Local nonprofit Corazón Healdsburg — which provides ample services to our Hispanic community, and hosts events that “amplify the local Latin-American voice” and “celebrate diversity, equity, and inclusion” here in town — finally has a top dog again. This, almost two years after the org’s first and only CEO, Glaydon de Freitas, quietly vacated his position. (Not sure what happened there.) Within a few months of the CEO’s departure in 2022, Corazón announced that well-respected community activist and Geyserville native Marcy Flores, who had already been “overseeing programs and direct client services,” would become interim executive director — supported and guided by the org’s founders and board members. Now, many months later, Flores is losing the “interim.” Corazón spokesperson Holly Fox sent the following press release to the Trib yesterday: “The board of directors of Healdsburg-based nonprofit Corazón Healdsburg proudly announced today that veteran advocate and community activist Marcy Flores would be stepping into the permanent executive director role for the organization. ‘We’re so thrilled to have a leader of Flores’ caliber at the helm of Corazón Healdsburg,’ Board Chair Leigh Stokes said. ‘Under her guidance, Corazón Healdsburg has already been meeting the needs of so many in our community; we couldn’t have more confidence in her leadership.'” And the new director herself says in the release: “This appointment is a powerful affirmation for women and BIPOC individuals of the incredible wealth we bring to our community in positions of leadership and underscores my deep personal commitment to the community that raised me. In my time at Corazón, I’ve seen the strength and spirit of our community. Together with the team and board, I am excited to lead Corazón Healdsburg into its next chapter.” (Source: Corazón Healdsburg & Corazón Healdsburg via MailChimp & Press Democrat; paywall)

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Simone Wilson was born and raised in Healdsburg, CA, where she was the editor of the Healdsburg High School Hound's Bark. She has since worked as a local journalist for publications in San Diego, Los Angeles, New York City and the Middle East. Simone is now a senior product manager and staff writer for the Healdsburg Tribune.


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