Meet The Team
Toni is a retired teacher and life-long supporter of arts and education initiatives both locally and globally. She has been involved in Project Reads supporting the love of learning and literacy from an early age. She also gives philanthropically to organizations she believes in and institutes of higher education, such as Indiana Wesleyan and her alma matter, St. Francis University, where she received her Bachelor and Master's degrees. She enjoys spending time with family and especially her great nieces and nephews. In her free time she enjoys travelling internationally and will soon accomplish a life-goal to set foot on all 7 continents! She is honored to be on the board of this non-profit with a mission that aligns with her own life mission of bringing quality arts, education and cultural learning experiences to young people.
Maria was born and raised in Bolivia and is bilingual in Spanish and English. She received her B.A. in Public and Nonprofit Administration from Grand Valley State. She has now lived in Fort Wayne for over 7 years working to effect positive change in community development and education. She has worked and volunteered with various organizations and business including Allen County Purdue Extension Office, Southwest Honey Company, Catholic Charities, Brightpoint, Waynedale News, and more. In her free time she enjoys being in nature and travelling. She is proud to be on the board of this organization bringing culture, diversity and bilingualism - all passions close to her heart.
Kelsie spent nearly a decade living, studying, and working abroad in the Netherlands, Greece, Spain and Chile. She speaks Spanish and basic modern Greek. She received her B.A. from Butler University in International Studies and Spanish and her Master's in International Laws from the University of Maastricht of Holland & the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. She is an educator and singer and the mother of two daughters, who she raises bilingually together with her husband from Chile. Kelsie works to nurture projects that value and celebrates diversity and multiculturalism. She is very pleased to be a part of this organization together with other change-makers in the world!