Maria Otero - Founder/ President
We don't wear capes, we don't have special powers, we are ordinary people coming together as a community for a greater cause.
I am a mother of two amazing boys, a full time employee and a wife to my best friend Jayson Fernandez of 14 years. Currently I am studying at the University of Miami, and enrolled in the Public Administration Master's program. I was born in Nicaragua and came to this amazing country, fleeing from a civil war. As a US citizen, I have learned that dreams can become a reality with hard work, passion and persistence.
Being a native Nicaraguan, I have seen the devastating poverty levels firsthand. I began this organization with a vision, a vision to help as many families as possible. Having, showing and giving love is the first step in creating a cultural change. I believe there are many people out there who see my vision and feel the urge to help others. I invite you to join us on this journey and become a part of the movement for more love.
Click on the link below to learn more about the inspiration behind the dream:
Jillian Garcia - Secretary
“A goal without a plan is only a wish.” -Unknown
I am a full-time mother to a handsome boy, and I am an employee at the University of Miami. I have an Associate Degree in Science and I am currently working on my Bachelor’s in Accounting and Finance. During my free time, I love spending time with my son.
This organization has touched me because as a mother I know that babies require quality care during their early months of development. As a single mother, I personally know the financial difficulties that come with having a baby. Every child deserves the best care possible, and it is our mission to reach them.
Chrystie Gonzalez del Valle- Director of Communications and Community Affairs
I am a University of Miami employee, working as an Events Planner with the Business School. I received my M.A. in Public Relations from the University of Miami and a B.S. in International Affairs from Florida State University (Go Noles!).
I am excited to delve into this project and develop it into an internationally known organization. These families are the future generation and we would be doing the world a disservice if we did not help others that are not able to help themselves. This is why I will be joining the WLM team by handling social media, publicity and promotions.
Katelyn Schelin - Director of Community Outreach
I am an Events Planner at the University of Miami Business School, with a B.S. from Liberty University. My main passion is my daughter, Aleia, and I want to create a better world for her to live in. I strive to be environmentally conscious and to help my neighbors any way that I can. I believe wholeheartedly in the mission of With Love Miami and I will assist in furthering it through our upcoming projects. As the Director of Community Outreach, I will be the point of contact for our local ventures.
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