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Laetitia Deweer is the vice-president and founder of CEPIA (Culture, Education and Psychology for Infants and Adolescents), an award-winning non profit nationally accredited organization that serves over 800 at-risk children, teenagers and families in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, through various education programs, psychological, legal and medical care as well as sports, arts and recreational activities. Laetitia was born in Belgium and as a university student she participated in social projects in Guatemala and Mexico. At age 23 she moved to Costa Rica and worked in a family business on the pacific coast for one year before getting deeply involved as a volunteer with PANI (government child protection agency in Costa Rica). During this time, she became deeply concerned with the economic development shadowing extreme poverty and human distress. Laetitia studied Educational Sciences with emphasis on Family Education at the University of Ghent in Belgium and Clinical Psychology at the Universidad Latina in Costa Rica. She also works as a private EMDR psychotherapist and transformational breathwork facilitator. Laetitia speaks Spanish, English, French and Dutch. She loves surfing, yoga and has one daughter. She is a fellow of the ninth class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.