Meet The Team
All of the people participating in the start-up of the formal organization are volunteers and have special reasons for making the commitment to Helping Angels of Peru.
Ken Burton has accepted the role as the new Director of Helping Angels of Peru. Ken is known by those close to him for his big heart and commitment to help. Ken has volunteered his time in different roles and organizations serving mainly through his Parish of Saint Joseph in Cold Spring, KY:
2006 - 2017 Festival Committee Co-Chairperson
2009 - 2013 Knights of Columbus – De’Jaco Council #5220
2010 - 2012 CHRP Program Director
2012 - 2013 Parish Council Social Action and Outreach Committee
Ken has also worked with children in various sports which is his passion:
· St. Joseph Soccer Assistant Micro League 2010-2011 Co-Ed
· St. Joseph Soccer Assistant 2012-2014 (2nd - 4th Grade Boys)
· St. Joseph Basketball Assistant Coach 2014-2016 (3rd - 4th Grade Boys)
Ken is married to his wife of 20 years Ximena, a native of Ecuador, and therefore understands how important the work of Helping of Angels of Peru is in bringing food, medical supplies and clothing to the poor and underprivileged children of the city of Cajamarca, Perú.
Angelín Kiplinger is the Founder of Helping Angels of Peru and a founding Trustee of the organization. Angelin is a native of the city of Cajamarca where she was born and raised. She is familiar with the poverty and the special needs of the children in the region. Angelín got much of her inspiration from her mother, María Luisa Esparza, known to all as 'Mami Lucha', who was a very generous person, always ready to share with people in need of the most basic items.
Kevin Kiplinger is Angelín's husband and a founding Trustee of Helping Angel's of Peru. Kevin is from Ashland, Ohio, and has a BA in Marketing from Ohio State University. He worked for 28 years in the private sector doing sales of chemical products for producers and distributors. Kevin has been inspired by Angelín's dedication to help people of need in her native city and has made the commitment to the goals of the organization.
Starting several years ago, Kevin and Angelín organized and self-funded the first charitable trips to Cajamarca. Eventually it became clear to both of them that to make a greater impact it would be necessary to make their efforts more formal. As a result, they established Helping Angels of Peru a legal entity in the state of Ohio. It is an official 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Amber Gorzynski joined the organization as Treasurer. Amber is a native of northern Michigan and completed a Bachelor's of Science in Environmental Chemistry at Lake Superior State University. Until completion of her degree, she worked primarily in non-profit capacities with organizations serving both children and adults with developmental disabilities.
Ximena Granja-Burton, Director of Special Events. Ximena is a native of Ecuador and married to Ken Burton, Director of HAOP. Ximena has been involved with Helping Angels of Peru since 2018 and has supported the founder, Angelin Kiplinger, in her charity work to help the children in need for the region of Cajamarca, Perú.
In 2023, Ximena accepted the role of Director of Special Events in order to promote the charity work the foundation does and help with the major fundraising activities to bring more volunteers and donors.
HAOP also want to thank and acknowledge the support and help we received from former board members.
Thank you very much, without them this would not be possible.
Director of Special Events