Meet the team

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Our board of directors is 100% committed to the sustainability of our mission. They not only support our organization financially, they donate their time and talent.

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Felipe Fernandez
Chair - Board
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Larry Hendrickson
Past Chair
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Chris Erickson
Chair – Development Committee
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Mark Conzemius
Chair – Governance Committee
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Gail Freels
Chair - Grants; Medical Programs Committee
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Richard Lirtzman
Chair - Audit & Finance Committee
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Alejandro Centeno
Mexico Accounting; Audit & Finance Committee and Grants and Medical Programs Committee
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Dan Fritz
U.S. Counsel; Governance Committee
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Javier Troncoso
Mexico Counsel; Governance Committee
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John Van Brunt
Development Committee
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Marco Monroy
Development Committee
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Richard Erickson
Development Committee
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Rosella Coppel
Grants and Medical Programs Committee

STAFF

Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision; the ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.

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Marisa Comella
Executive Director
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Esperanza Villarreal
Development and Fundraising Manager
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Sol Gutierrez
Development Programs Coordinator
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Gabriela Palacios
Impact Analysis
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Vicente Castro
Administrative Coordinator
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Erika Amador
Volunteer Coordinator - Los Cabos
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Karen Hernandez
Volunteer Coordinator - La Paz
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Brisia Velarde
Representative

“Alone we can do so little; Together we can do so much.”

There are no open positions at this time.

Make sure you bookmark this page, as we will post our new available positions here. Meanwhile, we invite you to visit our volunteering section to learn about the different areas in which you can get involved.

Marisa Comella

Marisa was born and raised in Mexico City. She enjoys living in Cabo San Lucas with her three children since 2007. She has a B.A. in International Relations with a minor in International Politics from Universidad Iberoamericana (Mexico City campus). Her experience comes from being a retail business owner and holding management positions in the sports and telecommunications sectors. She joined LCCF in 2015 and her role as Executive Director has been to make it a solid and well accepted foundation in our multicultural community of Los Cabos, so that it can support all the efforts for BCS children to have better quality of life through health.

Esperanza Villareal

Born and raised in Mexico City with experience in the marketing and advertising industry; skilled in planning, events, sales, entertainment and PR. She holds a degree in Communications focused in Organizational Communication from Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. She has lived in the US and calls Cabo home since 2016. She feels fortunate for having the opportunity of being part of LCCF and doing a job that is so gratifying. Esperanza wants to change the world, one child at a time!

Sol Gutierrez

Sol was born and raised in Quito, Ecuador. She came to Los Cabos in 2010 to spend Christmas with her family and they loved it so much that they moved here in 2011.  Her work experience ranges from administration to international public relations and sales and is in charge of coordinating the corporate fundraising programs in hotels and restaurants. Her daily motivation is the intention to give back what she has received with the human and empathic approach that comes from her personal experience as the mother of a daughter with a physical disability.

Gabriela Palacios

Gabriela was born and raised in San Jose del Cabo. She holds a B.A. in Accounting from Instituto Tecnologico de Estudios Superiores (Los Cabos campus). She has experience in accounting, administration and auditing. She joined LCCF in 2016 in order to monitor the programs supported by LCCF, by analyzing their financial information and performance indicators that ensure their accountability and good practices and contribute to a better impact in the community in partnership with LCCF.

Brisia Velarde

Brisia is Mexican born and a resident of La Paz, BCS since 1974. She did undergraduate studies as a flight attendant, working from 1990 until 2003 in a commercial airline. Since 2011, she has been an active volunteer in many organizations related to children’s health, including LCCF. On January 2013, she became part of the LCCF staff by representing the foundation in La Paz, with the main task of managing the relationship with the medical programs supported in the state capital city.

Vicente Castro

Vicente was born and raised in San Jose del Cabo. He has a degree in Financial Accounting from the Instituto Tecnologico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (Guadalajara Campus). His work experience is in accounting and administration and he handled LCCF’s account in the firm that donates the accounting and financial services to the foundation, until he became part of the staff on December, 2016.

Erika Amador

Erika was born and raised in San Jose del Cabo and she holds a Masters Degree in Education from the Universidad Pedagogica Nacional (La Paz campus), as well as a Bachelor’s degree as a Preschool Teacher from the Escuela Normal Urbana (La Paz campus). She currently works in a public preschool in San Jose del Cabo but has always had a passion for volunteer work. For many years she volunteered in local non-profits and in a national reading program in the Los Cabos area. On November 2015 she joined LCCF as a volunteer and coordinates all the foundation’s volunteering efforts.

Karen Hernandez

Karen was born in La Paz and grew up in San José del Cabo. She is a Pediatric Rehabilitation Doctor, worked at CRIT Tijuana and is a volunteer at the Binational Rounds of Pediatric Rehabilitation at the Children’s Hospital of Las Californias since 2016. She is currently working at the Rehabilitation and Special Education Center in La Paz.

She started as a volunteer in the LCCF reading workshop, thanks to Erika who invited her and since then she has met people who have touched hearts, and with whom she shares the mission of serving the children and families of Baja California Sur who live in situations of vulnerability, due to their health condition, and are sure that only by working as a team can the quality of life of the people be better.