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Ariel Kelley, Chief Executive Officer

Ariel Kelley is the acting CEO and former board chair of Corazón Healdsburg. Ariel oversees 10 programs that serve low-income families in Sonoma County and is responsible for program design and evaluation, fundraising, financial oversight and partnerships. Under her leadership, Corazón was awarded non-profit of the year by the California State Assembly. 

 

Recently recognized as one of North Bay Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 notable young professionals for 2019, Ariel also serves as a member of the Sonoma County Planning Commission, an elected assembly district delegate to the state Democratic Party, and has served on the board for Healthcare Foundation Northern Sonoma County.

 

An attorney by training, Ariel earned both a Juris Doctorate and MBA from Golden Gate University as well as a bachelor of science in business administration from the University of Oregon. 

 

Ariel has spent her career as a community organizer and government relations professional.  From government relations for America's Cup in San Francisco to serving as the president of the Marina Community Association and the director of the Golden Gate University Alumni Association, Ariel’s community leadership experience is only superseded by her passion for the disenfranchised. As An Ambassador Board member for Rooms that Rock 4 Chemo and a member of the board of Collective Impact, a non-profit aimed at reducing cycles of poverty for African American youth and families in San Francisco, Ariel has made it her life’s work to remove barriers to achieving equity and opening pathways to prosperity for low income families. 

 

Ariel resides in Healdsburg with her husband and two children. When she’s not attending meetings all over Sonoma County, you’ll find her enjoying live music, a glass of Rosé, or cheering on her alma mater… GO DUCKS!

Leticia Romero, Director of Community Engagement

Leticia Romero has been a passionate community organizer for 17 years. Originally from El Paso, Texas, Leticia has resided in Sonoma County for the past 38 years. While volunteering for the Committee for Immigrant Rights, Leticia heard the call to take action and joined the North Bay Organizing Project as chair of the board and completed their fifty five hour training program in leadership development. Leticia has worked in education, health, and parks and recreation conducting outreach and engagement strategies for public entities, hospital systems and non-profit community organizations. In her time outside of working in Healdsburg, Leticia is an active participant in Aztec dance and Native American sweat lodge. She has an adult daughter and two grandsons.

Jennifer Oberti, Office and Database Manager

Born in San Francisco, Jen spent her childhood in a culturally diverse neighborhood hearing several different languages being spoken at home, school and at the corner store.  This sparked a lifelong appreciation for communities that share and celebrate the richness of cultural heritage.  Jen has worked in both the nonprofit and hospitality industries.  Most recently, she helped the Redwood Empire Food Bank expand their community engagement programs.  She is a Healdsburg High School Alumna and is excited to bring her spirit of hospitality and service to her community.

Lizbeth Perez, Programs Manager

Lizbeth was born in Mexico City and has resided in Healdsburg since 2001. Lizbeth comes to Corazón with a variety of professional experience in the wine and hospitality industries. Lizbeth is passionate about her community and has experience working in Mexico as a Social Worker and Adult Educator. Lizbeth has first hand experience with the challenges of being an immigrant including language barriers, lack of understanding of community systems and requirements, cultural differences, struggling for affordable housing and feeling isolated in her search for better opportunities in life. In 2008 when her first son started kindergarten at Healdsburg Elementary School, Lizbeth got involved with the English Learners Advisory Committee (ELAC) where she has been a member for many years helping other parents develop leadership skills to make their voice heard asking that Healdsburg Schools meet the needs of all of our children. Lizbeth is a part-time student at SRJC, studying to become an accountant. Lizbeth is thrilled to join the Corazón Healdsburg team where she looks forward to providing community support similar to what she is so grateful to have received, allowing her to fulfill her passion of serving community.

Chyanne Halone

Our new AmeriCorps Fellow, Chyanne joined the Corazón team in September 2019 and is amplifying our volunteer outreach and engagement efforts. Chyanne is a California native and was raised in Idaho. A graduate of Boise State University, Chyanne majored in anthropology and after graduation spent 10 months living in Spain teaching English.

Lori Rhodes, Ph.D., Program Director, FirstGen College Counseling

Originally from New Jersey, Lori relocated with her family to Healdsburg in 2015. She has spent over 20 years in education and began teaching in Los Angeles with the Teach For America program. Since then, Lori has worked in public, independent, and charter schools in New York, Connecticut, and California, most recently as Principal of Healdsburg High School. Lori earned her Ph.D. in education from Stanford University and founded FirstGen College Counseling in support of historically underserved students at Healdsburg High School. Lori directs the FirstGen program and is a professor of educational leadership at Sonoma State University. 

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Dawnelise Regnery Rosen, Board Chair and co-founder

Dawnelise grew up in San Diego California with a passion for Latin culture and was raised in a family centered around on social and global justice. Both of Dawnelise’s parents were members of Beyond War and her mother helped run the San Diego based (ADL) Anti-Defamation League. When she was 16 she spent a year abroad in Malaga, Spain which further fueled her love for language and culture all the way through Humboldt University where she graduated with a BA in Spanish. She went on to help run national sales for Iron Horse Winery and eventually opening two restaurants with her husband and Corazón co-founder. In 2008, Dawnelise and Ari began the fundraising to launch what would later be called “Corazón” by hosting an annual dinner for social justice on Martin Luther King day. The goal was to raise enough funds to create a vehicle to strengthen the voice of the latino community. In November of 2016 their grass roots effort finally paid off, Corazón opened their doors and the real work began.

Ari Rosen, Chief Financial Officer and co-founder

A native of Ukiah, Ari and his wife Dawnelise founded Corazón Healdsburg because of a missing piece of the community he observed in his role as a chef and restaurateur. As a psychology major at Brown University Ari planned to work in medicine, however after college he landed a job working in Italy for three years where he got his professional start. His love of restaurants is rooted in a belief that they are a vehicle that strengthens human spirit and ultimately community. While living in Healdsburg Ari and his wife Dawnelise identified a cultural and racial divide that they wanted to address. In 2008 when they opened their first restaurant Scopa, they realized that they had created a platform to begin their community work. Ari serves as the Chief Financial Officer on the board of Corazón and resides in Healdsburg with his wife and two children.

Bridget Doherty, Secretary

Bridget Doherty is the driving force behind Encore Events Rentals as the managing co-owner and serving as its President. After graduating from University of Southern California in 2000, Bridget took over the family business. What began in Petaluma was soon expanded as Bridget was eager to grow the inventory and services offered. Her ambition resulted in Encore’s largest showroom and warehouse, currently operating out of Healdsburg and serving as Bridget’s primary location since 2010.

 

On top of managing Encore Events Rentals, Bridget is also co-owner of Cal-West Rentals and is a member of the Board of Directors for Summit State Bank, a role she was eager to accept in 2016. Being the first woman appointed to the bank board is a role she covets and proudly takes a lead in navigating. Bridget will tell you that she’s all about teamwork and supporting her community. When she’s not busy engaging in both, you can bet she’s out enjoying a favorite local eatery with a glass of bubbly alongside good friends or seizing an opportunity to continue her travels around the globe.

Lisa Rhodes

Lisa has a long held interest in the cause of multiculturalism. A Latina herself, she was a board member for many years of the MANA de San Diego non-profit organization, which is devoted to promoting the cause of health, education, political empowerment and mentoring in the underprivileged Latino community in the San Diego area. She oversaw the organization’s fundraising efforts for a number of years and elevated its annual “Brindis” gala to new levels. She is a Healdsburg resident and passionate about her family, home restoration projects, and French bulldogs.

Doug Provisor

A Los Angeles native, Doug and his wife Susan moved to Healdsburg over 20 years ago. With a background in music technology, he helped usher in the modern era of computer use in music and sound production in the recording industry, film, television and radio. Passionate about the Healdsburg community and wanting to give back, Doug was inspired by Ari and Dawnelise’s vision for Corazón, and today more than ever. Ever a small town, Doug, Susan and Kismet live just 5 minutes from Corazón Headquarters.

Jorge Flores

Jorge was born and raised in Tijuana, Mexico and moved to Healdsburg at age 14. He struggled to learn English and was at-risk of falling in with the wrong crowd of friends and failing in school. Due to strong mentors and teachers, he was able to graduate from Healdsburg high school in 2005 and later found his passion for cooking. After becoming the executive chef of Bear Republic Brewing Company, Jorge wanted to give back to the community and work to support mentorship and education, which kept him on his positive path. In his spare time Jorge enjoys classic cars and is an enthusiastic supporter of the Oakland Raiders football team.

Nora Arreguin

Born and raised in Sonoma County, Nora has a passion to help others. She has attended several mission trips to Nicaragua and Costa Rica to provide those in need with medical and vision support. Nora attended Santa Rosa Junior College and resides in Healdsburg with her loving husband and two daughters. As a member of an extended family that has been rooted in the Healdsburg community for decades, she is deeply connected to the history of Healdsburg and is dedicated to bridging the racial divide in the community. Nora sits on the board of Live Oak Preschool and is an involved parent at Alexander Valley School.

Ashley Mauritson

Ashley Mauritson is a native to Sonoma County and resides in Healdsburg with her husband Cameron and son Patrick, who is a seventh-generation Healdsburg resident. Ashley owns her own event planning business based in Healdsburg and is involved in several local organizations. Ashley received her BS in Communication from the University of California at Santa Barbara. While in college Ashley studied abroad in Siena Italy. In Italy, Ashley participated in a local ESL program teaching English to local Italian students.

 

Ashley began her career in San Francisco managing corporate events throughout Northern California. After returning to Healdsburg in 2012 following her wedding, Ashley joined her family winery, expanding her knowledge of the wine industry. In 2016, Ashley launched Ashley Mauritson Events focusing in private events in Healdsburg and collaborating with local organizations that she is passionate about. Ashley also serves as a board member at Farm to Pantry, a local Healdsburg non-profit organization.

Mark McWilliams

Mark was born and raised in Texarkana, Texas, and is the proprietor of Arista winery, a family-run winery located in the Russian River area just outside of Healdsburg. After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Corporate Communications, Mark took his first job out of college working for Kendall Jackson. During his time with Kendall Jackson, Mark held various positions encompassing vineyard operations, harvest logistics, and cellar work. Following his time at Kendall Jackson, Mark continued his passion for wine and pursuit of industry knowledge by working as a wine consultant for a wine and spirits distributor based in Dallas, Texas, before returning to Healdsburg in 2005, where he and his wife Jennifer are raising their four children. In 2002, Arista winery was established and today Mark and his brother Ben run the day to day operations. 

Carlos Carrera

An immigrant from Mexico, Carlos was brought to the U.S. at the age of 3 and attended elementary school while living in a public housing project of Los Angeles. There, he first observed the forceful and positive impact of community involvement and he was also a direct beneficiary of social activism by receiving free tutoring and mentoring from volunteers that transformed him from a pupil who initially struggled with the English language and reading, to one that soon surpassed his contemporaries.

 

Carlos moved from the San Diego area to Santa Rosa in 2008 to continue his criminal defense investigator career at the Office of the Sonoma County Public Defender. He has been a Healdsburg resident for over nine years. Carlos has served for multiple years as a board member of the California Defense Investigators Association and also as an instructor in his profession. He also volunteers as a reading tutor for primary school students in the United Way Schools of Hope Program year after year. Carlos commenced community volunteering as an adult by participating in the Big Brother program while in his first year of college. He strongly believes that through unity and local service to the underserved, we can all gain the genuine satisfaction that this delivers and also, celebrate the great results that stem from sprout to flourish due to our active involvement.

Jimmy Sanchez

Jimmy Sanchez was born and raised in Healdsburg and currently lives in Windsor with his wife Lily and son Landon. Jimmy witnessed his parents, who immigrated from Mexico, come from nothing to now living the American dream when they opened Taqueria El Sombrero in 1986.Jimmy studied business at Santa Rosa Junior College and holds a degree in Human Resources. Today, Jimmy is the general manager for his parents’ restaurant, which he hopes to take over once they retire. After the recent birth of his child, Jimmy quickly realized he didn’t want his son to struggle the same way he did growing up. This is why he wants to give back to his community through being on the board of Corazón and will stress the importance of education early-on to kids and their parents. In his spare time Jimmy enjoys golfing, watching sports, and is a die hard San Francisco Giants and 49ers fan. 

Marci Ellison

Marci Ellison, is a native of Santa Monica, California and has lived in San Francisco while working for the fashion company Esprit de Corps. After her time with Esprit, Marci moved to Southern Chile where she designed and renovated buildings and ranches associated with the largest private land conservation effort in South America. She moved to Healdsburg with her husband in 1996, had a daughter, and started a design/build construction business. In that profession, she works side by side on a daily basis with many members of the Latino community. She has supported Corazón from its beginning in many ways including the design and renovation of the Corazón office.

Tom Gore

Tom Gore was born and raised in Sonoma County, specifically in Healdsburg, Cloverdale, and Santa Rosa.  He is the Director of Sonoma Vineyards for Constellation Brands, where he farms 1,500 acres of wine grapes all over Sonoma County and farms his own vineyards in Hopland and Ukiah. Tom has worked in vineyards for most of his life and is fluent in Spanish. He is passionate about the bridges that are built through Corazón with our diverse community members. Tom is a product of Sonoma County Public Schools and attended Cal Poly University.

Kevin Deas

Kevin Deas was born and raised in Healdsburg and part of a family that has been in town since his great grandfather. Kevin briefly left Healdsburg to attend college in New Orleans before returning to work for his family’s business EandM, where he serves as the Facilities Manager for the company. Kevin’s role includes construction project management and he is currently pursuing a MS in Construction Management through a distance program at Louisiana State University. Kevin’s desire to serve stems from his experience in the bilingual program from kindergarten through the sixth grade in the Healdsburg public schools, which provided him the opportunity to meet kids from all walks of life and to forge relationships that would carry through until today. In the years during and after this bilingual program, Kevin became aware of "gaps" in the community. He wants to help bridge those gaps in our community and Corazón offers a place, a structure, and a community that wants to do the same.

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Scopa Has A Dream

dba Corazón Healdsburg is a
501(c)(3) non-profit organization
Tax ID number: 27-3044487 

Mailing Address:

PO Box 1004
Healdsburg, CA 95448

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Corazón Resource Center,
located at the Healdsburg Community Center

1557 Healdsburg Avenue, Room 13

Phone: 707-395-0938

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