Association Staff

Joan Smith

Communications, Graphics, and Website Admin

Joan joined The Crossover Project team in 2019 and successfully navigated the preparations for the March of Remembrance Texas at Texas A&M University in the capacity of office administrator. Rozalie stretched Joan’s horizons commensurate with her passion for learning; Joan now handles all the graphics for The Crossover Project and HRA18 – web design, logos, communications, as well as blog writing.

Joan holds a B.S. in Business Administration and has worn multiple hats over the years; her background includes computer drafting, customer service in the insurance industry, and property management. She even manages to find time to substitute teach once a month.

Happiest when serving others, Joan volunteers at her congregation and at the local V.A. clinic, in addition to serving as a mentor for Cy-Fair ISD. She also enjoys her role as proprietor of a bed and breakfast for two Chihuahuas.

Victoria Perez

Communications Admin Assistant

Victoria joined the HRA18 team in October 2021. Her involvement in her church and the skills she has learned through her involvement in the ministry have been a beneficial help to the HRA18 organization. Victoria is currently studying for her Bachelor’s in Construction Management at the University of Houston.
Victoria grew up watching films and reading books of the events of the Holocaust and has had a heart for the events that ocurred.
Aside from HRA18, Victoria is heavily involved at the Spanish Pentecostal church that her father pastors in Crosby, TX. She enjoys quality time with her church family, family, and friends along with traveling and making new friends.

Mariel Rocha-Narvaez

Research Assistant for Social Media and Projects

Mariel joined the HRA18 social media and special projects team in October 2020. Her passion, media savvy and leadership have led to significant growth in the online fundraising and awareness campaigns. 

Mariel grew up in a third world country and was not aware of the Holocaust and its atrocities. After immigrating to the United States, the film The Boy in the Striped Pajamas sparked a desire in Mariel to learn more. A subsequent visit to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum proved to be an unforgettable experience.

Mariel loves adventure and is one of very few people who can boast of having been volcano-boarding on an active volcano (Cerro Negro in Leon, Nicaragua)!