Cristian Rivera Foundation

Cristian Rivera Foundation Team

Director

Sarde Gumalo

Sarde Gumalo

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, 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 Bryan’s biggest accomplishments was the opportunity to illustrate “Cristian’s Journey” written by John “Gungie” Rivera. Bryan is grateful for the potential that John saw in him as well as his role in CRF.

Team

Austen Conrado

Austen Conrado

Bio:
Hi, my name is Austen and I’m from Wayne, New Jersey. I am a senior currently studying Marketing at Fordham University. I love activities such as playing soccer, hiking, and traveling the world. I joined the Cristian Rivera Foundation Team because I want to spread awareness about DIPG and help give children hope of overcoming this cancer.

Halleigh Ficarro

Halleigh Ficarro

Bio:
My name is Halleigh Ficarro and I am from Sayre Pennsylvania. I am a current student at Marywood University where I am studying nutrition. Being a part of this foundation means the world to me. The Cristian Rivera foundation is a wonderful cause that makes me proud to be a part of. I joined this organization to make a change and give hope. The Cristian Rivera Foundation gives children the hope that they need. Hope keeps children going and it can go a long way. Every child deserves a smile and I get to give that smile to these children. This foundation changes the world and I am so excited to be a part of such a wonderful organization.

Jessica Ivey

Jessica Ivey

Bio:
Hi! My name is Jessica Ivey and I am a Biology major at Baylor University. I decided to become a part of this organization because the cause is one that is very important and close to my heart. I wanted to be able to help make a difference in the lives of those affected by cancer, particularly concerning DIPG, in any way that I could. I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to help work towards finding a cure for DIPG.

Ranjani Anirudhan

Ranjani Anirudhan

Bio:
My name is Ranjani Anirudhan and I am an incoming senior at UT Austin majoring in neuroscience. I chose to join the team at CRF because of the foundation’s cause and commitment to actively finding a cure for DIPG. I really wanted to see the work ethic and dedication that goes into running a small nonprofit and look forward to this experience!