Box 282, 838 East High Street
Contact Information
Address Box 282, 838 East High Street
Phone (859) 269-4721
Fax 869 266-6704
Contact Name Jody Greenlee
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 1991
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer Checks gratefully accepted. Paypal donations can be made on our website. In-kind donations of non-expired medical supplies and medications accepted. Volunteer Public Relations and fundraisers needed.
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement We provide donated medical and surgical, prosthetic and dental treatment to women and children in rural Guatemala that have limited access to adequate care. Donated medical supplies, medicine and equipment are solicited, packed and donated to Guatemala as part of our ongoing effort to share resources. Children we see in Guatemala who have complex medical issues are brought to the U.S. for donated surgery and are returned home following care.
Background Statement
Started in 1980's and was moved to Lexington in 2000. Organization consists of over 100 volunteers with medical and organizational as well as translation skills who travel to Guatemala together each January. We donate surgical/dental/medical and prosthetic care to rural Guatemalan women and children. All pharmaceuticals are donated also. In many cases, our patients have no other access to adequate medical care.
All of our volunteers pay their own expenses to travel with us. We have no paid staff. Since the year 2000 we have also brought over 100 children to the United States to allow them to access donated medical care. 
When not traveling to Guatemala, our volunteers organize and pack donated medical supplies, network overflow of supplies to other NP organizations for better utilization and do fundraising. 
Impact Statement
  • Children of the Americas has brought over 110 children from developing countries to the U.S. since the year 2000 for donated surgery.
  •  We routinely perform 120-150 donated surgeries during our mission trips to Guatemala every January.
  • Our clinical volunteers see several thousand clinic patients during our week in Guatemala, providing free Ob/Gyn, pediatric and general medical care as well as dental care and prosthetic services to women and children.
Needs Statement
1)  money for annual medical team. Average cost per team: $50,000
2)  Support with shipping from UPS, etc. Shipping or supplies to Guatemala for our medical team costs our organization $6,000/year
3)  More resources for stateside cases
4)  Volunteers on the ground in Guatemala 
5)  Assistance with relationships with health care professionals in     Guatemala (hospital directors and staff, Ministry of Health)
CEO/Executive Director Statement

 I have volunteered with various charities and non-profit organizations throughout the years including PTA, Boy Scouts of America, Rotary International, and the Newman Foundation. My experience with Children of the Americas, Inc. has been uniquely satisfying. Our volunteers act as team members, traveling to remote areas of Guatemala, as host parents to our stateside patients, and as state-side volunteers, transporting, sorting, and packing supplies for the yearly team. Some of these volunteers put in dozens, even hundreds of hours each year in order to assist COTA in providing medical and surgical services to women and children in Guatemala. 

Board Chair Statement

COTA’s challenges include the expected ones that go along with annually organizing 120+ volunteers to provide medical services in Guatemala to the women and children in need. Those include many logistical ones such as procuring and shipping medical supplies, provider credentialing within the Guatemalan Ministry of Health, in country transportation of supplies and team to the site, making sure there is enough lodging available, advertising and of course the political climate of a foreign country just to name a few. One might wonder how we manage to pull off such a successful event year after year and have a 90% volunteer return. The network of our volunteers across the board, in country and stateside and their ongoing commitment is truly an amazing thing to witness and be a part of. That opportunity of providing a child or woman in need with a small chance to succeed and or minimize a hardship keeps everyone engaged. The biggest challenge we as an organization face is the financial need to help support the procurement and shipping of supplies to make our core mission a reality. We have focused a lot in the past few years on ramping up our fundraising efforts with programs like Good Giving so that our work doesn’t remain a “best kept secret”. It’s time to share in the successes of COTA’s mission and work allow them the privilege we all are so proud of, to make a difference in the life of a child or mother in need.

Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Diseases Disorders & Medical Disciplines / Medical Disciplines
Tertiary Organization Category Health Care / Public Health
Geographic Areas Served
We donate our medical services in rural Guatemala where the need for medical/surgical/dental care is the most acute.
Impact Questions
GoalsHelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact. Our goal is to alleviate the medical care issues of rural Mayan women and children in Guatemala. Healthcare problems in this focus group are abundant due to the lack of services available in their country. COTA travels to regions of remote Guatemala where healthcare and surgical interventions are not available to our patients. Our long-term goals include attending to more surgical/medical/dental patients within this population, and therefore making a significant life-changing impact on the health and well being of this fragile population.
StrategiesHelpWhat are the organization's strategies for its stated long-term goals? We will continue to recruit healthcare volunteers who share our passion and can utilize their resources to further our mission by traveling with us to provide donated healthcare to the population of rural women and children in Guatemala. Networking with local Guatemalan staff and hospital directors continues. Our PR volunteer is networking with local media professionals so that more rural Guatemalan patients know of our services. We also accept local donations of funds and medical supplies so our financial resources can best be used to help our patients.
CapabilitiesHelpWhat are the organization’s capabilities for doing this? What resources, capacities, and connections support its progress towards long-term goals? We have been donating medical care in rural Guatemala since 1987, and we expect to continue to use our strengths we have built upon as well as our Guatemalan resources, to continue our work. Our assets are a strong board who has served together for a common purpose for years. External strengths can be considered our strong standing with the Guatemalan embassy, fostered by annual visits by our Executive Director, Rosemary Vance. We have an excellent reputation in Guatemala among local doctors. Further resources involve bringing more local hospitals and staff into our circle of concern.
IndicatorsHelpHow will the organization know if it is making progress? What are the key qualitative and quantitative indicators against which the organization assesses its progress toward its intended impact? Children of the Americas measures our organizational progress by the numbers of surgical patients who require our care during our annual trips to Guatemala and by the medical outcome of those patients. We keep records of how many surgeries we do yearly, the type of surgery and the outcome. No negative medical problems post-op is something we monitor. Our target is to safely and effectively assist 150 surgical patients as well as 3000 clinical patients in Guatemala annually. Our dental team does a great job and seeing 400 dental patients, utilizing three dental volunteers would be an indicator of progress.
ProgressHelpWhat has and hasn’t been accomplished so far?
We have not yet gone to Guatemala and had no patients need our services.
Board Chair
Board Chair Jennifer Christmann
Company Affiliation Children of the Americas
Term Oct 2014 to Apr 2018
Board Members
Dr. Frank BowenChildren of the AmericasVoting
Dr. Warren BrandwineChildren of the AmericasVoting
Mike BranstetterChildren of the AmericasVoting
Jennifer ChristmannChildren of the AmericasVoting
Dr. Carol CottrillUK Pediatric HospitalVoting
Sandi Daukas CRNAChildren of the AmericasVoting
Susan DurachtaUniversity of KYVoting
Lisa and Bobby EdwardsCommunity VolunteerVoting
Robin Gibbs NPChildren of the AmericasVoting
Jody Greenlee Greenlee RNChildren of the AmericasVoting
Dr. James LiauUniversity of KY Medical CenterVoting
Dr. Kit MontgomeryUniversity of KY Medical CenterVoting
Robert MontgomeryShriners HospitalVoting
Frank SheederCommunity VolunteerVoting
Roger TeagueChildren of the AmericasVoting
Children of the Americas Nancy VastroCommunity VolunteerVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity. Add number
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 17
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 9
Female 8
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 6
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 30%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Board Co-Chair
Board CoChair Jody Greenlee RN
Company Affiliation Children of the Americas
Term Apr 2000 to Apr 2018
Standing Committees
Program / Program Planning
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Additional Board Members and Affiliations
Betsy AndersonUKMC
Henry ElamCommunity Volunteer
Tony LewgoodShriners Hospital
Dr. James LiauUKMC
Jennifer MartinFirst Steps
Dr. Mike McNevinDenver Healthcare
Dr. Etsuro MotoyamaPrimary Pediatric Care Center
CEO Comments

     As a small non-profit in today’s world, Children of the Americas, Inc. (COTA) faces a myriad of challenges. The organization continually strives to meet those challenges and continue to provide quality medical and surgical care to indigent women and children in Guatemala.

     The biggest challenge facing COTA is funding for our programs. Although we rely heavily on donated equipment, supplies and volunteer support, there are substantial costs that require financial support. These include transport of supplies to Guatemala, medicines for the team clinic, and passport and visa costs for children who travel to the U.S. from Guatemala for donated care. With so many non-profit organizations vying for available donor funds, COTA finds it increasingly difficult to secure the financial resources necessary to continue our mission.

     Another challenge that COTA faces is logistical support, both here in the U.S. and in Guatemala. In the U.S., COTA depends largely on volunteers to coordinate supply donation and shipment. Although COTA is blessed with many wonderful team members and partners, busy lives and other commitments sometimes get in the way of volunteerism. Careful pre-planning and advance scheduling are necessary to maximize the available resources that the organization depends upon to succeed. In Guatemala the challenge is even greater. Again, COTA is blessed with dedicated partners, but the reality of life in Guatemala curtails volunteerism. More than 50% of the population lives in abject poverty, and even those who are gainfully employed struggle to feed their families on the low wages that are prevalent in that country. As a result, volunteerism necessarily takes a “back seat” to the basics of survival.

     Another hurdle facing COTA’s work in Guatemala is the country’s financial infrastructure. Guatemala is very poor and their resources are scarce. Sadly, many of the public funds are re-routed by corrupt politicians. As a result, there are few resources to support healthcare for the indigent. When COTA arrives on site for the annual team, the hospitals are unable to provide even the most rudimentary support, and often look to COTA for assistance. Poorly maintained buildings, broken equipment, and inadequate supplies are the norm, and provide enormous challenges to the team on their annual trip. As a result, COTA operates very much as a MASH unit, transporting its own equipment and supplies to the site to ensure efficient quality care to the patients.


CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Ms. Rosemary Vance
Term Start Apr 1994
Experience Full time attorney. 11 years experience with COTA. Acts as Team Coordinator.
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 101
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 100%
Management Reports to Board? N/A
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 17
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 8
Female 14
Unspecified 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
NonManagement Formal Evaluation N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Description We provide medical and surgical treatment to patients in Guatemala, donate medical equipment and supplies to hospitals in Guatemala that serve indicate patients, and arrange medical treatment in the United States for children from throughout the world.
Program Long term Success Coordinated a medical/surgical team of 120 volunteers who provided services in Tiquisate Guatemala.
Program Comments
CEO Comments
Our biggest challenge is fundraising in the current economy. With grants that serve the health care needs of indigenous Mayan women and children being so limited, we survive on individual donations and infrequent private grants.
We have had increased opportunity to network with Shriners Hospitals as they have once again opened their doors to international applications of children we find in Guatemala who are in need of stateside care. Our credibility as an organization has also gained us a strong partnership with World Pediatric Project where we are able to send the children with complex surgical needs. 
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? No
Organization has a Strategic Plan? No
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? No
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2017
Projected Revenue $64,000.00
Projected Expenses $64,000.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$78,736$48,792$48,792
Administration Expense$12,541$9,430$9,430
Fundraising Expense--$500$500
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.842.530.87
Program Expense/Total Expenses86%83%75%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets--$197,038$107,134
Current Assets$182,394$196,240$107,134
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities------
Total Net Assets$182,394$197,038$107,134
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Registration Yes
CEO Comments Finding donors who are interested in funding the healthcare needs of Guatemalan Mayan women and children is a challenge within the boundaries of non-global thinking that is sometimes an issue in Central Kentucky. We are seeking better relationships with PR and social media volunteers to better create opportunities for getting our organizational profile publicized.
Address Box 282, 838 East High Street
Primary Phone 859 269-4721
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Rosemary Vance
Board Chair Jennifer Christmann
Board Chair Company Affiliation Children of the Americas