Having been born and raised in San Diego, Gayle Miñano and her family are part of the small group of founders of House of Peru since 2004. Her father served as President of the board of directors in 2009 while Gayle served as President of the HPR Queen’s program in 2006 as House of Peru’s first Queen of Queens. After leaving Queens, she remained a volunteer for House of Peru as an advisor for the House of Peru Queen’s program.
She left for college following the loss of her father to pursue a degree in the arts as a costume/fashion designer at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles where she also along with her degree in fashion, joined Las Danzas del Peru expanding her knowledge in Peruvian Folklore with the help of director Fredy Chiara, Cesar Aguirre and Alessandra Diaz.
Even while living in Los Angeles, Gayle still drove down to perform for major events at the request of Gladys Jones. Once back in San Diego, Gayle came back to direct the HOP youth program with the help of Marisol Meyer and Sasha Verastegui. Currently Gayle is back on the Board of Directors serving as Director of Cultural programs since COVID.
Gayle Miñano has been an official volunteer and representative of House of Peru for 19 years and is till this day, the longest serving volunteer of House of Peru.