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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 about what made some people successful and how they maintained a life and work balance

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’s Degree in Mindfulness from Lesley University, and in 2020 Criss became a certified teacher of the renowned 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 Latinx immigrants in the US. 

Criss is originally from Venezuela. She spent most of her adult years in the United States, and she currently resides in Toledo, Spain. Criss enjoys practicing meditation, reading, walking in nature, doing yoga, Zumba, or playing tennis!

Hugo Cuervo is part of the inspiration and pillars of AlmaYEspiritu. In 2019, Hugo retired after over forty years of a successful and amazing career 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.

Marketing Lead 

Jorge Viramontes was born and raised in Chicago, IL. In 2013, he received his Bachelors of Science degree in Computational Informatics from the University of Michigan with a minor in Multidisciplinary Design & Entrepreneurship. After completing his studies, he began his technical consulting career at Solstice Mobile, where he worked with other software developers to deliver numerous technical solutions to Fortune 500 companies. 

In 2021, Jorge completed the Search Inside Yourself program led by Criss. He discovered how important this work is to maintain a balance in life that had been missing. He closed the chapter of his life in consulting and ventured to create his own business, Alacrán Digital Services, where he builds modern web applications for small businesses. Jorge is excited to help AlmaYEspiritu find opportunities for growth and deliver more valuable experiences to individuals all around the world. 

Jorge’s drive and resilience are a result of his parents’ love and support as first-generation immigrants to the United States. He has spent most of his life in the wonderful city of Chicago. He enjoys traveling, web development, entrepreneurship, and writing music. In his spare time he volunteers with CodeNation, an organization that equips students in under-resourced high schools with skills that create access to careers in technology.

If you want to contact me, send me an email to jorge@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

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

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.