Volunteering to Be a Part of the Solution

Two years ago, when Tracey Jones went to an ice cream social at Central Elementary that was co-hosted by Intercambio Uniting Communities, she had never heard of the Boulder County nonprofit that provides English classes for adult immigrants. Tracey, a single mother of three whose children attend Central, says she knows what it is like […]

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Staff Profile – Lee Shainis

Position at Intercambio: Executive Director What are some interesting facts about you? •          I cut my hair every two weeks •          I occasionally have my toenails painted •          My parents are neighbors •          I’m addicted to Fruit Strips •          I love South Park What is your favorite book? What Every Immigrant Needs to Know What […]

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Staff Profile – Rachel Fuchs

Position at Intercambio: Academic Director What are some interesting facts about you? •          I was in the rodeo at the Boulder County Fair when I was 6 •          I’m an only child •          I’ve always wanted a pet pig—and still do! What is your favorite book? It’s too hard to choose just one! Today, I’ll […]

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Staff Profile – Kristine Edwards

Position at Intercambio: Marketing Director What are some interesting facts about you? • I love backpacking and hiking. •  Acro Yoga is one of my favorite activities. •  I used to sing opera. •  I cook elaborate dinners 3-4 nights a week. What is your favorite book? Pride and Prejudice What is your favorite food? […]

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Staff Profile – Norma Fuentes

Position at Intercambio: Program Director What are some interesting facts about you? •          I had my own house at the age of 20 years old •          I worked in the Engineer Dept. when I was 17 years old. •          My first job here was in a hotel What is your favorite book? Your Best Life […]

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Staff Profile – Maria Velasco

Position at Intercambio: Program Director What is your favorite book?  The Four Agreements What is your favorite movie? The Big Blue What is your favorite food? Sushi and Gaspacho What is your favorite beverage? Water and Peroni Beer What does your typical Saturday night look like? Watching a movie and snuggling with my daughter What […]

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Staff Profile – Susan Corbett

Position at Intercambio: Grants Manager What are some interesting facts about you? • Even though I was born and raised in Idaho, it was NOT on a potato farm! • I spent my Junior year in college in Paris, France studying at the Sorbonne What is your favorite book? There are many.  The Hobbit by […]

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Student Spotlight – Micaela Portillo Castruitas

One of the most rewarding aspects of learning a new language is losing the fear of doing something that once seemed overwhelming. A new-found confidence begins to emerge. This happened to Micaela Portillo Castruitas who, up until a few months ago, was afraid to go to the store. Now when she visits the store with […]

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Staff Profile – Christy Speirn-Smith

Position at Intercambio: Assistant Director What are some interesting facts about you? •          I raised cashmere goats •          I worked for a US Congressman •          I sing with a 125 woman strong chorus What is your favorite book? I don’t have a favorite book but I love Biographies What is your favorite movie? SHREK What […]

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Student Spotlight – Alex Acosta

When he first moved here, Alex Acosta spoke no other English than “Hi” and “Thank you”. In 2001 he began taking English classes with Intercambio Uniting Communities, and from 2004 until present he has worked with the same Intercambio teacher who comes to his home once a week. His family and his teacher’s family are […]

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