2021 Board of Directors
Julio Cedillo...........................................Vice President
Daniel Urdanivia.................................Director of Fundraising and Corporate Relations
Gaby Cohorst.......................................Director of Community Affairs
Rocio Montes.......................................Director of Community Relations
Luis Agurto............................................Director of Membership
Harumi Momota.................................Director of Events
Claudia Zeier.........................................Director of Marketing
Ivonne Flores........................................Director of Cultural Programs
Patricia Swallow...................................Director of Social Responsibility
Moises Luza Ramirez .......................Director of Outreach Programs
Eduardo de los Heros.......................Director of Operations
Edgar Flores..........................................Director of Strategic Programs
House of Pacific Relations (HPR) at Balboa Park:
Delegates: Alternate Delegates:
Carlos Mozombite Monica Miyasato
Julio Cedillo . Adelaida Mogrovejo
Sub-Committees - Associate Directors
Friends of Peru
Hosting - Hall of Nations
Filming, Video, Editing and Photography
2004-2007 Gladys F. Novinger - Founder
2008-2009 Carlos H. Miñano
2010-2011 Job Alvarez
2012-2013 Haydee Milliren
2014-2015 George Novinger
2016 -2017 Gladys F. Novinger
2018 -2019 Gredna Packer
2019 - Current Carlos Mozombite
Carlos Mozombite – President
Julio Cedillo - Vice President
Monica Miyasato - Secretary
Monica was born and raised in Lima, Peru. She attended Cambridge College, a British school in Lima, which allowed her to be fluent in both English and Spanish. She then moved to California and obtained a B.A in Media Studies and Mass Communications from the University of California at Berkeley. Shortly after graduation she moved back to San Diego. Monica has 10 years of experience in client relations and over 6 years in Project Management specializing in IT consulting, and Data & Analytics.
Her passion for volunteer work started back in Peru when she was a teenager volunteering at orphanages in the capital city of Lima. She has been involved with House of Peru since 2007 when she joined the organization as one of its Princesses and later represented us as the Queen for House of Peru. She later joined the Board of Directors serving as Vice President, and she is now our Secretary for 2019. She has also worked with other non-profits like Big Brothers Big Sisters and Borer Angels.
Monica's favorite things are travelling, enjoying the arts (opera, galleries, theater, music, etc.), Zeke (her baby dog), and spending time with friends and family. You can also find her planning her wedding, coming in September of this year.
Gaby Cohorst - Director of Community Affairs
Daniel Urdanivia - Director of Fundraising
Daniel was born and raised in Lima, Peru, and has been involved with House of Peru since 2007. He came to the US from Peru in 2001, and 3 years later, he moved to what has become his real home, San Diego, California. Daniel has worked for important technology companies, like Epson, and he has been working for Qualcomm since 2009; In addition, he is very active in many other areas, few examples: musician and songwriter since 1989; attended the Recording Arts program at Southwestern College in 2005 and built a home studio in a small apartment in Chula Vista, recorded and produced first album; attended the Small Business Planning and Small Business Growth programs at the San Diego Continuing Education school in 2016; founder of “Peru Tamales”, a small culinary business started with Suzette, his lovely wife, in 2017. Daniel relationship with House of Peru started in 2007 when he urgently needed to renew his Peruvian passport and ID (DNI); he did not know any Peruvians in San Diego at that time, and someone from the Peruvian Consulate in Los Angeles told him about the existence of an Honorary Consulate in San Diego; he contacted them and quickly made an appointment, that’s when he met Gladys Jones, founder of House of Peru. Honorary Consulate in San Diego was a small and cozy space at her house, decorated with Peruvian art crafts, that made him feel that he was not alone. Gladys kindly helped him with the process and introduced him to the beginning of House of Peru, and since then, he has been a strong supporter of this important cause.
Rocio Montes - Director of Community Relations
Rocio has been involved with House of Peru since 2017, and joined its Board in 2019 as Director of Events. She was born in Lima-Peru and moved to the US to pursue a degree in Software Engineering at the Rochester Institute of Technology. She moved to San Diego shortly after graduation to be near the ocean.
She is currently a Staff Software Engineer leading all Open Source and Open Contribution initiatives at Intuit. She brings her expertise in event planning, as she has lead technology conferences and events for the Intuit engineering community.
Outside of Intuit, she is on the leadership team of San Diego “Girl Develop it” and the Co-founder of “Emar”, a small business whose mission is to connect small businesses in the US who have tech needs with software engineering interns in Peru.
Moises Luza Ramirez – Director of Outreach Programs
Moises was born in Lima, Peru but raised in Oxapampa, a small town in the middle of Peru. He attended Cibertec Technology Institute and Universidad Peruana de Ciencias where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in computer science. He has lived and worked in Lima for 10 years before he moved to California in January 2014. Moises has 15 years developing software for companies in different industries including Qualcomm where he has worked since 2015.
Moises has been involved in promoting Latino culture in Qualcomm through an employee network called LatinQ where he is part of the board of directors. He helps the talent acquisition efforts of bringing more Latin engineers to Qualcomm promoting its culture in universities and sponsoring events from organizations like Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE).
Moises relation with House of Peru started as soon as he moved to California when he assisted an event in Balboa Park. Since then he has been always attending to all events organized by House of Peru and collaborating with this important cause. He became a member in 2019 and shortly after decided to become part of the board of directors.
Eduardo De Los Heros – Director of Operations
Eduardo was born in Lima, Peru, where he spent his childhood until moving to the US at age of 11 years old. He graduated from Arizona State University as a Mechanical Engineer and shortly after traveled to Peru to work as an engineering consultant to the Suasi Island hotel managed at the time by Casa Andina hotel chain in Puno, Peru. This experience motivated Eduardo to explore every corner of Peru after Puno, and has road tripped from Bolivia to Ecuador through the Peruvian coast 4 times. He has been living in San Diego since 2016 and is currently a staff thermal engineer for the chip division in Qualcomm. Since starting at Qualcomm, Eduardo has formed the outreach committee for LatinQ employee Network to connect university and high school students to Qualcomm Engineers to promote STEM in the underserved areas of San Diego and inspire students of diverse backgrounds to go pursue a STEM career. This effort has manifested through many technical hackathons held at Qualcomm and at universities across SD. Eduardo is a heavy proponent and outreach partner with San Diego’s SHPE chapter and all universities and colleges in the SD county and uses these partnerships to form a technical pipeline of engineers and scientists that will enter the labor market with the goal of increasing inclusion and diversity in the tech sector.
Eduardo has been connected to the Peruvian community in San Diego since the first day in SD so he can share his excitement and love for Peru. Eduardo has increased his involvement in House of Peru since late 2019 but has always attended their events and has supported the people heavily involved in the organization. He joins the board of directors starting in 2020.
Patricia Swallow – Director of Social Responsibility
Patrica was born in Lima Peru, and she is the youngest of three sisters. She grew up in two very nice places in Pueblo Libre until she was 16 and then in San Borja until she got married and moved to San Diego, California 23 years ago, which she considers her second home now.
She studied at the University of Lima and she graduated as an Industrial Engineer. Her tendency was always towards mathematics and finance, so she specialized in economics which she complemented with administration. In Peru, Patricia worked in the banking business until she moved to San Diego when she met her wonderful husband with whom she started a beautiful family. Patricia currently works in the San Diego Unified School District.
From a very young age she had a great motivation that was her mother to whom she is infinitely grateful for showing her that there is a need and it is very large in our Peru. Patricia visited many hospitals and forgotten places helping many people. That is why when the proposal of becoming the Director of Social Responsibility at the HOP, she felt very motivated to continue the work she did in Peru from a very young age. Her mission and vision of being Director of Social Responsibility is to try to connect the Peruvian community in San Diego to continue spreading our culture and transferring this to the new generations.
Ivonne Flores – Director of Cultural Programs
Ivonne was born in Tacna- Peru and raised in Lima- Peru. She moved to Los Angeles, and later moved to San Diego, California (3 years ago) with her beautiful daughter Juliette.
Ivonne has a degree in Psychology, graduated from the Inca Garcilaso de la Vega University. She also studied at the Escuela Nacional Superior "Jose Maria Arguedas" and graduated as a professional choreographer in Folkloric Dances of Peru.
She is a Marinera Nortena National Champion from Grupo Acuario and won many Marinera Nortena competitions at the Regional level. She was the main dancer in "Perú Milenario - Gran Hotel Bolivar".
She had conducted research, such as thesis about the Carnivals of Peru and how dancing helped as a therapy to relieve stress in young people.
Ivonne had worked as a dance teacher for more than 30 years in private schools, schools from the UGEL 03, and schools from the Peruvian National Police teaching students from preschoolers. Also, she was a dance teacher of Folkloric Dances of Peru in the "Universidad Alas Peruanas", organized inter-institution dance competitions.
Ivonne is currently a member of the Peruvian Council Folklore qualifier. She is providing support service to the Peruvian National Anti-Drug Division as a Psychologist aiming adolescents. Dancing is her passion and is the reason why she started teaching from a young age. She participated in different Peruvian TV shows (Channel 4: Yola Polastri Show, Channel 5: Mirtha Patino, Channel 4: Tio Jhonny, and Channel 7: Cultural Programs).
Ivonne has joined the House of Peru in 2019 and her mission and vision as a Director of Cultural Programs in House of Peru is to promote and spread our Peruvian customs, traditions, and roots through our community encouraging interest in our culture and Folkloric dances.
Director of Strategic Programs
Edgar was born in Lima Peru. He moved to Miami, Florida at the age of 12 and he was very fortunate to always be able to go back to Peru many times during summer and vacation. He embraces his Peruvian background proudly and he tries to always share his culture and heritage with his friends. He moved to Los Angeles, California in 2016 where he was granted a fellowship and graduated from the University of Southern California with a master’s degree in Computer engineering.
In 2018 he joined Qualcomm where he currently works as a senior software engineer. He was involved with Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) during his college years as well as in Qualcomm. He has been involved in many university events that promote STEM for minorities and he tries to share his experience whenever possible.
Outside work, he was blessed to meet a group of Peruvian friends that introduced him to the House of Peru organization. He attended many events and meetings and decided to be an active member of House of Peru starting 2020. He joined the board of directors to support and represent the mission of the House of Peru.
Luis Agurto – Director of Membership
Luis was born in Lima-Peru. He attended Ricardo Palma University in Lima majoring in RRPP. In 1992 he and his family and I migrated to San Diego. Luis has two sons. Luis has worked at ELECTROLIMA in Lima Peru, after that he established his own business in clothing manufacturing while in Lima.
Once Luis moved to San Diego, he started learning and taking english classes, his first job (in San Diego) was with a Japanese Corporation, ARRK making prototypes and developing new products for companies such as; Apple, Kyocera, Honda, Texas Instruments, Nissan, etc. Over the years he became a supervisor and then the General Manager of Molding, Casting and finishing departments of the plant, until the company made the decision to leave California and move the facilities to Mexico and other countries.
In 2003, he began working for San Diego Gas & Electric in the Pipeline operations department which is responsible for the distribution and transmission of Natural Gas, he worked in this department for 7 years. In 2010, Luis started working in an Electrician position for the department of Cathodic System Protection. In 2016 he graduated from NACE (National Association of Corrosion Engineer) as a NACE Electrician.
Luis and his wife Angie Caruso (Italian descendant) have been happily married for 11 years. Luis has gone back to Lima at least once a year since 2011 visiting family, friends and of course to enjoy our delicious and well known Peruvian dishes. In 2019, Luis and his wife took their first trip together to Peru. The place she liked the most and fell in love with was Arequipa. Luis enjoys travel, biking, paddle boarding, jet skiing, swimming. Luis and his wife love going out dancing and listening to 70’-80’ music, trying new restaurants, going to museums, admiring old architecture whenever we travel.
Luis has joined the House of Peru back in 2016 and started becoming more active and participating in the activities since then and he is very excited to take the position as our Director of Membership.