who we are

The Team on the Ground

Chris Dearnley – Founder and Director

Chris graduated with honors in economics from Wheaton College in 1981 and obtained his MBA from the Harvard Business School (HBS) in 1989. Chris has lived and worked in Latin America for over 20 years. His background in international business and passion to help the poor were the impetus behind his creating a foundation that would empower children to break out of the destructive cycle of poverty.

Eladio Guerrero – General Coordinator

Eladio studied in the United States and found success after getting his masters’ degree in computer engineering. After working in corporate America for nearly a decade, Eladio felt a calling to serve the local communities of his home country, Costa Rica.  Since 1996, Eladio has dedicated his life, energy, and resources to help those less fortunate in San Jose.  In Eladio’s words, “I find great satisfaction in my work listening to the kid’s stories, and hearing how FundaVida has made a difference in their lives.”

Blanca Duarte –  Logistics Coordinator
Alvaro Sanchez –  Program Coordinator
Ninoshka Nieto – Computer Coordinator
Elida Retana – Counseling Coordinator
Guillermo Leon – Fundraisng / Teens’s Club Leader
Diego Cardozo – Computer Teacher / Teen’s Club Leader
Carmen XXXXX – Computer Teacher
Cinthya Chavarria – Computer Teacher