Dr. Enrique Villar-Gambetta • Advisory Board Member
Honorary Consul of Peru
Bio on OKGIT
Rodger Randle • Advisory Board Member
Former mayor of Tulsa, Oklahoma
Bio on Wikipedia
César Peña-Ramirez • Board Member (USA)
Cesar Peña, a native of Lima, Peru, has lived in the United States for more than 20 years. He is a certified medical interpreter at Saint Francis Hospital. Cesar graduated from Oral Roberts University with a degree in Spanish. From 2010 to 2015, Cesar taught Medical Interpreting at Tulsa Community College. In 2011, Cesar was awarded the IMIA National Medical Interpreter of the Year Award. One of the qualifications of being nominated for such an award is that the recipient must be an effective patient advocate and comfortable in all interpreter roles. Cesar has not only mastered this notable quality but many others. Helping other people is at the heart of everything that he does.
After the death of his dear mother, Cesar and his family formed Mita’s Foundation. Mita, which means little mother in Spanish and child in Guaraní, honors their mother’s memory. Cesar is now the President of “Hope of the Children Peru”.
Since 2010, Cesar has made it his mission to travel from Tulsa, Oklahoma, to Huarmey, Port Culebras (5 hours north of Lima), in Peru, with “Ampliación New Youth”. They bring smiles to the faces of many children and bless them with a little bit of Christmas. Cesar believes that “through helping children in this undeveloped country, we gain an unforgettable experience and accomplish an immense task.”
Giannina Peña Escudero • Board Member (Peru)
Giannina Peña Escudero 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.