UAC-CP Graduate Named CPF Acting Executive Director

Dr. Claudia Cerruto, PhD

Carmen Pampa Fund reached a new historical milestone with the naming of Dr. Claudia Cerruto Noya, PhD, as Acting Executive Director of Carmen Pampa Fund in August 2022. She is the first Bolivian and the first UAC-CP graduate to hold this position.

Claudia says she is honored to be able to serve the CPF and the College in this way. "As someone who was blessed with the opportunity to study in Carmen Pampa and get my college degree, I want to support Sister Damon's dream and continue helping to provide higher education to young Bolivians," Claudia said. "I wouldn't have the career I have today without the College in Carmen Pampa, and I believe more young people deserve that same opportunity."

Originally from Coroico, Bolivia, Claudia was one of the College's very first graduates when she defended her thesis in the Veterinary Science Department in 2000. After leaving Carmen Pampa, she secured a scholarship to study in Japan, where she earned a diploma in molecular biology from Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine. She was later awarded a prestigious Fulbright scholarship to study in the U.S., which provided her with the opportunity to obtain her master's degree. Claudia earned her PhD in Food Science from Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma, in 2011.

Prior to her current role as a Food Quality and Safety Regular in Customer Technical Services with Cargill Protein Group in Derby, Kansas, Claudia served as Director of the UAC-CP's Veterinary Science Department for two years in Carmen Pampa.

Claudia, who joined CPF's Board of Directors in 2021, is sharing her leadership skills and expertise with CPF on part-time, pro-bono basis.