Board President Maxine has joyfully worked with Corazón for the last 20 years and has served as President of the Corazón Board for the past 3 years. She is a retired registered nurse and nurse manager. With the support of volunteers from the United States and Mexico, Corazón continues to build more than 40 houses per year which gives the foundation for healthy lives. Corazón participants are developing leadership skills which help them determine the direction of their communities. Corazón also supplies scholarships for kindergarten through university helping students prepare to improve their own futures and that of their families and communities. Being a part of Corazón is always satisfying, challenging and meaningful.
Current Board Member Terry Mackprang has served as Vice President and President at Corazon over the years. He has been involved with Corazon since 1996 and 3 of his children are now Blue Shirts! Terry is president of Temak Construction.
Tom McMillen has been a Corazón board member since 1995. He was President of the Board from 2009-2017, and was Vice-President from 1999-2008. If you’ve been on a Corazón house build with him, Tom is the one who makes bad jokes in the introductory meeting at H-street and his wife, Nancy, is the one on the chop saw, skillfully cutting all the lumber for the house.
He has a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Kansas State University, and a PHD from Caltech. Tom is retired from Chevron, where he had a 34 year career, mostly in Research and Technology management. Tom and Nancy volunteered for their first Corazón project in 1994 while members of St. Martin de Porres Church in Yorba Linda. They wanted their then high school aged children to see how many in the world lived and struggled. The whole family was greatly impacted and within a year all were Blue Shirts. Tom and Nancy also became active-behind-the-scenes Corazón volunteers.
Upon relocating to the Bay Area, one of their missions was to spread the word about Corazón. Their gospel resulted in several Bay Area sponsors and volunteers. They now live in San Juan Capistrano where they are members of St. Edward’s parish which now regularly sponsors multiple projects each year. His children, now in their early 40s, are still Corazón donors, and son Kelly and his wife Jen, still active Blue Shirts. Daughter Dana regrets that, in Virginia, she is too far away to come for Saturday projects!
Board Vice President
Corazón Board Vice President John has been active in the organization for over 19 years. Starting as a volunteer from a sponsor group, Huntington Beach’s Saint Simon & Jude Catholic Parish, John soon became a lead builder and has been on its Board of Directors for the last 10+ years. He is a Vice President of Traylor Bros. Inc, a national heavy construction firm and lives with his wife in the Huntington Beach area. John’s favorite Corazon experiences continue to be leading sponsor groups, large and small, through the build process. He is especially grateful for the numerous local Blue Shirts that support his efforts numerous times each year.
Michael Savage is a Board Member whose volunteering began in the 80s as a high schooler. He became a lead builder and involved his children in Corazón construction projects with his daughter becoming a Blue Shirt.
Board Member Cheryl Wolocatiuk first heard about Corazón through her parish St Martin de Porres back in 1994 when she went on a house build. At that time, she also helped with the High School program and there were many trips where Cheryl took kids down for the day. When she got her blue shirt, Corazón handed her a form with other opportunities to volunteer with Corazón, and thus became a truck driver. At the time, Corazón’s warehouse was in Laguna Niguel which necessitated cross border shipping of lumber and supplies. She drove the truck and trailer down on build days, carrying all the materials necessary for a house build and returned the tools and remaining consumables back to the warehouse in Laguna Niguel at the end of the build day. She continues to this day helping out as a construction Blue Shirt. About her long commitment to Corazón, she says, “I continue to volunteer for Corazón because I believe in making a difference, I can see change, I can see the difference that Corazón has made in the communities. Working side by side with the family you’re building for on a Saturday is very rewarding.” Cheryl relays that “helping families, building community, is part of our mission and I continue to hear stories and see people coming together to help one another so everyone will benefit in the long run.” She loves that Corazón does not "give and go", that the participants work and support each other in growing their communities. In Corazón’s future, she hopes to that we continue to raise funds for scholarships and other programs that will allow Corazón's families to grow and learn. Cheryl’s life outside of Corazón includes enjoying outrigger paddling and softball among other outdoor activities.
Michael Yadlowsky is a Commercial Technology Manager with Corning Incorporated; he has also held a number of technology and leadership roles in Research and Development and the Optical Communications business sector in Corning. Dr. Yadlowsky holds MS and PhD degrees from the University of Colorado, Boulder, an MBA from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Virginia. Dr. Yadlowsky’s work has included optical fibers, optical amplifiers, optical communication systems and measurement techniques and has contributed to new products and technologies resulting in $400M in sales. Dr. Yadlowsky has more than 40 technical publications and 26 patents. Previously, Dr. Yadlowsky was a Principal Engineer at Alcon Research where he conducted research on ophthalmic surgical instrumentation and led the development and manufacturing transfer of novel technologies for cataract and vitreo-retinal surgery. After graduate school, Dr. Yadlowsky was a National Research Council Research Associate at the National Institutes of Health where he investigated biomedical applications of optical imaging technologies.