At The ShareLingo Project, we are passionate about connecting people, no matter your race/culture, age, gender, sexual orientation, profession, etc. and we are creating a social movement around this cause. One of the key factors that keeps people apart (speaking a different language) can bring people together (LEARNING another’s language). We connect REAL people, face to face, to share each other’s languages and cultures.
Everyone on our team, from the founders to the facilitators and even the participants, are catalysts in, and committed to, the belief that it is possible for all people to unite. There is no other language program that offers this method, or promotes these values, in the way that The ShareLingo Project does.
Our “team” is really more like our “family”.
Come and join us!
Meet the Team
Founder and President — (Dreamer)
James began forming The ShareLingo Project in 2012 after a great deal of work to learn Spanish. In 2013, he founded ShareLingo and began work on developing the proprietary model and methods that the company uses. In addition to the United States, James has lived in Australia and Europe, and has traveled extensively throughout Asia and Latin America, and he feels that Colorado is the best place in the world to live. While learning Spanish, he felt a strong desire to connect with native Spanish speakers for conversation practice, and to also learn about the many cultures that make up our community. Prior to developing ShareLingo, James has been a Computer Engineer, the General Manager of Australia’s largest conference and Exhibition Company, an art gallery owner, and an inventor, holding multiple patents in his name. James has served on multiple corporate and non-profit boards. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from Iowa State University, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Rochester.
Rocío del Pilar Durán
Director of Program Development — (Dream Maker)
Rocío es Colombiana – what’s your superpower? Along with leading the development of all of the courseware for ShareLingo classes, Rocío also leads the team! Her dynamic “Let’s do this!” personality rubs off on us all. Rocio came to the United States in 2009 and spent two years in Boston (Brrrrrrrrrrr) before coming to Colorado. Prior to moving, she spent 16 years in Colombia working with the education system at all levels. Along with her years of experience, Rocío holds a Master’s degree in Community Psychology.
Studied International Business and Spanish at the University of Wyoming. As a restless and driven individual, he decided to travel independently outside of the United States in order to continue his Spanish studies and improve his understanding of Latin cultures. He traveled in Mexico, Guatemala, Argentina, and Chile during this time. Over a period of two years, Abram worked in Chile in roles using both Spanish and English.
His travels in South America opened his mind to experience new ideas such as Reiki in which he became a level two Reiki master. He worked as a model and actor, had a foray in a television series, and improved his understanding of the “Chilean” and international Spanish. These experiences have served to help him assist those people who face situations with language and cultural barriers here in Denver. These days, Abram is proud to be married to a Chilean and continues to promote the learning of languages.
Alejandra Martinez moved to the United States from Michoacán, Mexico, when she was 8 years old. She is 100% bilingual in English and Spanish. Her own life experiences have made her passionate about many important causes. As an immigrant woman of color, she can identify with diverse communities and their unique needs. She strives to constantly learn new skills in order to best serve them. In addition to her work with The ShareLingo Project, she has worked/volunteered for many similar missions, has assisted in ESL and Citizenship classes, and accompanied students to their immigration interviews as both an interpreter and a supporter.
She is also actively involved in LGBT/Immigrant rights and advocacy groups. She considers herself to be a very outgoing person who is always open to communication. She enjoys working with people, and believes in providing compassionate service to them. In her free time, she enjoys spending quality time with family and friends, hiking, cooking, photography, and reading.
Was born in Ecuador and has lived in the U.S. for three years, two of them, here in Colorado. His passions are teaching, languages, and aviation. Besides facilitating classes for ShareLingo, Danny works as an aircraft mechanic. He spends his free time traveling to different places, learning new things, writing, serving in his church and enjoying nature.
“The purpose of connecting cultures through language, that ShareLingo has, motivates me to prepare myself and give my best in the classes, always with joy and responsibility.” He has been part of the ShareLingo team since March of 2014.
Diana Patricia Cortés
Is from Bogota, Colombia and has lived in Colorado – USA since 2009.
Diana graduated as a Paralegal from the Community College of Denver in 2013, worked as a Legal Assistant at an immigration law firm for a year and a half. She is currently a volunteer member of the Legal Night, where she helps as an interpreter and is currently enrolled at Colorado University, pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a minor in Social Justice.
Diana is committed to help improve the Social Justice in our communities. She loves helping immigrants especially minorities and the Latino community. She believes that among other things, in order for Latinos to succeed in this country they need to be able to communicate, and to speak English. Diana loves to facilitate the process of learning English and Spanish because it helps our community to not only learn a second Language but to also learn about different cultures.. She has been a member of the Sharelingo team since June 2014.
She is married, has a daughter, and three Border Collies. She lives in Parker, and loves to spend time with her family and friends, especially with her daughter, and her dogs. Diana loves to work in her garden growing flowers and vegetables. She is not only a great facilitator but also makes the best Colombian empanadas and rice pudding for us to share.
Mafe Rodriguez (“Mah-Fay”) was born in Bogotá, Colombia. In 2009, her mother met and married the love of her life, and the family moved to Denver, Colorado. The timing could not have been better for Mafe, who’s true passion is traveling the world to learn about different cultures and languages.
In 2015, she completed her Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies & Linguistics from Colorado State University and has already been fortunate enough to travel around Europe, and India, and she’s now planning her next trip to South East Asia.
In addition to all of the energy she puts into The ShareLingo Project, you can often find her at her mother’s gourmet Colombian coffee shop, where Mafe is helping to expand their fair trade relationships to help the coffee growers in her native Colombia. Her hobbies include reading, hiking, photography, knitting, and sleeping in on Sundays.
Jordan A. Parry
Jordan is from Littleton, Colorado, and studied Secondary Education along with Spanish and ESL at the University of Wyoming. She taught Spanish and ESL in public schools for a few years before moving to Cusco, Peru, where she worked as the Academic Director of a large intercultural institute. Through her work, she had the opportunity to travel frequently between Peru, Guatemala, and Costa Rica and manage large academic teams in each of those countries. Her recreational travels have also taken her to Colombia, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, and Uruguay.
She is now back in Denver, working toward a Master’s Degree in International Administration from the University of Denver—and being near her family again is a fabulous bonus! In her free time, Jordan loves to read, participate in Zumba classes, study languages (currently French and Latin), and go for walks with her mom along Colorado’s scenic trails and parks.
Country: Colombian with a bit of Canadian culture.
Experience: Over 15 years teaching students at different levels and ages.
My Dreams: To help others learn through creative games; and to travel and overcome the challenges of language barriers.
My interest with Share Lingo: To make a reality my dreams of helping others learn, understand and communicate using ShareLingo’s methodology.
Was a Senior Loan Specialist and a part-time instructor for the federal government for twenty years. She taught Spanish at Recreation Centers and in private classes for seven years. Lois would like to travel more in the near future.
She enjoys studying about language, and especially about Spanish. She also enjoys learning more about communication and culture. She believes that the ShareLingo project is the best way to reach her goals.