2020 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
Giuliana Avalos....................................Director of Membership
Adelaida Mogrovejo..........................Director of Events
Silvana Carranza.................................Director of Marketing
Gayle Miñano.......................................Director of Cultural Programs
Patricia Swalow...................................Director of Social Responsibilities
House of Pacific Relations (HPR) at Balboa Park:
Delegates: Alternate Delegates:
Carlos Mozombite Monica Miyasato
Julio Cedillo . Diana Lecca
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 Gredna Packer
Carlos Mozombite – President
Julio Cedillo - Vice President
Diana Lecca - Treasurer
Diana and her family joined House of Peru around 2004-2005 and helped out periodically. She formally joined House of Peru in 2013 after finishing college and coming back to San Diego. She loves the purpose of the organization, to share with other the marvels of Peru. She used to do presentations about Peru in her High School and always loved it.
Diana works as a Graphics and GIS technician at the City of Escondido, and has worked there for 4 years. She is in charge of providing any sort of graphic advice or general graphics (posters, flyers, envelopes, banners, photo montage, renderings, image enhancements, etc), printing small and large items for events or meetings, updating city maps and aid city officials in their public presentations and reports. She gets to see a wide variety of projects and that’s what she likes her job. She is proficient with design and GIS softwares, and crafting tools.
When Diana arrived to the U.S., her English level was below basic. She is somewhat proud to have learned the language fast enough for her to complete high school at the honors level as well as attend college, and then graduate. Finishing her Master’s will be another accomplishment that she will be quite proud of.
Diana enjoys crafting, model building, gaming, and animes, being a personal growth the most important in her life. She is passionate about professionally, urban planning, community development, and cultural events.
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.
Gayle Miñano - Director of Cultural Programs
Silvana Carranza - Director of Marketing
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 is 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.