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.

Team Leader

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.

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.

Team

Aayush Gandhi

Aayush Gandhi

Bio:
Aayush Gandhi is a student and published author with a passion for learning about the complexities of the human body. He has experience working with teens facing substance abuse disorders in his hometown as well as experience in the field of mental health, where he has published multiple articles as well as being a primary author of a book. Interning at CRF gives Aayush the opportunity to merge his scientific interest in oncology with his passion for writing to create meaningful impacts in the world.

Grace Ison

Grace Ison

Bio: 

Grace Ison is a sophomore at Ohio Wesleyan University pursuing a degree in Neuroscience and a minor in Psychology.  She loves volunteering and is involved with themed housing on campus to give back to the community.  She is also an intern with Family Promise of Delaware County.  She is excited to combine her passions of neuroscience and working with nonprofits as a part of the Cristian Rivera team!

Mahi Kovvuru

Mahi Kovvuru

Bio:

Mahi Kovvuru is currently a freshman at the University of Texas at Austin. She is pursuing a degree in public health with a minor in health care reform. During high school she volunteered at an orphanage in Guatemala and non-profit clinics in India which spurred her interest in working with nonprofits. She is very excited to be a part of this amazing foundation and gain a better understanding of non-profit organizations.

Rhea Maladkar

Rhea Maladkar

Bio:
Rhea was born in Washington D.C., but was raised in Huntsville, Alabama. She is a junior at The University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama, and is pursuing a major in Psychology, along with minors in Marketing and Industrial Organizational Psychology. Rhea served as the Philanthropy Chair for her sorority, Phi Mu, this year. Phi Mu’s philanthropy is Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and she is very excited to continue her journey with non-profits by working with The Cristian Rivera Foundation.