Meet the Team

Dunia Marisol Estrada Padilla

Lead Educational Program Administrator

Dunia was born in Choluteca, but at two years of age her parents moved her to Tegucigalpa. Studying at Francisco Martínez Maradiaga elementary school, she remembers her teacher with great affection, since she gave her classes from first to sixth grade, then she went to the institute Dr Jesús Aguilar Paz where she studied from seventh to ninth grade. In high school at the Republic Institute of France, she got a degree in hospitality and tourism.

​Finally, in 2013 Dunia entered the National Autonomous University of Honduras to study Education, working with children and adolescents in a range of experiences at non-profits, schools, and educational administration. In her last semester, a final requirement was to complete a professional internship, and she found Chispa Project and loved their mission.  She was a great intern, and fit right into her new position, and promptly took a full-time position after completing her internship.  She hopes to be very helpful and learn everything that is done here. One of her favorite books is The Lady of the Camellias by Alexandre Dumas.

María José Panchamé

Educational Program Administrator

Since she was a child, María dreamed of being a teacher because loved school.  However, after studying in high school in Spain in  she realized that her country (Honduras) needs a lot of help in education. She went on to get her BA in Education. María joined Chispa Project because of the vital role it plays for all children.

María has worked as a university teacher, in projects aimed at educational and social areas. She has also participated in research for solutions to different problems in the country. She wants to learn about different realities that happen in her country. María likes to be very organized with her time, that´s why she´s not a fan of surprises. Her favorite book is Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen and “Honduras Al Ras del Suelo” (At ground level) by Alberto Arce.

Lidia Sánchez

Educational Program Administrator

Lidia was born in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. She considers herself a lover of reading, especially of science fiction books. Her parents used to read books to her a lot as a kid. Since then, she´s been in love with the books. Lidia thinks that teaching young children to read helps them develop their language skills and it also helps them learn to listen well.

Lidia studied her bachelor´s degree in International Relations and hopes that this career will involve her more in social development. She feels so lucky to work for Chispa Project because she wants to see her country with more access to education. It´s difficult to select one book as her favorite but the Harry Potter saga by J.K. Rowling rank high as well as any book by C. S. Lewis.

Gleen Miralda

Educational Program Administrator

Gleen Krystian is proud to be from the capitol city, Tegucigalpa, Honduras.  He graduated from the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Honduras with a degree in pedagogy, taking on a role as an agent of change as an education professional. Passionate about reading and a follower of the literary works of Jorge L. Borges (Argentine writer), he is the author of the poetry book “Azul Estrellado” published in 2020.

As a Physical Education teacher and carrying out several educational research projects, Gleen has practiced his profession with a high commitment to improving education in Honduras from various spaces.  He is now excited to be a part of the Chispa team and to help with the great work aimed at Honduran children.

 

Lucía López Flores

Fundraising Officer

Lucía recently joined our team as a Fundraising officer, she has previous experience working with volunteers since she has been one for quite some time. She is passionate about traveling and learning about different cultures, but above all, she is passionate about knowing that the habit of reading opens doors to unimaginable worlds and creates that desire to excel, and fosters curiosity in people.

Lucía has worked for various cooperation agencies and has a master’s degree in Communication and Sociocultural Problems which she hopes will be useful for her work in the organization. One of her favorite books is Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, a book she has read many times, and each time she finds something that captivates her even more.

Sara Brakhane

Executive Director

Throughout school (and college) Sara used to get in trouble for reading her novels under her desk while the teacher was talking.  But problem students always grow into the best teachers!  Sara has been working in education for 9 years both as a teacher and in student affairs departments at various universities.  She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Social Activism in Communication from Pacific Lutheran University.  She continued studying for her Master’s degree in Diversity in Higher Education from the University of Denver.

Sara first went to Honduras in 2011 to visit her best friend in Peace Corps and fell in love with the country.  Finally, she picked up and moved permanently.  She first volunteered as a grade school teacher in a rural school, then taught a joint class of 5th and 6th grade at Marcala Bilingual School.  Chispa Project is a dream come true getting to share her love of reading with children across Honduras.  Narrowing down a favorite book is hard, but it’d have to fall somewhere between anything by Roald Dahl, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen or Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie.