Esperança
Xochitl Wilson

Xochitl Wilson

Xochitl Wilson currently serves as the Community Oral Health Liaison at Esperança. She received her bachelors in Nutrition Management from Arizona State University. Her passion, education and professional experience has allowed her to work with children ages 0 to 5, K-8 and adults alike.
Most of Xochitl’s work has served

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Maria Valenzuela

Maria Valenzuela

Maria has worked with Esperança since the inception of the Domestic Program back in 2000 and oversees the community health programs Esperança provides within the Phoenix area. She has helped write several of our curriculum, which include a healthy living series called Salud con Sabor Latino (Health with a Latin

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Kerry White, MSA

Kerry White, MSA

Kerry White, serves as the Chief Financial Officer for Esperança. Most recently White was Director of Business & Procurement for Starwest Associates.  Kerry is an accomplished operations executive with experience in procurement, compliance, and contract management across multiple industries. Kerry holds a Bachelors Degree in Criminology/Sociology from the University of Colorado and  Masters

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Jeri Royce

Jeri Royce

Jeri Royce serves as President & CEO for Esperança.  Jeri is an accomplished leader with a distinguished career leading operational, business development, program development/management and human resource functions. With over 25 years of experience in local and national nonprofit organizations, she has a successful track record of building a leading

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Diana Soto, RN

Diana Soto, RN

Diana serves as Esperanca’s Community Health Nurse. She earned her B.A. in Psychology and completed her nursing degree at Gateway Community College.  She gave the commencement address at their 2018 ceremony which can be read here. Diana has been a part of several non-profits, including Touchstone Behavioral health, Mercy Housing, and

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Ramón Gallardo, B.S.

Ramón Gallardo, B.S.

Ramón serves as Esperança’s Gift In-Kind Coordinator. Ramón received his bachelors in Urban Planning with a minor in Nonprofit Management from ASU. In March of 2016, Ramón was struck by a car while crossing the street, leaving him with a traumatic brain injury (TBI) – a condition that severely impacts physical

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Anna Ortiz, MPH

Anna Ortiz, MPH

Anna Carolina Ortiz serves as Esperança’s International Program Director. She has experience in environmental health program development in rural Central American communities. She received a B.A. in Sociology from Arizona State University and a Masters of Public Health from the University of Arizona. Her previous work experience includes the World

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Alan Gonzalez, M.S.

Alan Gonzalez, M.S.

Alan began his time at Esperança as a volunteer before eventually joining the staff as the Domestic Programs Coordinator.  Alan holds a Bachelors in Biological Science and Masters in the Science of Healthcare Delivery.  Alan has experience designing culturally competent questionnaires and analyzing data.  He has worked on projects for

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Adriana Farquharson, B.S.

Adriana Farquharson, B.S.

Adriana serves as Esperança’s International Program Coordinator. She received a B.S. in Nonprofit Leadership and Management with a Minor in Educational Studies from Arizona State University. She has experience in program development with Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center, Local First Arizona, and Orchard Africa. She also serves on the

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Julieta Larios, B.S.

Julieta Larios, B.S.

Julieta began her time at Esperança as an intern before joining the staff as a Community Health Educator. Julieta received her bachelors from Arizona State University; majoring in Global Health and minoring in Public Service and Public Policy. Julieta is passionate about addressing overall health needs and disparities within low

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