Assistant Teacher

Alejandra Mendoza was an assistant teacher.  Alejandra was familiar with KIP as she was a former student from the first KIP program! She helped teach the morning class in the township of Burgos.  

Shake the World Health is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization recognized by the State of Iowa.  Our board of directors and employees are listed below.  

Board of Directors

Lead Teacher
Keyla Oro Padilla is our current lead teacher.  Keyla was born in El Porvenir and lives in the Centro neighborhood of town, near the beach.  She completed high school with a major in accounting. She has previously done volunteer work with an organization in La Ceiba giving health talks about sexually transmitted infections.  

She has a four year old daughter named Allison who likes to get into her things!  She spends a lot of time with her family (she has six brothers and sisters) and enjoys going to church.  She has been a passionate leader and the life of the program.  She will be splitting her time with KIP and as a caregiver for the Finding Hope Women and Children's Center, also in El Porvenir.  She enjoys helping youth and  wants to be able to share her knowledge with others.  She really enjoyed teaching the past two sessions of KIP and educating her community. 

Keyla Oro Padilla es la maestra principal desde ahora.  Keyla nació en El Porvenir y vive en el Centro, cerca de la playa.  Se grauduó del colegio donde estudió perito mercantil y contador publico.  Ella era una voluntaria en la Ceiba, dando charlas sobre las infecciones sexuales. 

Tiene una hija quien se llama Allison.  Pasa mucho tiempo con su familia (tiene 6 hermanos) y le gusta ir a la iglesia.  Ella ha sido una maestra entusiasmada y la vida del programa.  Ella trabajara con KIP y tambien con el Centro para Mujeres y Niños de la organización En Busca de la Esperanza.  Le gusta ayudar a los jóvenes y quiere compartir su conocimiento con otros.  ¡Se divertió mucho como maestra de los dos cursos pasados y le gustó educar a su comunidad!

Who We Are

Assistant Teacher

Indira Ortiz is an assistant teacher to the KIP Program.  She joined the program in December 2016.  She has a toddler son Dylan and her husband lives in the United States. 

Vice -President
Thao Nguyen, BS is the vice-president of  Shake the World Health.  She works as a health inspector and lives in Des Moines, Iowa.  She has a strong interest in pubic health and disease prevention.   She also has a passion for working with immigrants.  Thao comes from an immigrant family who emigrated to the U.S. from Vietnam.  While never having traveled to Honduras, she would love to go someday.  


Thomas Kessler, BGS, MA, MBA is the secretary of Shake the World Health.  He also serves vocationally as Coordinator of the Peace & Justice Center of the Cedar Valley, a ministry of Cedar Falls Mennonite Church in Cedar Falls, Iowa.  He is actively involved in a number of community organizations, including Cedar Valley Advocates for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, Cedar Valley Citizens for Undoing Racism, and the NAACP of Black Hawk County.  Kessler is a Professor Emeritus of Library Services from the University of Northern Iowa, and continues to serve professionally as Treasurer and Executive Board member for the Iowa Library Association. 

President & Founder

Cristina Woodhouse, MD, MPH is the founder and president of  Shake the World Health.  Born in Honduras and raised in Iowa, she first volunteered in El Porvenir, Honduras in 2010 with an organization now called Honduras Child Alliance.   She ended up falling in love with the community of El Porvenir.  She has since been back almost yearly and decided to turn her passion for global health and her love of El Porvenir into a public health organization.  

Cristina was one of the teachers of the first KIP program as well and describes the experience as immensely empowering for everyone.   "The goal is to empower the community by teaching critical thinking and by showing that we each have the power to shape our own world."  She is a family medicine physician practicing in Marshalltown, Iowa.  She is also a member of the Iowa and American Academies of Family Medicine.  

Shake the World

Rebecca Kessler, BBA, MA 
works as both as a nursing unit clerk at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and as a substitute teacher for the Iowa City Community School District.  She lives in Iowa City, Iowa.  She has been involved with Shake the World Health from its onset.   Rebecca has a strong interest in both education and pubic health and is very excited to be a part of the organization.   "I'm excited to see the impact that the Knowledge is Power Program has already had on the lives of young people in the El Porvenir area."

Rebecca also enjoys foreign travel.  She has been to Honduras four times including once to El Porvenir.  In addition, she has also traveled to Cuba, Brazil, and China.  She looks forward to brushing up on her Spanish language skills in anticipation of traveling to Honduras again in the future.  

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