Corrina is the Founder and Executive Director of SERES, a role which has allowed her to facilitate transformative programs for more than 1,500 young people – engaging and empowering them to take action and accelerate the transition towards sustainability in this region. Corrina’s goal is to turn SERES into a name synonymous with sustainable, thriving, resilient communities around the world. A mechanical engineer, Corrina’s skills and experience range from consulting engineering to expertise in the financial and private sectors, offshore work with Engineers Without Borders, project and construction management and transformative leadership and facilitation. Corrina holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of New South Wales, Sydney. She was one of 50 selected youth participants at the UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development and is a Fellow of the 10th class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Antonio Cruz Sánchez
Co-founder, El Salvadorean Coordinator, Senior Facilitator
Antonio was born in a remote rural community in El Salvador and in 2009 after meeting SERES Co-founder Corrina Grace he started a life journey of reshaping the development paradigm in the region under the name of SERES. Antonio runs all of the SERES programs in El Salvador and has facilitated hundreds of environmental leadership processes with youth from both his country and Guatemala. His passion is sharing empowering opportunities for youth to build realities of prosperity, hope and abundance that can stop the migration needs of Central American youth to the U.S. – one of El Salvador most pressing crisis.
Before joining SERES, Sara worked with the Guatemalan Government developing and coordinating social programs for youth. She has also developed an entrepreneurial program with women from Guatemala City’s municipality landfill, teaching them how to produce jewelry from recycled materials. Sara holds a Master’s degree in public policy and management from Carnegie Mellon University, Australia and was published by the Australian and New Zealand School of Government for her case study on teenage pregnancies and violence against women in Guatemala. Sara joined SERES in 2016, and her passion is to empower youth to become active leaders in their community.
Senior Facilitator, Guatemalan Coordinator
Abigail Tan Kulax (Nicolasa) is Maya Tz’utujil from San Juan la Laguna, Atitlan and understands Tz’utujil, Kakchiquel, Quiche, Spanish and English. While studying Sustainable Tourism, Abigail realized the importance of preserving and protecting the incredible wealth of natural and cultural resources in her community and across the country. Since 2007, Abigail has been involved in facilitating both formal and informal environmental education processes with youth and children from her community. In 2011 she discovered SERES, along with her own power to create an even greater impact in her country. In 2013 Abigail joined the SERES team, where she has facilitated transformative change processes with hundreds of youth from Guatemala and El Salvador.
Roger is an International eco-chef from San Francisco. He has held positions from dishwasher, cook, pastry chef and executive chef at ground-breaking, diverse restaurants including Flying Saucer and Citizen Cake in San Francisco and Magnolias in Charleston, South Carolina. He has developed programs for SERES that incorporate culture, tradition, seed-to-plate systems thinking, and sustainability to create a holistic shift in beliefs and habits and to invite a new culture around food that celebrates the rich bio-cultural diversity and interdependence of people, place, and food.
César was born in a rural community of El Salvador and discovered SERES in 2012. He quickly began collaborating as a volunteer in the programs and is now part of SERES permanent staff for the country. He is passionate about the social components of sustainability, and, in his own words, he brings local knowledge, perspectives, and realities to the ongoing design of our programs. In 2016, César finally turned his dream to study Social Psychology into a reality, and now studies part-time as well as working with SERES youth change-makers.
Luisa Paz is Guatemalan and holds a Bachelor degree in Business Administration and a postgraduate degree in Human Resources. She has a wide experience in working in profit and not-for-profit organizations, particularly in improving administrative processes for efficient resource management. She joined SERES in February 2015 and is passionate about youth awareness and education, as she has witnessed how this enables them to be leaders and change agents working to develop healthier lives and communities.
After a number of years actively involved in the SERES youth network, in 2015 Susana was selected for a 9-month Fellowship with SERES, and elected by the youth members of Asociación SERES as the Youth Ambassador Representative for El Salvador, 2015.
After successfully completing both of these leadership roles, and launching SERES’s new Ambassadors program, Susana joined the team in El Salvador. Passionate and dedicated, Susana continues to help strengthen the Local Ambassador program, and create empowering opportunities for youth to build resilient communities in El Salvador and Guatemala. She is passionate about helping people live better and using deep local organization and systemic social change to cultivate sustainability.
Esteban is a Maya Quiché young man from the Guatemalan Highlands. As with Susana, Esteban is an incredible role model and active champion of the strength and impact of SERES’ programs. Shortly after discovering SERES, Esteban was elected deputy mayor for Chuisuc, where he worked towards strengthening the local organization, particularly among youth. After an accelerated progression through the leadership series, in 2015 Esteban was selected for a 9-month Fellowship with SERES and also elected by the youth members of Asociación SERES as the Youth Ambassador Representative for Guatemala, 2015.
After graduating, Esteban joined the SERES team as a facilitator and organizer. In addition to this role, he is also the President of the Permanent Council for the Defense of Life and Territory of Cantel, Quetzaltenango. He coordinates the Council, prepares strategies, and collaborates in the public policy making that can assure good living conditions for the population. His passion and interest are civil organization and politics, and he brings his considerable experience of grassroots organizing and leadership to the team.
Emily was born and raised in Baltimore, MD, U.S.A. She graduated with a Master’s of Science from Columbia Journalism School in May 2016, and with a B.A. in Middle Eastern studies from Barnard College in 2014. Emily loves working with all of the inspiring youth leaders and team members at SERES, and believes in the power of youth leadership to re-shape our collective narratives about environmental and social justice. She is dedicated to improving her knowledge of Spanish, and understanding how and for what purpose we tell stories in various mediums throughout the globe, and how more youth can use their voices to shape those stories.