Faculty and Staff

DR. CARIDAD INDA is the Executive Director of CIRIMEX, Mexico. She is an experienced educator, linguist and translator. Dr. Inda is Mexican-born and was educated in Mexico and the United States. She has 40 years of experience in designing and implementing Peace Corps Programs and other formal and non-formal language and cross-cultural training programs in the United States and fifteen Latin American countries. Dr. Inda was Latin American Field Representative for the Overseas Education Fund of the League of Women Voters and International Educational Development, Inc. She was Executive Director of the Spanish Education Development Center. Her translation credits include The Medellin Documents and the Theology of Liberation by Gustavo Gutiérrez. Dr. Inda has taught at St. Louis University and The American University in Washington, D.C.

DR. KATHRYN A. BISSELL is Executive Director of CIRIMEX, USA. With Dr. Inda she founded CIRIMEX, culminating their more than 25 years of collaboration on intercultural programs. Dr. Bissell served in the mission fields in Northern Alaska, and Chiapas, and Guadalajara, Mexico. Dr. Bissell was Director of Research for the Division for Latin America, U.S. Catholic Conference, InterAmerica, Inc., Pacific Consultants, Inc. and International Consultants, Inc. In these positions as a research and project design specialist, Dr. Bissell designed large-scale projects funded by the World Bank, U.S. Agency for International Development, and the Inter American Development Bank for Jamaica, Mauritania, Morocco and Tanzania. Dr. Bissell also served as program and research assistant to Commissioners at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. 

DR. FLORENTINA VILLALOBOS DE PINEDA  Dr. Inda is assisted by Dr. Florentina Villalobos de Pineda, a Mexican educator, journalist and legislator. She holds a degree in journalism from the Instituto Carlos Septién García, Mexico City. She did her post-graduate work at the Instituto de Cultura Hispánica, Madrid, Spain and at the Universidad Internacional Menéndez y Pelayo, Santander, Spain. She is the first woman from the opposition ever elected to the Mexican National Congress, where she served two terms. Dr. Villalobos has served as a Project Analyst at the Inter- American Development Bank. She has also participated in several tours of the United States through the Foreign Visitors Program as a specialist in community affairs