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Welcome to this window of support and awakening, I hope we nurture our Souls and Spirits together.

Meet our team:

Founder | Facilitator | Author of Pertenæcer©

Criss Cuervo is the Founder of AlmayEspiritu.com, facilitator, speaker, and author of PERTENÆCER: Eight-Week Mindfulness and Meditation Training and Practices for Latinx Immigrants in the United States ©.

Criss was born in Venezuela to Colombian parents. In 1998, her family migrated to the United States. Since then she has lived throughout the US, Mexico, and Spain. She currently resides in Toledo-Spain.

Criss graduated with a BA in Communications from the University of Illinois at Springfield. Criss completed multiple graduate courses in Spanish Language journalism at the University of Miami and Florida International University. In 2019 she completed a MA in Mindfulness from Lesley University. She was recently certified to teach Search Inside Yourself, a mindfulness and science based emotional intelligence program originally developed by leading experts at Google.

Professionally, Criss worked for top US Hispanic Media and Television companies for over 13 years. During that time she received multiple awards for her leadership, performance, and innovation skills. While she was working in Corporate America with the Latinx community Criss identified a need in herself and her community, the need for life and work balance tools. So in 2015, Criss decided to found AlmayEspiritu.com, a socially responsible business with the mission to deliver mindfulness-based life and work balance tools to people around the globe. The company’s vision is to make emotional intelligence, meditation, and mindfulness common cultural norms in society. 

Through her own practice, Criss has been able to change the way she feels, thinks and acts in the world. In her own words, 

“For many years, my motto was ‘work hard, play hard’. This way of thinking and living led me to some professional success; however, it also led me to forget and care for my mental and emotional health. The emptiness and stress I felt in my life manifested itself through anxiety; by educating myself, meditating, and applying mindfulness in my life I have been able to cultivate self-love, compassion, and wisdom which are essential tools for meaningful and long-lasting success and happiness”.

In her free time, you can find Criss meditating, reading, or just being with nature. She also loves to walk without a purpose, yoga, zumba, and tennis!

Advisor

My name is Luz Cuervo. I am Criss’ mother, the founder of Alma y Espiritu. 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. I am very happy to share with you that for many years I had been looking for something for me and since my daughter decided to do her master’s degree in Mindfulness, she has taught me how to live a more beautiful and happy life. I love supporting her, to growing as a person, and helping others live better lives. Namaste.

Advisor and Finance

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).

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.