Meet the EcuaAssist Team
EcuaAssist is a company dedicated to providing comprehensive assistance services to expats in Ecuador, with emphasis on efficiency, punctuality, transparency, and the dissemination of complete, detailed information.
To improve the expat’s experience of Ecuador and bolster the national economy by making the investment process easy, enjoyable, and enriching, providing high-quality, personalized customer service, and fostering community involvement as a pathway to cross-cultural understanding.
Founder / General Manager / Attorney
Legal Practice Area(s): Corporate, Real Estate, Immigration, Labor, Administrative
Marcos Chiluisa is a business development advisor and licensed attorney. Marcos’ legal practice focuses on Real Estate¸ Corporate, Labor, Administrative and Immigration counseling. With the Ecuadorian Ministry for the Environment’s “Forest Administration System”, Marcos has served on numerous committees, including the Policy Committee, Nominating Committee, Business Development Committee, and New Environmental Legislation Committee. Marcos began practicing professionally in 2004 as a Real Estate development litigator and counselor. He has litigated over 150 trials for tax collection and has tried numerous cases in administrative courts. He also has extensive experience in drafting original business contracts.
Prior to starting EcuaAssist, Marcos and a group of colleagues founded Ambientar, an environmental consulting firm. He was also the main Attorney for NGO Centro de la Niña Trabajadora [Center for the Girl Laborer] where he resolved family conflicts for disadvantaged families who could not otherwise access the justice system.
At EcuaAssist, Marcos has been very active in Immigration counseling. He has advised over 1000 foreign investors on a wide variety Immigration issues, ranging from the creation of new businesses and corporate mergers to financial management of “Foreign Investors with New Capital in Ecuador”, Ecuador’s most recent property tax benefit.
EDUCATION & CREDENTIALS
Bar Assn.: Colegio de Abogados de Pichincha, Lic. No. 9891
B.A., cum laude, Universidad de Las Américas, 2004
Running cross country, hiking, surfing, kitesurfing, biking, ping pong, yoga.
Ana was born and raised in Guayaquil. In her early childhood she lived in Tampa, Florida and then returned to Ecuador. While she was living in Guayaquil she found the love of her life Marcos Goncalves (at that time he was a local surf champion and international professional surfer). After they got married, they decided to improve their quality of life and move to Salinas, a beautiful beach town 90kms away from the city. Now they have two lovely daughters, Moana and Petra.
Ana and her husband own GONCALVES SURFCAMP. Together they have made a great team. Ana is the manager, Marcos with his crew teach this awesome sport to people of all ages and places. This experience by far has been very fulfilling to her, "A family that works together, grows and stays together".
On her free time she loves being at the beach with her family, reading a good book, being with friends or paddle boarding. She also practices pilates and yoga.
It has been 14 years since Ana and her family moved to Salinas. Everything has been beautiful, the beaches, the climate, the people, etc. Salinas isn't just a winter vacation town; people from around the world come just for a quick trip and end up living there forever. As she did :)
Adriana was born in Manta and learned English at a young age, she moved to Vancouver-Canada in 2004 and started working in the retail industry, starting as a part time cashier but soon moving up the ladder. At the retail industry, Adriana’s strength was always customer service; she firmly believes that a happy customer is a loyal customer.
After a while she decided to go back to the wonderful student’s life in the “Vancouver Career College”, where she got a degree with honors in International Trade, juggling this with two part time jobs and spending whatever free time she could have on her favorite hobby, photography.
But although she loved her life in Vancouver, she missed her family and friends back home, so she moved back to Ecuador in 2009 and opened her own small business, a sandwich and coffee place, and after a couple of successful years she felt the need of going back to school for a degree that she actually felt connected to.
She is currently attending "Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja" in a distance modality for a degree in Ingeniería en Administración de Empresas Turisticas y Hoteleras.
She loves visiting new restaurants in town and enjoying the everyday growing gastronomy in Manta, as well as playing with her hyperactive white schnauzer Rocco and playing board games with her family every Sunday!
Joana Do Rego
Specializes in Customer Service quality,
Public Relations and corporate clients
She was born in Venezuela and is the daughter of Joao and Nury, a Venezuelan housewife and Portuguese expat carpenter who have been living in Los Teques for the past 50 years. As a birthday gift her parents surprised her with freedom: A ticket to Ecuador. A land that has been nothing less than welcoming to her and her partner.
She’s a new expat who’s learning to love this new land. She’s friendly and loves to meet new people. She studied 2 years of Physics and 3 years of Modern Languages in the Universidad Central de Venezuela.
This is her first time abroad and it has been incredibly exciting: New food, environment, and words. Everything. What else can one ask?
She loves chocolate and ice cream, cooking, languages, online gaming, science and she is not afraid to ask questions. Joana loves fiction and is always excited to share her thoughts about her latest read.
She’s currently doing a 52 week photography challenge and wants to study tourism or pastry while she’s in Ecuador.
She was born and raised in Switzerland, in the countryside, surrounded by forest, chickens, cats, dogs, horses, and cows.
She studied marketing and finance, and before she decided to live in Ecuador she finished the first part of her journalism study.
In Switzerland, She was born and raised in Switzerland, in the countryside, surrounded by forest, chickens, cats, dogs, horses, and cows.
She studied marketing and finance, and before she decided to live in Ecuador she finished the first part of her journalism study.
In Switzerland, she worked for many years in a famous tourist destination, in different jobs in the field of tourism - Receptionist, office manager, manager of a hostel, manager of a coffee, a casino employee, bar woman, chambermaid, marketing assistant, head of events, head of finance, etc. The idea was to get to know as many areas as possible. She believes, to be good in an area, you have to learn it from the bottom to the top.
She loves chocolate and cheese, animals, discover and test medicine plants, cooking. And in her free time, Michaela loves to spend time in the tropical dry forest at her home, the Reserva Biológica Cerro Seco and she likes to relax in the hammock with a good book in her hand.
Danna Encalada was born in Loja, however, she has lived with her family in Cuenca since the early age of 3. Although she loves Cuenca, she never forgets her hometown where part of her family still lives. That is why she travels to Loja to visit them whenever she has an opportunity.
Danna holds a BA in International Studies from the Universidad del Azuay in Cuenca. In addition, in 2008 she obtained her English Degree Certificate at the CEDEI institute and in 2012 she obtained her French Degree Certificate at the University of Cuenca.
From 2010 to 2013 she was a founding member, active member and secretary of the Trade and International Business Club (CCYNIUDA) at the Universidad del Azuay.
Also, in 2012 she was part of the English Education program in communities, and from 2011 to 2012 she was a columnist and area coordinator for the Matices Journal at the Universidad del Azuay.
For Danna, the most important thing in life is her family, and because she has a child, her greatest challenge has been to educate her son with great empathy and a deep sense of justice and responsibility. In her free time, for Danna there is nothing better than reading a good book with a steaming cup of coffee while sharing and enjoying life with her loved ones.
Andres was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, and has been living in Salinas for three years. His family always came to Salinas on holidays and he promised himself that one day he would move to Salinas.
Andres graduated high school in 2010 in Guayaquil with a specialty in Social Sciences, then he studied at Universidad Casa Grande Audiovisual and Multimedia Communication and earned the title of a technician.
He has worked as a photographer with a friend and opened an express photography studio for two years; they did fashion shoots, publicity, editorials, and products.
Andres loves cooking and eating desserts. He opened a cafeteria in Salinas knowing that his true passion was to become a pastry chef, and after that experience, he began school to be a pastry chef.
He thinks that the arts are very important because they are the expression of mind and body; sometimes arts mix with science and make a perfect expression of art.
He loves to be at the beach and do outside sports like bicycling and running. He thinks that health begins with how you treat your body, what you eat, and what you do in your daily life.
Emilio is originally from Bahía de Caráquez and is known to everyone there as “Vientito”, or little wind in English. There is some speculation about where this nickname name comes from; most people say it is because as a child he was so thin they thought even a little wind would blow him away
Now that he’s older, that name can be applied differently as he is the best at getting a variety of jobs done quickly, “like the wind”. Emilio is known as a star athlete of EcuaVolley and he was part of the team representing the province of Manabi.
He graduated from High school in Bahia and has since been working in a variety of jobs and is well known for his ability to be a good mediator, his honesty and his work ethic, qualities that have contributed to the spirit and operation of the Bahia EcuaAssist office.
Kelvin Romero came to Ecuador as many other Venezuelans looking for better opportunities and improvement in life. since 2015, he himself is an expat that clearly understands the necessities and obstacles of moving abroad and how to attend those of your own.
A student of Accounting with passion for matters in-laws. He is the Quito office's assistant and specializes in client service and problem-solving with our cases in public institutions.
Kelvin enjoys a good conversation and it is precisely his joy of sharing and meeting other people the way in which he developed his English. He is always interested in sharing a good talk with you about themes such as politics, human relationships, education, science amongst others.
Always sharp and looking for ways to improve the satisfaction of our clients.
He is very passionate about Ecuadorian traditional cuisine and is always looking for new different places to enjoy a great meal and time.
Fernando was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador and raised in Manta. When he was 14 years old he started working part-time at a printing press with one of his uncles.
He graduated from high school in Manta and has since been working in a variety of jobs, including in the dining facility of the American military base, and in the dining facility of the German NATO camp in Afghanistan. After this, he returned to be with his family in Ecuador.
He loves music, enjoys good movies, likes to walk on the beach, and thinks life is unique and must be enjoyed.
Romina, was born and raised and Manta, where she has lived her entire life. Romina graduated from high school when she was 17 years old, since then she had had different jobs seeking to improve her skills, get new knowledge and experience.
Romina is studying Environmental Engineer at Universidad Laica Eloy Alfaro de Manabí. She is in love with nature, animals (especially dogs), She likes to travel, music, go to the movies, spend time with her family and friends and learn new languages.
Romina likes to take photos of everything, as the best way to preserve memories in time.
Melina was born in Guayaquil. At the age of three, she moved with her parents to the city of Bradenton, Florida, where she studied at the Freedom Elementary School.
When she was eight years old, she returned to Ecuador to move to the beaches of Salinas where she graduated from the Jefferson High School with a specialization in Biological sciences. During the holidays she worked in her cousin´s pizzeria, Toppers.
Her hobbies include reading, drawing, and her passion, singing. She also enjoys going to the movies, doing yoga and creating fun new memories with her friends.
Maria was born in Tumaco Nariño, Colombia. She has been working since she was 10 years old. Her first job was as a housemaid, but, she was treated like part of the family. At the age of 13, she moved to Cali and worked as a cook in a factory. 5 years later, she went back to her hometown.
Maria got married at 18 and had 4 children. in 2005, Maria and her family moved to Manta-Ecuador and since then, she has been working so hard to give the best to her children.
She became part of our team on April 1st, 2014. She currently has two jobs and helps us not only with office cleaning but many errands outside the office.
During her free time (Sundays only), she goes to church and spends time with her family.
Maria enjoys going to the beach with her children. Her favorite hobby is dancing... especially salsa, as the good Colombian she is.
EcuaAssist had never met such a hardworking woman, who puts her family first rather than her own well-being.
Marisol was born and raised in Bahía de Caráquez. She has a degree as a certified public accountant, with vast experience in accounting, taxes, financial reporting, personnel management, portfolio compiling, and digital media. A positive, responsible, proactive, and serious person with good human resources management, Marisol loves collaborating with others and looks forward to contributing her knowledge and experience with EcuaAssist.
The most important things to her in life are her children, parents, husband, and grandparents. Her free time is spent sharing and enjoying with these wonderful people. She also loves to read and watch movies.