Meet the team

Founder | Facilitator | Author of Pertenæcer©

After several years in the corporate world working for companies such as CBS, Telemundo, Comcast, ESPN, DishLATINO and receiving multiple awards for her leadership, performance and innovation skills, Criss decided to make a radical change in her profession. Why? She was intrigued by what made some people successful and how they maintained a balance between professional and personal life

In 2016, she launched AlmayEspiritu.com, a socially responsible company whose mission is to deliver mindfulness-based life and work balance tools to people around the globe. In 2019, she earned a Masters Degree in Mindfulness from Lesley University, and in 2020 Criss became a certified teacher of the renown program, Search Inside Yourself, a leadership program developed at Google. That same year, Criss published her first book, PERTENÆCER: Eight-Week Mindfulness and Meditation Training and Practices for Latinx Immigrants in the United States ©, where she shares mindfulness-based stress management tools for immigrants in the US. 

Criss is originally from Venezuela, however, she spent most of her adult years in the United States. She currently resides in Toledo, Spain. In her free time, she enjoys to meditate, read, walk in nature, do yoga, zumba, or play tennis!



Hugo Cuervo is part of the inspiration and pillars of AlmaYEspiritu. In 2019, Hugo retired after 40+ succesful and amazing years of work as a certified ASME Engineer. Hugo was able to impact the work and lives of many business in Latin America, the United States, and Europe. In this new stage in life, he volunteers with AlmaYEspiritu as a way to support his daughter (Criss). In his role, he acts as an advisor and Chief Financial Officer. During his free time he likes to play tennis, Pickleball, long walks in nature, and spending quality time with his family and specially his wife (Luz).

 Luz Cuervo. Most of my life I have served my family as a guide, mother and wife. Yoga has been my practice for over 15 years, and that was my beginning and introduction to meditation. Now I join my daughter with many wishes to support and help my daughter and the people who need it in the world. Namaste.

Research Lead | Facilitator | Project Manager

Elaine Y. Ramos Rodríguez was born and raised in Puerto Rico. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Mental Health from the University of Puerto Rico at Cayey and is currently completing her master’s degree in the Mindfulness Program at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Since 2017 she has resided in Boston, Massachusetts, and since 2018 she has been part of the management team at Alma y Espíritu collaborating in the areas of design and marketing.

She is a Yoga teacher and aspires to be a meditation instructor. Professionally Elaine has worked as a tutor, research assistant, and most recently as project coordinator in the academic program at the University of Massachusetts in Boston called the Latino Student Success Initiative. Elaine aspires to work towards the development of collective mindful consciousness, and toward social justice with empathy and sensitivity.

If you want to contact me, send me an email to elaine@almayespiritu.com

Marketing Lead and Project Manager

María José Jaramillo. I was born and raised in Quito, Ecuador but I currently live in Madrid. I have studies in Business Administration, Corporate Communications and Marketing. I have had the opportunity to apply my knowledge in several companies and organizations.

Since 2019 I collaborate with Alma y Espíritu, designing Marketing strategies with Criss and the team. I really like being part of Alma y Espíritu because I can add new Mindfulness and meditation tools, to my regular morning alignment routine.

If you want to contact me, send me an email to mariajose@almayespiritu.com 

Global Account Manager

Alejandra Preciado, was born in Monterrey, Mexico. She has a BA in business from Universidad de Monterrey (UDEM). She implemented the RULER Approach Program at the Tecnologico de Monterrey (ITESM) working along with renowned leaders like Marc Brackett and Ruth Castillo both from Yale University. She is also certified in Positive Psychology from the University of Happiness which belongs to the ITESM system in Mexico.

She has worked for more than 15 years at educational institutions of all levels providing programs in emotional intelligence and mindfulness. She has helped connect students as well as staff members with their human side. She has worked for a major Mexican corporation as a corporate culture leader. She helped transform values and bring in conscious leadership. Additionally, she implemented the Search Inside Yourself Program.

She is a passionate mindfulness activist. She began her involvement with this practice back in 2007 as a personal interest and since then she dedicates her time to promote and help other people transform their lives through this tool. She recently started collaborating with Criss Cuervo and her team to help deliver these tools to people around the world.

If you want to contact me, send me an email to alejandra@almayespiritu.com

Internal Facilitator 

Charity Collier is a meditation practitioner and teacher. Charity’s mission is to change the stigma around meditation and bring mindfulness meditation to everyone in the least intimidating manner. Charity holds a Master’s degree of Mindfulness Studies from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA.  In addition, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology and a certificate in Substance Abuse Counseling both from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Charity combines a three-fold education by bringing a mind, body and spirit connection to my meditation practice and teachings. Charity’s meditation teaching is for the everyday person who wants a better well-being for him or herself.

A main focus of Charity’s work has been working with people with addiction. Charity believes mindfulness and addiction treatment can be a vital way to recovery. Charity combines her education of the human body and addiction to use a mindfulness approach when working with clients dealing with addiction. Charity currently teaches meditation workshops, meditation groups and one on one mediation with clients of all walks of life, not exclusive to addiction.