Founder and President, Natalia Mental Health Foundation (formerly the Myrtlewood Foundation)
Eduardo Elejalde’s career has focused on development banking, investment banking and private equity investing in different areas of the world. He is a Founding Partner of Latin America Enterprise Fund Managers, L.L.C. (LAEFM; 1994), a member of its board of directors and of its investment committees and the President of its subsidiary, LAEFM Colombia Ltda. He also is a member of the investment committee of Bancoldex Capital (which supports emerging private equity fund managers in Colombia); one of the sponsors of Corporacion Inversor, which specializes in impact investing; and a past Chairman of the Board of the Latin American Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (LAVCA). Previously, he worked as a senior investment banker in Wall Street and was a senior executive of the World Bank, where he started his career in 1972. In the course of his career, he has been involved in over 150 financial transactions in some 35 countries. He has received a number of awards and /or recognitions for the performance of LAEFM's funds and, in the case of Colombia, for his contribution to the development of the private equity industry in the country. A citizen of Peru and of the United States, Mr. Elejalde has a B.S. in chemical engineering from M.I.T. and an M.B.A. from Columbia University. He was a 2015 fellow of the Advanced Leadership Initiative of Harvard University, where he started this mental health project. Eduardo's older daughter, Natalia, had schizophrenia.
Vice President and Treasurer
Denise Hernandez is the Vice President and Controller of Latin America Enterprise Fund Managers, L.L.C. (LAEFM). Previously, she was Senior Auditor of the Financial Services Group at KPMG and, before that, Senior Accountant at Avatar Holdings, a publicly traded real estate holding company. She is an accountant, has a B.S. in accounting from Florida State University and is also a CPA. Denise is the CEO/CFO of a company that provides outpatient substance abuse therapy to adults. She is also actively involved in Kristi House, a charity that serves children that are victims of sexual abuse and sex trafficking.
Vice President and Secretary
Jonathan Hettinger is an investor and advisor to emerging and growth stage companies in Latin America and the U.S. He is also active in real estate as a broker with Sotheby's International Realty in New York City and in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. For 10 years (1995-2005), he was a Managing Director of Latin America Enterprise Fund Managers, LLC, based in Miami and Buenos Aires. He is currently an advisor to the Board of Celmedia, a regional cell phone applications provider headquartered in Santiago, Chile. Prior to his private equity activities, Jonathan worked on Wall Street for six years in corporate finance, first at Credit Suisse First Boston and then at Brown Brothers Harriman. He is a graduate of Princeton University (B.A., Economics with Honors) and is fluent in Spanish and conversant in Italian and German. Jonathan is a volunteer guide at the Honey Hollow Environmental Education Center in New Hope, PA and is active in fund-raising for the Sheffield Historical Society in Sheffield, MA.
The Natalia Mental Health Foundation Team also includes Roselyn Romberg, *Consultant. Roselyn is Founder and Managing Director of Vision Accomplished, a firm that guides organizations through startup, launch, and fast growth phases. Roselyn helps Boards and executive teams to define strategy, build operational capability, create alliances, form marketing plans, and raise funds. She has an M.B.A. from Yale University.