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.

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.

Maria Mazzenga Avellaneda
Maria Mazzenga Avellaneda
Interim Executive Director

Maria Mazzenga Avellaneda’s unique and diverse employment and volunteer history has resulted in extensive leadership and community development experience both locally and internationally. She holds a degree in Quantitative Business Analysis from the Pennsylvania State University. Upon graduation, Maria began work with Mobil Oil and held various positions with growing responsibilities.  She then followed her heart into the social services world.  Over the next 20 years she built an impressive resume that includes serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Costa Rica and 14 years as an Executive Director at three organizations, including 10 years at Corazón. 

Evanguelina Rivera
Evanguelina Rivera
Project Manager

Evanguelina is an alumni from the University of California, Irvine. She graduated in June 2020 with a B.A. in International Studies. She started her work with Corazón as a Special Projects & Events intern in 2019 and is now our Project Manager at the Corazón Santa Ana Office. 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.

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.

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.