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

                                           Elizabeth Maciel, Mayra Najar,

​                                           Maribel Ponce, Lorena Urzua



Rene Bonilla

Eddie Nuñez

Teresa Serrano

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.


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.

Board Member

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

I graduated from California Baptist University. I hold a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology. I serve as the Treasurer for the Board of Directors of HERENCIA Mariachi Academy. I have three young children in the program who play guitar and trumpet.

I believe music is an alternative way to helping children have a positive direction in their lives. It keeps them away from negative behaviors and thoughts. It 

increases their self-esteem, making them become secure individuals in life. My vision behind the program is to see young children have a higher education, along

with good values and morals, so that they become productive citizens in the near future.

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!

Our Staff

Aidee Lopez

Vice President

Rafael Palomar