Our Team

TEAM
John Seibel
President
John Seibel
President

The Founder and President of Entrena, John originally came to the Dominican Republic as a Peace Corps Volunteer in 1971. He and his wife, Sobeya, launched Entrena in 1982, as a local Dominican firm specializing in training, education, and development. John’s areas of expertise include cultural management, public-private sector partnerships, consortia and alliance building, sustainable development, and resource linkage. Under John's direction and a highly motivated qualified staff, Entrena maintains an excellent reputation for creativity and accomplishing tasks with professional results in the Dominican Republic.

Sobeya de Seibel
Director of Human Resources
Sobeya de Seibel
Director of Human Resources

Effectively managing human resources at Entrena since the start of the company, Sobeya handles recruiting, hiring, training, and monitoring of an outstanding staff, a cornerstone to the success of Entrena. Strongly identified with social justice issues, Sobeya remains busy with different volunteer activities that go back to her days in high school when she organized evening literacy schools for workers.

"Our two proudest achievements are that Entrena staff feel part of a 'family' well beyond a normal business, and that our staff have been actively recruited and quickly hired by other organizations."

Saschia Seibel
Alerta Joven Project Director
Saschia Seibel
Alerta Joven Project Director

Saschia is currently Chief of Party of the USAID supported Alerta Joven project, managing a $22,000,000 budget over 7 years with 30 large sub-grants, 23 implementing partners, 150,000 direct beneficiaries, and multiple public-private alliances. Alerta Joven is considered a model in reducing levels of violence and criminality in the Dominican Republic for at-risk youth between the ages of 11-24. With a MA degree in Education, Saschia has spearheaded all major educational initiatives for Entrena, designed the Espacio para Crecer model, and successfully introduced accelerated learning through QLN in Latin America. She is the recipient of numerous recognitions and has received advanced training in USAID project management, rules, and regulations.

John Paul Seibel
Entrena Tours Director
John Paul Seibel
Entrena Tours Director

Born in the Dominican Republic with Dominican and American parents, his passion is showcasing the fascinating culture of the Dominican Republic with respect to cuisine, music and historical traditions. He studied Culinary Arts in Buenos Aires, Seattle, and Chicago. He facilitates travel programs by accompanying students/travelers, with a zest for exploration and adventure. John Paul has developed state of the art community based culinary programs which train community chefs, introduces participants the DR culture through food, and meets the international standards for culinary services offered by cruise lines.

Agusmery Heredia
Grants Specialist
Agusmery Heredia
Grants Specialist

Agusmery has provided administrative support to Entrena since 2007 for internationally financed projects as well as in-house initiatives. Through her attention to detail, she plays a leadership role the management of support staff, purchasing, scheduling, and follow-up for personnel issues with the Department of Human Resources. Agusmerys holds a BS degree in Accounting.

Altagracia Vargas
Field Coordinator
Altagracia Vargas
Field Coordinator

Altagracia is constantly on the move as the Field Coordinator for Baseball Cares, coordinating, implementing, and evaluating activities. Her ability to form meaningful relationships with communities, schools, and young people has allowed her years of experience working alongside various projects, including Alerta Joven, to effectively carry out objectives related to entrepreneurship, labor insertion, reduction of crime and violence, and sexual health. Altagracia is a valued member of the team, with a degree in Marketing, and certified in Quantum Learning and various IT courses.

Danielle Tyner
International Programs Specialist
Danielle Tyner
International Programs Specialist

Born and raised in Michigan, Dani applies her US background in the DR to design and manage international development projects at Entrena, carrying out high quality implementation from planning to evaluation. Dani is also the primary interface with universities and travel agencies for study and travel abroad, and internships. With a dual degree in Business Management and Spanish Language, and prior experience working with the Dominican government and international and local institutes on language programs, Dani is passionate about connecting cultures through education.

Diana Peña
Educational Specialist
Diana Peña
Educational Specialist

Diana is an accomplished trainer in accelerated learning programs using Quantum Learning, Super Camps, and the Espacio para Crecer model. She has a degree in Psychology and is completing her Master’s in Education. With over 11 years of experience working alongside community based NGOs in education, social development, and children’s rights advocacy, Diana has carried out Entrena services in the Dominican Republic, Panama, Ecuador, Nicaragua, and Paraguay. She also upholds Entrena’s high standards for M&E throughout the education programs, and is specialized in implementation of the EGRA model.

Elizabeth Lagrava
Operations Specialist
Elizabeth Lagrava
Operations Specialist

Elizabeth is the Operations Manager for the Alerta Joven project providing quality assurance, troubleshooting, and follow up in the areas of grant management, accounting, reporting, contracts, and audits. Prior to joining Entrena in 2012, Elizabeth worked in management and finances for the NGOs Childfund and Food for the Hungry. Elizabeth holds a Master degree in Business Administration and is a certified CPA and auditor. She has received USAID training in Rules and Regulations and Recipient Contracted Audit Programs.

Erielba Gil
Alerta Joven Project Labor Insertion Specialist
Erielba Gil
Alerta Joven Project Labor Insertion Specialist

Erielba has worked with Entrena in the Alerta Joven project since 2014. As the principal Technical Specialist in charge of employment insertion and entrepreneurship, Erielba interfaces with the Dominican private sector for first time employment, internships, identification of emerging workforce skills and connections with participating NGOs. Prior to joining Entrena, Erielba worked with the Dominican Ministry of Labor in an IADB youth employment project. She holds a BS degree in Business Administration with post graduate studies in Human Resource Development. Erielba participated in the International Visitor Leadership Program of the State Department in 2015 that focused on workforce development through community colleges.

Esther Frias
Baseball Cares Project Director
Esther Frias
Baseball Cares Project Director

Currently the Chief of Party for the Baseball Cares project, Esther has worked in leadership positions for Entrena projects since 2004. From 2012 through 2016, she was the Educational Specialist for the Alerta Joven project implementing accelerated learning models in school retention and re-insertion. From 2004 to 2012, Esther was a lead Entrena trainer for educational initiatives designed to eliminate the worst forms of child labor, both in the DR and internationally. Esther holds a Master’s degree in Educational Planning and Management and is a certified trainer for the Quantum Learning methodology and the CICATELLI Motivational Interviewing program for at-risk youth.

Fabiana Mateo
Financial Manager
Fabiana Mateo
Financial Manager

Fabiana oversees all financial management of Entrena and holds a degree in Accounting and Auditing from the UNPHU University in Santo Domingo. All budgets are reviewed and approved by Fabiana, and she assumes leadership roles for all external auditing. Fabiana has managed the finances for projects with international organizations such as Peace Corps, USAID, USDOL, UNCHR, US universities, and NGOs. She has received advanced training in USAID management and financial requirements in both Colombia and the Dominican Republic. She has also supervised a total of 10 external program audits requested by international organizations funding our programs.

Francis Mata
Programs Manager
Francis Mata
Programs Manager

Francis oversees programs operations and activities related to language training and study abroad programs. Specific tasks include pre-program research, budgeting, training of host families, selection of training sites throughout the country, participant evaluation, and quality control to make sure participants needs are fully met. Francis is one of the veterans of Entrena, with over 25 years of experience and the unique ability to fine tune all activities and services to our clients’ satisfaction. She holds a degree in Modern Languages from Universidad Tecnológica de Santiago in Santo Domingo.

Juan T. Peralta
Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist
Juan T. Peralta
Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist

Juan manages the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) department of the Alerta Joven project. He oversees the quality control of the Entrena web based tracking system, the correct and timely insertion data from partner organization, relevance and importance of all indicators, and manages the staff team responsible for interpretation of all data. Prior to joining Entrena in 2017, Juan worked for Children International for 10 years as Project Coordinator implementing M&E systems for vulnerable children and adolescents.

Mirla Paulino
Communications Specialist
Mirla Paulino
Communications Specialist

Mirla is the Communications Specialist of Entrena responsible for the branding, marking, and public messaging of the company and its projects including internationally funded initiatives such as Alerta Joven and Baseball Cares, as well as in-house products such as Quantum Learning, and Espacios para Crecer. Responsibilities include all social media, websites, press releases, success stories, and press cultivation and coverage. Mirla has a Master’s degree in Corporate Communications and Digital Marketing.

Oksanna Mojica
Administrative Assistant
Oksanna Mojica
Administrative Assistant

Oksanna provides program and administrative support for all Entrena programs. Starting in 2012 with Alerta Joven project, she now works with all program areas assuring quality and accuracy in areas of finance, administration, and services to the client. Her experience in marketing and early childhood education give her a unique insight into the social development programs of Entrena. She holds a degree in Marketing from the UASD University in Santo Domingo.

Sheyla Madera
Social Media and Communications Consultant
Sheyla Madera
Social Media and Communications Consultant

Sheyla started as a facilitator for Quantum Learning with the Alerta Joven project in 2015, and has since continued to offer her creative skills and passion for education in both the Alerta Joven and Baseball Cares projects. With a degree in Hotel Management, Sheyla manages the Baseball Cares bilingual social media platforms, website, newsletter publications, and quarterly and yearly reports, documenting events, activities, and success stories with photography and interviews. 

Yvelisse Reyes
Alerta Joven Project Programs Specialist
Yvelisse Reyes
Alerta Joven Project Programs Specialist

Yvelisse has worked with Entrena in the Alerta Joven project since 2012. As principal technical program specialist of the project, Yvelisse plays a lead role in the institutional strengthening of all participating NGOs and monitors the technical performance of their sub awards. Prior to joining Entrena, Ivelisse worked with international and Dominican NGOs focused on vulnerable women, at risk adolescents and children, human trafficking, and gender violence.  She holds BA degrees in social work and has over 8 years of experience in public school teaching.

SPECIALISTS & CONSULTANTS
Mabel Hernández
Business Development Consultant
Mabel Hernández
Business Development Consultant

Mabel, certified in Quantum Learning, played an integral part in Entrena’s development, implementation, and management of Impact Travel alongside Carnival Cruise’s Fathom brand, and continues to share her expertise on matters of positive exchange between visitors to the Dominican Republic and the local people. With a BA in Early Childhood Education, and in Hotel Management, she works with Entrena at this cross section of education and economic empowerment.

Tim Keifer
Monitoring, Training, and Program Development Consultant
Tim Keifer
Monitoring, Training, and Program Development Consultant

Tim came to the Dominican Republic as a US Peace Corps volunteer in 1986. After completing his service, Tim has held multiple management positions in the private sector and with national and international non-governmental organizations. Tim strives to find innovative solutions that support client goals and needs, drawing upon his extensive experience providing technical assistance in program development and implementation for university and higher education institutions, sustainable farming organizations, potable water NGOs, tourism projects and youth entrepreneurship programs.

Danna Taveras
Business Development Consultant
Danna Taveras
Business Development Consultant

With a degree in Law, Danna is passionate about fostering social justice through meaningful interventions. Working with Entrena, Danna played a leadership role in the implementation of Carnival Cruise’s Fathom brand for Impact Travel in the fostering community relationships to bring about progressive change. She combines her experience in both tourism and education to integrate her community into new travel projects that promote sustainable tourism for all.

With a degree in Law, Danna is passionate about fostering social justice through meaningful interventions. Working with Entrena, Danna played a leadership role in the implementation of Carnival Cruise’s Fathom brand for Impact Travel in the fostering community relationships to bring about progressive change. She combines her experience in both tourism and education to integrate her community into new travel projects that promote sustainable tourism for all.

Raquel Ovalle
Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist
Raquel Ovalle
Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist

Raquel, specialized in M&E, has worked alongside Entrena to monitor and report on our various project activities and results, while developing the capacity of our partnering organizations. In the last 12 years, Raquel has published various scientific articles on the local and international level, and has held numerous roles in project management, carrying out research, evaluation, and reports for diverse businesses, universities, and civil society, including the Grupo Vicini, Fundación Inicia, Quala Dominicana, Aquelarre, Intec, and Brazil’s Ministry of Justice.

Virginia Vallejo
Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist
Virginia Vallejo
Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist

Specialized in M&E and data management, Virginia has offered support to Entrena in the training and evaluation of partnering organizations, and continues to be a valuable resource in carrying out studies related to at-risk populations. Having worked in both the public and private sector, including the National Statistics Office and the Civil Aviation Association, Virginia is interested in subjects related to health, gender, and community development.

Manuel Hernández
Project Development Specialist
Manuel Hernández
Project Development Specialist

Manuel manages proposal development and M&E tasks at Entrena since 2015, after receiving his Master’s in International Management from IE Business School in 2014, and BS degree in Telecommunications and Computing Engineering (Telemática) from the PUCMM University in 2013. His background in engineering and project management allows Manuel to lead the team in the analysis of tenders, structuring of proposal writing teams, design of monitoring and evaluation systems, measurement of social impact, and management of budgets. Manuel is bilingual in Spanish and English, and accomplished in working productively in multicultural environments.

Patricia Reinoso
Communication Specialist
Patricia Reinoso
Communication Specialist

With a master’s in Corporate Communication, and a BA in Social Communication, Patricia applies her wide variety of skills in communication towards administration, management, public relations, and other related tasks. Previously a columnist for the Dominican paper, Listín Diario, and experience reporting on tourism, she won a 2011 Epifanino Lantigua prize for tourism journalism. With Entrena she has played a vital role in the development and implementation of marketing and communication for the Alerta Joven project.

Carlos Quintanar
Designer
Carlos Quintanar
Designer

Carlos is Entrena’s go-to graphic designer for specific digital productions, including reports, marketing, and community management. His experience in branding and marketing, and master’s degree in Corporate Communication Management, add to his design eye and desire to promote his local economy and tourism. He has worked on various national publications, including the tourism magazine Touring, and promotions for the Colonial Zone in Santo Domingo.

Emmanuel Rosado
Education Training Consultant
Emmanuel Rosado
Education Training Consultant

A dynamic professional and musician, Manny offers his talents is a wide array of activities including coaching, training, education, motivational talks, and musical productions. As director of the foundation Corazones a Tiempo, he works alongside at-risk youth to promote cognitive and social development through modern educational methodologies, including Quantum Learning. He holds a degree in Business Administration, and as well as his master’s in Coaching and Communication Management for personal and professional development.

Rocío Sánchez
Education Training Consultant
Rocío Sánchez
Education Training Consultant

A Medical Doctor (MD) focused on childhood neuropsychology, Rocío uses her skills to make a difference in the lives on young people in the Dominican Republic and across Latin America. She is a certified trainer in Quantum Learning, carrying out trainings across the region, and works toward creating and implementing programs promoting education, school reinsertion and retention, and all subjects related to health. 

José Miguel Escalante
Education Training Consultant
José Miguel Escalante
Education Training Consultant

An Industrial Engineer, Escalante works as an air traffic controller at the Punta Cana International Airport, is an instructor in aeronautics, and works tirelessly to promote social development throughout the Dominican Republic alongside organizations like Rotary International and Boy Scouts. A Quantum Learning trainer, he is an energetic part of the Entrena team, motivating at-risk youth through workshops on life and learning skills, focusing on leveling and recreation.