As Vice President, Operations, Teresita is responsible for leading core internal functions of the organization, including financial operations, operational excellence, organizational compliance, board and officer management support, and internal administration. Teresita supports the team to translate mission, vision, and goals into clear operational strategy and specific actions that: foster a culture of continuous improvement and help advance organizational and field practice change; deliver exceptional experience to grantees, partners, and other stakeholders; and support the organization for increased efficiency and effectiveness.
Teresita joined the Blue Cross NC Foundation in 2018 after working with nonprofits and small businesses across the state for the previous five years. Prior to that, she was part of the sales & marketing team at Blue Cross NC for almost a decade.
Teresita is currently a member of the board of directors of PEAK Grantmaking and has served on the board of many Latino nonprofits in North Carolina. She is also an international board advisor for a Kenya-based nonprofit that works with children and communities living in extreme poverty. She has supported these organizations with strategic planning, fundraising, and process/operational improvements.
Teresita received her MBA from Florida Institute of Technology and her Bachelor of Science degree from Pontifical Xavierian University, in Colombia. She is a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP®).
What I love about my work:
I love working in philanthropy and helping communities thrive. What a better way to do this than at the heart of the organization. In this role, I experience firsthand how we operate, help the team gain efficiencies, and contribute every day to make an impact in the communities we serve.
When not at my desk:
I enjoy spending time with my beautiful daughters, volunteering with the community, traveling, and learning about new places and cultures. I am also part of a Latin American dance group and spend some of my weekends practicing or performing.
Favorite thing about North Carolina:
I have been in North Carolina since I moved to the United States. I love this place and it is my home now.