Kim Kita

Kim Kita
Director of CSU Todos Santos

kim.kita@colostate.edu

Kim Kita is Director of CSU Todos Santos, where she opened and leads CSU’s international educational Center in Todos Santos, Baja California Sur, Mexico.

Kim’s fellowship in the Academy for Systemic Change and training through the Naropa University Authentic Leadership program crystalize many years of formal education and varied work experiences. Kim uses awareness based systems thinking and participatory methods to bring together various points of view, to build bridges for people to learn from one another and about themselves, and to use this collective wisdom to inform business decisions.

Kim has been a panel presenter for the Biennial of the Americas conference and the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities annual conference, and co-authored several papers and poster presentations related to the vision and process of establishing partnerships and programs at the CSU Todos Santos Center.

Idalia Paz y Puente Fernandez

Idalia Paz y Puente Fernandez
Associate Director of Business Operations

Idalia Paz y Puente is part of the team as operations manager. She has a masters degree in business management and a bachelors degree in international law. She has experience working both in the public sector and the private initiative where she had the opportunity to work in the operative, administrative and logistics areas among others.

Born in La Paz, her maternal family is native of Todos Santos. Idalia enjoys working in multicultural teams because they give us the opportunity to learn and feed from each other.

Olaf Ali Morales Barrales

Headshot against a dark backgroundOlaf Morales
Senior Languages Coordinator

Olaf.Morales_Barrales@colostate.edu

Olaf Morales earned his Master of Arts (MA) in English Language Teaching (ELT) from the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom. He is currently a Senior Languages Coordinator at the Colorado State University Todos Santos Center in Mexico and is an Affiliate Faculty member with the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures (LLC) at Colorado State University (CSU). He has taught English classes at multiple levels and frequently teaches online Spanish language and culture courses at the beginner and intermediate levels. Since 2018, he has also taught various Spanish Immersion Courses in Todos Santos, Mexico, and has collaborated with multiple CSU Fort Collins and Pueblo academic members.

In addition to teaching, he assists the CSU System with Spanish translations of bulletins, articles, and reports. He worked with the British Council in Mexico as a mentor for the Champion Teachers Programme and contributed to the book Champion Teachers Mexico: Stories of Exploratory Action Research. His primary areas of interest include Online Language Teaching, Digital Pedagogy, Language for Specific Purposes, and Languages and Culture. Among his favorite sports are running, hiking, and functional training. He is extremely enthusiastic about connecting with and assisting others via languages.

Andrea Sanchez

Andrea Sanchez
Administrative Assistant and Program Coordinator

Andrea is from California but has been visiting Todos Santos since 2010. She graduated from the California University of Fresno with a bachelors degree in biology in 2018. Being part of both the American and Mexican culture, she looks forward to seeing the two cultures coming together and bettering the community. She joined the team mid-2019.

Antonio Diego-Fernàndez Rozada

Man in a field with hiking poles.Antonio Diego-Fernàndez Rozada
Program Coordinator

Antonio was a Communication and Media major with a Sustainable Development degree. He moved to Baja California Sur in 2009 and has been working for internationally funded conservation projects since.

Antonio’s experience is working hand-in-hand with scientists and rural community members (fishermen, campesinos, teachers, children) in places like: Magdalena Bay, Loggerhead Turtle Hostpot and Ejido Villa Hidalgo in Baja California Sur, Michoacán’s Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve, Suma Aqualife Park in Kobe, Japan, and the town of Cocodrilo in the Isla de la Juventud, Cuba. His role has included understanding the complexity of communicating between sectors where knowledge is being generated: at the intersection of rural inherited expertise (certainty) and experimental science.

Antonio worked for Grupo Tortuguero de las Californias and Proyecto Caguama, during his time there he helped imagine and directed ConservArte (2012-2019) a program that received funding from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust. ConservArte became one of the first environmental education programs to be recognized by the public state education office (SEP) and was implemented in seven schools on the rural and coastal areas of Magdalena Bay, teaching topics like: Art, tradition and knowledge, environmental consciousness, and creative writing.

During the recent pandemic, Antonio move to México City and wrote his first novel, in which he researched the history of composting in the traditional livelihoods of ancient México and its relationship with todays carbon sequestration needs.

Antonio is now a Program Coordinator with an emphasis on Zero Waste at the CSU campus in Todos Santos.

Blas Villalobos Martinez

Blas Villalobos Martinez
Facility team member

Blas is native from Todos Santos. He likes doing gardening and taking care of his family. Blas used to watch CSU construction and never thought he would be part of it. Now he feels very grateful to be part of CSU Todos Santos team. Blas knows he will get the chance to improve and learn here. He likes having a good working climate. Blas would like to see his town having better opportunities for next generations.

Julio Cesar Leon Amador

Julio Cesar Leon Amador
Facility team member

Julio is from Todos Santos and studied Agronomy at the University of Baja California Sur. He is married and has two daughters. He feels happy to work at Colorado State University as a maintenance man, it keeps him busy and learning new things. His hobbies are baseball and fishing. He loves the peacefulness in Todos Santos and he hopes it stays like this.

Bernardo Flores Martinez

Bernardo Flores Martinez
Facility team member

Bernardo is 50 years old and he has spent his whole life in Todos Santos. He has 2 sons and 1 daughter. He likes working in his Rancho taking care of animals and plants there. He feels very grateful for having the opportunity to work at CSU.

José Cruz Orozco

José Cruz Orozco
Facility team member

José likes his two jobs as a night guard and fisherman. He also likes doing sports and enjoys spending time with his family. The best thing about working at night is when everything is calm and peaceful, but the thing he likes the most is having a good relationship with their colleagues and their mutual reliance. He enjoys all the training he has received and learns many different and interesting things. This job is a priority to accomplish his obligations with his family.

Iracema Aviles Martínez

Iracema headshotIracema Aviles Martínez
Facility team member

Iracema is in charge of maintaining the rooms and keeping them clean and cozy. A native of Todos Santos, she enjoys cooking and inventing new dishes, particularly her specialty, “buñuelos”.

Iracema has 3 children, and likes to work at CSU and share with people.

Whitney Ewing

Whitney Ewing headshotWhitney Ewing
Program Coordinator

Whitney joined the CSU Todos Santos Center team to support the launch of a new semester program in Mexico.

With almost nine years of experience working in the education abroad field, Whitney brings a passion for building relationships with students. She enjoys supporting them through the entire study abroad process, and illuminating students’ personal, professional, and academic goals to connect them with the best education abroad program to meet their needs.

Whitney is from Illinois and earned her BA at Illinois State University (ISU) followed by a MS in College Student Personnel Administration, also at ISU. As an undergraduate student she studied abroad during her second year at the University of Leicester in England and has extensive international travel experience. Whitney lives in Fort Collins, CO with her husband (a CSU alumnus), two kids, and dog Gus.

Danielle Frey

Danielle Frey
Director of Veterinary International and Outreach Programs

danielle.frey@colostate.edu

Dr. Danielle Frey is a veterinarian with a passion for community outreach and engagement. In working to coordinate and support the Todos Santos Veterinary Program, she is thrilled to create an educational program for Colorado State veterinary students collaborating with local educational, governmental and animal advocate partners.

A Colorado native, Danielle, graduated from CSU in 2004 with a degree in Biological Sciences, a minor in Spanish and received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from CSU in 2008. Danielle has worked in small animal and mixed animal rural practices as well as in shelter medicine. Her true passion is working with communities to create access to veterinary care and help create healthy communities through a one health approach. Danielle works with collaborators in the US and other countries to create learning opportunities for CSU veterinary students.

Elia Rossana Alvarez Ramos

Elia Rossana Alvarez Ramos
Veterinary Student Program Director

Elia.Alvarez@colostate.edu

Elia Rossana is a professional with a bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Medicine from the Universidad Autonoma de Baja California Sur. A native from La Paz, BCS, since she was little she has dedicated her life to service and contribution to society, with the goal of leaving this world better than how we found it through education and the example of doing good without expecting anything in return.

Elia Rossana teaches visiting veterinary students during their final year of their veterinary program Her enthusiastic teaching style guides students through an educational experience that encourages personal and professional development as well as increased cultural awareness and our impact on the world around us.