Ana Gonzalez - The Alliance FEC Program Manager
Ana Gonzalez, has over 17 years of experience in a variety of non-profit management roles.. Ana has a Master’s Degree in Social Work and Counseling
from Texas A&M University with an undergraduate degree in Psychology.
Ana has an extensive background in case management and has learned to advocate for her clients. “My greatest passion is seeing clients become self-sufficient and financially empowered! Taking control of their financial future makes me happy!”
On her spare time, Ana spends time with her daughter Ava doing DIY projects and running after their dog Bruno!
Maria Franco - Administrative / Data Support
Maria Franco, has two degrees in Finance and Business Management with a concentration in Leadership from the University of Houston. She graduated Magna Cum Laude and subsequently completed a Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in Technology. She also completed her internship at MassMutual as a financial advisor receiving recognition for her stellar performance.. Maria Franco carries out activities such as translation, design, and marketing independently.
Now as a bilingual coordinator of data and public benefits at HFEC, she serves the Houston community so they can reach their financial goals and have a better quality of life.
Noemi Flores - Financial Counselor
Noemi Flores, has a background in predatory lending, retail management, and database administration. This vast background required an emphasis on customer relations and consumer goals, and consumer economic growth. She has strategically applied her experience to educate, empower and change the financially disadvantaged economic outlook.
She served Houston East End’s community as a Financial Coach for 2 years with a non-profit partner of the Greater Houston United Way Financial Network. Noemi is Certified as a Credit Counselor by the National Association of Certified Credit Counselors.
As a Financial Counselor, being able to gain people’s trust, and respect is a privilege that she holds to the highest regard. She is committed to a person’s overall success. She looks forward to helping the community with their financial needs.
Noemi and her spouse have recently expanded their family, and are learning what it is to have 3 daughters, 2 of which being a year apart. She spends most of her personal time being a “Total Dance MOM” to her older competitive daughter. “Let’s get this!”
Lydia Sims - Financial Counselor
“As someone who has fallen from financial grace and worked my way back into a healthy financial situation, working with those who need financial guidance and support is my passion. I have always pursued interests in supporting those who need help whether it be financially, mentally, or therapeutically. As a former Substance Abuse Counselor, AmeriCORPs VISTA, and a current Financial Counselor, I have seen the highs and lows of the Human Condition and stand proud to be a part of a support system that can be beneficial for all. I am a recent Master’s graduate from the University of Houston-Downtown, an avid reader, and an aspiring writer who hopes to change the world one person at a time.”
Marcus Hill - Financial Counselor
Proud Houston resident for nearly 15 years, what I love most about Houston is its culture and diversity. My passion for helping those who are willing to lace up their boot straps and help themselves led me to The Alliance in 2018, as I worked to help Hurricane Harvey survivors gain the necessary resources to rebuild after the storm. Transitioning into a fulltime role as a Financial Counselor in 2019, I now proudly serve the Houston FEC.
As a Financial Counselor, I most love working with clients to gain stability now and build for the future of their families. I most love working with visionaries—anyone with a dream in their heart and the courage to pursue it. I am a US Army Veteran and also love working with fellow Veterans and the incarcerated/formerly incarcerated. I believe that change is possible but never comes without struggle.
I am a proud father of three who enjoys playing with, teaching and investing in my children. I enjoy playing softball and fishing, which help me separate from the challenges of life long enough to recharge and fight another day. I believe that each day is a gift and an opportunity to serve others. This I do passionately each and every day. “Let’s journey together toward your vision.”
Jose Manuel Diaz - Financial Counselor
Originally from Chicago, Jose Manuel Diaz has spent his early years growing up in the East End of Houston, TX. Jose has work experience with predatory lending and financial coaching. Prior to joining the Houston Financial Empowerment Center, Jose gained his experience in social services as a Career Coach and then a Training Instructor.
“I can easily identify with our clients. I have been where they are, I know how to get the types of jobs many are seeking and can use experience in predatory lending to be part of a support system to help clients reach their goals.”
Jose is enthusiastic about helping the community and sits on various planning committees in the Greater Houston area. Since 2000, he has assisted the Hispanic community, specifically with immigrant children.
Christina Nguyen - Financial Counselor
Christina Nguyen has a master's degree in Business Administration focusing on International Business from Houston Baptist University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. She is a first-generation Vietnamese American who understands the challenges of the language barrier and lack of resources for those with limited English proficiency. Christina outreaches and advocates for the Vietnamese community. In addition, she has worked with the Army Emergency Relief in assisting service members with their finances. Christina is eager and passionate about helping the underserved community to become self-sufficient and take control of their finances.
Sarah Imran - Intern
Sarah Imran is a rising junior at the University of Houston, Main Campus. Sarah has been and remains to be an advocate and activist for her community, both on campus and in Houston. At the university, she majors in Political Science with a double minor in Law, Values, Policy and Economics. She is also a member of the Honors College, as well as the elected Undergraduate at Large Senator for UH’s 58th Student Government Association with over 30,000 constituents. She has hopes and plans to address issues on campus such as mental health service reform, financial aid and counseling, and uplifting student voices. In Houston as a whole, Sarah has worked at the Mayor’s Office of Complete Communities, which addresses problems and concerns of Houston’s 10 most underserved and under-resourced communities. Additionally, Sarah is registered Volunteer Deputy Voting Registrar, as well as a consistent volunteer through a number of organizations that assisted during crises within the community, such as NACC, NAACP, the Houston Food Bank and more. She would love to further her work as a public servant and moving policy towards public benefit and progressive reform.
Stella McClure - Intern
Stella McClure is a senior at the University of Houston double majoring in Political Science and Public Relations, graduating Spring 2022. She has been interning for the Mayor’s Office of Complete Communities and its Houston Financial Empowerment Program since October 2020. Since 2019, she has also been volunteering with the national civil rights organization, Rise, to pass sexual assault survivors’ rights legislation state by state. As their Texas State Organizer, Stella was able to advocate for the passage of HB 2706, which concerns survivors’ emergency services and evidence preservation and analysis, during the 87th legislature. She has also volunteered with a congressional campaign, local voter registration efforts, and youth homeless and drop in shelters. After graduation, Stella plans to pursue a masters in Global or International Communication and work to continue fighting for other important civil and human rights causes.