ABOUT OUR FOUNDER

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Gloria Benavidez-Rodriguez
Founder and CEO

Ma Hila's Heart Project

Hello Friends,

A small heart shape cut from red construction paper is what started me on this journey to provide comfort and care for Families Battling Cancer. 

 

It was a memory of hope, love, and faith that my aunt shared with me as my mother asked for a heart to comfort her during her battle with pancreatic cancer.  It was a promise her Ma Hila shared with her long ago and a reminder that her spirit and faith were stronger while her fight was daunting. 

 

Our mission is to impart that same message of hope, love, joy, and faith to every single family we Bless through the Ma Hila's Heart Project

 

It is my heartfelt honor to live out this passion of serving families during what is quite possibly the most critical fight of their lives. 

 

I invite you to join me, our Board of Directors and our Advisory Council on our journey to make a difference!     

OUR TEAM

Board of Directors

The Ma Hila's Heart Project Board of Directors is a diverse team of Community Servant Leaders. We strive daily to serve families battling childhood, adolescent & young adult cancer in unique ways. We are grateful for the trust given to us by our partners at University Hospital, Methodist Children's Hospital, and Children's Hospital of San Antonio. Together, we are delivering LOVE, HOPE and JOY to these families who are in the greatest fight of their lives.

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Jason Massiatte

Vice-President

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Dr. Martha Saenz

Director

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Sara Nanez

Secretary / Treasurer

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Roxy Rios

Director

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Marco Barros

Director

Advisory Council

The Ma Hila's Heart Project Advisory Council is comprised of experts within their particular fields that enhance the nonprofit's performance.   These highly qualified individuals advise the Board of Directors, ensuring that Ma Hila's Heart Project operates at the highest caliber of business acumen.  This allows our Board of Directors to (1) focus on maintaining solid collaborations within our partnered hospitals and the medical community and (2) create a vibrant Ma Hila's Heart Community of Giving Hearts when our referred families need it the most! 

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Derek Schriver

Finances

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Jasmine Anderson

Family & Child Welfare

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Terry Corless

Hospitality & Restaurants

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Michelle Bell

Automation Systems

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Justin Clark

Lawyer / Copyright

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Chris Gaus

Hospitality & DASA Spa

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Albert Flores

Media

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Melinda Gutierrez

MHHP Family Outreach

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Sarah Douglas

Marketing

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Paige Clark

Public Relations

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Phil Stamm

Hospitality & Hotels

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Felipe Hinojosa

Achitect / Building

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