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Lidia Raminez, Head Cook

Lidia tiene 14 años estar trabajando con la Casa.  Antes trabajaba 16 años con los padres jesuitas, como cocinera. Tiene 4 hijos (3 mujeres y 1 hombre), 5 nietos y 1 bisnieto.  Lo que le gusta mas del trabajo con la Casa es cocinar para los estudiantes, y lo hace con MUCHO amor.  Tambien, le gusta enseñar y compartir su vida y compartir ideas de recetas con estudiantes de la Casa.  En su tiempo libre le gusta nadar e ir al gimnasio.

Lidia has been working with the Casa for the past fourteen years. Before starting with the Casa, she worked as a cook for the Jesuit priests for sixteen years. She has four children (three daughters and one son), five grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Her favorite part of her job is cooking for the students, which she does with a lot of love. She also likes to teach, share her life, and share her recipe ideas with the students. In her free time, she likes to swim and go to the gym.

Francisca Martínez Arias, Casa Cook

Frani va a cumplir 14 años con la Casa. Antes trabajaba con otras familias americanas. Ella tiene 4 hijos y 2 nietos. Le gusta que l@s estudiantes se sientan feliz cuando ella les cocina. Frani es tan trabajadora que no le gusta descansar. Ella dice "No me gusta tiempo libre- solo trabajar porque sino me enfermo."

Frani has been working with the Casa for fourteen years. Before working with the Casa, she worked with American families here in El Salvador. She has four children and two grandchildren. Frani likes that the students feel happy when she cooks. She is a hard worker who does not like to rest. In her own words: “I don’t like free time – I only like to work because when I don’t work, I get sick.

Guadalupe Montalvo Palumbo, Casa Cook

Lupita tiene 13 años de trabajar con la Casa como cocinera. Antes trabajaba en una maquila y también con una parroquia en el área de catequesis. Lupita dice que es bonito estar con estudiantes porque se siente como una familia llena de cariño, calor, y apoyo. Le encanta como ell@s manifiestan su amor y agradecimiento. A Lupita le fascina leer y se siente feliz entremedio de la naturaleza. 

Lupita has been a cook at the Casa for thirteen years. Before working with Casa, she worked in a sweatshop and in a parish church as a catechist. Lupita says that being with the students is a beautiful thing because she feels like they are a family full of affection, warmth, and support. She loves when the students demonstrate their love and gratitude. Lupita enjoys reading and being in nature.

Rosa Mendoza, Casa Cook

Rosa lleva 10 años con la Casa. Ella ha trabajado con familias extranjeras en el pasado. Rosa tiene 4 hijos y 5 nietos. Le gusta conocer nuevas personas y encariñarse con ellas. Por eso le encante tener estudiantes acá. Ella disfruta de los paseos con ell@s a diferentes comunidades y a lugares turísticos.

Rosa has been with the Casa for ten years. In the past, she worked with foreign families in the country. Rosa has four children and five grandchildren. She likes to meet new people and get to know them. Because of this, she loves having students here. Rosa enjoys going on trips with the students to different communities and tourist spots in El Salvador.

 

Julio César Pérez Escobar, Mons. Romero Program Coordinator

(Originario de San José Los Sitios, Talnique, La Libertad).

Fue estudiante becario de la Cooperativa Martín Baró y graduado de la UCA de licenciatura en Contaduría Pública. Actualmente egresado de la Maestría en Ciencia Política. Coordinó la Praxis en Jayaque para los/as estudiantes de la Casa desde 2001 hasta 2009. Ha trabajado con el Programa Romero desde 2004 hasta la fecha. Disfruta su tiempo con su familia, amigos/as, becarios/as, los/as estudiantes de la CASA y las demás personas en las comunidades.  Las experiencias de su familia, la Cooperativa Martín Baró, la CASA y el Programa Romero han marcado y cambiado su vida.

Originally from San José Los Sitios in the department of La Libertad, Julio was a scholarship student with the Martín Baró cooperative and graduated from University of Central America  “José Simeón Cañas” (UCA) with a degree in Public Accounting. He is currently completing a Masters in Political Science from the UCA. From 2001 to 2009, he was the Praxis Coordinator for Casa students in Jayaque. He has worked with the Romero program since 2004. Julio enjoys his time with his family, friends, scholarship students, Casa students, and people in the communities. His experiences with his family, the Martín Baró Cooperative, the Casa program, and the Romero program have defined and changed his life.





 

Flor de Guadalupe de Molina, Mons. Romero Program Coordinator

Mi nombre es Flor de Guadalupe Orellana de Molina. Estudié Comunicación Social en la Universidad Centroamericana “José Simeón Cañas” (UCA) entre 2004-2009. Fui becaria del Programa Universitario Oscar Arnulfo Romero (PUOAR). Soy originario de la comunidad de Canton Carasque, Nueva Trinidad, Chalatenango, pero ahora vivo en Santa Tecla, La Libertad con mi esposo e hija. Desde 2013 trabajo con el Programa Romero hasta la fecha.

Flor de Guadalupe “Lupita” de Molina studied Social Communication at the University of Central America “José Simeón Cañas” (UCA) from 2004 to 2009. She was a scholarship student with the Oscar Arnulfo Romero program (PUOAR). Lupita is originally from the community of Canton Carasque, Nueva Trinidad, Chalatenango, but she lives now in Santa Tecla, La Libertad, with her husband and two kids. She has worked with the Romero program since 2013.

 

Edwin Ernesto Vásquez Fuentes, Administrative Assistant

Originario del Cantón las Flores, Municipio de Jayaque, La Libertad. Fuí becariode la Cooperativa Martín Baró y del Programa Romero y luego comencé a trabajar con la Casa de la Solidaridad en el año 2008 hasta la fecha, y que ahora se llama Fundación Santa Clara. El cargo que desempeño para la Fundación es de Asistente Administrativo. Hoy en día estoy estudiando mi tercer año en la universidad, uno de mis pasatiempos favoritos es jugar fútbol.

Edwin Ernesto “Neto” Vásquez Fuentes comes from Cantón las Flores in Jayaque, La Libertad. He was a scholarship student in the Cooperative Martín Baró and the Romero Program and then went on to work for the Casa de la Solidaridad in 2008 as an Administrative Assistant. Neto is currently in his third year of college studying English. His favorite pastimes include playing soccer and watching movies in English.



William Ernesto Castellanos Chacón, Night Guard

(Originario de Tepecoyo, La Libertad).

Estudió en el Centro Escolar Guillermo Smith de Tepecoyo hasta Sexto Grado.  Casado con Marta Yanira López (Tita) con quien procreó 2 hijas, Joselyn y Sofía. Toda su vida han vivido en Tepecoyo.  Se desempeña como motorista y seguridad para la Fundación Santa Clara desde 2005 hasta la fecha.  Le gusta pasar su tiempo libre con su familia.

Wiliam studied in the Centro Escolar Guillermo Smith in Tepecoyo until sixth grade. He and his wife Marta Yanira López (Tita) have 2 daughters, Joselyn y Sofía. He has lived in Tepecoyo his whole life. He has worked as a driver and a night guard for the Casa since 2005, but he serves as a jack of all trades for the Casa community. He loves to spend his free time with family.

 

Nelson Hernandez, Gardener

Nelson empezó con la Casa como jardinero en el 2006. El tiene 3 hijos y le encanta reunirse con familia. Lo que más le gusta de compartir con estudiantes es poder aprender de ell@s y al mismo tiempo ver cómo van creciendo ell@s durante el ciclo. Para Nelson, los valores de la Casa como comunidad y convivencia son sumamente importantes. 

Nelson joined the Casa team as a gardener in 2006. He has 3 children and loves to spend time with his family. His favorite thing about being with Casa students is learning from them and seeing the way they grow during the semester. For Nelson, the Casa values of community and accompaniment are very important.

 

Saúl Menjívar, Night Guard

Su nombre es Saúl Sergio Quijano Menjívar. Es originario de Municipio de Mejicanos,  San Salvador; pero actualmente vive en Antiguo Cuscatlán, La Libertad. Es padre de dos hijos universitarios.. Estudió Bachillerato en el Instituto Miguel de Cervantes en San Salvador. Trabaja con la Casa de la Solidaridad desde 2007 como vigilante de Seguridad. Le gusta leer y ayudar en los oficios domésticos. 

Saúl Sergio Quijano Menjívar is originally from the Municipality of  Mejicanos,  San Salvador; and today he lives in Antiguo Cuscatlán, La Libertad. He is the father of two college students. He studied high school in the Instituto Miguel de Cervantes in San Salvador. He has worked with the Casa de la Solidaridad since 2007 as a Night Guard. He likes to read and help with household chores.

 

Scarly Rodriguez, Community Coordinator

Scarly is thrilled to be working her dream job as a Community Coordinator. She is originally from Rockland, New York and graduated from Fordham College at Rose Hill in 2016 with a BA in Sociology and Peace and Justice Studies. She was a Casa student in the Spring 2015. Following her graduation, she returned to El Salvador for a year as a volunteer in the PVUCA program where she accompanied the people of San Ramon and Valencia in San Salvador. In her spare time, Scarly enjoys dancing, admiring the moon, and learning about alternative healing practices.

Kevin Yonkers-Talz, Ed.D., Co-Founder and Co-Director, Casa de la Solidaridad

Kevin studied economics and psychology from Fairfield University, received a M.S. in college student development from Miami University, an M.Ed. from Boston College, and his doctoral degree in international and multicultural education from the University of San Francisco. Kevin is most proud of his four daughters – Sophia (16), Grace (14), Hannah (11), and Emma (7), and absolutely loves being a father.

Trena Yonkers-Talz, Co-Founder and Co-Director, Casa de la Solidaridad

Trena loves how working with the Casa program enables her to connect her vocations as a mom and as an educator. She loves being mom to her four daughters (Sophia, Grace, Hannah, and Emma) and also being a part of the important work of the Casa program. She studied accounting as an undergrad at Grand Valley State University and received her M.S. in college student personnel services from Miami University and an M.Ed.  Trena and Kevin worked with Jesuit Volunteers: International in Belize, Central America for two years prior to their work in El Salvador.