Esperança
Aidee Covarrubias

Aidee Covarrubias

Aidee Covarrubias serves as Esperança’s Senior Program Coordinator. She is a native of Sonora, Mexico and has lived in Arizona since 1996. As an experienced promotora de salud (community health worker), her bi-cultural background and passion for community services have led her to many volunteer opportunities and community leadership roles.

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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 Valenzuela is the Director of the Domestic Program with Esperança. She leads the community health programs Esperança provides within the Phoenix area. Maria is the co-author of the evidence-based nutrition curriculum Salud con Sabor Latino (Health with a Latin Flavor). She led the development of oral health programs and

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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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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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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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Jazmín Hernandez, B.S.

Jazmín Hernandez, B.S.

Jazmín Hernandez serves as a Community Health Worker at Esperança. Most recently, Jazmín was the principal of Charter Elementary School in Mexico City. She has over 15 years of experience as an educator, including work with special needs children and as an ESL teacher with vulnerable populations.  She has experience

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