Director of Special Projects and Partnerships
Kim Kita is currently Director of Special Projects and Partnerships with Colorado State University, 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.
Director of the CSU Todos Santos Center
Aines Castro is currently the Director of the Colorado State University Todos Santos Center. Aines has been a local partner for over two years, engaging in different roles and activities related to Education, Research and Outreach at the Center. This time allowed her to learn, understand and connect with the CSU community through faculty, staff and students as well as with the local community of Todos Santos region.
Aines in an advocate for Education, passionate in facilitating educational opportunities and knowledge to communities. She came to the Baja California Peninsula for the first time in 2004 to conduct graduate studies in Marine Sciences and ever since, she has established long lasting relationships with regional academic and research institutions.
Aines is a Biologist with a background in Evolutionary Ecology and Conservation Genomics. Her scientific career has granted her the opportunity to become a student, educator and researcher in multicultural environments across the Americas, Europe and Africa. She has a M.Sc. in Marine Ecology by CICESE, Mexico, and a Doctoral degree in Evolutionary Genetics by Potsdam University, Germany.
Olaf Ali Morales Barrales
Olaf Morales is currently in charge of the language program (both English and Spanish) here at CSU Todos Santos, originally from Chiapas located in the south of Mexico. He first studied Electronic Engineering at Instituto Tecnologico Regional in Tuxtla Gutierrez, the capital city of Chiapas, He has been studying English almost all his life, and at the age of 18, he started teaching at a local school, since then he got really involved.
Olaf is a very enthusiastic person who likes not only traveling but also learning from different people and cultures, He finished a Specialization in ELT by Universidad Pedagogica Nacional in 2015 and a Celta Certification by Cambridge University in 2016.
Olaf has worked at different public and private schools including Universidad Politecnica de Chiapas, Colegio La Salle de Tuxtla, Instituto Tecnologico Regional de Tuxtla and Euro Centro de Idiomas de Mexico where he worked for 13 years, first as a teacher, academic coordinator and finally director of the institute, He was in charge of different language teachers coming from the UK, Australia, New Zealand, France, Germany and the US.
Olaf came to Todos Santos to help developing different language programs and serve the community by offering English Courses to all kind of people including kids, teens and adults. He will also offer Spanish lessons to students and staff coming from CSU.
Director of Business Operations
Donna is a native Coloradoan and an alumnus of both Colorado State University and the University of Denver – College of Law. After 25 years of practicing as legal and contracts counsel for CSU, Donna “retired” to take on a role as Senior Legal Counsel at the CSU Research Foundation, (“CSURF”). In addition to providing legal guidance for CSURF, Donna is responsible for business operations for the CSU Todos Santos Center. She receives inspiration and motivation for her work from the dedication of the staff at the Center and the enthusiasm for learning displayed by the Todos Santos community.
Mariana Gonzalez Guzman
Business Operations Manager
Mariana González is an enthusiastic professional with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of the Americas in Mexico City. A native from Mexico’s capital, Mariana takes an interest in helping and contributing in every community she is involved. She also has experience in managing facilities and action learning centers to make them springboards for students and participants. She like creating a nurturing environment for every person working and collaborating at CSU.
Director of Todos Santos Veterinary Externship Program
Dr. Danielle Straatmann is a veterinarian with a passion for community outreach and education. As Director of the Todos Santos Veterinary Externship 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 under-resourced communities to provide education about animal health and provide medical and surgical support and services. In 2009, she founded a non-profit organization that provides sterilization (spay and neuter) services for dogs and cats in rural Guatemala.
Elia Rossana Alvarez Ramos
Veterinary Student Program and Laboratory Coordinator
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.
Clara Delgado teaches a series of workshops and conferences on nutrition at the CSU Todos Santos Center. Since July, she has been helping the local population understand the importance of balanced nutrition. Clara is a biologist with a background in ecology. She has a M.Sc. in Aquatic Ecology from UNAM, Mexico City. She has worked managing natural protected areas, managing laboratories, and helping educate the community about ecology.
Parallel to her biology studies, Clara has been promoting sports and public health through sponsored programs since 2005, and has helped around 5,000 people, from children and teenagers to adults, who want to make a lifestyle change though sports philosophy. She has a diploma in sports nutrition from the International Olympic Committee.
CSU Liaison and Community Engagement
McKenzie is the co-founder and Former Executive Director of Living Roots, a non-profit organization based in Baja California Sur, Mexico, that helps ranching communities capture the value of their culture through education and social enterprise (www.livingrootsbaja.org ). In addition to Living Roots, McKenzie spent eight years managing teams and facilitating leadership development for the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). McKenzie also specialized in designing and implementing sustainable tourism packages with a central focus on developing and training local leadership.
She speaks fluent Spanish and has extensive connections in the Baja and throughout Latin America including managing fundraising and marketing campaigns for community development and sustainable tourism organizations in Guatemala, Belize, Peru and Brazil. She holds an MBA in Global Social and Sustainable Enterprise from Colorado State University and a BA in Political Science from Oberlin College with a concentration in International Development.
CSU Liaison and Program Logistics
Amy has a passion for educational programs, and she has a bachelor´s degree in Education from the Universidad de Desarrollo Profesional, in La Paz- Baja California Sur. Amy is from Todos Santos and provides logistical and program support.
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
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
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.
Jose 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.
Sara Ortiz Salvatierra
Facility team member
Sara was born in La Paz, but she has always lived in Todos Santos. Sara loves the peacefulness in Todos Santos and taking her two daughters to the beach. Her hobbies are fishing, playing volleyball and softball. Sara is very easygoing and she likes helping people. She is in charge of maintaining the rooms cleaned and cozy. Sara loves watching and meeting foreign people in her town. One of her strongest abilities is cooking seafood.