Board of Directors
Founder, Artistic Director, & Chair
Federico Guerrero is the founder and Director of Grupo Folklorico Herencia Mexicana. He began dancing folklorico at the age of 3 while his aunt Magdalena performed every weekend in Old Town San Diego. Thanks to her, Federico was introduce to Folklore Mexicano. He continued dancing through school and took various courses in Guadalajara, Jalisco. He has over 15 years of experience teaching Folklorico and began his teaching experience at Olivewood Elementary, in National City. He continues to teach the traditions of our Mexican Culture and share his passion with others through performances and classes. He has taught here locally in San Diego, as well as various workshops throughout the US and Mexico. In 2018, We founded GFHM and the company continues to grow. Grupo Folklorico Herencia Mexicana has been the official Dance Group for Sea World’s “Viva la Musica!”, have participated in International Mariachi Festivals and have performed for various organizations, community, and private events.
Assistant Director, Internal Affairs Officer, and Founding Member
Jacqueline Alvarez is the Assistant Director and officer of internal relationships of Grupo Folklorico Herencia Mexicana. She is a began dancing Folklorico at the age of 5 watching and admiring her sister perform on stage for many years. Looking up to her sister, Jaqueline fell in love with her Mexican roots and the love for performing in front of many people. She continued to dance all throughout her school years and upon graduating from high school she met Federico (founder of GFHM). In 2018 she began dancing with GFHM and after 3 years she become one of the team instructors. During her involvement with GFHM, Jaqueline has performed at Sea World, Knotts Berry Farm, Del Mar Fair, and many more community events throughout the county of San Diego. In addition to folklorico, Jacqueline also runs a small business with her mother called "Las Delicias" selling empanadas and cookies.
Co-chair and Founding Member
Jessica Robledo-Hauenstein was born and raised in San Diego. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who specializes in working with families, children and adolescents. She has been with GFHM since 2018. Jessica always wanted to join a Folklorico group as a child but she didn’t have an opportunity to do so until she was 34. As an adult she built the courage to join a group without having any dance experience at all and without knowing anyone in the group. Eventually that group evolved into today’s amazing GFHM. She enjoys learning the art of Folklorico and it’s rich history. During her time with GFHM she has performed at Seaworld’s 2019 Viva La Musica, San Diego Pride 2019, and community and private events. Jessica took a break from dancing at the end of 2019 to have her son but, remained an active board member. Her goals as dancer is to learn more techniques and skirt work so that her son can see her perform one day.
Secretary and Founding Member
Originally from Jalisco, Mexico Alma grew up in South Central Los Angeles. She has a B.A. from Stanford and a Law degree from Stanford Law School. She works as an attorney in San Diego, CA and is a member of the Board of Directors and alumni of the Independent School
Alliance for Minority Affairs and whose mission is to increase access of minority students to independent schools and to act as a resource to schools in their individual efforts to address issues of racial diversity and multicultural education. Alma began her dancing career with the Ballet Folklórico de Stanford under the direction of Dr.
Susan Cashion and Ramon Morones, Co-founders of the Asociación Nacional de Grupos Folklóricos(ANGF) and Los Lupeños. She was a founding member of the Washington, D.C. based De Colores Mexican Folk Dance Company and later moved to San Diego and joined
Ballet Folklórico en Aztlán at the Centro Cultural de La Raza. Alma joined the GFHM in 2017 and is proud to represent her culture and community.
Emmanuel Alonso is a National City resident with a love for the arts. Emmanuel Alonso was born and raised in San Diego, CA. Throughout the years he has been involved in the arts through dancing, music and photography. He is currently an events photographer and videographer. Emmanuel has a degree in anthrolopology with a minor in biochemistry. He is currently in school continuing his education working towards a degree in financial and analytics. Once complete, his goal is to become a financial advisor. Emmanuel is a father of two, a daughter and son. Both his daughter and wife are active bailarinas in Grupo Folklorico Herencia Mexicana.
Media and Community Engagement Officer
Mitzi Victorio is a National City resident and a bilingual educator. She is a 5th Dual Language Immersion Teacher for a school in the Spring Valley La Mesa School District. She has experience as a substitute teacher for the Chula Vista School District. Prior to substituting she worked for an after school program within the National School District titled REACH. Mitzi Victorio has a Masters degree in child development and certificate in Early Childhood Mental Health. Her teaching philosophy incorporates the arts and its importance on our youths development. She is a lover of the arts and grew up very involved in the arts through dance, music, and visual art. She is a mother of two and raises her children to experience the arts. Mitzi recently started folklorico classes through GFHM to connect with her daughter’s passion for Folklorico.
Eloisa Hernandez was born in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico and raised in Sunny San Diego. Elo is a stay at home mom of three and one furbaby. Elo's daughter joined GFHM and soon after placing her daughter in GFHM, Elo saw the opportunity to join GFHM. Eloisa has development experience through PTA and volunteering at her daughters school.