The Vida staff is a family of bilingual and multicultural professionals who hail from countries all over Latin America and the Caribbean. They are passionately committed to increasing the quality of life for our abuelitos and helping them maintain healthy and independent lives.
Marco Esparza, MSW
Marco joined the Vida staff in 2006 after retiring from the DC Department of Mental Health Services. He received his Masters in Social Work from the Warden School of Social Services at the Lady of the Lakes and Texas A&M University in 1976. Marco loves working with the abuelitos because he sees the immediate impact Vida’s programs and services have on their lives, and the abuelitos demonstrate great warmth and appreciation for it.
Jorge Sodero, MD
Health Promotion Coordinator
Jorge began his work at Vida in 1996. He obtained his medical degree, with a specialty in neuropsychiatry, from the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba in Argentina, his native home, in 1980. He practiced medicine in Argentina until he moved to the United States, where he pursued continuing studies at Harvard and John Hopkins Universities. Before coming to Vida, Jorge worked at Clínica del Pueblo as a mental health therapist. At Vida, Jorge values most the interpersonal relationships with the elderly and the nurturing around which they are built.
Rosa Randjelovic, BSW
Rosa has worked as a counselor at Vida since 1996. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Social Services from Boricua University in 1980. Before coming to Vida, she was a counselor in the skills training program at the Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School for nine years. For Rosa, who was one of the founding members of the Board of Directors of Vida in 1969, Vida and the abuelitos are her second home.
Magaly Ojeda, MD
Wellness Program Manager
Magaly joined the Vida staff in 2007. She is originally from Provincia La Habana in Cuba, where she earned her Doctor of Medicine Degree at the Universidad de La Habana-Calisto García Hospital, with a specialty in geriatrics. She later received a specialty in gerontology from the Centro Iberoamericano para la Tercera Edad. For Magaly, who practiced medicine for 16 years prior to coming to Vida, the most rewarding part of her job is working one-on-one with the abuelitos and witnessing the behavioral changes they are able to make on the road to a healthier life.
Nuria has been at Vida since 2007, ensuring that the first voice and face our abuelitos see and hear embraces them with joyful recognition of their value in our community. Before coming to Vida, Nuria worked at the Embassy of the Vatican in Costa Rica. She is originally from El Salvador, and enjoys most about working at Vida the strong relationships she has built with the abuelitos.
Originally from El Salvador, Cándida began her work at Vida in 2006. For Cándida, the most valued part of her job is being sure the abuelitos are happy—making them smile when she brings them their breakfast, snacks, and coffee. She believes wholeheartedly in the services the organization provides, but is most impressed by the abuelitos and their youthful vitality.