Cristian Rivera Foundation

Cristian Rivera Foundation Team

Director

Sarde Laurente

Sarde Laurente

Bio:
Sarde graduated from Montclair State University with a degree in Nutrition and went on to teach cooking, urban gardening, and environmental education classes throughout NY and NJ. She has extensive experience providing nutrition and sustainability workshops within juvenile detention centers and affordable housing units with the goal of serving others and promoting a healthy relationship with food and the environment for all. When Sarde was diagnosed with Lupus 5 years ago, it became her passion to help others reach their full potential no matter what their circumstances, abilities, or obstacles. She is thrilled to bring hope to DIPG patients and families and to help them overcome the impossible through her work with the Cristian Rivera Foundation.

Creative Director

Bryan Vallejo

Bryan Vallejo

Bio:
Bryan Vallejo is an instrumental member of the Cristian Rivera Foundation. Bryan attended the Borough of Manhattan Community College where he received his Associate’s in multimedia programming. He continued his education at the Institute of Pittsburgh for animation. Bryan has always had a passion for drawing and creating images so that they can come to life. One of his biggest accomplishments was the opportunity to illustrate “Cristian’s Journey” written by CRF Founder, John “Gungie” Rivera. Bryan is grateful for the potential that John saw in him, as well as his role in CRF.

Creative Director

Bryan Vallejo

Bryan Vallejo

Bio:
Bryan Vallejo is an instrumental member of the Cristian Rivera Foundation. Bryan attended the Borough of Manhattan Community College where he received his Associate’s in multimedia programming. He continued his education at the Institute of Pittsburgh for animation. Bryan has always had a passion for drawing and creating images so that they can come to life. One of his biggest accomplishments was the opportunity to illustrate “Cristian’s Journey” written by CRF Founder, John “Gungie” Rivera. Bryan is grateful for the potential that John saw in him, as well as his role in CRF.

Team Leader

Team

Alex Appleget

Alex Appleget

Bio:
Alex Appleget graduated from the University of Toledo with a degree in Criminal Justice, but quickly fell into sports as a professional entertainer and performer. His biggest passion is being able to help others and give back to the community. He believes the Cristian Rivera Foundation is amazing for being there for DIPG families and children in need. Alex is so grateful for the opportunity to work with amazing people.

AnneMarie Hoopes

AnneMarie Hoopes

Bio:
AnneMarie Hoopes graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2017 with a degree in Business and Organizational Communication and a minor in Visual Studies. During her Junior summer of college, she studied abroad in Cape Town, South Africa where she had the humbling opportunity to learn and work with a nonprofit organization to help promote their mission. This experience sparked her interest in learning more about nonprofits! Additionally, AnneMarie has had some experience in Account Management and Client Service since she graduated. Most recently in 2019, she spent a year in Auckland, New Zealand working as an Au Pair for a family with two young children. AnneMarie is passionate about serving others and is very excited to be a part of this wonderful and giving team! She believes that this foundation has a bright future!

Lily Abadir

Lily Abadir

Bio:
Lily Abadir is a Sophomore studying Strategic Communications and Nonprofit Management at Kansas State University. When she was younger, her dream job was to be a pediatric oncologist. Very quickly, she learned her skills and abilities would be much more beneficial in another field and she fell in love with the nonprofit sector. The Cristian Rivera Foundation’s mission hit a special place in Lily’s heart. The Foundation’s mission, mixed with their passion for serving others matches her enthusiasm for wanting to improve others’ lives. Lily is so thankful to have the chance to work with this passionate, go-getting team. 

Tori Montes

Tori Montes

Bio:
Tori Montes is currently a Junior at Arizona State University, studying Organizational Leadership, with a minor in Nonprofit management. When she graduates, Tori plans to stay in the nonprofit sector, which is why she is so grateful for the opportunity to work with Cristian Rivera Foundation right now! This foundation focuses on the children and families going through a difficult time, while keeping hope alive! She is thrilled to be a part of such a dedicated team.