Board of Directors
Founder / President
In 1998, Claudia started an annual support for children in Agua de Dios, Colombia, with resources from her work as a Specialist in International Education in her own company, Ibarbo Representations. Her generosity and passion to help people in need led her to found Extending a Hand Foundation. As our founder and President, she is the heart and inspiration of our organization and our best Ambassador. Claudia’s genuineness is what enables her to connect our projects and goals with new people and companies with social interest.
Support and Advisor
Sandra is the founder and President and CEO of Cepeda Systems & Software Analysis, Inc. (CSSA) a small engineering firm in Huntsville, AL. She has over 30 years of software and systems related experience in the acquisition, development, management, process improvement and sustainment of DoD systems. Ms. Cepeda holds a B.S. and M.S. in Computer Engineering from Auburn University. Ms. Cepeda has received numerous performance awards and letters of appreciation throughout her career and is recognized as an expert in her field.
Sandra is also very active in the community. Her generous heart for serving and helping others is evident in her substantial financial, personal, and corporate support of many non-profits, organizations around the world and local causes. She is currently a member of the Rotary Club of Madison, serves as an elder at Westside Community Church, serves as Advisor to the Board of Extending a Hand Foundation, is a Court Appointed Juvenile Advocate (CAJA), serves in the board of The Catalyst, and has been a Bible Study Teacher at the Downtown Rescue Mission.Sandra is also the President of the Board of Intentional Faith, a Huntsville-based ministry created by Cepeda Systems & Software Analysis to share the love of Jesus and glorify God through job empowerment, community development, and short-term relief for the under-resourced in our community.
Mary Sol González
Mary Sol González was born in Venezuela and has a Bachelor Degree in Psychology from Andres Bello Catholic University. Since high school she has always been involved in the non Profit community in diverse areas, and after graduation she had the opportunity to live in four continents, thus enriching her multicultural mindset. She brought her passion serving in organizations such as the Children’s Orthopedic Hospital, International Women Organizations with emphasis in children trafficking, cultural diversity, fair trade and more. One of her most fulfilling endeavors was the creation of a free clinic for families in the Philippines and the work to assist on the building of water wells in Kenya. Former owner of a Signs and Marketing company, she was exposed to the local organizations that serve the community through her work with the Chamber of Commerce. In 2013 she was one of the founders of the Boca Chamber’s International Business Alliance.
Mary Sol served on the Executive Board of Networking Hispanos for 6 years and cofounded Women Development Network 2.0. Mary Sol has been a community captain for the Boca Raton Bowl since it’s first year and is part of the Women Build Initiative for Habitat for Humanity.A Board member of the Boca Raton Chamber’s Golden Bell Education Foundation from 2015 to 2019, she serves on the Board of the Peter Blum YMCA Boca Raton, co-chairs the Junior League Non Profit Training Committee and has become a Consultant for small Non Profit Organizations such as HOME (Homeless Outreach Mentoring and Education).
Currently the Chairwoman of the Board of the Children’s Museum, she is a graduate of the Leadership Boca Class of 2013 and has served as a Day Planner since 2014 working as liaison to discover the Palm Beaches and Boca Raton Resort and Club. She is an Advisor for international Non Profit Organizations Extending a Hand, Empresarias Hispanas and Imagina.
Isabel has a Bachelor in Industrial Engineering. She worked for Corporate America as an International executive for more than 20 years. She provided market intelligence on projects with international institutions (IFIs), identified opportunities, and engaged with the subsidiaries and partners in order to execute the projects. Currently, Isabel works in Real Estate. Her significant experience in business development, business operation, and marketing is an asset to the Extending a Hand Foundation. Isabel believes in the Law of Giving and Receiving. Whatever you give will come back to you in an amazing way. You can give time, love, money, or just a smile!
Margarita has a Law degree from Rosario University (Colombia) and in Spain( Reciprocity). Additionally, she has a specialization in Private Law with emphasis in Domestic Relations (Rosario University) and obtained an Administrative Law specialization from University of Paris (France). Her many years of relevant experience in different fields show a proven commitment to social issues and ability to work in multi-cultural environment and countries.. In Colombia, she developed different legal projects related to Antitrust (Superintendent of Promotion of Competition), children and families (ICBF), Urban development (ICT), hospitality sector (CNT) and economic development (Min. Des. Econ) As an international Short-Term Consultant, she assisted to design antitrust regulations and advocacy. At Woman in Distress (Broward, Florida) she has participated in different prevention programs of domestic violence as an advocate (AmeriCorps Federal programs) and is a guardian ad-litem in the 17th Judicial Circuit of FL., Realtor, certified probate real estate specialized (CPRES) and member of the American Bar Association(ABA)-Section of Real Estate Property, Trust and Estate Planning .
Margarita es abogada de la Universidad del Rosario (Col.) y en Espana, ademas cuenta con una especializacion en Derecho Privado - enfasis en Relaciones Domesticas- ( U. del Rosario) y en derecho administrativo de la Univesidad de Paris (Francia). Sus anos de experiencia en diferentes campos demuestran su compromiso con la problematica social asi como su habilidad para trabajar con comunidades multiculturales en diferentes paises. En Colombia ha desarrollado diferentes proyectos legales relacionados con Competencia (Superintendente de Promoción de la Competencia), la proteccion de ninos y familias (ICBF), desarrollo urbano (ICT), sector hotelero (CNT) y aspectps socio-economicos ( Mimsiterio de Desarrollo Economico).Como consultora internacional ha participado en el diseno de regulaciones antitrust. En “Women in Distress “org., (Florida) –Americorps programa _ participo en divulgacion y programas relacionados con la prevencion de violencia domestica, y es Guardian ad llitem, en el 17º Circuito Judicial de FL., Realtor , CPRES y pertenece como profesional afiliada a la seccion ide Real Property, Trust and Estate Planning Section de la Associacion de Abogados Americanos (ABA) .