Board of Directors
Mark Ely founded Pura Vida in 2002 after a series of long stays at an orphanage in Guatemala beginning in 1999. He now runs day-to-day operations at Pura Vida, administering programs and leading occasional work trips. Mark formerly provided IT consulting to Compassion International, U.S. Antarctic Program, Swisscom, and agencies of the United States federal government.
Founder; Executive Director
With degrees in accounting and economic development, Lyle SmithGraybeal has worked in the areas of social justice ministry and Christian formation for most of twenty years. He is currently the vice president of Community Impact for United Way of Weld County, Colorado where he oversees a staff that increases education, income, and health outcomes.
Richard N. Ely brings extensive nonprofit experience to Pura Vida as a former executive director of Ruritan National, a national civic organization based in Dublin, Virginia. He also served as chair of the Community Relationships Committee of the Boy Scouts of America, board member and executive committee member of the Community Foundation of the New River Valley, and as a partner of the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge.