Such a strong foundation is rooted in the people who built this organization. We’re not only surrounded by beautiful land but beautiful people, who share the same goals and values.
Mario is co-founder and Executive Director of Hearts in Action where he oversees the operation and international branches. He was raised in the Amazon jungle outside of Iquitos, Peru. His career started in a Peruvian fishing-mining company where he excelled in his responsabilities and leadership. A pivotal moment came in life when he started working with children and youth. They became his passion and life long profession. Known as “Super Mario”, his dedication to training leaders, sharing with youth and developing curriculum, over the years, has influenced millions of lives. Currently, Mario is working in Guatemala & Colombia influencing the national educational systems with a program he authored called, Festivalores. He is a father figure to many young people and a voice for them in the nations. He labors tirelessly to communicate effectively to reach their hearts because their poverty is not only material but emotional and spiritual.
Suzanne is co-founder and Educational Director at Hearts in Action. She grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and has always loved children. During her University years she traveled Central and South America. Along the way, she met her husband, Mario, in Peru. Her passion for teaching and cultures led her on a journey around the world and has uniquely equipped her to run the Jungle School. Under her creative direction, the school continues to grow and reach more children from villages where quality education is scarce. Her heart is to share the goodness and love of God. She helped launch Itza Wood, the first business at HIA. She has plans for other businesses to break the poverty cycle, better the quality of education, improve nutrition and to provide more jobs in the communities.
From the sand dunes of Peru to the verdent jungles of Guatemala, Mario and Suzanne have lived an extraordinary adventure traveling the globe together sharing good news with thousands of leaders, teachers and young people. As gifted international speakers they raise awareness and challenge leaders of all ages to create positive change in our world.