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Meet our Staff


Jennifer Arguello

Elementary Program Coordinator

Jennifer, representing the city of Azusa, joined the NHH team in August 2021. She has been an Azusa resident since 2008 and now considers this community her home. Jennifer graduated from California State University, Northridge with her B.A in Communication Studies. For several years now, she has been an active member of the community working closely with families in Azusa. Jennifer is passionate about working with NHH and their faithfulness to empower and elevate the youth in Azusa.


Stephanie D'Avirro

Director of Programs

Stephanie, from neighboring Glendora, has been with NHH since 2015 as Director of Programs. Previously, she served for several years in a nonprofit for children in South Los Angeles. Stephanie graduated from Cal Poly Pomona in 2008 with a degree in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in elementary education. She brings strong teaching skills both at the elementary and middle school levels and has experience in relating to others in a cross-cultural setting. In addition, Stephanie’s experience in urban ministry has equipped her well to support the families of Azusa and to help them thrive.

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Kaelyn Garcia

Volunteer Coordinator

Kaelyn, from the neighboring city of Glendora, joined the NHH team in 2021 as a Teen Program Assistant and later on as a Social- Emotional Intern. She is a current student at Azusa Pacific University and will be graduating in 2023 with a B.A. in Psychology. Through her work at NHH her passion and commitment grew for serving Azusa students and their families through the resources that NHH provides. This new passion inspired Kaelyn to further her commitment to Azusa families as the Volunteer Coordinator. She recognizes first-hand the positive academic and social impact that mentors can have on Azusa students and is excited to have the opportunity to contribute to the creation of these positive relationships.


Elizabeth Guardado-Maeda


Elizabeth, from the City of Whittier, joined NHH in 2014 as an Administrative Assistant during her four year college journey earning her B.A. in Business Management in 2018. At NHH, She relates to the students and families NHH’s serves who are also striving for a better future. She saw the importance of the difficult “behind-the scenes” work that would help NHH mission continue to flourish. Her devotion to NHH and the need for a passionate human calculator lead her to take her place on the team as bookkeeper. Elizabeth has stayed connected after graduation and continues to make a difference by doing the books for NHH.


Lesley Guzman

Early Childhood and Family Engagement Coordinator

Lesley, from the neighboring city of Baldwin Park, joined the NHH team in December 2021. She previously volunteered as a mentor at NHH in 2020. While being a volunteer, she realized she wanted to work with NHH because she saw all of the support and sense of community created within the organization. Lesley earned her B.A. in Criminal Justice from Azusa Pacific University in 2022. She is excited to partner with the children and parents in the NHH program, and is very passionate about preparing and empowering the youth for their next journey in their academic life.


Jennifer Hicks

Executive Director

Jennifer, originally from Hacienda Heights, joined the NHH team in July of 2014. She has worked in after-school programs since 2002, primarily serving vulnerable communities. She holds a B.A. in History from the University of Arizona and a M.A. in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. Previously the Director of Programs for a faith-based nonprofit in LA's skid row, Jennifer is enthusiastic about engaging churches in the needs of local under-resourced communities for the common good of both groups. She loves NHH's commitment to parent empowerment and development as a distinctive piece of empowering Azusa's families.

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Stephanie Urias

Administrative Coordinator

Stephanie, from the neighboring city of Duarte, joined NHH in 2018 as a Program Assistant. While working with NHH as an undergraduate student, she loved the community, support, and resources NHH provided for both the staff and families served. After graduating from Azusa Pacific University in 2021 with a B.A. in Psychology, she decided to continue her work at NHH with much of the “behind the scenes” work that occurs at NHH as the Administrative Coordinator. Stephanie greatly enjoys working on the administrative tasks that keep the program running smoothly, as well as the connectedness to staff and families that comes with working at NHH.


Darincka Vargas

Teen and Alumni Coordinator

Darincka, an Azusa native and joined the NHH team in August of 2020. She grew up attending the program as a child and held onto the values of community that she learned there. Darincka graduated Azusa Pacific University with her BA in Communication Studies and a minor in Biblical Studies in 2020. Her passion for the city of Azusa has led her to be an active member in the community. Through her years of volunteering in the community she has developed a passion for equipping the youth in Azusa with the resources they need to reach their full potential.  

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