Lourdes’ passion to teach Spanish to her children as their first language inspired her to create Kids' Candor. Now she is an advocate for Bilingual and Multilanguage households and she is dedicated to find, improve, create and innovate tools and resources to empower families to teach their children their language of preference. A mother of two (a three-year-old girl and a one-year-old boy), Lourdes has an MBA from New York University and a Chemical Engineering degree from Penn State. Her diverse experience includes roles in Management, Marketing, Supply Chain and Research and Development in top US corporations. Her career spans the industries of Consumer Package Goods, Luxury, and Media and Entertainment. Lourdes’ versions of her title include: mother, wife, bilingual advocate, entrepreneur, CEO and founder, manager, brand, product and process developer, consultant, DIY expert, engineer, WAHM, creative, work in progress, and more. But her six-year-old daughter provided her favorite title: Super Mamá.
Jorge is Co-Founder and Vice-President of Kids’ Candor. He firmly believes in the social premise of Kids’ Candor and how it gives meaning to its existence. Jorge has strong Sales, Finance and Operations qualifications with more than 20 years of hands-on experience in general management, new venture strategy and execution, business development and deal making. The last 8 years he has devoted to originating and structuring financial transactions for a Fortune 100 company in the US. Jorge has an MBA from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business and a Bachelor in Communications from Purdue University. Jorge is fluent in English, Spanish and German. In addition to his main responsibilities, Jorge now composes and produces children songs for Kids’ Candor. That is when he is not looking for his personal effects inside the toy bin of his four-year-old son.
Charlie has a Psy. D. From St. John’s University in School Psychology and a Post doctoral respecialization in Clinical Neuropsychology from Fielding University.
His common denominator is driving positive impact in the community. In addition to being supervisor of psychological assessment at YAI (a New York based organization serving kids and grown-ups with intellectual and developmental challenges), he’s also a supervisor at HeartShare and a consultant psychologist at Graham Windham (a nonprofit youth development organization). After earning his doctorate in 2008, Charlie worked as a school psychologist for 3 years overseeing autism programs. As an assistant professor at local colleges and universities he taught courses (graduate and undergraduate) in childhood development and assessment and therapy with children. He has also worked in private practice and various agencies. His experience includes conducting and supervising many early childhood (age 1 and up) assessments and consulting with parents from diverse backgrounds. Charlie is a music and literature buff who loves spending time with his daughters when he’s not busy helping people.
During the day, Jessica enjoys reading, singing, dancing, playing, exploring, and learning with her three sons (four years old, 2 years old and 10 months old) between, and sometimes during, diaper changes and snacks. She also provides care for infants and toddlers.Jessica is a Teach for America alumna who has served over 11 years in education as an elementary school teacher and with reading intervention programs. In the classroom, she worked with International Baccalaureate, several school reform models, English Language Learners, gifted and talented, and those receiving special education services. Her background includes teaching English as a Second or Other Language to children and adults, curriculum development and training, management, program design, innovation and development, editing, and consulting. She has a B.S. in BioBehavioral Health from the Pennsylvania State University, post-baccalaureate in Early Childhood Education from Agnes Scott College, and an MBA from Regent University.
James is a professional musician and recent father for the first time. A successful music composer, performer and teacher, James lends both his children music expertise and original compositions to the Kids’ Candor initiative. Among his accomplishments stand the original albums “James and the Munchkin Music Club” for children and “Diamond Jim’s Nevada Club” (for grown ups). James holds a BA from McGill University in Music Performance, West European History and Religious Studies. He is a talented piano and guitar player, also fluent in English and French.