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GRACIAS Leadership

Learn more about the dedicated team of volunteers that make our events and programs possible!

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Ricardo Ramos

Founder & CEO​

About to graduate from Georgia Tech, I major in Biology with a minor in Health and Medical Sciences. Aside from managing this nonprofit, I conduct biological research, work as a EMT part-time, and I am involved in medical and Hispanic organizations around Georgia Tech. Born and raised in metro Atlanta, I love to give back to my community. I also enjoy playing soccer, going to the gym and traveling.

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Lindsey Estrella

Director of Outreach

Hey all! I’m currently a 3rd year student at Georgia Tech studying Computer Science with concentrations in people and Information Interworks. I am also Vice President of our Latin American Student Organization along as being a member of various other organizations in campus. I enjoy being around others whether it’s doing community service or hanging out with friends. 

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Blanca E Serrano

Director of Finance

Hola, I am originally from Mexico City which is where I grew up and got my Master’s in International Law from the Especializacion Para Ejecutivos Insitute before migrating here in the 1980s. I am now a Certified Public Account (CPA) for Aleva Trucking. I am a happy mother of 2; I like to dance and have recently started running. 

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Dylan Aristizabal

College Campus Liaison

¡Hola todos! I’m a Colombian undergrad freshman majoring in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology at Emory University. You'll also often find me embracing an active lifestyle — from conquering 5Ks to hitting the gym. Beyond that, I'm involved in the Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) and several other clubs, weaving a dynamic and diverse college experience at Emory while also giving back to the Latino community! 

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Guadalupe Ramos

Product Manager

Hola, I am from Monterrey, Mexico but migrated here during the 1980s. I was unable to finish high school, so I understand the importance of an education and the limitations that come from not having one. I am currently working on getting my GED. I am now managing Regios Distributors, a wholesale company of Mexican products. I am a happy father of 2 who also enjoys Netflix and walking my dog. 

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David Marple

Program Director

Howdy! I'm currently a 3rd year student at Georgia Tech studying Neuroscience with the intention of going to medical school. In addition to serving as our program director, I am a lab TA for Freshman Chemistry, a research technician in the Bhamla lab, and a volunteer in the Klemis Kitchen. I enjoy the outdoors, paleontology, and learning about other cultures.

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Atsie Tuma

Director of Administration

Hi! I am a fourth year student at Georgia Tech studying biology with a minor in international affairs. I work as a research assistant in the Nie developmental biology lab where we are investigating neural crest cell mechanisms. Additionally, I am a student leader at the center for student engagement where I help students start and manage organizations. Outside of work, I enjoy reading and watching moviess.

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Sophie Vasquez

Graphics Manager

Hey y’all! I’m a freshman at Emory University majoring in psychology and Spanish on the pre-law track. I plan on attending law school to become a future immigration lawyer and/or a Christian bilingual therapist. In my free time, I enjoy Bible journaling, scrapbooking, dancing, and singing. I am passionate about advancing the Hispanic community by being proactive with diversity in and outside my community. 

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Valerie Zavala 

Social media Manager

Hey guys, I’m Valerie! I am currently a second year at Georgia Tech and I am majoring in Business and my concentration is IT Management. Aside from GRACIAS, I am involved in various organizations around campus such as being an International Ambassador. Outside of school I love hiking, running, and baking!

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Erika Contreras 

Website manager

¡Hey! I'm an out of state undergraduate student from Texas majoring in Business Administration and Korean at Emory University. I’m involved with Catholic Charities as an assistant English teacher and love to be involved on campus.  I love to watch Korean kdrama and K-pop. I am excited to give back to the Latino community as I continue my journey in Atlanta and get to know the people and their aspirations. 

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Jaron Rosenberg

Digital Resource Specialist

Currently studying Neuroscience at Georgia Tech with a concentration in Biomedical Engineering. I am involved in Neuromorphic Systems research at the ICE lab. I am heavily involved in the Phi Kappa Theta fraternity and also a member of the professional fraternity Alpha Chi Sigma. I am from Peachtree City, Georgia but my heart is in Atlanta. I love meeting new people, creating music, and learning new things. I am always trying to find ways to give back to the community that I call home and that is why I joined GRACIAS.

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Leena Khan

Digital Resource Specialist

Hello there! My name is Leena Khan, and I am a second year student at Georgia Tech. I am majoring in Biology and am working towards minors in biomedical engineering and Spanish. I am currently involved in the HIVE makerspace as a Peer Instructor, the MILL makerspace as a co-lead for Biomaterial development team, and the Streelman lab as a research assistant. I love to social dance, read, volunteer, and do all kinds of crafts in my free time!

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Reed Jorgensen

Community Liaison 

Hello! My name is Reed, and I am a jazz saxophone player and a first year at GaTech, studying Music Technology. I grew up in the Bolton area of Atlanta, and I am excited to be involved in GRACIAS as a part of the outreach team. Outside of music and school, I also learn languages (mainly Chinese), and I love tutoring mathematics.

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Rafael Celedon

College Campus Liaison

¡Hola todos! I am a senior at Georgia Tech majoring in Neuroscience with minors in Health and Medical Sciences and Spanish. Besides studying for classes, I spend my days either working part-time as a Medical Assistant, conducting research at Emory University, playing soccer, going to the gym, or hanging out playing FIFA. I am a biology lab Teaching Assistant and chemistry/biology/Neuroscience tutor on the side and excited to bring that same enthusiasm I have for education directly into my hispanic community here in Atlanta. GRACIAS.

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Fatima Gonzalez

Public Liaison

Hi everyone! My name is Fatima Gonzalez and I am a junior at Georgia Tech majoring in History and minoring in Pre-Law. I’m the oldest daughter of two immigrants from Mexico and Venezuela and I was born and raised in Marietta, Georgia! On campus I’m a tutor and am involved in multiple Hispanic organizations. Outside of school I love to travel, volunteer, enjoy nature, and try new coffee spots with friends!

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