Bolivia – Palmira Villarroel, MPH, RN
Palmira Villarroel, MPH, RN is the Executive Director of Esperanza Bolivia, our partner organization in Bolivia. Palmira has served the people of Bolivia on behalf of Esperanza Bolivia for over 23 years. She is a Registered Nurse with a master’s in public health. Palmira is responsible for all of the organization’s administrative and financial functions, which includes supervising more than 180 staff.
Mozambique – Ana Micas
Ana Micasserves as the Health Coordinator for Care for Life, our partner organization in Mozambique. Ana has been working with Care for Life for over 9 years, first as a volunteer and now as a full-time employee. She is a Registered Nurse, and has demonstrated incredible commitment to the people of Mozambique. Ana oversees all aspects of health including health education, community health programming, and Home Based Care. She is responsible for coordinating and training local staff in 13 communities!
Nicaragua – Victorino Centeno
Victorino Centeno serves as the Executive Director for AVODEC, our partner organization in Nicaragua. He provides administrative oversight for Esperança’s projects, and has over 14 years of experience in managing public and health development programs in Nicaragua. His educational background is in business management, economics, and local business development. He was the original founder of AVODEC and is truly passionate about improving the health of poor Nicaraguans. Victorino oversees the day-to-day operations of the organization, resource development, and supervision of community health projects.
United States – Maria Valenzuela
Maria Valenzuela has served as the Community Health Coordinator of Esperança, for the last 12 years. She has over 15 years of experience working on community health programs within the Phoenix metropolitan area. She is completely bicultural and bilingual, and is passionate about the health issues affecting the Latino community. She currently uses her skills and expertise to support Esperança’s Preventive Health Programs in Phoenix. Maria’s primary responsibilities include providing oral health education, co-facilitating a healthy living curriculum series called Salud con Sabor Latino, and coordinating the Esperança Women’s Guild projects and activities. Email Maria.
Cindy Quintero serves as the Community Health Educator for our Phoenix project. She recently graduated from Arizona State University with her Bachelor’s in Transborder Chicano Studies with an emphasis in Community Development and Health. She has four years of experience working with underserved communities in the U.S. and internationally. Prior to joining Esperanca, she served as a diabetes educator for low-income and uninsured patients. Cindy is completely bilingual and bicultural, and grew up in west central Phoenix. Email Cindy.