Carmen Palmer first visited and fell in love with Vieques in 2001. After living and working on the island from 2001-2005, she spent several years on “the main island” of Puerto Rico in San Juan, and eventually found her way back to the U.S. mainland. Back in the U.S., Carmen earned an MFA in Professional Writing and a M.A.T in Teaching, Special Education. After 5 years working as a high school Special Ed. teacher in New Haven, Connecticut, she felt the pull back to Vieques, returning in August of 2019. Carmen has always worked in her community in some capacity, and as an educator and animal lover, is thrilled to be a part of a group like Juntos that empowers children to be their best and most compassionate selves, and ultimately, the torch bearers and teachers of our increasingly complex future.

Leticia Gonzalez Rivera, Humane Education Teacher

As an English Literature teacher for almost 10 years, I’ve always integrated empathy in my lessons. In every class that I visit I encounter glimpses of what our future is developing into. I am thrilled to be the new humane education teacher for Juntos as it is presenting me with the opportunity to enhance the […]

Elvis Maldonado

Juntos’s previous Humane Education Teacher, Elvis Maldonado needed to step down after Hurricane Maria to tend to other social work activities. He is however still very much “on the scene” and remains an important resource. Juntos plans to revisit a short video project, “Breaking the Cycle of Violence” and Elvis with his theater background and […]

River Karmen, Director, Juntos Vieques

River Karmen

Director of Juntos

River Karmen is a professional photographer who has lived and worked on Vieques Island for the past twenty years.

Mike Sanson

Mike Sanson

Mike has been a Certified Financial Planner for 25 years and splits his time between Vieques and Virginia.

Cristobal Velazquez, Juntos Vieques

Cristobal Velasquez

Cristobal Velazquez, son of Vieques parents was raised in St. Croix and raised his own five children in Florida. His return to Vieques eight years ago marks a coming home to the family roots.

Dra. Andrea Kaufman, Juntos Vieques

Dra. Andrea Kaufman, DVM

Andrea Kaufman has been practicing veterinary medicine in Vieques for over a decade, where she learned first-hand what a difference preventative medicine can make for animals.

Valerie Lane-Sanson

Valerie and her husband Mike live and work in Virginia and Vieques with their family of three furry four legged children.

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