WHAT IS TEPUY?

Tepuy Venezuelan Community of Houston is a non for profit organization created in order to gather and celebrate Venezuelan traditions, roots, and culture in Houston-Texas. It is open to everyone. The founders hope to share their culture with Houstonians, inspires consciousness toward needy Venezuelans, and collaborate to create a warm welcoming city, and guidance for Venezuelan immigrants who are new in town.
The organization has two work areas. The cultural area dedicated to promote the talents of Venezuelan artists, as well as to preserve the culture and traditions of our country. And, the community area committed to support to Venezuelans settled in Houston, and other nonprofits and humanitarian organizations aligned with our values.

OUR MISSION

To enrich our community through cultural and community activities that promote fostering the values of our organization.

To strengthen our identity, and to build supporting bridges among Venezuelan immigrants and Houstonians.

OUR VALUES

Tepuy is guided through the values of union, honesty, respect, excellence, tolerance, and solidarity.

OUR BOARD

Yubi Escalona

Born in Venezuela, Yubi Escalona Business women and entrepreneur, graduated from Instituto Universitario de Seguros in Caracas Venezuela, with a vast experience in the insurance business industry. Came to USA in 2007 and reinvented herself becoming a Pro- Makeup Artist and a Personal Stylist, fluent in English and Spanish. With example of solidarity at home from her parents, Escalona is permanently looking to help people in need. Currently is a Franchise consultant for Globofran leader in Latin America dedicated to develop investment alternatives to help improve the quality of life of its Latin-American customers that come abroad. Active volunteer in several NPO usually promoting union and preserving Venezuelan culture. Escalona is eager to stimulate the connection among Venezuelans in the Greatest Houston Area, and create the awareness about what the Venezuelan community is bringing positively to Houston.

Maria Alejandra Bravo

Born in Carúpano, Venezuela, María Alejandra Bravo graduated in Caracas at the Universidad Central de Venezuela in 1997 with a Bachelor Degree in International Studies, then continued his education and received her Master Degree in International Judicial and Political Law. Fluent in 2 languages (English, and Spanish). She became diplomatic officer of Venezuela in 2002, therefore her professional experience is focused on bilateral government relations, multilateral negotiations within international organizations, both political and commercial; international public law, public policies, project development, interagency relations, consular issues, and official protocol. As diplomatic officer, she worked in Houston as Vice-consul, then moved to Berlin-Germany as Head of Consular Section of Venezuela. She moved to Houston in 2013 where she is committed to preserve Venezuelan’s cultural roots within the fantastic multicultural population of Houston.

Carlos Ruiz

Born in Valencia, Venezuela, Carlos Ruiz graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in biochemistry and then continued his education at the University of Houston where he currently pursues a law degree. Carlos led the organization of a yearly conference that gathers Venezuelan students from all over the world to speak about the problems that Venezuela is facing with the help of experts in the different areas. Carlos then joined Tepuy Venezuelan Community, and has been able to extend his service by developing the membership infrastructure as well as other programs to the growing community of Venezuelans in Houston. He is eager to continue assisting, and representing the community in the city.