found in the arts. In 2012, she moved to Michigan to attend Calvin College, where she played in the orchestra, serving as concertmaster for two years, was part of a string quartet, studied God’s call to justice in Honduras and Haiti, and nurtured her love of writing and language. In 2016, she graduated with a major in writing, minors in Spanish and French, and a burgeoning passion for development and justice work. She promptly moved to Xela, Guatemala, violin in tow, to spend a year volunteering with World Renew as a writing and communications program consultant, and loves Guatemala so much that she just can’t leave. Bethany is thrilled to have the opportunity to combine her experience with development work and passion for music and arts at Sonido del Movimiento.

Bethany cok,
volunteer 
development director
Krisbelle castillo, volunteer program assistant

Krisbelle Castillo, a native of Quetzaltenango, has a degree in business administration from the Universidad San Carlos and worked for six years with Banco Industrial as a credit analyst. She also owned a café called Lucano Coffee & Books until it closed in June 2018. Right now she has her own business where she makes jewelry, and she’s also part of SDM’s team, where she began volunteering informally in mid-2018 and became the volunteer program assistant in January 2019. She likes to dance, spend time with her friends, and travel. In her free time she enjoys hanging out with family, reading, and listening to music. One of her dreams is to visit many other countries, be able to share Guatemalan culture around the world, and get to know other cultures as well.

our board of directors

SDM's Board consists of five members who live in Guatemala, the United States, and Canada. Between them, SDM benefits from a wealth of experience in various areas including expressive arts, fashion, business, and education. 

calvin snowden

Calvin is President/CEO and Principal of the BDFS Group. Calvin has worked in the pharmaceutical industry for sixteen years in various positions ranging from a project manager to the global launch leader for new product launches. He has extensive experience in international business, market research, sales and marketing, strategic planning, supply chain management, manufacturing, and partner relations. Calvin has significant experience in the real estate industry developed through personal investing over the past 14 years.  Calvin founded SumMo, Inc., a promotions and marketing company which helped businesses market their products to minority customers. Calvin also founded Dan & Snowden Properties LLC to renovate and manage rental properties located in North Philadelphia for Temple University students. To find out more about Calvin's businesses visit bdfsgroup.com.

Lauren putty white

Lauren Putty White received her BFA from University of the Arts in 2005 along with the Choreography Prize and Outstanding Performance in Modern Dance award. She has toured internationally with world –renowned companies Parsons and PHILADANCO. Lauren has choreographed for various companies and schools such as Ballet X, Grace Dance Theatre, Bryn Mawr College and Drexel University, as well as taught as an adjunct at University of the Arts, Stockton University, and currently Temple University. Aside from teaching at studios throughout Philadelphia, White also has done guest artist residencies at Mercy High School and Carver Center for Arts and Technology in Baltimore, MD, and annually teaches on the faculty at Ailey Camp Baltimore. She has presented in the Koresh Come Together Festival, the K Dance Yes Invitational and the American Dance Guild Festival. Putty Dance Project, a collaborative company with her musician husband, debuted in 2014, producing socially conscious critically acclaimed works.

patricia gomez

Patricia Gomez is both a fashion designer and painter. She was born and raised in Caguas, Puerto Rico. She graduated from Parsons, the New School of Design in New York. After graduating, she moved to Quetzaltenango, Guatemala where she currently resides. In Guatemala, Patricia started her own ethical fashion label, Maremaya, where she collaborates with Mayan artisans. Also, in Guatemala, Patricia continues her career as a painter. You can find out more about Patricia and her  fashion label at maremaya.com

Amber mcleod

Amber McLeod is an ESL instructor at British Columbia Institute of Technology in Vancouver, Canada where she currently teaches academic English to adults.  She holds a Master’s in Education and a Bachelor of Science Degree as well as a TESL II certificate, and has been teaching for 15 years.  She has taught in various colleges and universities including the University of British Columbia, Okanagan College , and the University of ITESO in Mexico where she lived for two years.  In the academic school year of 2016-2017, Amber accepted the administrative position of principal at Inter American School, an international Christian school from Pre-kinder to grade 12, in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. She worked closely with teachers and staff of various backgrounds.  Some of her hobbies include Latin dancing,  going to the gym, speaking Spanish, coffees, and movies.

Douglas Nolan

Douglas Nolan is 1982 Graduate of Drexel University, College of Engineering with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He has worked for various rotating equipment businesses, and is currently an Account Manager with General Electric Power Services. He has traveled extensively throughout the United States and Internationally. His first exposure to the plight of children in Guatemala was during a 2014 mission trip to an orphanage in San Bartolomé Milpas Altas . Mr. Nolan is an Elder in The Evangelical Presbyterian Church and has served on other charitable boards, including several stints as School Board President of the Valley Christian School in Huntingdon Valley Pennsylvania.

our board of directors

SDM's Board consists of five members who have lived in Guatemala, the United States, and Canada. Between them, SDM benefits from a wealth of experience in various areas including expressive arts, fashion, business, and education. 

calvin R. snowden, Jr

Calvin is President/CEO and Principal of the BDFS Group. Calvin has worked in the pharmaceutical industry for sixteen years in various positions ranging from a project manager to the global launch leader for new product launches. He has extensive experience in international business, market research, sales and marketing, strategic planning, supply chain management, manufacturing, and partner relations. Calvin has significant experience in the real estate industry developed through personal investing over the past 14 years.  Calvin founded SumMo, Inc., a promotions and marketing company which helped businesses market their products to minority customers. Calvin also founded Dan & Snowden Properties LLC to renovate and manage rental properties located in North Philadelphia for Temple University students. To find out more about Calvin's businesses visit bdfsgroup.com.

Lauren putty white

Lauren Putty White received her BFA from University of the Arts in 2005 along with the Choreography Prize and Outstanding Performance in Modern Dance award. She has toured internationally with world –renowned companies Parsons and PHILADANCO. Lauren has choreographed for various companies and schools such as Ballet X, Grace Dance Theatre, Bryn Mawr College and Drexel University, as well as taught as an adjunct at University of the Arts, Stockton University, and currently Temple University. Aside from teaching at studios throughout Philadelphia, White also has done guest artist residencies at Mercy High School and Carver Center for Arts and Technology in Baltimore, MD, and annually teaches on the faculty at Ailey Camp Baltimore. She has presented in the Koresh Come Together Festival, the K Dance Yes Invitational and the American Dance Guild Festival. Putty Dance Project, a collaborative company with her musician husband, debuted in 2014, producing socially conscious critically acclaimed works.

patricia gomez

Patricia Gomez is both a fashion designer and painter. She was born and raised in Caguas, Puerto Rico, and graduated from Parsons, the New School of Design in New York. After graduating, she went to Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, to start her own ethical fashion label, Maremaya, where she collaborates with Mayan artisans. Her company operates between Guatemala and the US, and Patricia spends her time both working with her company and developing her talents as a painter. You can find out more about Patricia and her  fashion label at maremaya.com

Amber mcleod

Amber McLeod is an ESL instructor at British Columbia Institute of Technology in Vancouver, Canada where she currently teaches academic English to adults.  She holds a Master’s in Education and a Bachelor of Science Degree as well as a TESL II certificate, and has been teaching for 15 years.  She has taught in various colleges and universities including the University of British Columbia, Okanagan College , and the University of ITESO in Mexico where she lived for two years.  In the academic school year of 2016-2017, Amber accepted the administrative position of principal at Inter American School, an international Christian school from Pre-kinder to grade 12, in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. She worked closely with teachers and staff of various backgrounds.  Some of her hobbies include Latin dancing,  going to the gym, speaking Spanish, coffees, and movies.

Douglas Nolan

Douglas Nolan is a 1982 graduate of Drexel University College of Engineering with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He has worked for various rotating equipment businesses, and is currently an Account Manager with General Electric Power Services. He has traveled extensively throughout the United States and internationally. His first exposure to the plight of children in Guatemala was during a 2014 mission trip to an orphanage in San Bartolomé Milpas Altas . Mr. Nolan is an elder in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church and has served on other charitable boards, including several stints as school board president of the Valley Christian School in Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania.

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