Our Team!
Teresa P. Organista
President & Founder
teresa.p@casaquetzalcoatl.org
I am Teresa Organista, mother of 5 children. I immigrated with my husband Mario M. Organista and children over 19 years ago from Mexico City to Salt Lake City because of my husband's job with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I have a Bachelor Degree in Psychology at the Autonomous National University of Mexico (UNAM). This is where I first become passionate in education.

I become a counselor and educational coordinator in Mexico, this experience gave me the opportunity to understand the challenges that students and parents face in education. I have learned so much as an immigrant parent in how to navigate the schooling system and my love for my children has guided me to help them succeed. Teresa is currently the part-time Parent Specialist at West High School, under Utah Valley University.
Joél-Léhi Organista
Vice-President & Founder
joel.lehi@casaquetzalcoatl.org
Joél-Léhi Organista was born in Chapultepec Mexico City, Mexico then immigrated with his family to Salt Lake City, Utah when he was in elementary school.

He has his Masters degree from Columbia University, Teachers College in Sociology and Education. His undergraduate degree is in Social Justice Pedagogy, with a certificate in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Utah. He's a polyglot who speaks Spanish, English, Japanese, Portuguese, and Nahuatl.
Mario R. Organista
Advisor & Founder
marior.organista@casaquetzalcoatl.org
Mario R. Organista attended West High and graduated from the University of Utah with a B.A in Political Science & B.A. in International Studies. This prompted him to complete 4 internships with the 2013 Utah Legislative Session, United State Senate in Washington D.C., the British Parliament in the UK, and Mexican government in Mexico City.

He currently works for Salt Lake Community College as an adviser for the PACE Scholarship Program. Also, proud member of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity and Utah Wasatch Lodge #1 of Free Masonry.
Mario M. Organista
Advisor & Founder
Mario M. Organista was born in Los Angels, California. He has a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration. He’s a huge advocate and example of the importance of being bilingual.
Joelette Organista
Intern
joelette@casaquetzalcoatl.org
Joelette is our first intern. She graduated from West High School with the IB (International Baccalaureate) Diploma. She is currently studying at the University of Utah. Her dream is to become a pilot!
These are the Latinx leaders in Utah serving as the Co-Leads of the Chinampas and Communities within Imaginemos Utah. They completed the Imaginemos Utah Leadership Course.
Giovanni Giannoni
Gianfranco Fernandez-Ruiz
Diana Miron-Valadez
Business Chinampa Co-Lead
business.chinampa@casaquetzalcoatl.org
Angelica Archuleta
Jeremy Reynoso
Franz Villate
Alejandro Puy
Elected & Public Servant Chinampa Co-Lead
public.servants.chinampa@casaquetzalcoatl.org
Yesenia Timoteo
Elected & Public Servant Chinampa Co-Lead
public.servants.chinampa@casaquetzalcoatl.org
Eduardo Diaz-Vela
Olivia Juarez
Lucila Fernandez
Carmen ValDez
Diego Romo
Media Chinampa Co-Lead
media.chinampa@casaquetzalcoatl.org
Miriam Teriipaia
Media Chinampa Co-Lead
media.chinampa@casaquetzalcoatl.org
Joaquin Barrios
Media Chinampa Co-Lead
media.chinampa@casaquetzalcoatl.org
Jorge Chauca Villar
Media Chinampa Co-Lead
media.chinampa@casaquetzalcoatl.org
David Sanchez
Joseph Arrington
Candida Duran Taveras
Esteban Benites-Moreno
Jhouleen Bravo
Joelette Organista
Nicholas Alba