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, Stephanie 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.

Education Manager

Fred Schick

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Fred graduated from the University of Edinburgh with an MSc. in ecological economics and from Boston University with a B.A. in economics. His hope of finding solutions to global inequality and poverty through economic policy turned into a disillusionment that pushed him towards education as a more powerful tool to achieve positive change in the world.

Fred began his teaching career as an English as a Second Language teacher in Spain and Mexico, where he learned Spanish and later worked as the curriculum and training coordinator for an international non-governmental organization focusing on green business development.
 

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.

As a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ecuador, Fred continued to apply non-formal and experiential learning methodologies with indigenous communities. He took on further leadership roles in Ecuador as the volunteer coordinator and, later, as the country director for local and international non-governmental organizations.

After working as a high school teacher for a private school in Quito for the past three years, Fred is thrilled to join the Starfish Foundation as the education manager and help the youth of Flor de Bastión reach their full potential. Fred was born and raised in France, has American and French citizenships, and lives with his Colombian wife and two children.

 

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.

  Julio Ponce, Program Assistant   My favorite colors are blue and black. I went to Transito Amaguaña High School. I want to study architecture. I like to work at Starfish, because it's a place that helps lots of young people with their studies! I spend a lot of time with my family. I like to draw in my free time, and I'm very creative.

Julio Ponce, Program Assistant

My favorite colors are blue and black. I went to Transito Amaguaña High School. I want to study architecture. I like to work at Starfish, because it's a place that helps lots of young people with their studies! I spend a lot of time with my family. I like to draw in my free time, and I'm very creative.

  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!

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!

  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.

 
 

Volunteers

 
  Jhon Barrezueta, Work-Study Volunteer   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, Work-Study Volunteer

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

Joselyn Cabrera, Work-Study Volunteer

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

  Yulexi Calle, Work-Study Volunteer   I am responsible and friendly with everyone.

Yulexi Calle, Work-Study Volunteer

I am responsible and friendly with everyone.

  Jordy Loor, Work-Study Volunteer   I am a relaxed and understanding person. I like to listen to music. I also really like drawing whenever I feel inspired!

Jordy Loor, Work-Study Volunteer

I am a relaxed and understanding person. I like to listen to music. I also really like drawing whenever I feel inspired!

  Josue Pluas, Work-Study Volunteer   I like to learn a little bit about everything. In my free time, I like to research about technology. I finished high school recently; I hope to begin college soon, in order to pursue my dream of becoming an engineer, and have economic stability.

Josue Pluas, Work-Study Volunteer

I like to learn a little bit about everything. In my free time, I like to research about technology. I finished high school recently; I hope to begin college soon, in order to pursue my dream of becoming an engineer, and have economic stability.

 

Did you know?

You can sponsor our work-study volunteers!

 

Did you know?

You can join our team in Ecuador as a volunteer for a summer, school year, or calendar year!

  Lindsay Gorman, Year-Long Volunteer   I'm a recent graduate of the University of Maine at Farmington, where I majored in special education and minored in international and global studies. As a college student, I studied in Tanzania for a short-term travel course, and in Ireland for a semester. I'd like to work someday for an organization that promotes education for children with disabilities around the world!

Lindsay Gorman, Year-Long Volunteer

I'm a recent graduate of the University of Maine at Farmington, where I majored in special education and minored in international and global studies. As a college student, I studied in Tanzania for a short-term travel course, and in Ireland for a semester. I'd like to work someday for an organization that promotes education for children with disabilities around the world!

  Paul Ahearn, Short-Term Volunteer

Paul Ahearn, Short-Term Volunteer

 

Ecuador Board of Directors

Jasmin Tumbaco

Tyrone Tumbaco

Gladys Villafuerte

Angelo Villegas

Jenn Zocco

Janet Caceres

Silvia Chauca

Wellington Moncayo

Yuliana Noboa

Karen Quimiz