Meet Our Team

Rebeca Ruiz

Rebeca Ruiz

Founder

Following the biggest and best example of service and love that we have, Jesus on Earth, this foundation has its basis on excellence, love and service with
non-discrimination to all those who need a friendly hand of empowerment in crisis circumstances
or crucial situations, where said hand allows us to cope with that goal and grows up to be able to
assist.

My inspiration: the biggest legacy that my mother left me, education and values. It could happen,
we could lose thousands, stuff, and all our material things many times, but through education and
values it could be rebuilt over and over again. Empowering through Education as my mother
empowered me to be able to serve, presently, to thousands of communities around the world.

Rafael Ramírez

Rafael Ramírez

President

My name is Rafael Ramirez, I was born and raised in Coronado. As someone who grew up in a Christian home, I have been exposed to different social good projects. I remember, I was serving at the church and was volunteering to help less fortunate families. At a very young age, I was taught on how to become more compassionate and active in creating positive social change. It was both a volunteer work and leisure to me since I was able to have fun and play with the kids of those families that we helped. Until now, those wonderful memories are still so vivid to me.
Even now that I am already an English teacher, married to a great wife and raise my own two beautiful kids, I still make time to participate to different social works together with my wife and kids. Our family, works as one, with our passion to help people who are vulnerable. In fact, this has actually become part of our family bonding activities.

 

Jorge Villalobos

Jorge Villalobos

Vice-President

Hello, my name is Jorge Villalobos Gamboa, known as Chovi, born in San José and a drummer by profession. I have officially performed drums since 1981. 

I have experience in live drums, drummer in recording and Instructor (Coaching) of the Oasis Musical Training Institute, Followers of the King Musical Training Institute (Alajuela, Costa Rica) as instructor and Academic Director. Chovi Drums Academy as Manager and Instructor.

I have given clinics at the International Worship Retreat promoted by Danilo Montero and the Sígueme Ministry (1999-2000), of which two lectures have been recorded on the theme “The Drummer in Worship.”

I have been part of the Board of Directors since 2020, as a member, I am currently in the position of Vice-President. I have also been working with the Devotionals since March 2020, a space for learning, reflection and prayer.

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Hanzzel Centeno

Hanzzel Centeno

Secretary

Social Injustice and Inequality in Educational Opportunity have been predominantly known as one of the perennial issues across the globe, that remain to be solved.

My name is Hanzzel. I am an International Relations student,  a Children Advocate and a great believer of Empowerment through Education. My first few baby steps as a Social Catalyst was when I volunteered in our local community. From then on, I became an active volunteer who offer free service in different NGOs. In 2020, I had the opportunity to be part of the volunteer corp’s fundraising activity. Over the period of time, I have come to know Talita Cumi CR better, its vision, mission to help those who are in need, especially the less fortunate kids, and their noble social work. Since then, I fell inlove with the organization and its advocacy: Empowering through Education. I also realized that Education is such a powerful tool that could support today’s Sustainable Development Global Goals to alleviate issues on Poverty, Global Hunger, Justice, Peace and Strong Institution, to name a few.

Being part of Talita Cumi CR is more than just belonging to an organization. They taught me to become a trailblazer of positive social change. Moreover, we vibrate at the same high frequency. That’s why I am forever grateful to  all the people who have trusted me and who have become my second family. Individually, we are as small as the grains of the sand, but together, we are capable to build great things to empower through education,  of course with the aid of our sponsors’ donation.

 

Wendy Jimenez

Wendy Jimenez

Executive member

Hello, my name is Wendy Yesenia Jimenez Gutierrez. I am Costarrican, and a communicator by profession and conviction. In my home country, I have been part of amazing and very professional work groups in radio and television.

I learned from my parents to serve others; I do it with love and gratitude.I identify a lot with women who get ahead for their children, men who are an example to follow as protectors of their families.  

I like to feel useful and know that in some way I can give a little help to people when they need it.

My motto is hands that always give, they will never be empty.

 

Roberto Ruiz

Roberto Ruiz

Treasure

Roberto José Ruiz Castro, was born in San José, Costa Rica. Business administrator, baker and pastry chef. He grew up in a family of artisans and has dedicated himself to the trade and administration of the El Maná Bakery and Pizzeria alongside his father, following the legacy in memory of his mother. His passion is creating and innovating products and services. He loves his community and is always looking for ways to get involved in serving and helping others. He has followed in the footsteps of the growth and service of the Talita Cumi CR foundation since its begining in Costa Rica in 1997 and has served as treasurer of the Board of Directors since 2020. The vision of Talita Cumi CR has impacted many lives so that they can study, learn and perform their jobs in a better way, guaranteeing them a better lifestyle or in many cases the beginning of a life that without the help of education there might have been. It has been very difficult to know and even undertake and that is why we do our work with excellence and dedication without distinctions of any kind.

 

 

Randi Gibson

Randi Gibson

Vocal

Hi. My name is Randi Gibson and I live in Pennsylvania. I am a mom and Spanish teacher. I like to read, cook, travel and spend time with family and friends. I like to work at Talita-CumiCR because I love its mission and the service to help others. It is very special to me to be part of this vision.

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