Meet The Executive Team
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
My name is Maria Cecilia. I was born in San Carlos, Uruguay, a place between the sea and the countryside. I emigrated to the United States at twenty in search of adventures that brought me directly to my current reality. Twenty years later and a mother of two, owner of my own business, and having reached the American dream, I found myself on an adventure in Cuba. It was a perfect night, the ideal company, in the house of the Trova in Trinidad, and my companion asked me: If you could ask for an unlimited desire, what would it be? Without hesitation, I answered: One Hundred Angels per child. I would like each child to have at his or her side One Hundred Angels that protect them, that accompany them, that guide them, that love them.
We seek to support the missions that are already at work in this field. We seek to carry out new missions. We seek to bring comfort and dignity to the communities most in need. We seek to leave a better world than what we have found. This is my mission and I know that many of you share this, too. Let’s work on it together.
Dr. Vicente Diaz-Gonzalez, MD
Chief Operating Officer
My name is Dr. Vicente Diaz-Gonzalez and I was born in Mexico. I studied medicine at the Universidad de La Salle. I did an investigating fellowship at UTHSC Houston from 1994-1997 and had an Internal Medicine/Pediatrics residency in Brookdale Hospital Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY from 1997-2001. I’ve been working in several not for profits and private practices since then and have been the Medical Director at Arizona Medical Institute and Abrazo medical group. I have also been on the Faculty at Midwestern University and Medical Director in Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara.
Dr. Nisha Chandran
Chief Medical Officer
My name is Dr. Nisha Chandran and I’m a pediatrician in the Chicagoland area. I did my basic medical school in India before coming back to Chicago and doing my pediatric training. I have devoted 10 years to helping children in Chicago and have also volunteered with the Ronald McDonald foundation. I have been involved with One Hundred Angels since 2018 and was an integral part of the El Salvador mission in 2018 and 2019. I enjoy spending my time with my two boys and helping out children and families in the Phoenix area as well as in El Salvador.
Chief Communications Officer
My name is Jen Buck and I began the first ten years of my career in a billion dollar startup as a Leadership Development Trainer. I am a Professional Speaker, an Author of 7 books, and have been the Chief of Staff for three US Congressional candidates. I have a podcast and TV show that focuses on high-performing women who are changing their corner of the world. Along with founding a not-for-profit community action project that helped asylum seekers, I have led projects in Kenya and Uganda, brought a relief team to Oklahoma after the tornadoes, and co-founded a home for at-risk girls in Uganda called Tumaini Safe House.
Director of Operations
My name is Sayra Navarro and I have been working with One Hundred Angels since 2018. I was actively involved in managing the pop-up medical clinics in the shelters for two years and visited up to three shelters a day to provide basic medical care and over the counter medication to the asylum seeking families. In those first couple years, we provided care to over 18,000 people which was incredibly rewarding and impactful. I am now responsible for ensuring that all supplies are received, packed, and distributed to each of our ten shelters, daily. I have also been a part of our international missions and have been witness to how this organization has grown over the last four years.