SOMOS Mayfair
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Our Team

 

Executive Team

  Camille Llanes-Fontanilla has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from San Jose State University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications, with a minor in Ethnic Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. She has extensive executive management training from CompassPoint’s Next Generation Leaders of Color Program and the Asian Pacific American Leadership Institute. Camille has 10 years of non-profit management experience with expertise in resource development, communications, strategic planning, and program development.  As Executive Director of SOMOS Mayfair, Camille is committed to working alongside community members to collectively address our most pressing social justice issues.

 

Camille Llanes-Fontanilla has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from San Jose State University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications, with a minor in Ethnic Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. She has extensive executive management training from CompassPoint’s Next Generation Leaders of Color Program and the Asian Pacific American Leadership Institute. Camille has 10 years of non-profit management experience with expertise in resource development, communications, strategic planning, and program development.  As Executive Director of SOMOS Mayfair, Camille is committed to working alongside community members to collectively address our most pressing social justice issues.

Camille Llanes-Fontanilla | Executive Director

cfontanilla@somosmayfair.org | 408-937-2576

Zelica joins SOMOS with nearly 15 years of experience in the non-profit field as an organizer, advocate and community builder.  Her prowess is in research and analysis, strategy development and program impact.  Since joining SOMOS in 2014? Zelica has “flown the plane while building it” to design a comprehensive program strategy that puts community residents at the center of community change and transformation, she has been a thought partner internally to co-create SOMOS vision and externally to support collective impact models across strategic partnerships, and has successfully integrated SOMOS at new decision making tables.  Zelica currently serves on the Board of Kidango. Her personal mission is to strive, fight, advocate and organize for a world where everyone has access to everything. 

Zelica joins SOMOS with nearly 15 years of experience in the non-profit field as an organizer, advocate and community builder.  Her prowess is in research and analysis, strategy development and program impact.  Since joining SOMOS in 2014? Zelica has “flown the plane while building it” to design a comprehensive program strategy that puts community residents at the center of community change and transformation, she has been a thought partner internally to co-create SOMOS vision and externally to support collective impact models across strategic partnerships, and has successfully integrated SOMOS at new decision making tables.  Zelica currently serves on the Board of Kidango.

Her personal mission is to strive, fight, advocate and organize for a world where everyone has access to everything. 

Zelica Rodriguez-Deams | Associate Director

zrodriguez@somosmayfair.org | 408-937-2575

Patrick brings 30+ years of experience building effective community development partnerships. A love for trekking, travel and adventure has helped him develop a competency and respect for cultural diversity. At United Way SV, he served as project manager for the Santa Clara County Community Assessment Project, the “quality of life” study grounded in a belief that real community change happens only when people actively engage in their lives in ways meaningful to them, not because of more efficient service delivery by institutions. Raised in Rochester, NY, he earned his MSW from University of Washington, and BA in Political Science from Hobart College, Geneva, NY. Patrick and spouse Todd Tressler live in the Japantown area of San Jose.

Patrick brings 30+ years of experience building effective community development partnerships. A love for trekking, travel and adventure has helped him develop a competency and respect for cultural diversity. At United Way SV, he served as project manager for the Santa Clara County Community Assessment Project, the “quality of life” study grounded in a belief that real community change happens only when people actively engage in their lives in ways meaningful to them, not because of more efficient service delivery by institutions. Raised in Rochester, NY, he earned his MSW from University of Washington, and BA in Political Science from Hobart College, Geneva, NY. Patrick and spouse Todd Tressler live in the Japantown area of San Jose.

Patrick Soricone | Manager for Strategic Partnerships

psoricone@somosmayfair.org | 408-937-2566

Fund Development Team

Jessica was raised by a single mother in the Tassafaronga Housing Project of East Oakland and knows first hand the impact that thoughtful and caring individuals can make to end the cycle of poverty. Since graduating from Mount Holyoke College, Jessica has held various positions as a direct service provider and fundraiser to protect our constitutional rights, end homelessness, and close the opportunity gap. As Somos’ Director of Resource Development, Jessica is excited to continue the fight for social justice and equity.  

Jessica was raised by a single mother in the Tassafaronga Housing Project of East Oakland and knows first hand the impact that thoughtful and caring individuals can make to end the cycle of poverty. Since graduating from Mount Holyoke College, Jessica has held various positions as a direct service provider and fundraiser to protect our constitutional rights, end homelessness, and close the opportunity gap. As Somos’ Director of Resource Development, Jessica is excited to continue the fight for social justice and equity.

 

Jessica Paz-Cedillos | Director of Resource Development

jpazcedillos@somosmayfair.org | 408-937-2570

Brenda Andrade obtained her Bachelor of Science in Health Science from California State University, Chico and a Master’s Degree in Public Health from San Jose State University. She was raised in a small town in Northern California by Mexican parents who emigrated to the U.S. in search of the American Dream. As the daughter of immigrant parents, she has seen first-hand the disparities and inequalities faced by the migrant Latino community. Brenda is extremely passionate about empowering and helping develop low-income migrant communities, so that they may reach their full potential.

Brenda Andrade obtained her Bachelor of Science in Health Science from California State University, Chico and a Master’s Degree in Public Health from San Jose State University. She was raised in a small town in Northern California by Mexican parents who emigrated to the U.S. in search of the American Dream. As the daughter of immigrant parents, she has seen first-hand the disparities and inequalities faced by the migrant Latino community. Brenda is extremely passionate about empowering and helping develop low-income migrant communities, so that they may reach their full potential.

Brenda Andrade | Resource Development Associate

bandrade@somosmayfair.org | 408-937-2558

 

Chelsey grew up in San Jose, shaped by the rich diversity of the Bay Area and the nuances of growing up in a multi-cultural home. Her interest in stories, people, and travel motivated her to move to Washington, D.C. where she earned her Bachelor's Degree in Film & Media and minored in International Relations. She has worked with other education-based non-profits and is excited to now be home working alongside community, and sharing SOMOS's story with the rest of the world.

Chelsey grew up in San Jose, shaped by the rich diversity of the Bay Area and the nuances of growing up in a multi-cultural home. Her interest in stories, people, and travel motivated her to move to Washington, D.C. where she earned her Bachelor's Degree in Film & Media and minored in International Relations. She has worked with other education-based non-profits and is excited to now be home working alongside community, and sharing SOMOS's story with the rest of the world.

Chelsey Cartwright | Marketing & Communications Coordinator

ccartwright@somosmayfair.org | 408-937-2569

Finance & Operations Team

 
Kathy’s career with both the for-profit and not-profit sectors has always been operationally grounded. Whether managing to the bottom line in an electronics distribution company or being outcome driven in an education based non-profit, Kathy’s managerial strengths are best utilized when she is developing and supporting high functioning teams through process improvements that drive operational excellence. Kathy is a hands-on leader, manager, team player, and consensus builder. With a deep commitment to serving our community’s underserved populations, Kathy is happy to join SOMOS and support the work of promotores.

Kathy’s career with both the for-profit and not-profit sectors has always been operationally grounded. Whether managing to the bottom line in an electronics distribution company or being outcome driven in an education based non-profit, Kathy’s managerial strengths are best utilized when she is developing and supporting high functioning teams through process improvements that drive operational excellence. Kathy is a hands-on leader, manager, team player, and consensus builder. With a deep commitment to serving our community’s underserved populations, Kathy is happy to join SOMOS and support the work of promotores.

Kathy Ericksen | Director of Finance & Operations

kericksen@somosmayfair.org | 408-240-4999

Viridiana was born in Mexico City and immigrated to San Jose, CA with her family when she was eight years old. She has an innate passion for creating positive change in her community and advocating for immigrant rights. Viridiana earned her B.A. from San Jose State University in Sociology. She has extensive experience in the non-profit field, including years of experience in finance, administration, and operations.

Viridiana was born in Mexico City and immigrated to San Jose, CA with her family when she was eight years old. She has an innate passion for creating positive change in her community and advocating for immigrant rights. Viridiana earned her B.A. from San Jose State University in Sociology. She has extensive experience in the non-profit field, including years of experience in finance, administration, and operations.

Viridiana Reyes | Operations & Contracts Manager

vreyes@somosmayfair.org | 408-937-2564

 

"In Our Hands" Program Team

Saul Ramos is SOMOS’ Director of Programs and brings over 10 years of work experience to the SOMOS team. He’s held positions at a foundation, school district, and non-profit organization. Saul was the Senior Program Manager at SOMOS for 3 years, and returns to SOMOS – after two years as the Supervisor of Operations for Migrant and Seasonal Head Start – to lead our program team. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from UC Berkeley.

Saul Ramos is SOMOS’ Director of Programs and brings over 10 years of work experience to the SOMOS team. He’s held positions at a foundation, school district, and non-profit organization. Saul was the Senior Program Manager at SOMOS for 3 years, and returns to SOMOS – after two years as the Supervisor of Operations for Migrant and Seasonal Head Start – to lead our program team. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from UC Berkeley.

Saul Ramos | Director of Programs

 sramos@somosmayfair.org | 408-937-2575

Victor was born in Mexico and migrated to Oakland, CA at the age of 10. As a high school student, he organized at his school against the unjust discipline practices and pushed for alternatives to suspension that resulted in the creation of the One Land One People Youth Center at Skyline High School. He joins Somos with extensive experience working with youth and families as a case manager, after school coordinator, and school-community organizer. He is excited to work with the SOMOS promotoras to regenerate parent decision making power for a more vibrant and safe Mayfair community. Victor holds a master’s degree in Mexican-American Studies with an emphasis in resistance and education from San Jose State University and a BA in Ethnic Studies from the University of California, Berkeley.

Victor was born in Mexico and migrated to Oakland, CA at the age of 10. As a high school student, he organized at his school against the unjust discipline practices and pushed for alternatives to suspension that resulted in the creation of the One Land One People Youth Center at Skyline High School. He joins Somos with extensive experience working with youth and families as a case manager, after school coordinator, and school-community organizer. He is excited to work with the SOMOS promotoras to regenerate parent decision making power for a more vibrant and safe Mayfair community. Victor holds a master’s degree in Mexican-American Studies with an emphasis in resistance and education from San Jose State University and a BA in Ethnic Studies from the University of California, Berkeley.

Victor Vasquez | Program Manager, Organizing

vvasquez@somosmayfair.org | 408-937-2559

Angelica was born and raised in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico where she imported goods from the United States and sold them in her family’s store. In 1997, Angelica moved to San José to join her family. She volunteered with Nuestra Casa in the Mayfair neighborhood, leading a substance abuse group for over ten years. Angelica was instrumental in piloting support groups for women at Somos Mayfair and currently mentors a growing team of Mayfair promotores. Angelica has been certified in a number of best practice and evidence based parenting programs, including the Family Development Credential from Cornell University, Santa Clara County’s Parent Project for K-8 parent leaders, and the Triple P positive parenting program.

Angelica was born and raised in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico where she imported goods from the United States and sold them in her family’s store. In 1997, Angelica moved to San José to join her family. She volunteered with Nuestra Casa in the Mayfair neighborhood, leading a substance abuse group for over ten years. Angelica was instrumental in piloting support groups for women at Somos Mayfair and currently mentors a growing team of Mayfair promotores. Angelica has been certified in a number of best practice and evidence based parenting programs, including the Family Development Credential from Cornell University, Santa Clara County’s Parent Project for K-8 parent leaders, and the Triple P positive parenting program.

Angelica Lujano | Program Manager, Family Resource Center

alujano@somosmayfair.org | 408-928-7272

 
Amelia Post | Mayfair Coordinator Born and raised in the East Bay, Amelia is excited to be back in the Bay Area to join the Somos Mayfair team. Amelia joins us from the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition where she helped build their youth organizing program. She is a longtime community organizer and popular educator, with experience in working with community organizations in the Bay Area, Washington D.C., Tennessee, the Dominican Republic, and Nicaragua. Amelia is a graduate of Georgetown University from the School of Foreign Service and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Culture and Politics. apost@somosmayfair.org

Amelia Post | Mayfair Coordinator

Born and raised in the East Bay, Amelia is excited to be back in the Bay Area to join the Somos Mayfair team. Amelia joins us from the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition where she helped build their youth organizing program. She is a longtime community organizer and popular educator, with experience in working with community organizations in the Bay Area, Washington D.C., Tennessee, the Dominican Republic, and Nicaragua. Amelia is a graduate of Georgetown University from the School of Foreign Service and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Culture and Politics.

apost@somosmayfair.org

Amelia Post | Mayfair Coordinator

apost@somosmayfair.org | 408-240-4998

Ana was born in Southern California to two Mexican immigrant parents. Her passion for authentic, sustainable community engagement and social justice led her to fulfill her Master of Social Work degree from Washington University in Saint Louis. Her work experience promotes communication and cultural humility as avenues to increase trust, build capacity and mobilize alliances. Ana strongly believes that when we work with communities, we must look at their potential to thrive and support efforts that ensure long-term community benefits. Prior to SOMOS, Ana facilitated access to social services and advocated for culturally sensitive program delivery for highly marginalized communities across the United States. Ana joins SOMOS to provide leadership and support for the implementation of the SOMOS Fuertes Promotor@s Network.

Ana was born in Southern California to two Mexican immigrant parents. Her passion for authentic, sustainable community engagement and social justice led her to fulfill her Master of Social Work degree from Washington University in Saint Louis. Her work experience promotes communication and cultural humility as avenues to increase trust, build capacity and mobilize alliances. Ana strongly believes that when we work with communities, we must look at their potential to thrive and support efforts that ensure long-term community benefits. Prior to SOMOS, Ana facilitated access to social services and advocated for culturally sensitive program delivery for highly marginalized communities across the United States. Ana joins SOMOS to provide leadership and support for the implementation of the SOMOS Fuertes Promotor@s Network.

Ana Lau Vargas | Mayfair Coordinator

avargas@somosmayfair.org | 408-240-4997

Dilza Gonzalez was born in Michoacán, Mexico. At the age of eight she immigrated to the United States with her mother and two siblings. She was raised in San Jose, CA and attended Alum Rock schools. Looking for help and a sense of belonging, she became involved with Somos first as a participant and then as a Promotora. Dilza is one of the original EMPUJE organizing committee organizers and is a strong advocate for more parent decision making, access to public spaces, and respect for language and culture. Dilza has successfully organized with Mayfair parents to improve parent involvement and decision making in the LCAP. She knows the value of community change and has the passion and love to make this change possible as a coordinator at Somos Mayfair.

Dilza Gonzalez was born in Michoacán, Mexico. At the age of eight she immigrated to the United States with her mother and two siblings. She was raised in San Jose, CA and attended Alum Rock schools. Looking for help and a sense of belonging, she became involved with Somos first as a participant and then as a Promotora. Dilza is one of the original EMPUJE organizing committee organizers and is a strong advocate for more parent decision making, access to public spaces, and respect for language and culture. Dilza has successfully organized with Mayfair parents to improve parent involvement and decision making in the LCAP. She knows the value of community change and has the passion and love to make this change possible as a coordinator at Somos Mayfair.

Dilza Gonzalez | Mayfair Coordinator

dgonzales@somosmayfair.org | 408-937-2571

 
Gabriel Hernandez has been a community organizer and human rights activist for more than 40 years!  He was fueled to fight for social justice by many civil and workers’ rights mentors in his life. In the late 70’s and 1980’s, he organized support for refugees and victims from the war-torn countries in Central America. He created extensive community ties with various organizations throughout the Bay Area that he still accesses today.  During most of the decade of the 1990’s, he mobilized thousands of high school students in schools, including gang members, throughout northern California to demand more funding and resources for schools. He has helped found several non-profit organizations in the fields of youth organizing, human rights advocacy, and labor rights. His paid jobs included work in union organizing. During the beginning of the new century, Gabriel represented more than 15,000 workers and helped negotiate contracts for county workers including professional badged staff in the Sherriff’s Department, Department of Corrections, the Probation Department, and the District Attorney’s Office. Through his community activism, he has been able to negotiate agreements with people like Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Governor Jerry Brown, and the President of Stanford University, John L. Hennessy.

Gabriel Hernandez has been a community organizer and human rights activist for more than 40 years!  He was fueled to fight for social justice by many civil and workers’ rights mentors in his life.

In the late 70’s and 1980’s, he organized support for refugees and victims from the war-torn countries in Central America. He created extensive community ties with various organizations throughout the Bay Area that he still accesses today.  During most of the decade of the 1990’s, he mobilized thousands of high school students in schools, including gang members, throughout northern California to demand more funding and resources for schools. He has helped found several non-profit organizations in the fields of youth organizing, human rights advocacy, and labor rights.

His paid jobs included work in union organizing. During the beginning of the new century, Gabriel represented more than 15,000 workers and helped negotiate contracts for county workers including professional badged staff in the Sherriff’s Department, Department of Corrections, the Probation Department, and the District Attorney’s Office. Through his community activism, he has been able to negotiate agreements with people like Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Governor Jerry Brown, and the President of Stanford University, John L. Hennessy.

Gabriel Hernandez | Mayfair Coordinator

ghernandez@somosmayfair.org | 408-937-2573

Maria was born in Monterrey Nuevo Leon, Mexico. She emigrated to the United States when she was twenty-five years old and has spent the rest of her time here in East San Jose. She first came to Somos as a program participant and later took a leadership role in our Raising A Reader program. In 2010, she became a Promotora and most recently has joined the program team as a Mayfair Coordinator. Maria leads our organizing efforts and is excited to continue her work with an organization that is dear to her heart. Maria has her Associate of Arts in Childhood Development from DeAnza College.

Maria was born in Monterrey Nuevo Leon, Mexico. She emigrated to the United States when she was twenty-five years old and has spent the rest of her time here in East San Jose. She first came to Somos as a program participant and later took a leadership role in our Raising A Reader program. In 2010, she became a Promotora and most recently has joined the program team as a Mayfair Coordinator. Maria leads our organizing efforts and is excited to continue her work with an organization that is dear to her heart. Maria has her Associate of Arts in Childhood Development from DeAnza College.

Maria Martinez | Mayfair Coordinator

mmartinez@somosmayfair.org | 408-937-2565

Maria was born in Mexico and immigrated with her family to the United States when she was 10 years old. After graduating from high school, Maria continued her education at National Hispanic University, focusing on Child Development. Maria’s involvement with Somos Mayfair started in 2009 when she participated in a women’s support group, she later transitioned to being a facilitator for the support group. Maria became an employee of Somos Mayfair in 2013.

Maria was born in Mexico and immigrated with her family to the United States when she was 10 years old. After graduating from high school, Maria continued her education at National Hispanic University, focusing on Child Development. Maria’s involvement with Somos Mayfair started in 2009 when she participated in a women’s support group, she later transitioned to being a facilitator for the support group. Maria became an employee of Somos Mayfair in 2013.

Maria Urquiza | FRC Coordinator

murquiza@somosmayfair.org | 408-928-7271

 
 
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Nayeli Sedano | FRC Coordinator

nsedano@somosmayfair.org | 408-928-7275

Paty Tapia, studied graphic design at the School of Design of the National Institute of Fine Arts in Mexico City. She emigrated to California in 1999. She is very proud of her roots and is part of an Aztec dance group to rescue her identity. Since 2008 she has actively participated with Somos Mayfair, first in the women’s support groups and then as facilitator and promoter. She has been in different projects of the community, as Mothers Leaders of Mayfarir, School Gardens, Bridge to Kinder, Seeds, Triple P, and mainly Art Therapy; where their main focus is to help women find a space where they can express their emotions through art and can give a positive vision to the challenges and experiences they have had in their journey. As of March 2017, Paty is an official Program Coordinator.

Paty Tapia, studied graphic design at the School of Design of the National Institute of Fine Arts in Mexico City. She emigrated to California in 1999. She is very proud of her roots and is part of an Aztec dance group to rescue her identity. Since 2008 she has actively participated with Somos Mayfair, first in the women’s support groups and then as facilitator and promoter. She has been in different projects of the community, as Mothers Leaders of Mayfarir, School Gardens, Bridge to Kinder, Seeds, Triple P, and mainly Art Therapy; where their main focus is to help women find a space where they can express their emotions through art and can give a positive vision to the challenges and experiences they have had in their journey. As of March 2017, Paty is an official Program Coordinator.

Patricia Tapia | FRC Coordinator

ptapia@somosmayfair.org | 408-928-7279

 
 

 

Board of Directors

David Ling, Chair
KIPP Bay Area Schools

Quency PhillipsTreasurer
TheQueAgency

Tali Levy, Secretary
Community Volunteer, Fundraiser

 

Alisha Rodrigues
The City of Sunnyvale

Erika Rivera
Law Office of Erika S. Rivera

Norma Alvarez
Women’sGo Giving Circle

Rocio Luna
Santa Clara County, Public Health Department

Ruben Navarro
Brocade Communications Systems