Biographies

Tina Peña • President

Tina is a Spanish professor and a Medical Interpreter Trainer at Tulsa Community College. She is the host of Temas en Tulsa, an award-winning television program produced in Spanish that covers current events and topics of importance to Spanish speaking viewers. 

Tina is involved at the local, national and international levels as a member of the Governor’s Task force for the Advancement of Hispanic Students in Higher Education, the United Nations of Eastern Oklahoma, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, American Translators Association, American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, Community Service Council, Disaster Resilient Cross Cultural Council and ACLU. She is a past Chair for the National Board of Medical Interpreters. She also serves on the Language and Cultural Bank Board and the Martin Luther King Board. 

Tina has won several teaching and community service awards. Notable honors include: Pinnacle Award (2007), Nania Volunteer of the Year Award (2012), “Orgullo Peruano” by Peruanos en Oklahoma (2013), Human Rights Award by the United Nations of Oklahoma (2015), Association for Women in Communications Newsmaker Award (2017) and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Community Leader Award (2018). 

As a dedicated educator, in her free time she enjoys tutoring the local youth of Tulsa, Oklahoma. 

Terry Rinehart • Vice President

Rinehart, who has worked for a major airline as a jet engine mechanic since 1986, has been a longtime family friend of the Peñas. He first met Pastor John Peña through another nonprofit organization and was interested in helping out in missions and ministry work in Latin America. He also met the family matriarch, Mita, after whom Mita’s Foundation is named. Rinehart fondly remembers how she loved all her friends and even cooked delicious ceviche for him. He later met the rest of the family and was impressed with their giving nature, caring spirit and philanthropic causes, both globally and locally.

He became a volunteer and eventually a board member of Mita’s Foundation because he wanted to continue Mita’s legacy of helping others in need. Rinehart has been able to travel frequently to deliver toys, school and medical supplies, clothing and other donations to the impoverished and underserved villages in Peru. He has also done missions work in Argentina, Colombia and Africa, and helps at retreats and conferences in Belize.

Terry met his wife, Luz Marina, a Peruvian native, while on a mission trip in her country. They have been married since 2017. Together, they enjoy spending time with their families, traveling and serving others.

Giannina Peña Escudero • Board Member (Peru)

Giannina is the owner of Kay Restaurant in Peru. She enjoys cooking and helping others in her community. She also enjoys music. As a board member, Giannina’s role is vital because she lives in Peru. Prior to a team of Mita’s Foundation volunteers from the United States making the trip to Peru each year, Giannina facilitates the process of providing everything that the team will need to be successful in their mission.

She purchases all of the supplies and makes sure that the volunteers are committed and know their responsibilities. Giannina is very grateful to her father, Cesar Peña, and is humbled by his commitment not only to her grandmother Mita, but to the underprivileged children of Peru.

Raul Peña • Board Member (Peru)

Raul Peña, the first child of Mita, was born in Peru and lives in Lima with his wife and two children. He is the pastor and president of Seminario Bíblico Alianza in Peru. Raul got involved in the foundation after his brother Cesar and his niece Giannina asked him to help. The foundation needed someone trustworthy and local in Peru to assist Cesar and the team of volunteers.

He has a great love for the children in Puerto Culebras and welcomes the opportunity through Mita’s Foundation to honor his mother. Raul travels throughout Latin America teaching others to serve God by helping the underprivileged. He follows James 1:26-27: “If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless. Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress and to keep one-self unstained by the world.”

In Raul’s spare time he enjoys reading and playing soccer.