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!

Our Board of Directors

 
 
  MARIO SIERRA   Board Chair -  City of San Diego

MARIO SIERRA

Board Chair - City of San Diego

 
 DELIA TALAMANTEZ  Secretary -  UCSD (Retired)

DELIA TALAMANTEZ

Secretary - UCSD (Retired)

 
 MAITZA MEKITARIAN  Treasurer -  SDG&E

MAITZA MEKITARIAN

Treasurer - SDG&E

 
 JOSE CANO  Vice-Chair -  Dept. of Health Services (Retired)

JOSE CANO

Vice-Chair - Dept. of Health Services (Retired)


Our Board Members

 
 FERNANDO PONCE   Primary Funding

FERNANDO PONCE

Primary Funding

 
 MIMI MCLENNAN   Comerica Bank

MIMI MCLENNAN

Comerica Bank

 
 JAVIER METOYER   Silvergate Bank

JAVIER METOYER

Silvergate Bank

 
 ROBERT VILLARREAL   CDC Small Business Finance Corp.

ROBERT VILLARREAL

CDC Small Business Finance Corp.

 
 GUADALUPE CORONA   Southwestern Community College

GUADALUPE CORONA

Southwestern Community College


 MINERVA GARCIA   Coldwell Banker West

MINERVA GARCIA

Coldwell Banker West

 
 DR. TED MARTINEZ, JR.   National Community College Hispanic Council Leadership Fellows Program, University of San Diego

DR. TED MARTINEZ, JR.

National Community College Hispanic Council Leadership Fellows Program, University of San Diego

 HENRY MURPHY, JR.   Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation

HENRY MURPHY, JR.

Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation

 DAN STRACENER   Wells Fargo

DAN STRACENER

Wells Fargo

 TOMAS VALLES  Bank of America

TOMAS VALLES

Bank of America


 

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