Meet some of our wonderful teachers, subs, and tutors (in no particular order).

TEACHER/TUTOR
I TEACH AT THE CENTRO HISPANO MARISTA BECAUSE…
INTERESTING FACT

JOSE A. GREGORY

From: San Juan, Puerto Rico

Background: B.A. Yale; J.D. UPenn

It makes my soul smile and I want to make a difference in the community.

I once sat next to Natalie Portman on a school bus–it’s a l-o-n-g story…

SUSAN FREED

From Gainesville or Tampa, Florida

B.S. Physical Therapy, University of Florida; M.S. Medical Science, Emory; D.P.T. Doctor of Physical Therapy, Emory

I learned of the great inequalities in treatment of immigrants and low education workers from Hispanic countries during medical mission work. I felt called to serve this population using skills and knowledge from my career as a teacher.

I am a Georgia Master Naturalist.

STEVE HART

From: Muskogee, Oklahoma

Background: B.S. Marketing & Management, M.B.A., Northeastern State; M.A. Ed Spring Hill College

It fits well with my teaching in Dekalb Schools and Chattahoochee Tech.

I caught 15 trout this summer.

CHESTER “CHICO” WOJNA

From: Puerto Rico

Background: B.S. in Chemistry – University Puerto Rico, M.B.A.  – J. Mack Robinson College of Business, GSU

I am a Christian and I want to help others, my country, and my community.

I like to have FUN!

KATHY PARKER

From: Painted Post, New York

Background: M.P.H. Health Education, U.N.C. Chapel Hill; M.A. French, B.A. French, Nazareth College, NY

I believe in the critical need to help Dreamers to get at least a high school diploma and go on to pursue their dreams and support their families.

I lost about 25-30 lbs without really dieting!

SANTIAGO CALLE

From: Bogotá, Colombia

Background: B.S. Industrial Engineering, Colombia, M.B.A. and Organizational Development.

I was forced to by Leticia and Vicky! 🙂  I want to give back some that I was fortunately to received.

I’m a genius!

NEMESIO DIEZ

From: Mexico

Background: Good Science, Human Development

I love to help the Hispanic Community.

I published a new book: Tierra de Manzanas

RAÚL ALFONSO

From: San Juan, Puerto Rico

Background: B.S. Industrial Engineering, GA Tech

I believe the greatest gift you can give is the gift of education.

I left everything to follow my true love!

T. RENÉ RODRÍGUEZ

From Lima, Peru & Caracas, Venezuela

Background: B.S. Computer Science, Universidad Simón Bolivar; M.S. Computer Science, Rutgers

“Matthew 25:40: ‘And the king will say to them in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’ ”

I am a black belt in Karate.

I have 23 years old Marist grad and 3 year old future Marist grad.

MARTY BYRNE

From: Dunwoody, Georgia

Background: Marist School, B.S. Economics, UVA

To honor my grandparents who immigrated to America from Ireland.

Went to Marist and had 2 children graduate from Marist.

BRIANDA CABRERA

CARLOS SOARES

From: Fortaleza, Brazil

Background: M.S. Computer Science, Clemson University, Clemson, SC

I want to give back to the community.

I like Soccer and I went to the 2014 Soccer World Cup in Brazil.

My son just started college at GA Tech. I guess that’s more fun for him.

LAURA GOMEZ-PEREZ

From: Spain

Background: Ph.D. in Neuroscience; B.S. in Biology

I would like to get experience as a teacher and discover if I have a true vocation.

I am very patient with others but with myself.

RUSTY SCHAEFER

From: New Albany, Indiana

Background: B.A. Indiana University

I want to help our students improve their lives through education and also to help them eventually be better citizens.

I climbed the Mt. Kilimanjaro on my 60th birthday!

JOSÉ VILLEGAS

From: Barranquilla, Colombia

Background: B.S. Civil Engineering, Universidad del Norte, Colombia; M.S. GA Tech.

I love to help people have dreams and reach goals.

I run 1/2 marathons!

MARILYN ALBACH

From: Grafton, Illinois

Background: B.S. Southern Illinois University

It is a wonderful way to give back and help students.

I play the flute.

DHARMA DÍAZ-AZCUY

From Guayanabo, Puerto Rico

Background: B.A. in Business Accounting, GSU

I enjoy helping others grow.

I am Puerto Rican, my name is Indian, and my married name is Cuban.

DAILYN RECINOS

From: Guatemala

Background: B. Accounting

I just like to help people.

I love animals.

SARAH BUNDSCHUH

From: Atlanta, GA

Background: B.S. in Plant Genetics – University of Georgia; M.S. in Agronomy/Weed Science – University of Georgia

Horace Mann, an American educator (1848) said, “Education then, beyond all other devices of human origin, is a great equalizer of the conditions of men – the balance wheel of the social machinery.”  I believe in the mission of CHM.

I’ve spent many years training golf course maintenance employees throughout the United States to work safely with chemicals and equipment.

ROSY GOMEZ

From Rome, Georgia

Background: B.S. in Neuroscience & Behavioral Biology, Emory University

It brings me joy seeing very intelligent and hardworking people accomplish their goals and dreams.

I’ve traveled to 10 countries.

FERNANDO KOCK

From: Bolivia

Background: B.S. Human Resources and Management

I want to see people succeed, specially academically. I want to see Hispanics in better jobs.

I have visited many countries and learned about their cultures, people and customs. I like to dance.

IRIS OSBURN

From: Atlanta, Georgia

Background: B.A. Journalism, Auburn University

I want to serve Christ and the Catholic Community.

I love to collect stories.

BILL HERALD

From: Miami, Florida

Background: B.A. from Vanderbilt University

God invited me to show my love for Him in this way.

After 37 years in the business side of healthcare followed by 3 years creating Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School, I am now an actor in movies and TV shows.

JEANNETTE CUEVAS

From: Venezuela

Background:

I want to help my community.

JOE IRASTORZA

From: Matanzas, Cuba

First came to Atlanta in 1956
Escaped the Castro dictatorship in 1962, US citizen

Background: B.S. Electrical Engineering, Georgia Tech; MS Operations Research Lehigh University; Ph.D. Georgia Tech

Want to help those who want to improve themselves.

Love to travel, read, explore good wines, used to play a lot of tennis now play some golf.

BEGOÑA CLAVERÍA

From: Spain

Background:

CHRISTOPHER MICHAUD

From: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; lived in Washington DC for 10 years before moving to Atlanta

Background: Bachelor of Music and a Master of Arts in Music Education.  Master’s Degree student at Georgia Institute of Technology for Computer Science.  Certified to teach Math 6-12 in Georgia

I want to teach at Centro to continue supporting the Mission of the Society of Mary.

I coach Marist School’s Robotics Team.

JESÚS FIGUEROA

From: Puerto Rico

Background: B.S. Psychology, Economics, M.B.A.

Responding to a call that has been latent for a few years to become more involved with the Hispanic Community.

I like to play guitar and dance salsa. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Colombian mother.

RICHARD PFEIFFER

From: New York and Atlanta

Background: B.S. in Information Systems

I enjoy teaching, enjoy Spanish and languages.

I like to travel to Central and South America.

KARLA ZUMBADO

From: La Habana, Cuba

Background: B.A. in Law; University of Havana, Cuba

I love to help my community!

I love to dance 🙂

MIGUEL JÁCOME

From: Guayaquil, Ecuador

Background: M.S. Electrical Engineering, Technische Hochschule Aachen, Germany

It’s just a matter of social justice to share knowledge with the ones with less luck, especially with motivated Dreamers.

World Cup 2006. Ecuador made the round of 16 for the first time, Stuttgart, June 25. I was there!
Dedicated 2 years as a “research” player at the Casino Aachen. A math adventure with numbers and one of my greatest times!

PAULA MARCET

From: Argentina

Background: Dr. in Biological Sciences, Biologist. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

I feel this small grain of sand contribution can help people who are working very hard to have a better future for them and their families.

I am a field biologist, and my greatest passion is work with indigenous communities in Latin America, although now I work more at the lab. I like to spend lots of time surrounded by nature. I am convinced that with education, our community can improve in many ways.

FRANCISCO ALVAREZ

From: Madrid, Spain

Background: Bachelors in Biology (1984) and PhD in Neurobiology (1987)  Complutense University of Madrid

I had the privilege of receiving a great education and I need to give back through those with fewer opportunities.

I have lived in 4 different countries spread through 3 different continents. I love doing sports; age is slowing me down but will never stop me.

BANESA GUADERRAMA

From: Chihuahua, Mexico

Background: B.S. Industrial Engineering, Accounting, M.B.A.

I would like to contribute in the achievement of other Latinos’ educational needs.

I used to be a workaholic, until I become a mom and decided to stay home to raise my kids. My kids did not know I had a career until I was getting my MBA.

RAY LUNG

From: Venezuela

Background: Engineer, Georgia Tech

It’s a new opportunity I have been interested.

I love soccer, meeting people, and South American food.

EFRAIN SANTOS

From: Panama, City, Panama

Background: Legal field, Universidad Nacional de Panama

I love to help other people to achieve their goals.

I love scuba and camping!

FRANK MARTINEZ

From: Mexico

Background: B.A. Social Anthropology

I want to share part of what I’ve been learning and motivate others to do what they want in life.

I like writing and reading history. I like to write poems and songs.

HECTOR RIESTRA

From: Mexico

Background: B.S. Computer Science

I want to make a difference.

JOEY ASHER

From: Atlanta, Georgia

Background: J.D. Cornell University undergrad and Emory University Law School

I love teaching and care about these young people and want to help.

I’m actually born and raised in Atlanta and competed against Marist on my high school tennis team.

BRENDA LOPEZ

From: Morelos, Mexico

Background: J.D. Syracuse University College of Law

I’m a candidate running for the 2016 Senate House District 99!

KELLY CLAMPETT

From:

Background:

JEFF MANCIAGLI

Hometown: N/A

Background: Law Degree Emory University of Law, Atlanta GA; M.I.C.L., Brussels, NL.

Now that my kids are grown, I want to do something useful in my free time.

I lived in 6 different countries before the age of 18.

ISABEL GARRIDO

Hometown: Santiago, Chile

Background: M.D. OB/GYN Santiago, Chile; M.B.A Wharton

This program has a direct impact on improving people’s lives, and I love to teach–>great match!

Although I never set foot in a kitchen until I was 30, I now love cooking and experimenting!

MARCO VALENCIA

Hometown: Mexico City

Background: B.S. Industrial and Systems Engineering, ITESM Mexico; M.S. Quality Management, Germany; M.B.A., Georgia State University.

It is very rewarding to see someone working at and achieving their goals.

I have been told I snore really loud. I am not convinced.

KATIE JUNE

From: Atlanta, Georgia

Background: University of Alabama- B.S. Exercise Science, BA Spanish— Currently working on doctor physical therapy at Mercer University

I believe strongly in opening educational doors and giving new opportunities to people in my own community.

I am a competitive triathlete and have been racing for 12 years.

ADAM GRIEFER

From: Cincinnati, Ohio – Saltillo, Coahuila, México

Background: STEM / Math

Having myself been an expat, living abroad in Mexico as a child, I have a natural affinity to the immigrant experience and its challenges.  I would very much like to give back to the community and contributing to the Centro’s mission and helping out the students will be very rewarding.

I have a pilot’s license and enjoy flying airplanes for fun.

JUDY STEFFI

JOSE ESCOBAR

From: Puerto Cortés, Honduras

Background: Graduate from the CHM, Education

Estoy muy agradecido y quiero ayudar.

ALLISON FIALKOWSKI

From: Atlanta, GA

Background: Marist School, UGA (Nutrition Science Degree); Emory University (Nursing Degree)

I started working with CHM when I was taking Spanish as a senior at Marist. I loved the community at CHM and am so glad I get to stay a part of that.

I run like crazy- 2153 miles in 2016!

ROSARIO NEUMAN

From: Peru

Background: Bachelors of Science

I have found out I have an interest in teaching. I enjoy it very much. Also, by teaching you receive. The students at Centro Hispano Marista are there with a purpose and a goal. I can see how each one of them grows and advances in their journey. I receive from them lessons of perseverance and of hope, which is more than what I can give them.

I like to dance salsa, read, and watch Hallmark movies.

JULIANA MELO

Hometown: Bogota, Colombia

Education: Veterinary Medicine, Universidad de la Salle

I love putting a smile on people and helping. “If you smile at life, life will smile back.”

I sing, I dance, I have two dogs and a cat! (Passionate animal lover)

NEYDA CANIZALEZ ALVAREZ

Hometown: Venezuela

Background:

GILMER

Hometown: Venezuela

Education:

LYNDA PALMER

Hometown: Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Background:

I enjoy teaching and I like the goal of the program.

I love acting in community theaters!

MARC FITTEN

Hometown: Atlanta

Background: M.A. P.W. Kennesaw State, B.A. English Kennesaw State

I enjoy it!

Marist Grad and Marist Dad.

EIRA RIVAS

Hometown: Venezuela

Background: B.A. Education, Language and Philosophy

Brindar la oportunidad a los jovenes de lograr sus metas. Abrir nuevos horizontes y dar esperanza.

I was often called “Novicia Revelde” (rebel novice) because I spent 8 years in a convent working with young people. I played the guitar and sang with all the kids.

THAD GOULD

Hometown:

Background:

SANDRA FERRERAS

Hometown: República Dominicana

Background: CHM graduate, B.A. Education and Social Studies in Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo (UASD), and ESL at GTC. Child Develoment Associated and PDS specialist.

CHM changed my life. I met people, who like me, were wondering what we could do. I did my GED because it was easier to graduate than to validate my studies from Dominican Republic. As a graduate, I feel I can contribute with my experience as student and give back as I received when I started.

I have 2 kids and every Tuesday I run to be on time! I always remember what it feels to be a student and I love to help now that I’m in the other side. I love teaching such wonderful students!

LUIS PEÑA ACOSTA

From: Aguascalientes, Mexico

Background: Masters in Big Data, B.S. Computer Science

To pay back through others whatever the Lord gave to me, sharing my time and knowledge, and also to help others to reach their goals, dreams, etc.

I love to explore, know new places specially those related to nature.