The Suazo Team
Silvia has more than 18 years of experience working with enterprises and organizations of all sizes. She has worked extensively with executives and entrepreneurs on a consulting basis, launched her own businesses, and worked with Fortune 500 companies and forward-looking non-profits such as the Utah Microenterprise Loan Fund and the Goldman Sachs 10K Program. Her love for entrepreneurs began in 1999 when she worked as the Assistant Director
She holds an MBA with an emphasis in International Business from the University of Utah and a bachelor’s degree in International Business from Westminster College.
Master of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Utah. She previously worked as the Director of Development and a senior mentor and teacher for the Suazo Center. Prior to working for the Center, Lissy worked for University of Utah Athletic Compliance Department and was the MPA Assistant Program Manager for the University of Utah. She served in the US Peace Corps Mexico working for the Mexican Federal Government in sustainable business development projects for the Secretaria de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (SEMARNAT) and the United Nations initiative “Agenda 21.” Lissy has started and sold small businesses and enjoys the challenge and learning that those business projects bring. She seeks new opportunities to learn in order to better understand and mentor small business owners. Lissy has also completed the required training for the Utah State Court Mediator qualification.
Oswaldo was born in Lima, Peru. He is the son of two entrepreneurs in the textile business. During his early youth, Oswaldo has been actively enrolled in the family business assisting in selling and transporting merchandise. He has a bachelor degree in Computer Engineering from BYU. Oswaldo worked as a tutor providing assistance to many BYU and WSU students for over 3 years.
Oswaldo enjoys serving people and is very eager to help the Hispanic community. He likes to learn more about Entrepreneurship in order to be more efficient helping people at The Suazo Business Center.
Communication & Marketing Coordinator
Lissette’s bilingual communication skills, and her 7-year background in journalism and Public
In her free time, she is a volunteer with a priority for children and women in need. She has been a volunteer with the World Health Student Organization at Wayne State University School of Medicine (
Adjunct Teachers and Advisors
Holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology from Weber State University, and a Master’s degree in Community Economic Development (CED) from Southern New Hampshire University. Tim has conducted extensive research on CED among Hispanic populations and published his Master’s thesis(Microenterprise development: A targeted focus on helping Hispanics achieve higher earning potential through business development)in support for his findings.Tim has worked professionally in non-profits for the past fifteen years with a variety of programs and focuses but has always been involved with the Hispanic community, including teaching ESL classes, providing bilingual case management, outreach, and social justice advocacy. Tim presently works as the Program Director for Peace House in Park City and oversees the clinical and shelter operations for domestic violence victims.
Ivan Díaz holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from the Universidad EAN and a Master’s Degree in Information Systems from the University of Utah. Ivan has been a teacher and advisor at the Suazo Center for over 5 years assisting students and clients to develop and manage their business plans, use computer technology (such as Microsoft Office, QuickBooks, and basic computation.), and apply principles of online marketing, pricing, and logistics to their respective businesses. He currently works as PRGM Analyst FSOP at Swire Coca-Cola, USA.
Alfonso Ayala is a co-founder of Zynergia, a Digital Marketing Agency in West Jordan, Utah. He is a seasoned marketer with 16 years of experience in the marketing and visual marketing industries. In Zynergia, his focus is on assisting businesses with their branding, graphic design, and online marketing needs. He understands the pulse of the creative industry and has helped many organizations meet their marketing and sales goals. He studied Graphic Arts at West Valley Community College in Saratoga, CA.
Alfonso was born and raised in Mexico City. He is fluent in Spanish and English and has had experience designing and marketing for general audiences, as well as for specifically Latino audiences. He lives in South Jordan, Utah with his wife Deborah a Montessori School Teacher and their three children; they enjoy going on hikes and on road trips together. Racquetball and cooking are some of his hobbies.