Board Member

​​​Director..............................Rafael Palomar
President............................Eddie Nuñez
Vice President....................Rene Bonilla
Treasurer............................Teresa Serrano

Our Staff

Paco Licea (The Realtor)

Board Member

Frank "Paco" Licea has been a local Realtor since 2001.  As CEO of RX Real Estate & Paco & Associates he has been a leader in our industry for over 15 years.  He believes in empowering sellers & buyers by education.  You often hear him say that he is just a "Story teller of the American Dream".  He prides himself in helping people buy & sell the American Dream.  

When he is not fighting for his clients, he is fighting for property rights.  In the last 10 years he has been fighting behind the scenes to make our industry better.  He is currently President of the Inland Valley Association of Realtors.  He also has been a California Association of Realtors Director, member of the legislative committee, past trustee of the local candidate recommendation committee, and currently is a key contact for his local congressman and assembly woman.  

When he is not helping people with the American Dream he is giving back to his community.  He currently serves as a director on the City of Riverside Library Foundation, director with Victoria Avenue Forever Foundation, and giving classes for the city of Riverside on real estate. But his #1 love is family.  His most important role is playing dad to his 9 year old daughter!

Vice President

Rafael Palomar

A living legend of mariachi, former member of the Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan, professional arranger,

maestro and artistic/musical director. 

Rafael Palomar was born in the port of Veracruz, Mexico. At the age of thirteen, he began working at the

Plaza Garibaldi with different groups while studying high school and the Escuela Libre de Música
(music school) of the city of Mexico.

For 15 years Rafael worked with el Mariachi "Charros de Ameca". It was during this time when he first recorded the famous song "El Mariachi Loco",  a composition of his father, Mr Román Palomar. It was with this group, while on tour, that he first came to the United States of America accompanying Charro del Misterio, Las Jilguerillas and Mr. Montemayor.

At the age of 15 years he had the opportunity to record with his father all the productions of Los Hermanos Zaizar, Federico Villa and many others.
At age 17, he was part of the Mariachi Latino, working in the well-known restaurant "Plaza Santa Cecilia" of  Mexico City, accompanying famous artists, such as

Las Hermanitas Nuñez, Marco Antonio Vasquez, Manuel López Ochoa, Magda Franco, María Elena Sandoval and many more.
As a soloist for the Charros de Ameca his most important work was to record classical music, waltzes and polkas.

From the age of 23 until the age of 46, he had the great opportunity of being a member of the "MARIACHI VARGAS DE TECALITLAN". With them, he traveled

to many places in the world like the United States, Japan, the Netherlands, Canada, China, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Chile, Peru, etc.
He has accompanied many artists, among them: Lucha Villa, Lucero, Beatriz Adriana, Luis Miguel, Alejandro and Vicente Fernandez, Estela Nuñez, Aida Cuevas, and Guadalupe Pineda.

Working with the great Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan, was very significant and important to his career because he participated in 35 recording productions.
At the age of 47 he retired from the Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan and devoted himself to working as a musical director for Mr. Ezequiel Peña, accompanying him

on his tour of all the Mexican Republic with the group "Mariachi Palomar of Ameca" and managing at the same time the band.
Today Rafael Palomar resides in the United States, gives singing lessons, and in his free time is dedicated to making musical arrangements for artists and mariachi groups as requested.



I graduated from California State University of Fullerton. I hold a Bachelor degree in Criminal Justice. I serve as a board member representative for the Board of

Directors of HERENCIA Mariachi Academy. I have two young children in the program who play trumpet and vihuela.

I strongly believe that actively learning to play an instrument helps a child develop their brain as well as their academic achievement.  HERENCIA Mariachi

Academy has been founded to inspire all its students through music while simultaneously supporting, encouraging and inspiring them to show their hidden artistic

talents.  My vision is to take each child’s musical skills to even greater levels than they could have ever imagined and show your child that if they believe you

can…then you can!

​​Aidee Lopez

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​I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. I attended California Baptist University where I graduated with a Bachelors in Sociology and a Masters in Counseling Psychology. I have 3 beautiful children two have been part of the Mariachi program since its development. My daughter played the Guitar and Guitarron, who now has transition to UC Merced to venture in her goals of higher education. My youngest is part of the Beginners II, where he is learning to play the guitar.

I am a true believer that you must invest in your children to help them discover the greatness in them. The programs goal is to expose children to an overall educational experience through art. We as a community must stop making excuses and make progress for the new generation. The vision is to help children discover culture, heritage, and be diverse community through Mariachi music. We want our program to help children and youth innovate themselves so that they grow up with a sense of identify and security of who they are. I am proud to be part of this movement in my community.  ​

Rene Bonilla


Secretary............................Maria Licea-Gonzalez
Public Relations.................TBA
Fundraiser Coordinator......Aidee Lopez
Board Members.................Paco Licea, 

                                           Mayra Najar,

​                                           Maribel Ponce



Teresa Serrano

Eddie Nuñez

I was born to immigrant parents in the city of Indio, California. After graduating from high school in 1985, I attended the University of California, Irvine where I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Humanities with emphasis in bilingual education. While there, I danced in the "Ballet Folklorico de UCI". I have two

beautiful daughters who are involved in the mariachi program.

A program like HERENCIA Mariachi Academy, is needed in the community to instill positive reinforcement for young children and a way to keep them involved
in positive activities. HERENCIA Mariachi Academy teaches students to appreciate a piece of their culture and heritage, while at the same time, teaches them to play and sing mariachi music.

I am a native of Tijuana Baja California, Mexico. I attended Santa Ana High school and graduated from University of Phoenix with a Bachelor of Science in

Business Management. I have been a State Farm Agent in the city of Santa Ana for the past 15 years.  Prior to becoming a State Farm agent, I was a Coldwell

Banker Realtor in the city of Anaheim.

My current associations are: Secretary for Relampago Del Cielo Grupo Folklorico; Choir Director of St. Barbara’s Spanish choir; Coordinator of Busqueda

De Cristo; Member of St. Barbara’s Hispanic Parish Council; Volunteer for the NeighborWorks Orange County; Volunteer to feed the homeless in Santa Ana;

Advocate, and volunteer for Rancho Nazaret boys orphanage in Tecate , B.C. Mexico.

I am a recipient of the following awards: Neighborhood Housing award - Community Service 2006; 2007 Latino OC 100 – Business Leader; State Farm Circle of Excellence – Public and community Service 2003 & 2007; and 2009 Women making a difference Award.

Mayra Najar

Board Member

​Mayra Najar epitomizes integrity, energy, hard work, and creative services in every aspect of her life. Mayra grew up in Corona, California and was aspired to help others from  very early stage in her life.  Starting at a young age of 18, she has been working in the medical field for over 15 years.  She is currently employed at St. Bernardines Medical Center working in the Operating room as an Orthopedic Assistant.  She is passionate about caring for the lives of her patients.  Mayra is also a wife and mother of 2 boys; she has a strong devotion to God, her husband and her kids.  An athlete by nature and a bookworm by heart Mayra values spending time in the outdoors with her family.

Mayra is currently attending Grand Canyon University in pursue to receive her Bachelor's degree of Science in the Counseling in Substance abuse and Addiction.  Soon after graduating GCU her goal is to apply at Loma Linda University to achieve her Master's degree in Physician Assistant. 

Mayra and her boys have been part of Herencia Mariachi Academy for over 2 years.  Her family enjoys being part of the academy and will continue to support  in any way they can.  

Five words you can count on from Mayra Najar is love, integrity, commitment, passion, and fun.