NANCY MALDONADO, Chief operating officer
Nancy Maldonado is a community advocate with deep knowledge about health and wellness, Nancy has dedicated her career to improving health outcomes for youth and underserved communities and is recognized for designing, and leading the strategic development of community based programs and interventions.
Nancy holds a Master's degree in Exercise Physiology and a bachelor's degree in Kinesiology. She formally owned and operated her own business where she developed and implemented corporate wellness programs. Prior to joining the Federation, Nancy served as the Director of Community Health for the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association.
MERLE GARCIA-GUILLERMO, ACCOUNTING MANAGER
Merle Garcia-Guillermo joined the Federation in August 2012 as the Accounting Supervisor. Prior to joining the Federation, she worked for several local nonprofits which prepared her well for the position she now holds.
Her responsibilities include overseeing the daily operations of the Federation's accounting department and supervision of the accounting team. Guillermo and her team are responsible for managing a $14 million budget and adhering to stringent government funding regulations. Guillermo obtained her bachelor's degree in accounting from the Far Eastern University of Manila.
ROSA ORTIZ, CHILD AND ADULT CARE FOOD PROGRAM MANAGER
Rosa Ortiz came to the Chicano Federation in 1991 assisting fellow employees who worked in the Social Services department. In 1995, Rosa became the manager of the Child Care Nutrition Program.
The program began with only four homes and has grown to more than 850 licensed homes and a $7 million budget. Rosa's passion is helping others. She finds fulfillment in seeing people become self-sufficient and improving their quality of life.
GABRIELA CERVANTES, FAMILY CHILDCARE MANAGER
Gaby Cervantes started her career with the Chicano Federation in 2006 as an intern. In 2014, she was named Family Childcare Manager. Gaby ensures that the program is in compliance with state and federal regulations and that children are receiving the highest quality care available. Gaby takes pride in seeing families leave the program because they have become self-sufficient, whether it's from achieving their goals, securing a better job or graduating from school.
Gaby holds a bachelor's degree in Divinity from the Pacific Christian Seminary and has a Business Administration Certificate.
MONICA SAMANO, ITP AND PRESCHOOL SUPERVISOR
Monica Samano joined the Federation in 2013. She is currently the Program Supervisor for the Infant Toddler Program and the Barrio Child Development Center. In her role, Monica is responsible for providing a high quality experience for children and their families in both programs.
Monica's passion is early childhood education and she has more than 21 years of experience. She holds a Bachelor's and Master's Degree with a teaching specialization in early childhood education. She also has a Behavior Specialist Certificate and a Program Director Credential.
VERONICA RUIZ, SENIOR PROPERTY MANAGER
Veronica Ruiz joined the Federation in March 2002 as a Resident Manager and moved her way up to her current position as Senior Property Manager. Miss Ruiz' holds several accreditations from the San Diego Apartment Association and is pursuing her real state license and Science degree.
Her background and experience in managing and implementing tenant and landlord regulations prepared her for her current position where she oversees nine properties with a team of eight resident managers.
She is inspired by the organization goals and is passionate about helping families and individuals find a comfortable and safe place to call home!
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