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Juan Carlos Organization is a not-for-profit organization. Articles of Incorporation classifying the Juan Carlos Organization as a tax-exempt, non-profit with 501(c)(3) status were approved on May 4th, 2012 by the California Secretary of State, and the organization became IRS approved on September 21, 2012, retroactive to May 4th, 2012. See the IRS Determination Letter.

Team: Board of Directors

Executive Director: Lisbeth Garces

    I am certified in the following: Zumba® Fitness, Zumba Gold® (for beginners or active seniors), Zumba Toning® (includes body-sculpting using Zumba Toning Sticks®), ZumbAtomic® (for children ages 4-12), Zumba Gold Toning® (specially designed Zumba® classes for the active older adult or deconditioned participant using Zumba Toning Sticks® to enhance rhythm and build strength), and Aqua Zumba® (the "pool party" workout for all ages using the Zumba® formula and traditional aqua techniques). I provide instruction at classes throughout San Diego County at local YMCA's, dance studios, local high schools, Libraries, and through the city's Parks and Recreation Department. Originally from Venezuela, I have been closely involved in dance all my life. I am one of the first Zumba® instructors in San Diego and have built a regular following throughout the county with my high-energy professional instruction and everyone is welcome attitude.

(619) 971-3904

Judy Berg 

I moved to San Diego from Denver in the 70's. I am retired from coordinating escrows for a couple of local banks. After I retired, I volunteered my skills to help some of my elderly neighbors with meeting their basic needs in their day-to day lives.

I first met Lisbeth when she took over a Zumba class I was taking from an instructor who left the San Diego area. During that time I learned about the Juan Carlos Organization and admired Lisbeth for all she was doing for the special needs community. When I learned that volunteers were needed for the board of directors of Juan Carlos Organization, I thought maybe I could be helpful. I feel this is a very worthy cause to be involved with.


Teneil Pelt 

I am originally from NYC, were I worked my way up to a management position in the service industry and held that job for 3 years. I married in 2012, and moved to Hawaii because my military husband got orders to Hawaii.  During my first year on the island of Oahu I earned my CNA (Certified Nurses Aid) certification and volunteered at Castle Medical Hospital. The remaining year and a half I worked as the Business Development Manager at a car dealership. In late 2014, my husband’s work moved us to San Diego where I earned an Associates Degree in Real Estate while working as a Quality Assurance Specialist at a Financial Services company.  I gave birth to my first child in 2017 and became a full-time homemaker.

I joined JCO because I strongly believe in the cause and admire the passion the founder has for the organization. 


Sue Berrill

    After 30 years as a special education teacher, I retired in 2009. That fall, instead of going back to school, I joined the YMCA. I had always loved to dance and one of the first classes I tried was Zumba® with Lis. I had such a good time that I went in search of other Zumba® classes, but always came back to the classes with Lis. She has a way of making exercise feels like fun and not work. She intuitively knows how to pace a class for the group and our abilities. It is always a good challenge, but not too difficult.
This was also a time of many transitions in my life. My daughter was on the east coast finishing school and getting her first job. I lost my father and moved my mother to San Diego. Then my husband was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Through all of these events in my life, Zumba® classes with Lis gave me relief from emotional pains and comradeship with the group of women and men who regularly attend her classes. Dancing brings me good mental and physical health. By joining the board of the Juan Carlos Organization, I have found my spirit and I am able to help bring the joy to others!


About Juan Carlos Organization

  • Mission Statement:

         The mission of the Juan Carlos Organization is to stimulate joy, acceptance and achievement for people of all ages with physical, sensory or cognitive challenges through guided dance and rhythmic exercise programs.


         The "Dance Therapy Exercise Program" is targeted towards individuals with special needs, especially those with movement challenges due to age or physical limitations. The concept was born, first and foremost, from Lisbeth Garces' personal experience with her son Juan Carlos' wish to be as active as he could be, despite his disabilities due to Muscular Dystrophy. Development of the program also has been influenced by her experience of living with a mom who suffered from Parkinson's Disease before she passed away, and with an older sister who still lives with Cerebral Palsy. These life experiences stimulated her to build better relationships with the special needs community and with the world. This program of strengthening body movements in an atmosphere of personal trust encourages each participant to express his or her best efforts.


    Every class in the Dance Therapy Exercise Program provides the special needs community with physical and mental challenges, as well as socialization opportunities. Having fun through an exercise program with Zumba® based routines enhances their health and wellness and acquaints them with the enjoyment and benefits of regular exercise in their lives. Stimulating their physical and mental capacities regularly can ensure more successful responses in achieving their everyday life-skills goals. Zumba® is a fusion of Latin and International high-energy music and dance moves. The routines are a gentler version of Zumba® with combinations of fast and slow aerobic dance movements that tone and sculpt the body. The program has built-in incremental routines to support steady improvement of the students.

    Program Director:

    The professional leadership of the program director, Lisbeth Garces, certified Zumba® instructor, combines a personally-compelling family reality with her present instruction of these classes in San Diego through the YMCA, the Centrol Cultural de la Raza, the public high schools, and the branch libraries.


    1. Increased physical fitness promotes cardiovascular strength, tones muscles, and sharpens alertness.

    2. Participation in music and dance therapy builds self-confidence and self-esteem and improves socialization skills.

    3. Special needs people are among the most disenfranchised in our society. Participation in a craze that is sweeping the world promotes normalization.

    For more information on the importance of physical exercise for adults with disabilities, see:

    "Benefits of Regular Physical Activity and Exercise (for people with disabilities)" and 

    "Adults with disabilities should strive to get at least 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity per week..." -- in 'Key Guidelines for Adults with Disabilities,' p. viii, 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C., 2008

    Contact Information:

    Address:   Juan Carlos Organization

                      P.O. Box 90352

                      San Diego CA 92169


    Phone:     619.971.3904

JCO Policies

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         We at Juan Carlos Organization greatly appreciate your support, as do the recipients of these funds. Due to the nature of our fundraising, we do not issue refunds of any kind.

    Privacy Policy:

         We at the Juan Carlos Organization are committed to respecting your privacy and recognize your need for appropriate protection and management of personally identifiable information you share with us (any information by which you can be identified, such as name, address, and telephone number). That is why the Juan Carlos Organization established this privacy policy, so that you can understand the care with which we intend to treat your information.

         In general, you can visit without telling us who you are or revealing any personal information about yourself. We track the internet address of the domains from which people visit us and analyze this data for trends and statistics, but the individual user remains anonymous.

         Some of our web pages utilize "cookies" so that we can better serve you with more tailored information when you return to our site. Cookies are identifiers which a website can send to your browser to keep on your computer to facilitate your next visit to our site. You can set your browser to notify you when you are sent a cookie, giving you the chance to decide whether or not to accept it. The information we collect and analyze is used to improve our service to you.

    To protect your privacy, we have adopted the following principles:

    Information - We want to give you information about our privacy policy and assure you that we take reasonable steps to see that it is followed within our organization.

    Choice - There are times when we may collect personal information from you. It is our intent to inform you before we do that and to tell you what we intend to do with the information. You will have the option not to provide the information, and in the future you will be able to "opt out" of certain uses of the information. If you choose not to provide the information we request, you can still visit most of the website, but you may be unable to access certain options, offers, and services.

    Accuracy - We do our best to maintain the accuracy of personal information you supply to us.

    Security - We will take appropriate steps to protect the information you share with us from unauthorized access or disclosure.

    Commitment - We are committed to privacy and support current industry initiatives to preserve individual privacy rights on the internet. Personal data privacy is a new and evolving area, and is evolving to meet these demands. Mistakes are possible; miscommunication is possible. If you have any comments or questions regarding our privacy policy, please contact us. We will address any issue to the best of our abilities.

    Thank you for your support of these policies and of Juan Carlos Organization.

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Copyright© 2013 Juan Carlos Organization. All Rights Reserved. Juan Carlos Organization is a not-for-profit organization. Articles of Incorporation classifying the Juan Carlos Organization as a tax-exempt, non-profit with 501(c)(3) status were approved on May 4th, 2012 by the California Secretary of State, and the organization became IRS approved on September 21, 2012, retroactive to May 4th, 2012. See the IRS Determination Letter.