Our Team

Carlos Alvarado
Carlos Alvarado
Staff Accountant

Carlos is a senior student of Fiscal and Financial Engineering career, with 3 years of experience in accounting/tax area and is committed to his work and willing to help others. He joined Corazón in 2019.

Liz Garcia Villareal
Liz Garcia Villareal
Assistant Coordinator Construction and Administration

Liz Elena is a humble person, honest and sensitive to the needs of the communities, which has allowed her to get closer to people and know the depth of their needs. As a logistics engineer, her main task at Corazón is the optimization, control and distribution of donation resources for local and construction projects in an efficient and effective way. The principles that govern her life are respect, empathy, honesty and an attitude of service.

Efrain Gomez
Efrain Gomez
Construction Technician

Efraín Gómez is a cheerful and energetic young man committed to community development. He graduated as a Civil Engineer from the Autonomous University of Baja California (UABC). He has great passion for the improvement of the communities and the families of Corazon. He has over a year of experience in the construction area, and he is committed to serving the community and helping families have a place they can call home and realize their dreams for a better future.

Lucy Gonzalez
Lucy Gonzalez
Community Programs Technician

Lucy supports our communities through the Youth and Family Programs, specializing in the development and facilitation of curriculum, youth entrepreneurs program, community leadership strengthening workshops, tutor training, and oversight of community center committees. She also leads and organizes the annual summer camps, soccer tournaments, and sewing and first aid workshops. Corazon has allowed Lucy to grow personally and professionally and is currently studying for a B.A. in Education.  Lucy has a technical career in the maintenance of computer equipment and digital control. She taught elementary and high school levels for 10 years, and also worked at INEGI, the National Institute of Statistics and Geography, in Economics, School, and Population Census.

Jen Hartmann
Jen Hartmann
Finance & Technology, US

Jen started with Corazón as young teenager in 1995, volunteering doing house builds  She was excited to join Corazón as Staff Accountant in 2017. Although her main role is as a staff accountant, she also helps coordinate volunteers, create web pages, and apply new systems to achieve operational efficiency. She provided her technology expertise in managing the donor database management and building the new website. She likes to get out of the office and help out on builds. Jen is a received her B.S. in Business Administration - Management Information Systems from the University of Arizona.

Louise Hernandez
Louise Hernandez
Executive Director

Louise’s skill set is diverse but what makes her well suited to lead Corazón 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 benefitted from community programs like Corazon 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).

Evanguelina Rivera
Evanguelina Rivera
Project Manager

Evanguelina is a fourth year student at the University of California, Irvine, set to graduate in June 2020 with a B.A. in International Studies. She started her work with Corazón as a Special Projects & Events intern and is now the Project Manager at the Corazón Santa Ana Offices. She joined Corazón to learn more ways she could help a community she identifies strongly with.

Ana Rodriguez
Ana Rodriguez
Assistant Coordinator Construction and Community Programs

Ana is a member of the Corazón team in the Tecate communities of ​​Cerro Azul and Valle de Las Palmas. She leads and coordinates the ​​construction of houses and installation of septic tanks. Ana also supports our communities through the Youth and Family Programs, facilitating youth entrepreneurs program, community leadership strengthening workshops, tutor training, and oversight of community center committees. She helps organizes the annual summer camps, soccer tournaments, and sewing workshops. Ana joined Corazón in 2019, and she had previously been an active Corazón volunteer and community leader member of Cerro Azul for over 10 years,  Ana is committed to the development of her community and the empowerment of families.

Gabbi Supple
Gabbi Supple
Program Coordinator

Gabriela is a Program Coordinator who is committed to helping organize and implement Corazon activities, events, projects, and administrative tasks. Gabriela previous experience volunteering with US-led medical clinics in Tijuana, and  interning with other non-profit organizations and leading fundraisers throughout college.  Gabriela holds a B.S. in Animal Science from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo and is aspiring to be a Physician Assistant.

Andres Valle
Andres Valle
Administrative Assistant

Andrés is passionate about serving others. He had his first experience at Corazón as a volunteer during the 2011 summer camp; this inspired him to contribute to  the development and integration of families in his community. He is a trained to facilitator and helps Corazón community center committees and assembly meeting develop action plans for neighbor. He believes that all people have the potential to reach their dreams. He enjoys learning about leadership development so he can help participants be leaders of influence in their community.

Taurino Valle
Taurino Valle
Manager of Construction and Communications

Taurino is highly dedicated to community development of the Corazon’s communities. He has been a loyal employee at Corazon for over 12 years. With his breadth of experience, he has played an important role in inspiring low-income communities to develop job skills and recognize their potential.  In 2007, Taurino began dedicating his career to social service work through the Autonomous University of Baja California (UABC). He started as a volunteer with Comunidad Corazón and with a group of, he began supporting outreach programs for academic programs, participated in developing and managing scholarship programs, and developed activities for children and adults of the 6 communities. Taurino holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication from UABC.  His educational background and work in social services field has allowed him to lead the programs offered by the organization in Construction, Education and Health. Taurino puts forth his best qualities for the community development projects through his strong leadership skills, honesty, empathy, teamwork, charisma and warmth when interacting with the families and volunteers that make this beautiful work in Comunidad Corazón possible.

Emma Zambrano
Emma Zambrano
Community Programs Assistant

Emma is passionate about serving communities to advance their education and contribute to the well-being of society. She started her professional career in 2014 and is a firm believer that education is one of the most important tools to succeed.  Based on this principle, she joined Corazón forming a team in the area of Community Programs. She is convinced that this organization can give more to the communities, and that it is possible to create specialized educational spaces to reduce school drop-out rates. She is committed to helping Corazón communities advance in educational achievement and be part of an environment where innovation and educational creativity is enabled for all children.

Erika Zaragoza
Erika Zaragoza
Manager of Finance Administration and Community Programs

Erika Zaragoza has provided great support in the administrative and accounting area for Comunidad Corazon in Tijuana. She joined our team in Mexico in 2018, and she quickly sought ways to make to changes to benefit the entire organization. Erika embraces change especially when she knows it can have a positive impact on the bottom-line.  She is also a very strong leader and team player that strives to bring out the best in people for the benefit of themselves and the organization. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration at the Autonomous University of Baja California, and specialized in taxes, law, accounting, and theology. Erika's heart is in helping others transform their lives, and she wants to be impact others throughout her life by being a positive role model in the community.