Our People


Founder


Celeste Nicole Marion

Born and raised in Seattle, WA, Celeste landed in Cusco, Peru as a volunteer while traveling through Latin America in 2004. She spent her first 2 years in Peru working for an NGO with children with disabilities before starting Manos Unidas Peru in 2007 with a local Peruvian school teacher. She has a psychology degree from the University of Washington (2003) with an emphasis in child development and has worked with children with autism and behavior disorders since 1999.

Celeste founded Manos Unidas International in 2014 as a primary fundraising arm and oversight organization for Manos Unidas Peru. Together with her father David Marion and colleague Lawson Baker, MUI flourished into a professional board of directors leading the way for the future of Manos Unidas Peru and beyond


Manos Unidas’ International
Board of Directors


Celeste Marion

Board Chair- Executive Director

Co-Founder, Manos Unidas Peru

Cusco, Peru & Seattle, WA

Lawson Baker

Board Director

Cryptocurrencies and FinTech at Relayzero and TokenSoft

San Franciso, CA

Christian J. Scognamillo

Board Director

Healthcare & Corporate Law Attorney, Genentech

San Francisco, CA

David Marion

Secretary-Treasurer

Director, Certified Public Accountant

Bothell, WA

Cheryl Kerfeld

Board Director

Pediatric Physical Therapist, PT, MS, PHD

Seattle, WA

Arden James

Board Director

Mental & Behavioral Health & Addiction Services

Seattle, WA

Christine Edwards

Board Director

Senior Foundation Manager at Bungie

Seattle, WA

Alecia Harris

Board Secretary

Rehabilitation Counselor

Olympia, WA

Sayeh Tagavi

Board Director

MBA in Accounting and IT

Bellevue, WA

Joe Brazier

Board Director

Sr. Industry Solutions Manager, Microsoft

Seattle, WA

Manos Unidas’ International
Contractors


Harshika Kara

PT Development Manager

Kirkland, WA

Claudia Miró

Marketing, Communications & Website Consulting

Branding & Web Strategist, The Inspired Brand

Seattle, WA

Declan Wayne

Part-time Grant Writer

Whidbey Island, WA

Manos Unidas’ International
Volunteers


We Love Our Volunteers!

More than 50 volunteers give their time each year to volunteering in Peru, helping us host our Annual Gala, or by serving on our Board of Advisors. If you feel called to support us in any way, click below to get involved!
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