Angelica Cazares has worked in the education field for more than 14 years; helping low-income, underserved, and under-privileged students to improve their academic achievements. Her career began through an academic assistance and enrichment program at the California State University Fresno, as a Teaching Fellow, tutoring and mentoring English-language learners at low-performing schools in the Fresno Unified School District. She went on to gain employment with Fresno Unified as a Reading Coordinator, helping students improve their literacy skills. In 2008, she started her career with the Foundation as an Area Coordinator, which later led to her promotion as the Director of Education within the Education Fund. She is a graduate of California State University, Fresno with a B.A. degree in Liberal Studies. In her current role as Director of Education, she manages the community services and academic services' staff and oversees the daily operations of the education fund.
Nancy served as a yearlong AmeriCorps Member in 2011, volunteering her experience and talent to give back to an underserved and low-income community at our Learning Center in San Antonio, Texas. Following her year of service, Nancy was offered a position within the Foundation. Nancy was previously involved with the Community Scholars Program provided by the Long Beach State Center for Community Engagement where she helped provide community leaders and advocates with the skills needed to better impact their community and ultimately themselves. In an effort to better educate and inform families of the A to G high school requirements, Nancy would assist in workshops for parents and students that would help in achieving high school graduation and support in the dream to attend a higher education institution. She graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Chicano Latino Studies and a minor in Criminal Justice from California State University, Long Beach.
Senior Services' Program Coordinator
She began her service with the farm worker movement in 2004, working at the National Chavez Center at Keene, Calif. Brianna started at the Visitors Center, conducting tours, assisting school groups and relating the history of Cesar Chavez and the movement. She organized the annual Cesar Chavez Day of Service and coordinated service learning projects for volunteer youth. Brianna assisted in the 2010 grand opening of the Villa La Paz Conference and Education Center located at the National Chavez Center. Then she became events coordinator at Villa La Paz, working on special events as well as development of the center's library and archival storage capacity. Brianna also served on the Cesar Chavez Foundation gala dinner team. She joined the Chavez foundation education team in 2013, applying her dedication to the core values of Cesar Chavez to enrich the lives of seniors.
Academic Services' Regional Program Coordinator
Delfina joined the Education Fund as a tutor consultant in 2007 where she was responsible for delivering Supplemental Education Services under the No Child Left Behind Act. She currently works as a Program Coordinator in our Academic Service programs where she trains teachers, coordinates tutoring services in rural communities throughout California's central valley and ensures students gain academic skills needed in core subjects. She has spent ten years working in the education field, stating her career as an integral clerical staff member. Teaching with private pre-school and then at Parlier Unified School District. Delfina holds an A.A. degree from Fresno City College and a B.A. in Liberal Studies from the California State University, Fresno. She holds a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential with a BCLAD emphasis in Spanish.
Erika's passion for working with children started very early on. She spent most of her Saturdays during junior high and high school volunteering at her local church teaching CCD classes. She began working with children in 2008 with Clovis Unified School District where she gained a great deal of knowledge through workshops and training. Erika was determined to be a first generation graduate in her family and while working in before and after-school programs, Erika achieved her goal and earned her Bachelor's degree in Liberal Studies with a BCLAD emphasis in Spanish. Erika joined the Cesar Chavez Foundation in 2014 as a Lead Teacher and was offered a promotion to Program Coordinator in 2017. Erika currently oversees the Si Se Puede! Learning Centers in California and Arizona.
Born in the Rio Grande Valley, Orlando graduated from the University of Texas Pan American in Edinburg, TX with a B.S. in Psychology and a B.S. in Criminal Justice in May 2015. He began his career as an administrative assistant for the District Attorney's Office in Hidalgo County. While there he started a program to decrease the jail population, and prevent increased taxes for the residents of Hidalgo County. Although he felt like he was giving back to the community, he wanted to do more work at a 'grassroots' level. Thus, in June 2016 he acquired a job at La Union del Pueblo Entero (L.U.P.E.) - the foundations sister organization as a community organizer. There he began helping the underprivileged and neglected residents out in the colonias. In May of 2017, Orlando was offered a position with the foundation as a Program Coordinator overseeing New Mexico and Texas. Being a first generation Mexican American, and the first to graduate from college in his family; he is dedicated and determined to help improve the lives of those that do not have resources available to them.
Originally from Michoacan, Mexico Viridiana migrated to the United States when she was 4 years old. The daughter of hardworking farmworkers in Watsonville, CA; higher education was always a focus point in her family. In 2011, Viridiana double majored in Communications and Spanish Literature from the University of California, Berkeley becoming the first in her family to obtain a Bachelor's Degree. She then attended the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) where she continued her studies in Spanish Literature. Following college, Viridiana re-located to the eastern United States where she accepted a two-year marketing tour for a well-known communications network as a Spanish language coordinator. Later, Viridiana served as an Educational Program Coordinator for Jump into Math where she obtained various trainings and certificates. Viridiana joined the Cesar Chavez Foundation in 2015, as a Program Coordinator and in her short time has served in various capacities within the department.
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