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Cielo de Amor Staff

School Staff:
Liseth del Carmen Carballo
Jahoska LopezYahoskaPhysical Therapist Wilmer PavonWilmerTeacher   Yereld Mendoza

Miriam Calero

MiriamVocational Trainer

Board Of Directors:


Ruth Weinberg -- Founder/Executive Director -- Occupational therapist

Ruth Weinberg is a Eugene, Oregon-based occupational therapist, who has worked 25 years with adults and children with special needs. Ruth went to Nicaragua to learn Spanish and volunteer. While there she met many children without wheelchairs, or able to access school, and was moved to support these children and families.


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Krista Jo Swanson -- Vice President -- Early Intervention/Autism Specialist

Krista brings her vast expertise and experiences to CIELO de Amor. She is a very

talented, thoughtful, and caring bilingual special educator and early interventionist, with a

specialty in autism. Krista has also been a Head Start teacher and understands the

complexities of running a class. Krista has travelled widely, including spending time in

Nicaragua. We are enormously grateful that Krista is so willing to share her time, gifts,

and support, especially as she has two young children.

Elaine Toper  -- Secretary -- Occupational therapist

Elaine has been an occupational therapist (OT) working in Early Intervention for more

than 35 years. As well as her vast experience as an OT with children with a wide range of

disabilities, she is also knowledgeable about augmentative communication strategies,

wheelchair fitting, and speaks great Spanish. Elaine has been to Nicaragua twice to

support CIELO de Amor, providing invaluable consultation and trainings to families and

staff. We are extremely thankful for Elaine’s generosity in sharing her vast expertise and

support in a myriad of ways.

Jane Wagner  -- President -- Early Intervention Specialist

Jane has been working passionately in the field of early childhood and special education

for more than 40 years. She was the director and creator from the ground up, of the Olum

Center, University of Oregon’s Childcare Center. She has mentored early intervention

students, impacted the lives of 1000's of children and their families, and inspired many

professionals. Jane has been active on several boards, and we are honored and thankful

that she is the president of CIELO de Amor.

Jeani Williams -- Treasurer -- Business Manager

Jeani was business manager for Peace Health for 38 years and Early Childhood CARES

for 6 years. Her knowledge and experience of running a business, accounting, and

addressing human resource issues is an enormous asset to CIELO de Amor. Jeani

supports CIELO de Amor with patience, humor, thoughtfulness, and great enthusiasm.

We are so thankful Jeani is willing to share her knowledge and time so generously, and

with such great spirit.


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