MEET OUR TEAM 

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John is a native New Yorker. He has served in Latin America for 35 years and was first sent as a Jesuit novice to Tijuana, Mexico where he worked in the prison and began a house for Central American refugees. There, he had the honor to work with Sr. Maru Espinoza and Sr. Armida Andrade, Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Peace. He later went to El Salvador to work with the Jesuit Refugee Service. When the war ended in 1992, he began the Tamarindo Community where he has worked as a teacher, community organizer, coach and now as our Foundation's director. 

John Guiliano
Founder &
Executive Director 

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Santos has been with Tamarindo since its inception in 1992. He has served as President of the Cantón Guarjila Community Development Association (ADESCO) and President of the Tamarindo Community Association (ADCOTAM). He has a Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education and Sports in Havana, Cuba and is the Departmental Head of Chalatenango of the National Institute of Sports of El Salvador (INDES). He is part of the management team of the Tamarindo Group, a sports teacher, a facilitator of sporting events in the region and a professor at the Soccer School and instructor of the Aerobics program.

Santos Alfaro
Recreation Director & Jon Cortina Scholarship Director

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Nohemi lived in refugee camps in Honduras and came to Guarjila as a child. She learned to ride a bike with us and has been a part of Tamarindo since the beginning. Nohemi leads our Early Childhood Education program, she is part of the Women's Wellness Program and manager of the Thoman Learning Center facilities.

Nohemí Alfaro
After School Education Director & Early Learners Director

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Cobra has been in the Tamarindo group his entire life and is known for his deep love for the community. He was part of the winning team of the Central American skating and hockey championship in San José, Costa Rica in 2005. Currently, he is one of the instructors at the Hockey School and Director of the Tamarindo stadium and facilities.

Miguel Dubon (Cobra)
Community Facilitator

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Fanny is originally from Guarjila. She became part of the Tamarindo Group through the Jon Cortina Scholarship Program, which gave her the opportunity to pursue a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work. She currently performs various activities as part of the training team and serves as the Director of our Jon Cortina Scholarship program.

Fanny Orellana
Jon Cortina Scholarship Director 

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Luis has been a part of Tamarindo since its inception in 1992. He was a child in wartime and was forced to leave his community, Arcatao, at age 5 because of bombings in the area. He returned to Guarjila at age 12 and began coming to the group in 1992. He has served in Guarjila as a community president and is currently a technical assistant in the maintenance and operation of the Murphy Family Field.

Luis Lopez
Murphy Family Field Director 

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Saira is originally from Guarjila. In 2019 she graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work, thanks to the support of the Jon Cortina Scholarship Program. She is currently one of the facilitators of the Comprehensive Training Program and the Wellness Program for Women. She also works within the social media team, and is in charge of taking photographs and videos of the activities we carry out in the Tamarindo community.

Saira Carabantes
Community
Facilitator

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Delmy is originally from Guarjila. She was a recipient of the Jon Cortina Scholarship Program and thanks to your support in 2019, she obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Social Work. She is currently one of the facilitators of the Comprehensive Training Program and Wellness Program for Women.  She also works within the social media team, and is in charge of taking photographs and videos of the activities we carry out in the Tamarindo community.

Rosa Delmy Chavarria
Community
Facilitator

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Gio has been part of the Tamarindo community all his life.  He is characterized by his joy that infects and inspires us all the time. He was part of the winning team of the Central American skating and hockey championship in San José, Costa Rica in 2005. He is currently one of the instructors of the Hockey School and administrator of the maintenance and operation of the Murphy Family field.

Geovany Dubon (Gio)
Community
Facilitator

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Marilú is a Systems Engineer who graduated from Andrés Bello University, after having studied Business Administration for two years in Jacksonville, Florida. She has 4 siblings and coordinates the English Program at the Thoman Learning Center, specifically in the IT area.

Ana Marilú Chavarria
Community 
Facilitator

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Rosalí is originally from Guarjila. In 2017 she was selected as a beneficiary of the Jon Cortina Scholarship Program. Thanks to your support in 2020 she obtained her Bachelor of Social Work. She is currently one of the facilitators of the Comprehensive Training Program and Wellness Program for Women. Rosalí is also in charge of tutorials and school reinforcements.

Rosalí Beltran 
Community
Facilitator