WHO WE ARE
Carmen R. Sunico, PhD
Born and raised in Spain, Carmen had her first cultural exchange experience as an undergraduate student in Wales through the Socrates-Erasmus European exchange program. She enjoyed her time in the UK and returned to England as a doctoral student, ultimately obtaining her PhD in Medicine and Surgery. Her science career later brought her to Australia and eventually to sunny California, where she currently lives with her multicultural Spanish-Japanese family.
Carmen has always been passionate about meeting new people, establishing intercultural connections and helping others to improve their lives. In addition to her science career, she began volunteering with an au pair organization in 2015 to assist families and international au pairs in their cultural exchange experiences. From the beginning, Carmen envisioned a way to add icing to the cultural exchange cake with a worldwide network of like-minded people. So she created Travelmonth as a global platform to enable travelers and host families to establish connections, and to keep cultural exchange program participants interwoven as a global family. So that we can all continue enriching one another's lives forever.
Nobuki Nakanishi, PhD
Nobuki grew up in Yokohama, Japan, and received his undergraduate degree in biochemistry from the prestigious Tokyo University. His adventurous spirit took him to the United States as a graduate student, where he also played the cello in an orchestra and received training as an actor. Nobuki lived on both coasts working as a scientist, and took every opportunity to travel through Latin America, Europe and Asia, sometimes crossing a whole country by local bus ride.
Nobuki now lives with his multicultural family of four in California, where he composes fusion music on the piano, creates fusion cuisine in the kitchen, and enjoys hosting international travelers. With his analytical mind, he contributes to all aspects of Travelmonth.
Originally born and raised in Mexico City, Isabel has always had a love and passion for traveling, meeting new people, exploring and learning about other cultures. This is the reason she is part of the Travelmonth team!
Attended a British School in Mexico City most of her life and also has been an international student. Isabel started her studies in Graphic Design and traveled to San Diego as an international student to expand her knowledge on Multimedia & Web Development. She worked for 17+ years in the Digital and Web development areas for large medical manufacture companies as well as at a local community college in North County San Diego. Currently she has her own boutique agency to help companies of all industries and sizes have a strong Digital Marketing presence.
A native of Southern California, Rich comes from a multicultural family that traces its roots back to the days of the Spanish Missions in California, and has always enjoyed traveling and interacting with different cultures. He attended Law School in San Diego and worked as an attorney for twenty years for the multinational restaurant company, Yum Brands, Inc. While on assignment for Yum’s Taco Bell brand in Florida, he met his beautiful multiracial wife. Now, as a family of four, they don’t miss any opportunity to travel both within the US and internationally. In 2004, he started his own law firm which has grown to be very successful. He loves helping people and he truly enjoys providing legal support to Travelmonth.