Sharing the power of literacy and building a brighter future for our learners…
Meet Our Team
Juan Pablo Padilla
Juan Pablo Padilla serves as Executive Director of Corazon a Corazon. Ministry and working with people is his passion, and he is eternally thankful for his Pastoral Juvenil origins. Juan Pablo studied Ethnic Studies at Glendale College near Los Angeles and Philosophy at the Universidad Intercontinental in Mexico City. His background is in Civic and Faith Based Community Organizing. Among his hobbies are the fine arts, music, and hiking.
Phone: (708) 377-7760
Gina Perez- Giblin
Assistant Director/ Coordinator of Youth Programs
Gina earned a bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems at DeVry Institute of Technology. Gina comes to Corazón from the Diocese of Joliet where she was Administrative Assistant to the Office of Divine Worship. Prior to working at the Diocese of Joliet, Gina worked for Medicare and is a certified Medical Interpreter. Her experience includes a mission trip to Bolivia. At Corazón she is determined to continue her work of enabling others.
Phone: (708) 377-7761
Sr. Miriam Patrick Cummings, SSND
Coordinator of Mission Integration
A longtime educator, Sister Miriam Patrick has an MA from DePaul University and years of experience as teacher and principal. She has served as Chair of Board of Trustees in several institutions and most recently served as Associate Director of the Office of Vicar for Priests in the Archdiocese of Chicago.
Phone: (708) 377-7764
Director of ESL Programs
Margarita Silva is Corazón a Corazón’s English as a Second Language Coordinator. Margarita is a graduate of Chicago State University and has received a BA in Spanish. A native of Chicago’s Southside, Margarita is driven to help serve the surrounding communities through education.
Phone: (708) 377-7762
Board of Trustees
Sister Mary Fitzgerald, SSND (Council Liaison)
Martha J. Welter (Chair)
Sister Rose Cecile Espinos
Michael E. O’Neill
Pablo Padilla (Executive Director)
Sister Dorothy Young, SSND
The School Sisters of Notre Dame have a long history as educators with an interest in immigrants. The SSND’s came to the United States in 1847 at the request of Bishops to serve the children of German immigrants and soon taught all who came to them looking for quality faith-based education. Notre Dame Sisters served many parishes in the Archdiocese of Chicago. Several of them, along with the Academy of Our Lady (Longwood) served students of every race for over one hundred years in the south part of the Archdiocese. In the late 90s when AOL closed and the SSNDs no longer staffed those parish schools, the Sisters sought a way to maintain a presence and service in this part of the Chicagoland area and the Archdiocese of Chicago. Corazon a Corazon, “heart to heart” came to life in response to perceived needs in the area. Much joy, amid struggle, brought us to where we are today: a sponsored ministry of the School Sisters of Notre Dame providing one on one ESL to adults and After School and summer programs for elementary school students. With dedicated staff and volunteers, we continue to share SSND values and vision as we move into a future full of hope.