Meet our Founder

PhilPhil Plunk founded International Hands in Service and Project Salud y Paz in 2001 as a way to address the rampant dental care needs in the rural highlands of Guatemala. Along with the help of the local bomberos (firemen), Phil slowly spread the word and built the relationships necessary to sustain his small practice. Since its founding, Salud y Paz has grown exponentially, thanks to Phil’s hard work, alongside other volunteers and staff. Phil handed off the Executive Directorship in 2011 but continues to be involved in the organization, especially in the role of fundraising. He currently lives with his dog Homer in Panajachel.