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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 & CEO | Facilitator | Author of Pertenæcer©

Criss Cuervo is the CEO 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. 

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. So in 2015, Criss decided to found AlmayEspiritu.com, a socially responsible business with the mission to act as guides in the transformation process of embracing all experiences in life equally and effortlessly, with a sense of calmness and joy. The company’s vision is to make emotional intelligence, meditation, and mindfulness common cultural norms in society. 

In 2019 she completed a MA in Mindfulness from Lesley University. Currently, Criss is getting a certification to teach Search Inside Yourself, a mindfulness and science based emotional intelligence program originally developed by leading experts at Google.

Criss was able to change the way she feels, thinks and acts in the world by combining self-led and formal education on cognitive therapy, meditation, emotional intelligence, and mindfulness. 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, dance zumba, and play a good tennis match!

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

My name is Hugo Cuervo.

Marketing Assistant & 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 & Strategy 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 

Research Lead and Facilitator 

Diana Parra is a social and behavioral researcher and a practicing yoga teacher with a focus on wellness and health promotion, particularly focused on underrepresented minorities. She is a former postdoctoral research fellow at the Centre for Epidemiological Studies in Health and Nutrition at the University of São Paulo. She holds a Ph.D. in Social Work, with concentration in Public Health from Washington University in St. Louis, a Masters degree in Public Health from Saint Louis University, and a Bachelors in Physical Therapy from Rosario University in Bogota Colombia.

She recently completed her 300 hour training as a mindfulness facilitator through the Engaged Mindfulness Institute; this training is focused on at risk populations and uses a trauma informed framework. Major goals of her research include developing evidence based recommendations for physical activity, nutrition, and mindfulness programs at the community level, and the feasibility and impact of mindfulness based interventions on the health and wellbeing of Hispanic immigrant populations in the United States.