Charlyn Belluzzo, MBA PhD ScD

Founder of Belos Cavalos, Global Health & Wellness Specialist

Dr. Belluzzo is an internationally-recognized global health expert, holding a doctorate in public health and tropical medicine. She has earned graduate degrees and post-graduate training from LaSalle University, the University of Colorado School of Business, Georgetown University School of Medicine and Tulane University of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

Her professional passion is to promote human health and wellness, strengthen communities, generate economic prosperity and enrich the lives of the world’s most vulnerable.

Along with Dr. Belluzzo’s health/wellness experience and business management background, she has received extensive training and is certified in equine assisted experiential learning and development by the Equine Experiential Education Association (E3A).

George Rodriquez

George Rodriquez

George’s expertise includes leadership/coaching, team building, cross functional relationship optimization, strategic sourcing, vendor relationships, go to market & process improvement.

He has held similar roles with premier global brands like Levi Strauss, Quiksilver & & Roxy, Oakley and Gymboree. His experience extends across all apparel categories including knits & wovens, tops & bottoms for men, women’s & children. His teams have sourced and developed product for surf, skate, motor sports, work & sportswear. George has traveled to and sourced in over 30 countries across the Western Hemisphere, North & South Asia, the Middle East and parts of Europe & Africa.

George received my BA from California State University at Fullerton and an EMBA from Chapman University. He received the Deans Award for Outstanding MBA student and am a member of the National Society of Hispanic MBA’s. He recently obtained certification as an Equine Experiential Facilitator from the Equine Experiential Association and plan to use this to support individual and team development.

Paul Axelrod, PhD

Learning and Development – Professional Training & Coaching

Dr. Paul Axelrod is an effective communicator and learning advocate with more than 12 years’ experience in healthcare administration, consulting and higher education. In addition to his role on the Belos Cavalos board of directors, Dr. Axelrod serves as a learning and development consultant at the University of California, San Francisco, and teaches at the University of San Francisco’s McLaren School of Management. He specializes in leadership development, organizational dynamics, professional coaching and mentoring, and experiential learning methods. He is also interested in mindfulness and other wellness-based approaches to personal and professional success.

Dr. Axelrod earned his BA in Political Science from the University of California Berkeley in 1990, and his PhD in Political Science from the University of Washington in 2000.

Jill Rivoli

Personal, Professional, and Leadership Development

Jill Rivoli is an experienced leader in the field of Equine Assisted Learning having facilitated 7000 participants in professional and personal growth experiences with horses. She is certified through the Equine Experiential Education Association and the Equine Guided Education Association. Her Masters work is in experiential learning and leadership development and she is the Corporate Leadership Development Specialist for Carmel Valley Ranch in Carmel, CA.

Her career in management has spanned 20 years in both for and nonprofit organizations.

Jill’s passion is mindfulness and helping people learn better ways of living, thriving, and connecting. Horses have proven the most effective, fun, and fulfilling way to achieve this.

Cherie Huillade

Business Management and Development

Cherie’ has specialized in commercial real estate analysis, sales, leasing and development, representing both Buyers and Sellers since 1985.

Throughout her career she has applied her real estate skills with numerous non-profit organizations with facility planning, acquisitions and dispositions. For almost 30 years, Cherie has supported her community at all levels of Board leadership in health related organizations, the AIDS Project of Contra Costa, Contra Costa Regional Health Foundation and The Wellness Community/Cancer Support Community SF Bay Area and National. The commitment to these organizations was to support the work these organizations do; making a difference in the quality of life of those served.

Cherie’ feels it is an honor and with gratitude to support the Belos Cavalos mission. Serving Belos Cavalos brings together her love and experience in youth of working with horses in the show arena to supporting the healing transformation that can take place through equine therapy.

Ron La Bruzzo

A Northern California native, Ron La Bruzzo has over 35 years’ experience in Banking and Finance. He has served as a member of several non-profit boards on the local, state and national level. Ron has worked in all capacities including, serving on the National Business Advisory Council and as an appointed advisory member for a state mental health agency. Currently, Ron is a member of the board of the Santa Rosa Symphony and is Chairman of the Finance Committee.

Serving on the board of Belos Cavalos is a tremendous honor for Ron. The work of Belos Cavalos makes our society stronger by giving back to our Communities through the love and healing of our horses.

Amin Kazemini, JD

Amin Kazemini is a Santa Rosa raised attorney with legal expertise in business planning and development. He is a member of the California State Bar Association, the Sonoma County Bar Association, and a frequent volunteer in the community as a local basketball coach. Mr. Kazemini graduated from the University of San Francisco in 2009 with a BS in Accounting and earned a JD from Empire College School of Law in 2013.

Amin Kazemini brings a strong work ethic and passion in his role with Belos Cavalos. He believes being a member of Belos Cavalos is a unique experience and privilege in helping them achieve their mission.

Nick Garcia

Nick Garcia, MBA

Attention to detail and selfless service are a few words that Nick lives by. After serving as an Airborne Infantryman in the United States Army, Nick felt like he wanted to continue giving back to his community. Starting out as a community outreach coordinator for NCIRE (Northern California Institute for Research and Education), where he helped connect his fellow veterans to mental health services in the VA medical system.
Nick has become involved with horses through his long time significant other, Emma, who is part of the hunter/Jumper world. He spends his weekends at the barn, being supportive and of course, providing treats to the horses!
Nick received his BA in Psychology from Dominican University of California in San Rafael, and his MBA in Finance from Notre Dame de Namur in Belmont, CA. He now works as a mortgage loan officer for a local credit union where he strives to continue his selfless service work, and turn his clients’ dreams into a reality.