Sociedad Civil Comunidad Connect Staff

• Barrio La Curva INACS 3 cuadras al sur, Jinotega, Nicaragua • +505 8742 6598 • 

Yarisleidy Cortez

Director of Community Development

Yarisleidy was born and raised in San Juan del Sur and graduated from high school as valedictorian, after having presented her thesis entitled “The Ecological Culture of Nicaragua”. She continued that trend by graduating with good performance at UPOLI University with a degree in Business Administration. She started with Comunidad Connect by leading our environmental education projects and today she manages all of our community development work including the emblematic Nica Agua project.


Director of Youth Connections

Alejandro was born in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua and excelled in baseball from a young age. He eventually made it to the professional level and even pitched for the Nicaraguan national team. After a career-ending injury in 2006, he was hired by Comunidad Connect to manage our youth development and athletic program. Today, Youth Connections is our longest running program, includes several sports disciplines, and has become an irreplaceable resource for the youth of San Juan del Sur and surrounding areas. 

Maria de los Ángeles Pérez Peralta


María de los Ángeles Pérez Peralta is from Jinotega and has degree in Public Accounting and Finance from the Universidad Popular de Nicaragua – Jinotega and a diploma in Social Psychology from the Servicio Internacional de Educación, Hogar y Salud S.A, Managua. After working with various community projects and organizations in Nicaragua, Maria joined the Comunidad Connect team in January 2017. She is our Accountant and HR Manager, and enjoys supporting the staff in the implementation of all programs and projects of the organization

Enma Gutiérrez

Los Robles Clinic Nurse and 'Together For Health' Manager

Enma was born in San Rafael del Norte in the Department of Jinotega. She studied banking services at INTAE Jinotega and Professional Nursing at UNAN Managua at the La Trinidad Esteli campus. She received her public health license from UNAN Managua. Enma started working with Comunidad Connect in the Los Robles Clinic in October, 2017 and is responsible for a catchment area of over 3,000 people.


Comunidad Connect Staff

Jon Thompson

CEO and Co-Founder

Born and raised in Atlanta, GA, Jon graduated from Centre College in 1997 with a B.A. in History.  He first visited Nicaragua in 1998, returned every year thereafter, and married his wife from there in 2002. That same year, Jon obtained his Masters of Social Work with a concentration in Community Partnerships from Georgia State University. Jon and Arelis moved to San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua full time in 2005, and Comunidad Connect was founded shortly thereafter. After 10 years in Nicaragua, Jon and Arelis returned to Atlanta where they now live with their children Jon Rockett and Camila. Jon is CEO and a board member for Comunidad Connect.

Eliesel Hernandes

Dominican Republic Project Coordinator


Eliesel is from the city of Montellano in the Dominican Republic. Beginning first as a translator for Comunidad Connect’s service-learning groups, he officially joined the team in 2019. A fantastic group leader, Eliesel is one of the nicest people you will ever meet. It is probable he will teach you how to dance and sing too. 

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