Esperança
Carly Taufaasau

Carly Taufaasau

Carly began at Esperanca in December of 2022 as the Development Director. With over 10 years of non-profit experience, she brings her upbeat personality and donor centric strategies to the organization. Professional fundraising has been the perfect role for her when it comes to connecting people to what they are

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Jennifer Aguirre

Jennifer Aguirre

Jennifer Aguirre serves as a Community Health Educator for Esperança. Jennifer graduated from Arizona State University with her B. S. in Exercise Science and Wellness and a Certificate in Spanish for the Professions. She has previous experience working with persons with disabilities of all ages as a Fitness Trainer for

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Cindy Quintero, MPH

Cindy Quintero, MPH

Cindy serves as the Health & Wellness Program Director for Esperança where she oversees all Arizona-based preventative health programs. She brings a long history of cultivating positive relationships with community leaders, members and colleagues to the role, and is particularly adept at communicating with clarity and diplomacy to individuals from

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Mariela Torres, MPH

Mariela Torres, MPH

Mariela serves as a Community Health Educator at Esperança. Mariela received her Bachelor’s in Medicine from Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juarez and most recently received her Master’s degree in public health from Grand Canyon University. She gained invaluable experience working as a community health advocate for the program Connect for

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Allison Scardello

Allison Scardello

Allison serves as Esperança’s Donor Relations Associate. Allison grew up here in Phoenix, Arizona and is very passionate about giving back to her community supporting health equity programs. She graduated in 2022 from the University of Arizona with a B.A. in Communication and minors in Psychology and Speech, Language, and

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Yvonne Bueno

Yvonne Bueno

Yvonne serves as Esperança’s Digital Marketing Coordinator. She holds a B.S. in Visual Communication Design from Arizona State University. A graphic designer by trade, Yvonne specializes in creating visual languages and systems. Her designs come from a careful process of research, experimentation, and production to create work that is highly

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Sandra Searle, CFRE

Sandra Searle, CFRE

Sandra Searle, CFRE serves as the Chief Development Officer for Esperança. A proud Arizona native, she is recognized in the community as a leader in nonprofit fundraising, overseeing the development, marketing, volunteer and outreach strategies for organizations upwards of $25 million. Past experience includes serving as CDO for UMOM and

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Irma Rubio

Irma Rubio

Irma serves as the Health & Wellness Gardener & Cook Assistant. She holds her Master Gardener Certification from the Cooperative Extension at the University of Arizona and has over 10 years of experience in gardening and health education. Irma collaborated with the program Su Salud con Sabor Latino when it

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Valeria Lopez Macias

Valeria Lopez Macias

Valeria serves as a Program Administrator for Esperança. Valeria received her bachelors in Psychology from Universidad Autonoma de Baja California. She has experience working and serving the community at Sunset Community Health Center in San Luis, AZ.  She has worked with children, adults and the elderly, including people with disabilities, working together

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Maria Valenzuela

Maria Valenzuela

Maria Valenzuela is the Chief Program Officer with Esperança. In 1999 she founded the organization’s Arizona-based community health programs – reaching over 45,000 Hispanic and refugee families. Maria used a cultural lens to author and implement curriculums on nutrition, oral health, chronic disease prevention and management and more. In 2022

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