Our staff is a dynamic team of experienced professionals who are dedicated to bringing life changing experiences through cross-cultural programs.
Rigil-kent Ballester is the co-founder and Director of CSA. He has a Masters in Education and has spent more than 20 years in non profit management and design of community development programs. Rigil brings to CSA over 18 years of experience in the design and implementation of service learning programs with more than 25 foreign Universities and partners, and has provided language and technical training for international volunteer corps and embassies. He is a certified instructor of Spanish as a second language, Ford Fellow and University professor of global studies.
Veronica Ballester is head of Administration and human resource management, as well as CSA´s home stay coordinator. She is a licensed Psychologist with over 15 years of experience working in the education field. Veronica is responsible for all aspects of the home stay experience in addition to a variety of administrative tasks.
Maria Cristina German is responsible for the design and supervision of CSA´s Spanish immersion programs. She has over 25 years of experience working in cross-cultural training and instruction of Spanish as a second language, including collaboration with the Spanish Training Department for the Peace Corps.
Cesar Hinojosa CSA´s project coordinator and youth specialist. Native of Western Santo Domingo, Cesar has led CSA's successful "youth and sports" initiatives in La Lecheria. He has a B.A. in Business Administration and has worked in community development for over 15 years, actively involved in the Fe y Alegria School in Batey Lecheria, close to his home in Los Alcarrizos. Cesar´s experience in project management, leadership with youth make him an excellent asset to CSA´s mission.
Liliana Carolina Reynoso is our finance manager. Liliana has a degree in accounting. Her work is focused on overseeing all financial operations, giving logistic support to all department in order to handle all the activities regarding to the management of financial resources.
Carlos Pion Carlos Pion, field coordinator for the Eastern Region, has been working with CSA since 2013. Carlos obtained his B.A. in languages and serves to lead the volunteer groups in the field.