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Executive Director - Esperanza de Ana Programs
In 2013, in answer to specific prayer, Irma began serving as national leader for EA staff and programs. Above all, she is a worshipper of God. She is fully committed to serve Him with her all her heart. Irma is a psychologist with many years of experience working with children and families. She is compassionate and courageous, loving our children and parents and calling them to personal responsibility. Her passion is to see all children treated equally and have access to quality education.
Director - Esperanza School
Vanessa began working with us in 2013 as a teacher in our after school program. She directed our first summer program in 2014. In 2015, she added full-time house parent to her responsibilities. Vanessa loves each student at EA and ensures that each one knows their value through her individual attention. Vanessa came to know Christ at EA and puts the responsibility of discipling the children as a priority in all that she does.
Director - Launching Leaders
Ana has been serving God through the ministry of EA since 2012. Her first role at EA was as a house parent, later she became director of Casa Esperanza. Ana is now director of our program for high school and young adults. She serves them in counseling and guidance as they pursue career paths and begin their families. Her own faith journey has equipped her for the work that she is doing today. Ana trusts God, students trust Ana. She also teaches our high schoolers in the after school program.
Food Services Manager and staff leader
Delia has been with us since 2010. With Delia in the kitchen, stories pour out of troubled hearts. Laughter, also, rings out and keeps us strong. Food is provided beyond that which physically sustains us. Delia came to know Christ at EA and she has grown rich in wisdom and faith. She is a leader through the strength of a heart that truly trusts God.
Custodian and Kitchen Assistant
Dora has been a friend to Esperanza de Ana since 2008. We were excited when she was able to join our staff in 2017. Dora has a beautiful smile to go with her sweet spirit and it has been a joy to have her with us as she humbly serves the children, family, and staff at EA through her various duties in the kitchen and on property. Dora is an encouragement as she courageously commits to learn and grow.
Panchito has been a caretaker and a caregiver at EA since 2006. He began as a guardian and worked on property maintenance. From 2007 - 2010 he helped with the construction of the back building. Later he began working in our food gardens. Today Panchito serves with Delia and Dora in the kitchen. He is a grandpa to our EA family, well-loved and still caretaking wherever he sees a need that he can meet.
Acting Director - Casa Esperanza
Mahidi began working with us in January of 2018 as house parent and teacher in the after school program, both roles which she continues to hold. In May of 2019 she stepped in to help direct our part-time residential care program, Casa Esperanza. Mahidi also leads our students and staff in worship at our Monday afternoon service. She has been an extended part of the EA family for many years through her leadership at our local church.
Miguel has been caregiver for the boys in Casa Esperanza since 2013. He is the only stable father-figure many of them have known. Miguel is patient and compassionate and faithful. Watching his tenderness toward the children is true a picture of our Father’s care for each one of them. Miguel recently earned a degree in Graphic Art. We are thankful for his example and service.
Psychologist and Coordinator - Familias Fuertes
Brenda began as an intern at EA in 2018. She then completed her degree in psychology and serves in that capacity in all four of EA’s programs. She primarily works with our parents and they love her. Brenda recently shared that through working with the children and parents she has come to more fully understand God’s love and mercy. With her new experiences in our Christian community she is now able to tell our parents that though life is not easy, God is always good.
Guisela has been a part of the EA family since 2010. She and two of her siblings were the first children God brought through our doors. In 2018, she began working as a preschool caregiver and has moved into a more of a teaching role in our Preschool Pilot Project. Guisela has the gift of leadership, discerns well, and is a very attentive to each child’s individual needs. In February of 2019 Guisela became the first of our parents to make the formal commitment of marriage.
Milagros has been a teacher for several years and has had many of our students in her classroom at the private school were she works. She joined EA in 2019, part-time, as a teacher in our after school program. Milagros serves quietly and humbly. She loves the Lord and the students with whom God has entrusted her.
“Miss Gaby” started working as a teacher in our after school program in 2019. She has brought much laughter to our team and to all of our students here. She has suffered some recent personal tragedy and is an incredible example to us as she demonstrates a servant heart and gives joyfully in all that she does.
Milton began working for EA in 2018. He has heart to serve and an eagerness to learn. He has been taking on more and more responsibility as he learns the infrastructure and helps with improvements. Milton works with mission teams and they love him. Milton is thankful for the Christian community at EA and what he is learning about life in Christ. He has seen evidence of God’s faithfulness and we pray he will experience God’s saving grace one day soon.
Communications Director and Home Missionary
David first joined the EA community interpreting for mission teams in 2011. In 2012, he served as house parent. David has a compassionate heart of praise and prayer as well eyes to see God’s beauty and make it known. David became a photographer and has been sought by international organizations. He supports EA’s leadership team and all programs in a variety of projects. His main role is blessing others through the sharing of God’s good work at EA.
Executive Assistant and Home Missionary
Dina has served EA mission teams as an interpreter since 2007. She has experience working in various administrative capacities for international companies. Dina joined our staff in 2018. She has a heart to protect and support the children, families, staff, and international missionaries in the community of Esperanza de Ana. She has chosen to serve with a heart of a home missionary and walks in faith for God’s provision.
Esperanza de Ana | P.O. Box 765, Wooster, OH, 44691 | 330.408.3460