Ricardo, father of a 2-year-old boy, was born in Colombia where he lived until he was 5 years old. Adopted with his brothers and sisters by an American family, he grew up in Portland, Oregon where he had the opportunity to attend a Montessori school where he also learned Spanish, Japanese, piano and computer programming. He then trained as a nurse and volunteered in many health and sports programs for children before working in a college and then joining Cécile and her team.