The mission of On My Own is to provide training to adults with disabilities to support the attainment of independent living skills, overall employability, job sustainability, and community engagement with the overarching goal of successful employment and independent living.
Meet the Founders
Kristi is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with graduate degrees in public health and social work (MPH, MSW) from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Kristi is also currently completing her doctorate at Nova Southeastern University. Kristi relocated to Florida in 2010 from Washington D.C where she spent years working with the Department of Health and Human Services to successfully launch community health centers across the nation. As a passionate public health professional, Kristi currently serves the Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) as an Academic Administrator and Professor in the College of Osteopathic Medicine. For years, Kristi worked as a consultant for Special Olympics on the development and implementation of a health and wellness curriculum for adults with disabilities. Prior to her Federal service and academic career as a professor, Kristi was a special education high school teacher and special education advocate/consultant working closely with families to advocate for the educational needs of their children. Kristi has dedicated her professional life to underserved and vulnerable population groups through her involvement with the homeless, individuals with disabilities, communities affected by disasters, and persons impacted by mental illness. Kristi is proud to be a parent of an adult child with intellectual impairment and is a tireless advocate for the rights of individuals with disabilities. Kristi is dedicated to positively impacting children, families, and adults through education, advocacy, and opportunity.
On My Own operates under the financial leadership of Eduardo Fajardo. Eduardo is a Senior Vice President of Finance and CFO with more than twenty-five years of senior-level financial management experience in the telecom and banking sectors. Eduardo will represent On My Own in all financial matters by setting fiscal policy and preparing and directing the reporting and analysis of the organization’s financial position. Eduardo is a member of the Project Management Institute and is a certified Project Management Professional. Eduardo is a seasoned educational tutor, helping students to achieve and realize their full academic potential. Eduardo comes to On My Own from Cable & Wireless Communications, where he served for over 20 years as its Vice President of Finance overseeing cash management, capital investments, operational costs across 20 countries in Central America and the Caribbean. Prior to that, he was Vice President of Finance for Avantel in Mexico City. Earlier in his career, he served as Vice President of Operatoins for Banamex in their factoring and auto finance division in Mexico City. He holds a Master of Science degree in Operations Management from Michigan Technological University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, in Mexico City.