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 servicesí 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.
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.
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.
Community Services' Regional Coordinator
Prior to joining the Cesar Chavez Foundation, Anais was a Board Member for Californian's for Justice of Long Beach. She joined the Foundation in 2012, as an Administrative Assistant for the Director of Education. With her hard work and dedication, she was soon after promoted to Office Manager for the Foundations Los Angeles based office. With her passion in Education, Anais returned to the Education team in 2014 as a Regional Coordinator servicing California and Arizona. She is a California State University, Long Beach graduate with a B.A. degree in Sociology with an emphasis in Interactions and Group Relations.
Maria Cristina Cantu - Gutierrez
Community Services' Lead Regional Coordinator
Maria Cristina Cantu-Gutierrez was born, raised and resides in the Rio Grande Valley. She studied education at the University of Texas-Pan American where she received a Bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a minor in Elementary Bilingual Bicultural Studies and a Masters of Education with a degree in Educational Administration Educational Leadership. She is currently enrolled in the doctoral program pursuing a degree in Curriculum and Instruction in Higher Education. She was an elementary teacher for 13 years and a Campus Interventionist for one. Cristina is currently a Lead Regional Coordinator for Community Services for Texas and New Mexico.
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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