Grecia was born in the Dominican Republic and moved to the US with her family when she was eleven years old. She eventually married a man, also a Dominican, and they lived all over the world before settling in York, Maine. Grecia is an educator who teaches Spanish to K-5 students at Kennebunk Elementary School. She is passionate about her family, her culture, cooking food, and education.
Oscar Mokeme is originally from a large Nigerian family of Igbo descent. He is a collector of art and is the founder and Executive Director for the Museum of African Culture at 13 Brown St. in Portland, ME. He also regularly hosts workshops, performances, and lectures on African arts and culture.
Sarah Madhi arrived in Maine a year and a half ago with a bachelors degree in Information Technology from her university in Baghdad. Currently she is working as an Arabic/English translator with House of Languages, volunteering with Partners for World Health, and preparing for a pre-med certification in the fall at USM. Her dream is to become a physician and be helpful to others.
Claude Rwaganje is the Executive Director of the non-profit organization called Community Financial Literacy which teaches financial skills to immigrants at no cost to the participant. Claude came to the US from Democratic Republic of Congo in 1996. He earned his bachelors and masters degrees in Business and Finance and applies his knowledge of budgeting, credit, business management, and banking to his work with more recent immigrants.
Tania Blas moved to South Portland, ME from Peru in 2006. She and her husband are both Systems Engineers and came here to join family. They are raising three school-aged children and running their own computer service and repair business called Informatics Services, Home and Business. She also teaches computer classes in the community.
Sunday, November 3rd Palaver Strings will join me in the studio at noon to discuss their upcoming Welcome Home tour. They are fantastic! I hope you can join us, too.