ABOUT US

Our Staff

Dedicated. Experienced. Passionate.

Our Staff

Dedicated. Experienced. Passionate.

We LOVE the work we do!

The HACES Family

At HACES, we strive for a culture of service, not only to our clients but also to the emotional and professional well-being of our staff. As an organization, we foster a sense of:

  • Respect and fairness
  • Trust and integrity
  • Teamwork
  • Employee engagement and opportunities for advancement 
  • Communication and transparency
  • Diversity 
  • Results

Meet Our Team

Maria Elena Jonas

Executive Director
Department of Justice Accredited

Alicia M. Garcia

Director of Programs

Sharon Harris

Director of Human Resources 

Benjamin Hernandez

Director of Finance

Nidia I. Ortiz-Cahue

Finance Manager

Diana Galarza

Development & Marketing Coordinator

John Paul Martinez

Marketing Intern

Evelyn Campos

Immigration Program Manager
(Illinois Access to Justice)
Department of Justice Accredited

Cindy Ruiz

Immigration Case Worker 
(Illinois Access to Justice)
Department of Justice Accredited

Lupita Canales

Asylum Program Manager

Ivan Lezama

Immigration Case Worker 
(Southern Border Asylee)

Eliana Guzman

Immigration Case Worker
(Southern Border Asylee)

Kathy Cantu

Immigration Case Worker 
(Supporting Municipalities for Asylum Seeker Services)

May Vera

Intake Support Assistant

Martha Hernandez

NAI Program Manager
(New American Initiative)

Maria Gutierrez

DACA Case Worker
(New American Initiative)

Rosa Elena Galarza

Outreach & Education Coordinator
(New American Initiative)

Maria Milan

Administrative Support 

Beatriz Aguilera-Tenorio

SBA Program Manager
(Southern Border Asylee)

Laura Ming

Client Intake Coordinator

Linda Gonzales

Administrative Support
(Immigrant Family Resource Program)

Vanessa Lopez

Administrative Support

Lesley Tenorio

IFRP Case Worker
(Immigrant Family Resource Program)

Jennifer Ayala

IFSP Case Worker
(Immigrant Family Support Program)

Ivette Martinez

Parent Mentor Program Manager

Itzel Martinez

Parent Mentor Coordinator

Claudia Rosiles

Parent Mentor Coordinator

Angelica Castrejon

Parent Mentor Coordinator

Irma Wheeler Cisneros

Parent Mentor Coordinator

Maria Gallegos

Parent Mentor Coordinator

Meet Our CEO

HACES’ President, CEO and founder, Maria-Elena Jonas, is a recipient of many local and national awards for her work on behalf of the immigrant community. In her 30 years of community work, she has opened the path for immigrant families to secure a brighter future in their new home in the US.

Meet Our CEO

HACES’ President, CEO and founder, Maria-Elena Jonas, is a recipient of many local and national awards for her work on behalf of the immigrant community. In her 30 years of community work, she has opened the path for immigrant families to secure a brighter future in their new home in the US.

“HACES is the best place where people can receive support, help and services; thanks to HACES and María Gutiérrez, my life changed tremendously.”
SARA
Client of HACES
“HACES is the best place where people can receive support, help and services; thanks to HACES and María Gutiérrez, my life changed tremendously.”
SARA
Client of HACES

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