Dr Nicholas Hellmuth

Founder and President

He has an undergraduate degree, Harvard; Master’s degree Brown University; then three different post-graduate research positions at Yale University. PhD is from the University of Graz (Karl-Franzens Universitaet). Previously he was a research professor in digital photography at Rollins College (Florida) and then at Brevard Community College (Florida).


Flor Setina

Administrative Manager

She is responsible for all the administrative operations here in Mayan Toons. Her work is essential to different areas of the organization: supervising daily support operations of our company, planning the most efficient administrative procedures, monitoring costs and expenses to assist in budget preparation.


Vivian Díaz

General Coordinator and Illustrator

Vivi is an environmental engineer, who is actually doing project management for FLAAR’s divisions: Flora & Fauna and MayanToons. She is also the chief storyboard director of the department of cartoon illustrators. She loves to share her knowledge of nature and also to raise awareness through her drawings about how to take care, preserve and appreciate nature as she does.



Josefina Sequen


Josefina is a digital illustrator who enjoys drawing realistic and cartoon animals like crocodiles and felines. She also assists with photography inside FLAAR and during field trips. She is a senior student on weekends and works in the office during the week.


Rosa Sequen


Rosa is an intern learning about digital illustration and children books. Her strenght when it comes to drawings are butterflies and other Mesoamerican amphibious. She loves the idea that her drawings could reach children in order to teach them about animal welfare and conservation.


Valeria Avilés

Illustrator and Graphic Designer

An artist and illustrator, who stands out for the ease with which she works realism in analogous techniques. However, her work in children’s illustration is not far behind, always looking for her drawings and illustrations to be able to speak for themselves.



Mariana Cabrera

3D Animator and Illustrator

A creative mind that wants to use her skills to promote environmental education. In Mayantoons she has worked in illustration, character design and, at the moment, in 2D animation. She believes that, with dinamic and interactive material, we can ignite the interest of people of all ages in Guatemala and its diverse nature.


Genesis Giron

3D Animator and Illustrator

Génesis Girón is a proud member of the Mayan Toons Animation Department, she loves expressing herself through her unique creations. In addition to animation, Génesis enjoys illustration and character design. Powered by fashion, fandoms and cinema.



Marcella Sarti

Flora and Fauna Researcher

An environmental engineer student, Marcella Sarti is part of the research team of flora and fauna, she collects information along with bibliographies of many books to create documents with scientific and educational information which are posted on our pages. In addition, she has contributed to write storyboards for Mayantoons. Through her research, she hopes to contribute to education in Guatemala about native flora and fauna and its conservation.


Elena Siekavizza

Flora and Fauna Researcher

Environmental engineer, forests enthusiast and lover of the guatemalan native flora. She is in charge of FLAAR Mesoamerica’s photographic database. Not only does she organize it, but also performs the flora and fauna identification of the photographs we have. Due to her knowledge, she also serves as a research assistant.


Senaida Ba

Flora and Fauna Researcher

Senaida Ba is a bilingual Q’eqchi’ Mayan student. Her interests include photography. She is very adept at plant research, especially capable of finding rare plants deep in the rain forests. She has also done studies of inkjet printing technology in Germany, Italy, and Turkey. She will be a capable university student and we are looking for scholarship opportunities for her.



Alejandra Gutierrez


Graphic designer and photographer of FLAAR Mesoamerica, she makes expeditions alongside with Dr. Nicholas Hellmuth to incredible places to shoot big format photographs of native flora and fauna. Based on her experience, she also helps with publicity and marketing.


Daniel Galvez

Graphic Designer

Daniel is a communication sciences student, who is collaborator in the photographic essays of the Yaxha Project – for the Yaxha-Nakum-Naranjo National Park, in Petén, Guatemala. He design PDF files, our Photo essays, in such a way, so that the reader can appreciate its content and feel identified with the essay. His dream is to become a multimedia producer.


David Arrivillaga

Photographer and Graphic Designer

Photographer and graphic designer, David is passionate about capturing images of nature and complements the expedition team. He takes incredible pictures and video of flora and fauna and assists Dr Nicholas Hellmuth in all the expeditions. He also edits the material for print and digital media.


Ximena Arriaga

Digital Library Manager

Ximena is a graphic designer in charge of scanning and digitizing all content from previews investigations about the Mayan culture by Dr. Nicholas Hellmuth so that can be available on all FLAAR’s websites.

Web & Marketing


Juan C. Hernández

Web Designer

He is a graphic design student with knowledge of website design and programing, he assists the Webmaster with the maintenance and administrations of the FLAAR website network: adding texts and photos, managing content, etc.


María José García

Web Designer

María José is an industrial designer with experience in web design and community management. She is actually in charge of uploading content to all Flora & Fauna and MayanToons websites and keep them updated.


Paulo Nuñez


Paulo Núñez has taken over all webmaster responsibilities for the entire FLAAR network of websites.He is in charge of updating and reviewing the more than one thousand pages of our diverse sites with new information and photos obtained from the site visit cases, lectures, trade shows, etc.


Roxana Leal

Community Manager

Roxana is a communication sciences student who is in charge of all FLAAR Mesoamerica’s social networks and interacts with people by replying post comments and emails, at the same time she creates alliances with other companies. Roxana loves to learn new things and investigate, her dream is to become a journalist.