Ecuador Team

Meet the faces who run our tutoring programs, assist with Starfish programming, and more!

 
 

Program Manager

Stephanie Allen

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Stephanie graduated from Stonehill College with degrees in Spanish, and social justice and policy studies. Her passion for volunteerism led her to Ecuador, where she first arrived as a volunteer with Rostro de Cristo in 2013. During her volunteer year, she served at both preschool and after-school programs for at-risk Ecuadorian youth. Her experiences in Ecuador showed her the importance of education as a means to overcome situations of poverty, as well as the importance of developing meaningful relationships and of mentorship--values that continue to inform her personal and professional life.

After returning to the U.S., Stephanie began her non-profit career working as a volunteer manager for over two years at a nationally recognized non-profit. During this time, she also pursued post-graduate education and received certificates in community, medical, and legal Spanish-English interpretation from Boston University. Stephanie returned to Ecuador in 2018, living and working in the city of Cuenca to facilitate cultural exchange experiences for U.S. and Ecuadorian high school students.

Stephanie is thrilled to be back in Guayaquil and join our team as the program manager! In this role, she looks forward to working alongside our Ecuadorian staff to provide quality educational support and mentorship to our scholars.

 

Employees

 
  Diego Barrezueta, Program Assistant    I've graduated from high school, and now I want to study gastronomy. I'm very thankful for the support of Starfish. I'm someone who likes to help others in any way that I can, and I always try to make everyone around me happy!

Diego Barrezueta, Program Assistant

I've graduated from high school, and now I want to study gastronomy. I'm very thankful for the support of Starfish. I'm someone who likes to help others in any way that I can, and I always try to make everyone around me happy!

  Yuliana Noboa, Site Administrator    I like to dance and read, and I'm an active person. I don't like routine; I like to learn so that I can improve every day! God gives me the strength and confidence that I need. My family is everything to me, and I love my job at Starfish!

Yuliana Noboa, Site Administrator

I like to dance and read, and I'm an active person. I don't like routine; I like to learn so that I can improve every day! God gives me the strength and confidence that I need. My family is everything to me, and I love my job at Starfish!

  Cecilia Orben, Program Coordinator   I was born in the city of Naranjal. My parents are Juan and María, and I have five siblings: three sisters and two brothers. Also, my husband Misael and I have a little girl, Isvi. We love her!

Cecilia Orben, Program Coordinator

I was born in the city of Naranjal. My parents are Juan and María, and I have five siblings: three sisters and two brothers. Also, my husband Misael and I have a little girl, Isvi. We love her!

  Jessica Parraga, Program Coordinator   I'm studying to be a preschool teacher at la Universidad Laica Vicente Rocafuerte de Guayaquil. I like to work. I'm strict when I need to be, but I'm also friendly and fun! I like soccer, and I'm a fan of Barcelona Sporting Club.

Jessica Parraga, Program Coordinator

I'm studying to be a preschool teacher at la Universidad Laica Vicente Rocafuerte de Guayaquil. I like to work. I'm strict when I need to be, but I'm also friendly and fun! I like soccer, and I'm a fan of Barcelona Sporting Club.

  Karen Quimiz, Psychologist    I'm a licensed psychologist. It started in 2010 when I decided to become a missionary for a year, far away from my family and hometown. I learned to live with people from different cultures, beliefs, and religions. In 2016, I studied at the School for Political Formation, part of the "Centro Democráctico" movement, which trains and empowers political leaders. For the 2017 elections, I was nominated as a candidate for the National Assembly. I thank the Starfish Foundation for allowing me to meet many marvelous human beings!   "Don't be afraid of changes, or of challenges; only be afraid of staying still."

Karen Quimiz, Psychologist

I'm a licensed psychologist. It started in 2010 when I decided to become a missionary for a year, far away from my family and hometown. I learned to live with people from different cultures, beliefs, and religions. In 2016, I studied at the School for Political Formation, part of the "Centro Democráctico" movement, which trains and empowers political leaders. For the 2017 elections, I was nominated as a candidate for the National Assembly. I thank the Starfish Foundation for allowing me to meet many marvelous human beings!


"Don't be afraid of changes, or of challenges; only be afraid of staying still."

  Lilibeth Rodríguez, Program Assistant   I study gastronomy. I like to read and learn new activities. I've been with Starfish ever since it began! I like to be part of Starfish, most of all so that I can share and spend time with the kids, do ice-breakers, and talk to them about what they like.

Lilibeth Rodríguez, Program Assistant

I study gastronomy. I like to read and learn new activities. I've been with Starfish ever since it began! I like to be part of Starfish, most of all so that I can share and spend time with the kids, do ice-breakers, and talk to them about what they like.

  Pamela Rodríguez, Program Assistant   I graduated from high school with a specialty in tourism. I was also a scholarship recipient at Starfish, where I participated in many great experiences, including leadership activities and making lots of new friends!

Pamela Rodríguez, Program Assistant

I graduated from high school with a specialty in tourism. I was also a scholarship recipient at Starfish, where I participated in many great experiences, including leadership activities and making lots of new friends!

  Mirka Santistevan, Program Assistant    I like seafood rice. I love listening to all types of music! I have four siblings: two sisters and two brothers. My favorite subject is chemistry. I want to become a dentist.

Mirka Santistevan, Program Assistant

I like seafood rice. I love listening to all types of music! I have four siblings: two sisters and two brothers. My favorite subject is chemistry. I want to become a dentist.

  William Segura, Program Assistant   I was born in Guayaquil. I like to help people and to be able to overcome things together! It makes me feel good when others are happy.

William Segura, Program Assistant

I was born in Guayaquil. I like to help people and to be able to overcome things together! It makes me feel good when others are happy.

  Jasmin Tumbaco, Site Administrator   I'm studying business management. I'm a positive person, and I always like to look for a way to be better, not only as a person, but also as a future professional! I like to work at Starfish because it's a place where I am constantly learning, and I am very happy to be a part of this team.

Jasmin Tumbaco, Site Administrator

I'm studying business management. I'm a positive person, and I always like to look for a way to be better, not only as a person, but also as a future professional! I like to work at Starfish because it's a place where I am constantly learning, and I am very happy to be a part of this team.

  Tyrone Tumbaco, Program Coordinator   My favorite color is white. I hope to have my teaching degree very soon! I like working at Starfish, because I can teach and help students with their homework. 

Tyrone Tumbaco, Program Coordinator

My favorite color is white. I hope to have my teaching degree very soon! I like working at Starfish, because I can teach and help students with their homework. 

  Jazmín Zavala, Accountant   I'm experienced in taxation and labor requirements in Ecuador. I'm always willing to contribute ideas and to take initiative to solve problems! For several years, I was a volunteer of the solidarity service Pan Para Mi Hermano (Bread for my brother), which serves people who live in the streets of Guayaquil.

Jazmín Zavala, Accountant

I'm experienced in taxation and labor requirements in Ecuador. I'm always willing to contribute ideas and to take initiative to solve problems! For several years, I was a volunteer of the solidarity service Pan Para Mi Hermano (Bread for my brother), which serves people who live in the streets of Guayaquil.

 

Work-Study Volunteers

 
  Jhon Barrezueta   I just finished high school, and I'm really proud of that. I dream of becoming a marine here in Ecuador. I really like Starfish because I like to teach and I like to learn. I like organization and discipline.

Jhon Barrezueta

I just finished high school, and I'm really proud of that. I dream of becoming a marine here in Ecuador. I really like Starfish because I like to teach and I like to learn. I like organization and discipline.

  Joselyn Cabrera   I'm a very hard-wording, honest, and dedicated person.

Joselyn Cabrera

I'm a very hard-wording, honest, and dedicated person.

  Josselyne Calle   I'm the middle child of five siblings. I like to read and listen to music. I like to work with children. I don't like chocolate. In the future, I'd like to study psychology and law. I hope to learn a lot from Starfish and from the psychologist here!

Josselyne Calle

I'm the middle child of five siblings. I like to read and listen to music. I like to work with children. I don't like chocolate. In the future, I'd like to study psychology and law. I hope to learn a lot from Starfish and from the psychologist here!

  Yulexi Calle   I am responsible and friendly with everyone.

Yulexi Calle

I am responsible and friendly with everyone.

  Julio Ponce   I think of myself as a someone who's responsible, happy, and respectful! 

Julio Ponce

I think of myself as a someone who's responsible, happy, and respectful! 

 
 

Ecuador Board of Directors

Jasmin Tumbaco

Tyrone Tumbaco

Gladys Villafuerte

Angelo Villegas

Jenn Zocco

Janet Caceres

Silvia Chauca

Wellington Moncayo

Yuliana Noboa

Karen Quimiz