Our People


Celeste Nicole Marion

Born and raised in Seattle, Washington Celeste landed in 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 in 2007. 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. Her love for international travel and adventure landed her in South America where challenge met aspiration and inspired the creation of Manos Unidas several years later with long time friend Mercedes Delgado.

Rosa Mercedes Delgado Chávez

Born and raised in Cusco, Peru, Mercedes is an active leader in the education field in her own community. A graduate from the Universidad Feminina (UNIFE) in Lima, Peru in elementary education, she has taught public special education for 12 years, is certified in speech and language disorders and has received many certificates for continuing education in the field. She has a passion for her work and a vision to bring a center like Manos Unidas to life in Cusco.

Manos Unidas Peru Staff

Celeste Marion

Executive Director Manos Unidas International, Project Coordinator Manos Unidas Peru

Frida Achaui Rodriguez

School psychologist,
Director of Psychology department

Jessica Kartchner

Phawarispa Project Coordinator,
Volunteer Coordinator

Mercedes Delgado

Board President of Manos Unidas Peru, Camino Nuevo School Director

Rosa Rojas Ayala

Inclusion Project Coordinator
Inclusion Project Coordinator


12 Teachers
9 Education Assistants

Rufminia Rojas Holguin

Academic coordinator, General administrator, Manos Unidas Peru Board Treasurer/Secretary

Sandra Medrano

Camino Nuevo Project Coordinator
Camino Nuevo Project Coordinator

Other Staff

Groundskeeper, Cook, Janitor,
Psychology Interns, 1 Physical therapist

Names and Affiliations of Manos Unidas International Board of Directors


Lawson Baker

Board Chair

FinTech Startup, Synapse Pay, San Franciso, CA


David Marion


Director, Certified Public Accountant, Bothell, WA


Sarah Oberle

Board Secretary

Pediatric Occupational Therapist, Washington University, St. Lois, MO


Andrea Duffield

Board Member

MBA MA CCC-SLP B.Sc.Ed, President, MOSAIC Rehabilitation, Inc., Bellevue, WA


Dawn Magnussen

Board Member

Pediatric Physical Therapist, Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, Baltimore, MD

Cheryl Kerfeld

Board Member

Pediatric Physical Therapist, Acting Assistant Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA.


Claudia Miró

Board Member

Brand, Marketing & Web Strategist and Principal at “The Inspired Brand”, Non-Profit Communications Consultant, Peru and Santa Barbara, CA

Mary Barros-Bailey

Board Member

Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, University Professor at
University of Idaho, Boise.

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