ECHO was founded by four former CENIT volunteers:                                                                                                                         Sarah Guerette, Sara Ciner Schodt, Geneva Hall-Shelton, and Eric Ruben.


Sarah Guerette, President

Sarah spent two and a half years working in Quito at CENIT, and a few years working in Ecuador for a different organization. During that time she gained a thorough understanding of the administrative issues involved in running CENIT, and is constantly in contact with CENIT's staff. Sarah currently directs the Women's Business Center at CEI, and holds an MBA in Public and Nonprofit Management from Boston University.  She lives in Portland, Maine.

Email Sarah: Sarah@ECHOecuador.org


Sara Ciner Schodt, Vice President

Sara spent nearly two years volunteering at CENIT, and many more living and working in Ecuador.  She currently works for the Inter-American Development Bank (BID) on projects related to quality of education in Ecuador and Peru.   Sara has studied at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and the Fletcher school of International Law and Diplomacy.

Email Sarah: Sara@ECHOecuador.org


Brendan Bradford

Eric Ruben, Treasurer

Eric spent seven months working in Quito at CENIT, and has sponsored a child in CENIT's Adopt-a-Dream program for over five years. Eric received a B.A. from Dartmouth College in 2003 and a J.D. from New York University School of Law in 2007. While in law school, Eric served as treasurer for Law Students for Human Rights and spent the summer following his first year volunteering at AsociaciónCivil por la Igualdad y la Justicia in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Eric is currently a Jurisprudence at the Brennan Center for Justice in NYC.

Email Eric: Eric@ECHOecuador.org.


Brendan Bradford, Director of Communications

Brendan is from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, PA area and graduated from the University of Scranton in 2010. He spent most of the next four years loving life in Ecuador, volunteering with Rostro de Cristo in Guayaquil and CENIT in Quito, where he worked as Volunteer Coordinator and General Coordinator until the summer of 2014. He is now pursuing master's degrees in both Public Health and Medical Science in the Philadelphia area.

Email Brendan: Brendan@ECHOecuador.org.