We're a small, but growing group of professionals dedicated to preserving Puerto Rico's cultural heritage.

our team

Michael C. Gillespie
Sajo García
Jonathan García
Mari Gillespie

michael c. gillespie, president

Mike, originally from Massachusetts, has a strong background in television and media sales both in Puerto Rico and the U.S. He currently volunteers for the SJNHS and is spearheading the foundation and development of the Friends organization. 


Sajo RUIZ, vice president

Sajo, born in New York, has a background in the creative arts, art history, and advertising. In his current position as President and Creative Director of Sajo Garcia Alcázar (SGA), Sajo works with clients such as Express, Mercedes Benz, Uni-Lever and many more. 


Jonathan García, vice president

Jonathan currently serves as the Vice President of Sales & Marketing for WAPA TV.


Maribelisa Rexach Gillespie, Treasurer 

Mari, originally from Puerto Rico, has a diverse background in real estate, translating, and volunteer services. These days Mari is dedicated to the revitalization of San Juan by means of non-profit work with the Friends organization and Renace Condado.


belisi gillespie, media specialist

Belisi worked for a decade in both Spanish-language and general market media companies in New England. She focused particularly on digital and social media marketing. She also has experience in the non-profit sector and is currently pursuing an advanced degree in the humanities.

All photography provided by Volunteers & Friends of the San Juan National Historic Site.