Yvette H. Ayala, Founder & President
Yvette H. Ayala is a founder and president of Reclaimed Earth, Inc. She is a junior partner at the Rogero Law Firm practicing Business and Intellectual Property Law. Ms. Ayala was born and raised in Miami and has a Criminal Justice degree from Florida International University and a Juris Doctorate degree from Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law. She has always been passionate about saving animals and for several years, she has worked with local agencies to rescue domesticated animals from kill shelters and find them temporary placement until permanent homes can be found. In 2018, Ms. Ayala sought to expand her impact to animals worldwide threatened by extinction by founding Reclaimed Earth.
Gustavo A. Ramirez, Co-Founder & Vice President
Gustavo A. Ramirez is co-founder and the vice-president of Reclaimed Earth, Inc. He is the owner and operator of No Name Shop, where he restores vintage Volkswagens and Porsches. Mr. Ramirez is a proud Miamian and has a passion for his local community, with a particular interest in the local car enthusiast community. After visiting South Africa in 2018 and seeing these animals first hand, he was inspired to take action and leverage his community connections to do just that.
Cary Valdes-Perez, Treasurer
Cary Valdes-Perez is the treasurer of Reclaimed Earth, Inc. She is an enthusiastic Certified Public Accountant practicing for over 12 years at Kaufman Rossin in Coconut Grove. She serves clients across a wide array of industries: broker-dealers, manufacturing and distribution, food and beverage, healthcare, real-estate development, not-for-profit, aviation, software/tech development and 401K Plans. Mrs. Valdes-Perez is a Miami native with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Miami. She loves working with people to solve complex issues, all with a cheerful disposition. Cary is passionate about giving back to the community in a multitude of ways, including her work with Reclaimed Earth, Inc.
Natalie Marie Rico, Secretary
Natalie Marie Rico, an associate at Colson Hicks Eidson, practices class action and mass torts, products liability, personal injury, professional liability, and medical malpractice. Ms. Rico graduated from the University of Miami where she majored in English and Political Science with a minor in Religious Studies. She received her Juris Doctor from the American University Washington College of Law. Currently, she serves as Secretary for Reclaimed Earth, Inc in service of her passion for conservation.
Anna Diaz-Cruz, Director
Born and raised in Miami, Anna Diaz-Cruz had a passion for animals as a child that led her to become a veterinarian. Even though she works with only small animals now, her participation in a conservation medicine course in South Africa for 2 weeks as a veterinary student remains to this day one of the best experiences in her career and life. So much so that she was inspired to attend Reclaimed Earth's inaugural volunteer trip in September of 2019. Anna hopes to have more experiences like that in helping endangered animals.