Mike.jpgMichael Centeno, Executive Director, has been a consistent Tia Chucha’s volunteer since the space opened in 2001 organizing a weekly film series, then moving to the role of Centro coordinator when the non-profit was established in 2003. In 2006 Michael moved on to work for The Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, as well as other youth development organizations such as the Youth Policy Institute and Youth Speak Collective, eventually making his way back to become part of the board of directors for Tia Chucha’s. Under the umbrella of Youth Speak Collective, Michael co-founded Media Solutions, a social enterprise which pairs youth with mentors to produce video and photography services for other non-profit organizations and businesses. Michael has over 10 years experience in multi-media production with an emphasis in film production and is passionate about media literacy in underserved communities. In 2015 Michael was officially hired on as Development Director for Tia Chucha’s. In February of 2018 the Board of Directors voted him in as Executive Director. Contact info:  


EhekaliSanVicente.jpgMelissa Ehekalli Sanvicente, Associate Director, has been a consistent Tia Chucha’s volunteer since 2002 and staff member for eight years. She coordinates both onsite and El Nido Arts & Culture offsite programming. She has previously helped with organizing the Celebrating Words Festival. It is her connection to Tia Chucha’s that helped her reignite her love for the arts. Her passion lies in music, dance, and indigenous spirituality. Melissa practices Mexica indigenous drumming and dance for the past 10 years as a member of Kalpulli Xochiyaoyotl. She is a graduate of Ethnomusicology at UCLA, with an emphasis on Mexica indigenous song and dance. Contact info:



Ruben_Guevara_(color)_0003_(2)_G.R..jpgRubén Guevara, Development Consultant, is a graduate from UCLA in World Arts & Cultures (cum laude) and an acclaimed performer, writer, musician, producer, and theater director combining his skills to promote the arts through community participation. He has been an advocate and leader for youth arts programming in the inner city of Los Angeles since 1993 as founder-director of Arts 4 City Youth, a free, multidisciplinary arts program. He was program manager of Community Bridges, a Latinx and Asian/Pacific Islander audience development and outreach program at the Ford Amphitheatre where their attendance was increased substantially under his direction. He has been on Tía Chucha’s development team since 2007 writing grants, organizing five art auctions and four concert benefits at the Ford Amphitheatre that included multiethnic performers reflecting his mission of celebrating Angelino culture: a culture of many autonomous cultures. Contact info:



Mayra.jpgMayra Zaragosa, Bookstore Co-coordinator & Young Warriors Director. As a high school student in 2007 Mayra established the Young Warriors Self -Empowerment Mentoring program with the guidance and support of Luis J. Rodriguez. Over the years Young Warriors became Tia Chucha’s youth program. Mayra's mission in life is to continue providing a safe environment where young people can heal and transform in order to mentally and emotionally prepare for an engaged adulthood. To meet this mission Mayra uses the powerful and meaningful teachings of social justice through art, literacy and writing, as well as proper mentoring and rites of passage. She brings this passion for community empowerment to her role as bookstore co-coordinator as well.  Contact info:  




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