Elisa Sabatini serves as the Executive Director for Via International. She is responsible for providing strategic direction, supervising staff, creating new programs, and securing resources for activities in Mexico, Guatemala, the United States and Canada. Program areas include family health, nutrition, micro-finance, sustainable agriculture, community organizing and development education. In 2003, the VolunTours “social business” joined the family of Via programs. Elisa formerly served with World SHARE for fourteen years as the Regional Director for Latin America. She coordinated participatory processes to create an autonomous SHARE organization in Guatemala as well as develop self-funding food distribution in Mexico and a rural agricultural loan fund. In Mexico, the Compartamos (SHARE) program is now the largest micro finance initiative in Latin America. Elisa joined Los Niños in 1998. In 2009 Los Niños changed its name to Via International. Ms. Sabatini has worked in the business sector, establishing and managing an import/export design firm in Hawaii and is bilingual in English and Spanish. She also understands Italian and some French. She did doctoral coursework at the University of Hawaii graduate school of East West studies specializing in agrarian economic development. Her earlier graduate work was in international economics at the University of Denver with a concentration on Latin America. She has a bachelor's degree from the University of Denver in Economics with minors in computer science and Spanish. She also completed course requirements in primary health and nutrition and studied at Schiller College in Spain.