Louise’s skill set is diverse but what makes her well suited to be in Corazón's board is her firsthand understanding of poverty. Growing up in poor communities of Los Angeles, Louise knows what it takes to break the barriers of poverty. But she didn’t do it alone. Her migrant parents promoted education in earnest, and she benefited from community programs like Corazón that invested in improving the quality of life for families. Louise has over 25 years of experience across multiple industries and geographic regions. Before joining Corazón, Louise worked on healthcare projects with non-profit groups in Peru, Morocco, and Uganda. She worked for Kaiser Permanente for 11 years, managing patient and physician education departments. She also was a Community Wellness Project Manager for St Francis Medical Center, implementing health and fitness programs for under-resourced communities in South Los Angeles. For over ten years, Louise was part of the pioneering team of Spinning Master Instructors that certified fitness instructors worldwide. Early in her career, Louise was a Financial Analyst and International Banking Officer at Wells Fargo’s International Banking Division in San Francisco. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles. (UCLA).
Maxine has joyfully worked with Corazón for the last 20 years and was recently President of the Corazón Board for 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.
Interim Board Treasurer
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 the Corazon Board President whose volunteering career at Corazon began in the '80s as a high schooler. He became a lead builder and involved his children in Corazón construction projects with his daughter S becoming a Blue Shirt.
Interim Board Treasurer
Paul Sicking is a retired executive with over 40 years’ experience in the software development industry where he led large organizations engaged in highly complex projects. He is the former Chief Technology Officer for a $2B business unit within Siemens, a German multinational conglomerate company. Current volunteer activities include tutoring at-risk teenagers and mentoring a high school robotics team. He has been involved with Corazon since the late 1980's and is gratified to see how the organization has matured over the years and the positive impact it has had on the communities in Mexico. He is currently serving the Board as co-interim Treasurer.
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.