OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2014-2018
Daniela is an educator and Pastor´s wife, mother of two, who has a servant´s heart and the gift of faith and love. Has lived in Latin America where she taught fifth grade for 6 years in La Paz, Bolivia. Daniela knows first-hand the plight of the children who have little opportunity for education. She lives with her husband, Pastor Bob, in Malaysia for the last 5 years.
VICE PRESIDENT–SUSAN WERDERMAN
Susan has been to Ecuador 5 times and has given love, care and support to children in rural and urban communities in country and abroad. She is a busy grandmother of three, an impeccable home decorator, and has the gift of hospitality and service. She lives in Richmond, VA with her husband, Gene.
REGISTERED AGENT And DIRECTOR–MARIA DEL CARMEN MATEUS
Maria del Carmen, born and raised in Ecuador, obtained her bachelor’s degree majoring in Middle School Education with a thesis focused on Diagnostics of the Intellectual Capacity of Elementary School Students in Quito, Ecuador.
In 2000, she moved to the U.S. with her husband and two children where they made Fairfax their home. Shortly after, Maria began her career with Fairfax County Public Schools. For the past 14 years, she has served as an assistant teacher for children with special needs, speaker and presenter for Drug and Alcohol Prevention Parent Workshops, and as Parent Liaison for elementary and high schools. Maria has always found passion working with the immigrant community and has made it her mission to lead and engage families to successfully navigate the educational system.
Since 2007, Brad (first on left, in blue shirt), has brought many teams, such as this group, from Christopher Newport University to volunteer in Ecuador. These groups have consistently worked on building projects, activities with children in poor areas of the country, formed lasting friendships, as well as supported projects financially at Casa Victoria. Casa Victoria Foundation has partnered with this group for the past 10 years. Brad lives in Newport News, VA.
Roberto was President and Founder of Ecuador Mi Pais 2005-2011–Led the establishment of EMP as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization registered in DC, with over 700 members. Developed the administrative structure for the organization and devised first electoral process, implemented fundraising initiatives, resulting in 93 scholarships granted since 2008 to students in Ecuador.
BERNARDO DARQUEA Y VANESSA BUSTAMANTE
BERNARDO– Director of Information Systems at Ecuador Mi País from August 2005-2009, Bernardo took part in all decisions of the organization to promote education.
VANESSA–Was legal Advisor for Ecuador Mi Pais, 2005-2014, helped with bylaws, legal set-up of the Foundation.
NOW: Both live in Quito, Ecuador and are founders of PURA MENTE, a Center for YOGA, Meditation and Personal Growth. They have two beautiful children. They are both certified Yoga teachers.