Our president, Claudia Ibarbo-Gloyne, started Fundacion Una Mano Amiga to help and support the nuns from Hijas de Los Sagrados Corazones de Jesus y Maria, a non-profit organization that helps abandoned seniors and orphaned children in Agua de Dios, Colombia.
In 2000, our founder moved to the US where she continued raising funds for the children and seniors in Colombia. She received the support of her friends and the Colombian Volunteer Ladies, an organization of women that plan fundraisers, luncheons and charitable projects for those in need in Colombia, Latin America and the U.S.
IN FEBURARY 2012
Extending A Hand Foundation was officially established in Delray Beach, Florida as a 501 C3 non-profit organization. Since becoming an official foundation, our organization's focus has expanded and allowed for greater development and long-term projects in the hopes of creating a brighter future for the children and seniors of Agua de Dios.
Claudia Ibarbo-Gloyne: President - Executive Director
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.
Sandra Cepeda - Support 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.
Claudia Cardona: Vice-President - Public Relations and Social Media - Psychotherapist of Health Brigade
Claudia fell in love with our mission and purpose from the moment she met us. Claudia is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor that is passionate about helping children through love and compassion. Claudia’s involvement in the foster care system in Florida provides her with a better understanding of the needs of children. Claudia has visited our children and elderly of Agua de Dios for the last few years.
Alan Gloyne - Technical Advisor
Currently at iCause PBC, a privately held Public Benefit Corporation dedicated to nonprofit sustainability. Where nonprofits have the ability to market events, spread awareness, raise donations and attract volunteers - all in one place! Creating an environment of doing good on a personal, business and global level to make this world a better place.
iCause creates an environment where the masses feel empowered and motivated to get involved with cause and receive recognition. A variety of volunteer opportunities are available that cater to the interests of the individual, therefore providing advocacy and accountability in one solution.
Carlos Gomez - Financial Advisor
Carlos is a Senior Finance Manager at ARRIS Inc (former Motorola Home Division). He has over 20 years of Accounting and Finance experience in domestic as well as international markets. Mr. Gomez holds a B.S and an MBA from Nova Southeastern University.
Carlos is active in his community volunteering as a soccer coach with Coral Springs Youth Soccer and Coral Springs Futsal Academy. He was also an active volunteer at his daughters’ band and cross-country programs.
LUZ AMPARO BAGIOLI: EXECUTIVE SECRETARY & PROJECT MANAGER
Luz is an Industrial Engineer with extensive experience in Management of Non-Profit Organizations. She helps Extending a Hand to have a proper project management system to achieve its goals. Luz is also a life and spiritual coach, a writer and lecturer on topics of positive assessment and personal and spiritual development. Luz Amparo believes in living with a purpose through solidarity and compassion with the less favored to make this a better world.
SANDRA MALKUS: SOCIAL MEDIA & EVENTS
Sandra began her career as a physical therapist in the country of Colombia. She is a writer of children’s books. In her story telling she shows her great love for children. Sandra also enjoys the fascinating book publishing world. Sandra’s experience as a physical therapist for seniors at nursing homes in Florida has given us a better way to understand elderly needs. She gives everything to serve those in need and her greatest gift is her tenderness and love.
CLECIANE BORDIGNON: DIRECTOR OF OUR BACKPACKS OF LOVE PROGRAM
Cleciane is a Business Administrator specialized in Business Services. Her heart knows the meaning of "give" and "serve". From the moment he knew the mission of our foundation, she has worked constantly for the children of Agua de Dios, finding a beautiful purpose in the life of altruism.
CLAUDIA SANCHEZ: TREASURER
Claudia has been our treasure since year 2012. Service is her passion, and this quote describes the reason why she volunteers: “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others” Mahatma Gandhi”
CLAUDIA LASSO: FUNDRAISING & INVESTMENT DIRECTOR
Claudia is a Business Administrator involved in the Fashion business, with a clear purpose of helping the less privileged. She offers her excellent skills as a communicator and business executive to design the fundraising and grants strategies that our Foundation requires.
YANELIS NAVARRO: COMMITTEE OF BACKPACKS OF LOVE PROGRAM
Yanelis has been a Real Estate Broker for the last 13 years. Her philosophy of "giving back" brought her to us. Yanelis is a team player moved by a sense of compassion to contribute with all the work that represents supporting the less favored communities.
TINA TRING: OUR YOUNGEST VOLUNTEER
Tina is a student who has lived the experience of the foster world and has become our representative and spokesperson of what it means to receive love and support when you need it the most. Tina is the voice that tells the world that we should support each other to make this world better.