sMeet The TRU CRUs
The Creative Masterminds Behind the Tru Movement:
As our TRU creator and CEO, Julia Garcia, can best be described as passionate, driven and pretty fearless (especially when she’s jumping out of a perfectly good airplane)! If she’s not working on building TRU (which is almost always) she can usually be found fueling her creative juices by traveling, writing, working out, or dancing around her apartment to anything with a fun or funky beat.
She loves TRU because she gets to share it with so many of the people she loves and because she gets to see firsthand how powerful of an influence it can be in transforming lives (she is a prime example of just how much TRU can make a difference in someone’s life).
If she could leave the world with one thing it would be knowing that they’re never alone. hx
Our co-founder and quite literally our TRU Inspiration, Monti Washington is our go-to guy for feeling good and getting motivated! (He is our human inspiration guide). If he isn’t lighting up a room with his big smile and infectious laughter, you can probably find him reciting a slam poem or doing a monologue in front of a camera somewhere.
He loves TRU because it gives him the opportunity to represent something bigger then himself. It provides him with an unexplainable feeling that he is grateful to have every day.
He wants the world to know that your dreams are the foundation of your happiness. So dream big like your life depends on it… because it does! hx
Our co-founder and TRU Voice, Serena Bible, is our lady for all things logical. She is the vision behind the scenes that keeps everyone focused and ready to inspire! She loves a long drive up the west coast and uses coloring as her therapy. The love of her life is her beautiful and talented daughter, Ahmya, who we all like to call our TRU Prodigy!
She loves TRU because to her, being TRU does not mean being the YOU that you settled for or the YOU someone told you to be. It’s about being TRU and finding all of the beautiful things that entails being the REAL YOU.
She wants the world to know that sometimes life can get ugly before it gets beautiful, but no-matter what you are going through just STAY TRU, THE REAL YOU! hx
The saying, with age comes wisdom, is no exception for our Co-Founder and TRU Ally, Mike Sliwa. His quick wit, humor, and passion to be the change he wishes to see in the world, paves the way for each of us to live a more TRU and meaningful life.
Whether he’s lip-syncing on national tv (oh how he loved the 80’s), educating the world on sustainable living, or chasing a different carrot with his best friend and partner in crime (his beautiful wife Karen), he is always working towards being an agent for positive change.
He believes that at the end of the day TRUth is all that will be left standing. hx
Hardworking, loyal, humble… there aren’t really enough words to truly encompass our Co-Founder, Angel Avila, who is our TRU Warrior. If he’s not working hard in the office or at the gym, he can usually be spotted juggling a soccer ball (he says he can do it 8,000 times) or spending his well earned leisure time with his beautiful wife, Lili our TRU Strength (what a lucky guy)!
He loves TRU because it stands for being who you really are and not what society wants you to be. He believes that TRU is something that bridges the so-called difference between people.
If he could tell the world one thing it would be to not ever let anyone tell you that you can’t do something! hx
Our TRU Strength, Lili Santellano, encompasses the powerful beauty behind everything that we do. Her sincere personality coupled with her hard work ethic make her one powerhouse of a women! She loves studying to classical music, dancing to bachata, and also spending time with her hard-working hubby Angel AKA our TRU Warrior (can these two get any cuter)?
She loves TRU because no matter what we are going through, no matter what our pasts were, we all love and support each other in order to reach out to others and help them plant their seed of HOPE.
She wants to tell the world, embrace your beauty, your trademarks, your talents and your flaws; because if everybody was the same, how boring would that be! hx
Our TRU Protector, Cyrstin Goul, is our go-to gal for all things creative! Whether you put a paint brush, camera, pencil or even hairbrush in her hands, her talent and passion will be sure to create something magical. When she isn’t keeping busy shining her creative light in the world, she is taking care of her beautiful baby boy, Cylis with our TRU Survivor (They seriously couldn’t have had a more adorable child)!
She loves TRU because it’s a place where she found her purpose, her answer to why life always had to be a struggle. It’s her chance to be there for anyone and everyone who had to experience something like she did.
She wants the world to know that the only person you should be better than, is the person you were yesterday. hx
There probably isn’t a better father on the planet then our TRU Survivor, Cisco Garcia (between him & our TRU Protector, they have one talented little boy)! His drive to provide his family with the best life imaginable only further fuels his passion to inspire the lives of those around him. He is hard working, caring, and loyal, and not to mention, pretty competitive when it comes to all things sports (watch out, he’s a 49ers fan)!
He loves TRU because he knows that there’s no other feeling like getting positive feedback after working a TRU event. He shares his experiences in hopes of reaching out and helping another in need.
He wants the world to know that everything happens for a reason.hx
With her contagious laughter, kind heart and fun-loving personality, our TRU Beginnings, Grace Santellano, can brighten up any room! Her strong spirit has helped her over come many adversities in her life, and now she finds her greatest joy in raising her beautiful baby girl.
She loves being a part of TRU because not only does it allow her to help others that can relate to her, but also because she encourages and empowers them to do the same. She believes that being in the TRU atmosphere—where there is hope, love and family—is unlike anything you could ever imagine.
She wants the world to know that everybody needs motivation and everybody needs that push sometimes. The world needs peace and the world needs TRU! hx
One of the most vibrant, determined and spontaneous personalities TRU has ever known is our very own, TRU Enrichment, Karen Moreno. She is our firecracker who challenges us to be better, work harder and to never forget why we are doing the work that we do. She believes in TRU with all of her heart, and the only thing she loves more, is her two beautiful daughters (yes, she is also superwomen raising two kids)!
She loves everything about TRU! Especially, that it has helped her find herself and has taught her boundaries, values, passion, intelligence and most importantly, how to FLY (First Love Yourself)!
She wants the world to know that just because the past didn’t turn out to be what you wanted it to, it doesn’t mean your future can’t be better then you ever imagined. hx
When someone is having an off day, our TRU Faith, Esmi Avila, is the one who wants to bring a smile to their face. No-matter what obstacles she has faced in her life, she has an innate ability to remain her sweet, caring and fun-loving self. If you get her on a dance floor, her confidence and vibrant personality will separate her from anyone else in a room.
She loves TRU because it has helped her become a better, more positive person. It's helped her become a person that can change and make a difference. TRU made her realize that she can emerge from the impossible to IMpossible.
She wants the world to know that, we might fall but we can always get back up on our feet. No one can stop us. So let’s go and face this world together because we are not alone! hx
The phenomenal individuals behind the TRU Movement are whom we like to call our TRU CRU!
We are artists, and activists, students and leaders, friends & family. Collectively, we represent any one who wants to make a positive difference in the world or who has a desire to use their stories and past experiences to inspire others.