Cabo Verdeans United (CVU) was founded in 2001 by two sisters, Genie Lomba and Tila Adams. Genie and Tila were born on the Island of Brava, Cabo Verde and immigrated to the United States in 1979. It was their lifelong dream to be able to give back to their beloved homeland where they spent their childhood.
From this dream came Cabo Verdeans United Organization, founded in 2001. The first project, "Project Sandbox" goal is to build at least one playground in each of the 9 inhabited Islands of Cabo Verde. Along with their committed board and other dedicated members of the Cabo Verdean American community, they worked tirelessly to insure CVU’s success. CVU’s primary source for funds have come from food sales at the yearly CV festivals in Providence, RI and Onset, MA. Other sources include dinner and dance fundraisers, merchandise sales and cash donations made by CVU’s supporters.
In 2006, CVU received its 501(c)3 charitable status retroactive to its inception date in 2001.
Genie Lomba, President
Genie was born in the Island of Brava, Cabo Verde and immigrated to East Providence, Rhode Island at the tender age of 14. She graduated from East Providence High and received a Bachelor’s degree in Computer information System from Bryant University. Genie married her high school sweetheart, John and moved to Connecticut where she still resides today.
Genie and John are proud parents of three smart daughters, Jacinta, Sara and Sofia. She is employed by the Ethel Walker School, in Simsbury, CT. Genie is the Co-Founder of Cabo Verdeans United Organization, which she co-found along with her Sister Tila Adams, in 2001. Genie enjoys photography, reading, gardening, meditating and spending time with family and friends. Her true passion however, involves helping put smiles on the faces of the children of Cabo Verde Island.
Joao Junior Goncalves, Vice President
Joao was born in the Cabo Verde Islands and migrated to the United States with his family when he was just an infant. Joao has been a board member of CVU since December of 2005. Joao was first introduced to CVU when he attended the Valentine’s Fundraiser Dinner in 2004. He was very interested in the cause to help the children of Cabo Verde. In a family trip to Cabo Verde, Joao realized the need for play and educational support from Caboverdeans here in the United States for the children of Cabo Verde. He first started volunteering for CVU through the summer fundraising events in 2005. He has been working with the Board Members to plan future fundraising events and help publicize the efforts of CVU to bring smiles to the children of Cabo Verde.
Joao has worked with several Cabo Verdean organizations in the past. He is one of the original founders of Cape Verdean American Community Development (CACD) and currently serving as the Chairman of the Board. He served as President of the Cape Verdean Heritage Sub-Committe of RI. He also worked for Cabo Verde Television Productions (CVTP) as a technical director and editor for "Kontact", a weekly cable television show in Rhode Island.
Joao is a graduate of Rhode Island College. He currently works as Director for Travelers Insurance in Connecticut. He lives in Vernon, CT.
Tila C. Adams, Treasurer
Tila was born on the Island of Brava, Cabo Verde and immigrated to the United States in1979. She co-founded CVU with her sister Genie Lomba in 2001, and has been on the board of directors for CVU since its founding.
Professionally, she is employed by the Rhode Island School of Design in the position of Campus Retail Director. She is on the board of directors for NEBC, which currently holds the position of Vice President.
Tila enjoys quality time with her son, family and friends.
Stephanie A. Ramos, Secretary
Stephanie is a second generation Cabo Verdean American born in Milford, Connecticut where she currently resides. Her mother’s family is from Brava and her father is from Sao Nicolau. She graduated from Milford High School with honors in 1982 and received an Associates Degree in Fashion Merchandising and Marketing from the University of Bridgeport in 1985. Her thirty plus years of experience in fashion retail includes management at Joan and David Boutique in Stamford, Connecticut and Neiman Marcus in Westchester, New York and presently at Saks 5th Ave in Greenwich, Connecticut
After a trip to Cabo Verde in October of 2000, Stephanie returned with a strong desire to do something to help those in need, particularly the children. Shortly thereafter, she learned of Cabo Verdeans United and attended their annual fundraiser. She felt it was a perfect opportunity to fill that desire to help by joining CVU, which she did in April 2002. She holds the post of Secretary. In her free time, Stephanie enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, reading, music and dancing, cooking, and watching her favorite sports teams.
John J. Lomba, Operations
John was born on the Island of Brava, Cabo Verde and at the age of 9, he immigrated to Lisbon, Portugal and then to East Providence, RI at the age of 16. John has been an essential member of CVU from its inception and the key member of the playground building team. John is central in the building of all CVU playscapes.
John graduated from Rhode Island College with a degree in Computer Science. After graduating from RIC, John was hired by Cigna Corporation, IT Devision, where he still works today.
John married his High School sweetheart and the love of his life, Genie and they reside in South Windsor, CT with their three beautiful daughters, Jacinta, Sara and Sofia. John enjoys spending time with his family, listening to music and loves building things.
Cabo Verdeans United Org.
3 Jared Ct.
South Windsor, CT 07064
Call for more information: 1-860-644-6953