Our Story

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Our Founder, Esperanza Smith, held a life-long vision of creating a holistic center Her life vocation as a teacher in education and social services, then later as a healer, carried out a piece of the vision rooted in education equaling healing for all and our planet.

A website and on-line presence were established in 2017 for sharing wisdom from a culmination of many universal and spiritual teachings, and our learning to become Creators of Life through empowering consciousness and the art of well-being. By 2019, the non-profit, PureEsperanza was formed.

Over the organization’s metamorphous of becoming an international center in a physical location, revisions, adaptation, and innovation were necessary to carry forth the PureEsperanza mission and vision through the pandemic when the opportunity arose to enter the Metaverse.

At present, we are preparing and taking PureEsperanza, NFP to a whole new, cutting edge, technology-based platform that coincides with the organization’s desire to anchor itself for the generations to come. We see this decision as merging future technology with ancient wisdom while honoring key components of living for a true holistic experience of well-being: education, healing, arts, business, environment, and social-global awareness. Consciousness of holistic well-being in body, mind, and soul as it speaks through each of these key components of living reaches beyond the individual, into the collective for a healthier planet for all, and conveys the interconnectedness of all life.

Today, the mission and vision of PureEsperanza, NFP (not for profit) 501(c)(3) is thriving. We offer a wide array of holistic services and education, products, community, resources, and events. We are creating an Extended Reality/Virtual world and holistic center, El Hogar- Home of Consciousness & Well-Being in the Metaverse for its guests, the public, members, and Community Collaborators to come and experience.

Mission Statement
PureEsperanza is dedicated to bringing forth more Consciousness while educating our body, mind and soul in the art of well-being.

Vision Statement
PureEsperanza offers a holistic approach in both our communities and across the world that empower each of us to effectively live more creative and fulfilled lives through a wide array of holistic services, education, products, community, resources and events. PureEsperanza creates and facilitates a theme of hope, supports the development of individuals, our collective communities, and our world, and acts as an agent of and for transformation.


  • We are Creators of Life.
  • Our Imagination is our Creative Power.
  • Consciousness is Ever Expanding in All Life.
  • We are what we Believe.
  • We, All Life, are intrinsically Interconnected.
  • We see the Whole mirrored in the Reflections of All.


We are thankful for the energy momentum of PureEsperanza Board of Directors! We are ecstatic to have these genuine and brilliantly creative individuals taking up the work of growing PureEsperanza. Thank you for sharing our Mission and Vision with unified hope of greater consciousness for All.

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Board President


Steven Smith received an Honorable Discharge from the United States Marine Corps after four years of service, remaining in the USMC Ready Reserve for another eight years. After discharge, he started his career by purchasing a small printing business. While attending college, he fostered the business into a multimillion-dollar company. With his strong desire to do the right thing, Steven sold the business after five years to spend more time with his new family. Over the next years, Steven was recognized within the manufacturing industry as a leader, planner, and a builder of strong performing teams. His positions have included leadership roles in Financial Forecasting, Production Forecasting, Strategic Planning, International Production Control and Logistics for a Global Automotive OEM supplier, Corporate Manager of Integrated Tactical Planning, IBP, directing planning and manufacturing for premium product labels to Fortune 500 beverage, food, nutraceutical and pharmaceutical companies across North America, to his current position serving as Director of Operations of premium visual display products to Fortune 500, Government, Military and Consumer companies across North America and the globe. Steven’s strong desire to be mindful, aware, and present have led him on his path. He is a strong believer in empowerment, building the strengths of those around him, and giving back.

Board Member, Executive Director & Founder


Esperanza Smith is a holistic healer & educator, published author, writer, artist, Executive Director & Founder of PureEsperanza, NFP. She is a certified  Master Practitioner of Shamanic Energy Medicine.  She has studied & trained with Four Winds Society and Waldorf Education Teacher Training, spanning energy medicine and human development. Esperanza has taught holistic education for 25+ yrs in diverse settings and worked with energy medicine her entire life. Her love for life-long learning has led her to study in traditional and non-traditional educational institutions that include studies in healing, shamanism, metaphysics, quantum physics, spiritual science, religions, mysticism, esotericism, philosophies, psychology, biodynamics, nutrition, alternative medicines, and the arts.  Esperanza’s teaching includes Waldorf schools, Spanish-foreign language programs, charter school programs, homeschooling collectives, private tutoring, prenatal & natural childbirth classes, adult enrichment programs, people with disabilities, life skills, job readiness, parent workshops, national conferences, community events and private consultation. She has served as a director of independent charter school programs, an award-winning after school art program, and as an Administrator of a private school. Esperanza’s professional career has included social services, nonprofits, faculty chair Board work, operations, and human resources. She is the author and illustrator of Girl Seeking Pearls and other inspired writings. Presently, she serves as the Executive Director of PureEsperanza wearing many hats. Esperanza is a mother, grandmother, Life partner, and a soul with a commitment to the Consciousness movement, holistic wellbeing, energy medicine of our future, and serving humanity in this evolutionary time of rapid transformations with a vision to dream a new world into being.

Board Secretary


Isaac R. Betanzos is a novel writer specialized in Quantum Psychology, with an academical background in research & Psychology. Originally from Spain, he has lived and cooperated in projects across different countries, such as the United Kingdom, South Africa, Kenya, Greece and the Czech Republic. He graduated with honors in Clinical, Educational & Organizational Psychology in Spain, just before moving abroad. While living in England, Isaac completed a MRes in Research Methods in Psychology, in which dissertation the concepts of Quantum Psychology were first ever tested.

An active public speaker, member of Toastmasters International, with a multi-curricular career and actively involved with different NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations) and charity projects, such as the Do It With Boldness Foundation, focused in the empowerment and equality spectrum. With almost 20 years studying consciousness and existentialism from different perspectives and approaches, PureEsperanza vision to empower and promote self-awareness about our individual potential and powers shares most of Isaac’s own beliefs and principles, shared throughout his work.

Having cooperated in projects and webinars in the past, it was mutually agreed to join forces, inviting Isaac to become a board member to help with the ongoing projects and growth of PureEsperanza. “The aim is to explore and share ideas to increase our knowledge and self-belief towards achieving the highest version of our own individual consciousness, born from the collective energy that links all of us as beings. Combining Positive Psychology and Quantum Physics, through Quantum Psychology we will be able to re-think time, space, and interpersonal connections the way we do.”

Board Treasurer


Dan Mangena is a best-selling author, entrepreneur, philanthropist and public speaker. He is completely self-made having spent decades perfecting his world-class coaching methodology. His books, podcasts, events & retreats continue to help captains-of-industry and private individuals alike live an abundant, joyful, purpose-driven life. He offers many unique and effective free tools via his website.” –The Wall St Journal, “Masters of Success” (2020)

Daniel has created a simple, four-step system called the Beyond Intention Paradigm, authored several books, “Do it With Dan”, has a podcast series, and all have all helped thousands across the globe, in addition to coaching, being an outspoken promoter of entrepreneurial philanthropy, an ambassador for the Mangena Foundation, and working with charities across the globe.

“PureEsperanza felt to me to be a manifestation of a charity wholly aligned with my mission to spearhead an uplift in universal consciousness.”

Board Member


“The values upheld by PureEsperanza resonates with my belief in the oneness of all humankind in the seeking of peace and love. PureEsperanza’s mission of educating others and growing this positivism is powerful to me. I’m gracefully aligned to it. It is my way of giving towards this beautiful movement. My business journey is based on the idea of giving and serving. Helping this good cause gives me a closeness with my inner peace. I’m looking forward to growing with PureEsperanza to help this beautiful organization reach its full potential.”

Balaka Ghosal is trained to do all of the writing styles that help improve online visibility—blogs, emails, newsletter planning, optin and sales funnel with A&B testing, social media promotions etc. around marketing needs, fundraising, and event planning. As a copywriter, she can share ideas and help create content for the newsletter, emails, fundraisers, press releases and promoting organically on social media and monitor the application and progress.(Ful Bio on Community page)

Board Members

Seeking talented individuals aligned with our mission and ready to create with us.

Could this be you?

Inquire at pureesperanza [at] pureesperanza [dot] org


Advisory Council

We are honored to introduce to you our newly formed Advisory Council, all outstanding individuals and professionals, lending their expertise to the mission of PureEsperanza.

Caterina DeFalco is the Founder of Return to The Table, a movement to help families connect and heal by educating on the art of the family dinner tradition. She is an author, speaker, coach and Certified Financial Planner for 27 years dealing with family legacy and wealth.

Kurt Krueger has been sharing holistic approaches for peak performance in life since the 1970’s. From sharing Stress Management at the United Nations to Peak Performance Practices at the Olympic Scientific Congress and training secondary school teachers in Peak Performance for Academics and Sports and has been blessed to do so on 5 continents. Kurt is also a best-selling author, speaker, and educator.

Gary Hensel brings both his knowledge of business and wisdom as a former Director of Human Resources for an international manufacturing corporation and 20 years in academia as a tenured Professor and Department Chair of Business, Management and Marketing with McHenry College. Gary is an author, including London’s PowerHouse Global Charities group “Author of the Year”, teaching and writing about wisdom, new thought movement, and growth mindset.

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