Leadership Team

Ari Rosen & Dawnelise Regnery Rosen

The two founders of Corazon met in 1999 during a broken down BART train transfer.  Now they are married with two children and run a restaurant in Healdsburg, California. These life moments that consist of the right time, right place and right intention create our destiny.

Ari Rosen’s path to into the restaurant world was not of the normal variety.  Though he grew up in Mendocino County often mushrooming with his father and enjoying the family’s prolific vegetable garden, he didn’t plan to work in food. As a psychology major at Brown University he worked in a sleep hospital conducting sleep studies.  It wasn’t until after college that he landed a job working in Italy for three years that he got his professional start. Since then he has never looked back.  His love of restaurants is rooted in a belief that they are a vehicle that strengthens human spirit and ultimately community. 

Dawnelise Regnery Rosen grew up in San Diego California with a passion for Latin culture and was raised in a family centered around on social and global justice.  Both parents were members of Beyond War and her mother helped run the San Diego based (ADL) Anti-Defamation League.

When she was 16 she spent a year abroad in Malaga, Spain which further fueled her love for language and culture all the way through Humboldt University where she graduated with a BA in Spanish. She went on to help run national sales for Iron Horse Winery and eventually opening two restaurants.

After working in the hospitality business in Florence Italy, Dawnelise and Ari moved to Healdsburg.  While living in Healdsburg they identified a cultural and racial divide that they wanted to address but weren’t sure how.   In 2008 when they opened their first restaurant Scopa they both realized that they had finally created a platform to begin their community work. 

They began by hosting an annual dinner for social justice on Martin Luther King day.  They wanted to raise enough money to create a vehicle to strengthen the voice of the latino community and work on an integrating their local multiracial community.  In November of 2016 their grass roots effort finally paid off, Corazon opened their doors and the real work began.

Eating, laughing, playing, singing and enjoying our rich local abundance is what it’s all about.

 

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Leticia Romero - Executive Director

Leticia Romero has been a passionate community organizer for 17 years. Originally from El Paso, Texas, Leticia has resided in Sonoma County for the past 38 years. While volunteering for the Committee for Immigrant Rights, Leticia heard the call to take action and joined the North Bay Organizing Project as chair of the board and completed their fifty five hour training program in leadership development. Leticia has worked in education, health, and parks and recreation conducting outreach and engagement strategies for public entities, hospital systems and non-profit community organizations. In her time outside of working in Healdsburg, Leticia is an active participant in Aztec dance and Native American sweat lodge. She has an adult daughter and two grandsons.

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Ariel KellEy - Board Chair

Ariel Kelley has served as the board chair of Corazón since 2016. Ms. Kelley is a community organizer and government relations professional residing in Healdsburg, California. Ms. Kelley serves on the Healdsburg Parks and Recreation commission and is the proud mom to Jacob and Mackenzie. She received both her MBA and Doctor of Jurisprudence degrees from Golden Gate University in San Francisco and was the Student Bar Association president of her law school. After law school, Ariel worked in government relations for the America's Cup in San Francisco. Originally from Eugene, Oregon, Ariel is an alumna of the University of Oregon. She received her BS in Business Administration and spent three years cheerleading for the Oregon Ducks. While at the University of Oregon, Ariel spent a semester studying international business in Paderno del Grappa, Italy.

Ariel spent over a decade as an active community leader in San Francisco. She served as the president of the Marina Community Association, a director of the Golden Gate University Alumni Association, Rooms that Rock 4 Chemo Ambassador Board member, and Collective Impact board member.

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Lisa Rhodes

Lisa has a long held interest in the cause of multiculturalism.  A Latina herself, she was a board member for many years of the MANA de San Diego non-profit organization (MANA National, DC) which is devoted to promoting the cause of health, education, political empowerment and mentoring in the underprivileged Latino community in the San Diego area.  She oversaw the organization’s fundraising efforts for a number of years and elevated its annual “Brindis” gala to new levels.  She is a Healdsburg resident and passionate about her family, home restoration projects, and French bulldogs.