Jose Carlos Silva
CPA by Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), where he also studied a post graduate degree on Business Law and International Tax. Jose Carlos joined the Mexico City office of CHEVEZ, RUIZ, ZAMARRIPA in 1989 (admitted to Partnership in 1999) a Firm of Lawyers and Accountants devoted to Mexican and International Taxation issues. He is author of several publications related to international taxation, published in Mexico and internationally. He is a member of the International Fiscal Association. He is member of the JUCONI Board since 2009.
William has an MSW in Social Administration from the University of Maryland. He ran awholesale distribution business in the sign industry for 15 years and has an extensive background in both non for profit and business consulting. William has run development departments and raised money for a number of great causes including The Hunger Project, The League for People with disabilities, Maryland Holmes for the Disabled, and The Maryland School for the Blind.
Melinda holds a Ph.D. in International Studies from the University of Denver. Melinda’s profile of corporate and academic experience in both the U.S. and internationally includes Vice President of the International Division of SIRVA Global Relocation Services; Director Strategic Planning, Qwest Telecommunications; Manager, Language Translation Services, Oracle Software; and adjunct professor positions at the University of Denver and Troy State University.
Growing up in a small town in central Kansas, Norman Mueller did not have the opportunity to experience the excitement and wonder of foreign travel until he and his wife travelled to Mexico on their honeymoon in 1974. After they both completed the Colorado bar examination—and delaying their departure by one day to experience the joy of watching President Nixon resign from office—the couple crossed into Mexico at Nuevo Laredo in their 1964 Toyota Corona with $300 in their pockets. For three weeks, they drove from Monterrey to Tampico, to Pachuca, to DF, to Morelia and Patzcuaro, to Guadalajara, to San Blas, to Hermosillo and returned to the United States at Nogales with $10 remaining—enough for a room at the Motel 6 and a hamburger—and memories to last a lifetime. And Norm fell in love with Mexico.
A graduate of the University of Kansas and the Yale Law School, Norm practices law at Haddon, Morgan and Foreman P.C. in Denver, Colorado, where he has been a shareholder since 1983. He handles trials and appeals in both state and federal courts, has been listed in Best Lawyers in American for a number of years in the fields of appellate practice, criminal law and commercial litigation, and has been named a Colorado Super Lawyer in appellate practice for many years.
Norm’s passion for Mexico and other Latin cultures has driven his effort to become conversant in Spanish, a task he is discovering is never-ending. Norm has studied in Guadalajara, Morelia, Oaxaca, and Cartagena, Columbia and happily acknowledges he must return to new venues at least on an annual basis to continue his quest for improved Spanish skills. Norm first toured JUCONI in 2008 and the next year visited during an Insight trip. He was hooked. He is humbled and inspired by the work of JUCONI, the dedication and skill of its staff, and the street-involved children of Pueblo and their families this dynamic organization serves. He is a board member of TWC to do his part to support the important work of JUCONI.
Luis Alberto Aziz
Luis Alberto is a founding member of Aklara and a legal counselor for the NAFTA Fund. He is also a board member of the Road 9, Inc., the editorial group Armonia, and is president of the board for Baskin Robbins Mexico. As part of his pro-bono work, Luis Alberto was the Chairman of the JUCONI Board for 3 years.
Joanna (Jo) is British, and one of the co-founders of JUCONI Foundation. She is a personal and executive coach, certified by the Newfield Network and International Coaching Federation. She is a former British diplomat and has lived in Mexico for 28 years. She is married with three sons, who have inspired her to do what she can to help other children have the chance to shine. She is co-founder of a children's day center in Mexico City and has served on the board of three other non-profits in Mexico, including the ABC Hospital. In 2010 she was awarded the MBE by Queen Elizabeth for service to street children and the community.