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A kind farewell and a warm welcome at Hearts of Gold

Natasha Verkley announced on Thursday, November 16, 2017, her resignation as Executive Director of the Hearts of Gold Foundation, and her entry into the position of President of the Executive Board. We would like to take the time to thank Natasha for her 4 years of service in Ecuador, and welcome her successor, Maria Jose Orellana, the first-ever Cuencana to serve as Director of an expat organization in Cuenca.

We would like to thank Natasha deeply for her service and commitment to Hearts of Gold during her time in Cuenca. Her legacy undoubtedly will continue with the evolution of the CAP program and the seeds that planted Hearts of Gold’s upcoming project, Mirame. As Natasha moves forward into her next chapter she shares with us, “In 2014 I said I’d hate to see us go away, but I’d love to see us go big. That’s exactly what we did. Now I’d say, let’s go big again.”

It is with much joy and anticipation that we welcome Maria Jose (“MJ”) Orellana as the Acting Executive Director of the Hearts of Gold Foundation.

MJ shares with us, “I am so excited and honored to step into the role as the Executive Director of the Hearts of Gold Foundation. I would like to thank Natasha for all she’s done in the last 4 years, making Cuenca her home and dedicating her life to Hearts of Gold to ensure it was the best it could possibly be. As Director I will take my inspiration from our nonprofit partners who remain strong, despite the struggles and personal and financial stress that they have gone through. I will carry the perseverance and resilience of these organizations with me as I lead the Hearts of Gold Foundation forward. I look forward to working with all of you, getting to know you, and have you involved as we support and strengthen the nonprofit community in my beautiful hometown of Cuenca, Ecuador. For our long-time supporters and those who are new to town, I ask you to join us Thursday, December 21, at our Christmas Gala to learn more about the work we do, and the future of Hearts of Gold.”

Read more about Natasha's impact on Hearts of Gold and MJ's vision for the future here:

We welcome you to greet MJ at Hearts of Gold’s 6th Annual Christmas in Cuenca Gala. Tickets are now available for purchase online or by phone at (07) 405 6197 (9 AM – 5 PM).