Our Team

Our board consists of three board of directors and four executive team members. These individuals were chosen based on the following criteria: cooperative team spirit, strong work ethic, high moral values, integrity, emotional intelligence, and decision-making capabilities. This criterion facilitates in developing an infrastructure that is in alignment with the corporate governance, promote new opportunities, and innovate.

 

Board of Executives

Dr. Zorayda Mejia, Founder and CEO of My New House

Dr. Zorayda Mejia, Founder and CEO of My New House

In 2009, Zorayda joined The Church On The Way Los Angeles where she volunteered distributing food for the most disadvantaged families. With her help, the food distribution evolved into a conventional food bank, called Life En El Camino, where she later acted as the executive director. Life En El Camino has served more than 3,000 families since 2011 in the Pico-Union District and South Central Los Angeles. For nine consecutive years, Zorayda coordinated Family Day of Joy, which benefited over 2,500 individuals. In the present, Dr. Mejia acts as the organizational administrator at El Camino Church, and she has become a professor teaching organizational behavior at Life Pacific College, Masters in Leadership Program.

Zorayda finds excellent satisfaction in volunteerism because volunteerism has favored her with opportunities for growth, including career and leadership positions. Zorayda earned an Associate of Arts Degree from Los Angeles City College and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a Minor in Sociology Gerontology from California State University Los Angeles. Later, she earned a doctorate in Psychology in Organizational Management from Phillips Graduate University.

Zorayda Mejia grew up seeing her parents saving some of their business profit to supply the needs of the poor people in El Salvador. In her childhood, the family distributed food, clothes, shoes, personal hygiene products, and school supplies to the most affected families during the war and after earthquakes and floods. On weekends, Zorayda devoted her time to help in the Special Olympics, giving children with disabilities a distinct perspective of what the world can offer. She also volunteered as a big sister at a shelter for daughters of women in prison. These girls were victims of sex slavery. The exposure to these girls impacted her life so much that she daydreamed of becoming a millionaire and giving all her money to the poor. Years later, after immigrating to the United States, Zorayda became a single mother. She fell from her parents' grace, who were her only economic support at that time. This lack of support led to many years of struggle to make ends meet.

In Los Angeles, Zorayda began her community service career as a peer counselor for gang members in the Pico-Union District in 1993. In 1995, she became an AmeriCorps member. AmeriCorps is a federally funded program created by Bill Clinton to train individuals in social welfare fields and to aid the most disadvantaged in the inner-city communities. As an AmeriCorps member, she worked for Jackie Goldberg's Office, Councilmember 13, where she assisted in the development of the Yucca Community Park that at that time was populated by underserved youth. Now, the park has become a well-established community center in Hollywood. In 2002, Zorayda became the community liaison at Cheremoya Elementary School, where she coordinated activities for parents and people of the community of Hollywood.

After volunteering for many years, in March 2007, Zorayda became the volunteer coordinator at Heart of Los Angeles, HOLA. During her tenure at HOLA, she developed a recruitment and retention model that later served in her exit portfolio for her doctorate in Organizational Management. At HOLA, Zorayda was recognized for expanding opportunities for more volunteers of all ages, educational backgrounds, organizations, and communities.


MarAnthony Aparicio, Public Relations Director at My New House

MarAnthony Aparicio, Public Relations Director at My New House

Concert Coordinator at Immanuel

MarAnthony attended Belmont High School where he obtained his high school diploma in one year. He later went on to attend Santa Monica City College where he received his Associate of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts, and then transferred to California State University Los Angeles where he acquired his Bachelors of Science in Business Administration with a Minor in Economy.

A retired surfer, MarAnthony serves this astonishing LA landmark – Immanuel Presbyterian Church – as the Concert Coordinator. He is also the founder and CEO of Cleaning Solutions Services.

MarAnthony loves the movie entertainment. He is always up to date with the new releases and celebrities news. His Instagram and Facebook pages often reveal his endeavors with celebrities. Watching the Oscars is in his priority list. He never misses one. MarAnthony is also a melómano (music lover) a true passionate at heart about life in general.

A Trailblazing globetrotter whose adventurous tales cover more than thirty European cities, Central America, Cuba, a World Cup – Brazil 2014 – Russia 2018 – and other places. His passions include business PR and nonprofits as well as helping the community, visiting and interacting with different cultures, history, social media, entertainment, arts, education, sports, technology, exercising, socializing, DJing, collecting and more.

Tania Priego, Finance Director at My New House

Tania Priego, Finance Director at My New House

Accounting Manager at DISNEY-Fox

Tania came to Hollywood, California from El Salvador at the age of three after fleeing her country from the civil war. In the late 80’s, Gangs, prostitutes, and drug dealers infested the streets of Hollywood. She attended Bancroft Middle School where she became involved with the local gang members causing her grades to drop as well as neglecting school attendance for weeks. At the time, she didn’t acknowledge the importance of an education. Until one day, a concerned teacher notified her parents about her dangerous endeavors. Her parents contacted the police to intervene. After seeing the frustration and disappointment of her parents, Tania realized that things had to change. Soon, she joined the LAPD explorer program. It was the best decision she had ever made. Her life made a complete turn. She then started to help in humanitarian projects, which consisted of helping other young rebellious children to stay in school. Tania graduated from Fairfax High School. Later, she attended Santa Monica College and then pursued her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Phoenix. In the present, Tania is the Accounting Manager at Disney-Fox. During tax season, Tania has her hands full assisting her faithful customers. Tania married her high school sweetheart, Victor Priego. She is a mother of two daughters. She is a strong woman, caring mother and loving wife, and wonderful friend. She loves spending time with her friends, family, hosting parties, and hanging out with her spoiled dogs.

Marlen Mejia, Operations Director at My New House

Marlen Mejia, Operations Director at My New House

Dental Technician

Gladys Marlen Mejia is Zorayda's twin sister. She comes from a hard-working business family with Palestine background.  In her childhood, Marlen was actively involved in various charitable activities including food and clothes distribution to the poor during the war and floods in El Salvador. In 1989, at the culmination of the war in El Salvador, the Mejia's house and business were destroyed.  While the family struggled to meet end needs, Marlen and Zorayda were sent to their grandparent's home in Los Angeles to complete High School. In 1992, Marlen earned her high school diploma from Hollywood High School. Later, she received an Associate of Science Degree in Dental Technology at Los Angeles City College, LACC.  After three years, Marlen obtained a certification in Advanced Prosthodontics, Maxillofacial, and Implantology Laboratory at University California Los Angeles, UCLA. Her passion is to help others. She currently assists in the coordination of Family Day of Joy, and church events. These are community events where families receive everything free, clothes, shoes, dental cleaning, personal hygiene, showers for homeless, food, meals, immigration assistance, and much more. Her vision is to assist her sister's organization, My New House, in the development of a dental clinic where the most disadvantaged will receive an affordable dental prosthesis and dental services.


Board of Directors