"It takes amazing people to make a winning team."
The Board is composed of dedicated leaders from across the Napa Valley that bring forth their unique and diverse perspectives, background, and skills. They govern, sets policies, and supports its fundraising and programing to carry out the NCHN’s Mission. Leadership is integral to our amazing Board. We are dedicated to helping the Latino people through fundraising, organizing committees, community events and any other causes to support our Napa County. Our collaborative Board shares diverse perspectives and ideas to keep us motivated. Our teamwork is essential to all our success within the network and community.
- Ricky Hurtado
Born and raised in Napa, from an immigrant family. First generation college graduate. Bachelor’s degree in Government/Political Science, from Sacramento State. Over 38+ cumulative years in giving back to our Napa communities by working in the nonprofit field and serving on different boards and committees, including as Vice President of Fair Housing Napa Valley, and a Committee Member of the 2040 Napa General Plan, helping shape Napa’s future. Serves as the Vice-President of Kiwani’s Napa, and other community boards. Most importantly, however, his role as the President of the NCHN is by far his passion. An active Board of Director since 2013. “It's about giving back, and inspiring future generations - Si Se Puede!
- Cathy Gillis
Teaches English at NVC. Runs the Puente Program targeting Latinos for 15 years, the honor society, and is the Distance Education Coordinator. At the University of Riverside she was the ESL and Testing Director, helping under-served students pass the writing entrance exam through tutoring. She is involved in community events to improve pathways to education and resources for our Latino community.
- Hugo Nevarez
Accountant and IRS Enrolled Agent born and raised in Durango, Mexico. Hugo moved to Napa and fell in love with the beautiful valley, wine and way of living. He's the Senior Manager of the Napa County Farm Bureau and is an active community advocate who is dedicated in helping open the doors for the underprivileged. Hugo serves on our executive, events, and scholarship committees.
- Pablo Zatarain
His passion for helping vulnerable communities led him to a career in fair housing and has been Executive Director. 9yrs of experience, working for organizations in the Bay Area and Washington, DC prior to coming to Napa. Overseeing the successful implementation of new and traditional FHNV programs. Also participated in regional coalition projects to continue meeting the existing needs of Napa’s residents, including assisting residents following the 2014 South Napa Earthquake and the 2017 Napa Fire Complex. Pablo attended UC Santa Cruz and received his BA in Sociology. He resides in the East Bay with his wife and children
- Luis Alcazar
Associate Dean of MESA/STEM Program Services at NVC, where he and his team serve over 200 students per year interested in STEM careers. As a first generation college student at NVC, he benefited from the support services from the following programs: MESA, SSS TRiO, and EOPS. Earning a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley, a M.S. in Engineering Management from California State University (CSU). Always having a passion to serve students and the community. On the board of Movimiento Cultural de la Union Indigena (MCUI), NVC’s Equity and Inclusivity Committee, and the executive team for the CCAMD, mentors for NVC’s UMOJA program, assists on the In Lak’ech Youth Summit planning committee, and advises NVC’s Society for Advancement of Chicanx and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) and Society of Hispanic Engineers (SHPE) chapters. His past volunteering experience includes mentoring for the Puente Program at NVC. Luis’ wife Isa family physician for OLE health and together are raising their daughter, Ciboney.
- Cinthya Cisneros
Cinthya connected with in 2008 & 2011 was the NCHN. As an undocumented student, this organization made higher education an achievable goal during her higher education pathway. Now, she wants to be give back to young aspiring students in our community. She’s always strived to support others around her to be the best version of themselves, first as a Chemistry High School teacher and now as an Entrepreneur with her Family and Community. She recently moved back to Napa from Sacramento to open up a family business, “La Cheve Bakery and Brews” which opened at the Old Adobe in early 2020.
- Jorge Gonzalez
Chief Administrative Officer of Gonzalez Vineyard Management LLC. Studied Chicano Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara and is an alumna of the Latino Business Scaling Program through the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Raised in the Napa Valley, comes from a long line of agricultural workers whose ancestors originally migrated to the valley from Mexico. First generation Mexican-American. Actively took part in community advocacy throughout his educational career. Those experiences and exposure to strong role models, fostered a deep appreciation for the Latino immigrant community has contributed to agriculture. He applies his knowledge and passion to the development and growth of his family’s vineyard management company. Strongly committed to the success of the Latino Community.
- Rosalinda Hurtado
Born and raised beautiful Napa Valley. Social Studies and AVID teacher at Napa High School and completed 10 years in teaching. Active member in the community and have participated in numerous committees of education. First generation to go to college and graduate with a degree. Married with three beautiful children. Proud of her heritage, culture, and traditions.
- Ednha Landin
Born in Michoacan and raised in CA. Fortunate to have the best of both worlds. Proud of her Mexican heritage within the community. Involved in Puente Mentoring Program at NVC, Spanish editor for “Somos Napa We Are Napa” . NCHN Board member for 8 yrs. She hopes to continue shaping future leaders.
- Icela Martin
In 2005 Icela was a Napa Valley farm labor contractor as a Human Resources/Safety Coordinator. Working for a branch of the California Farm Employers Labor Service where she was exposed to commodities never imaginable. From actively protecting workers and businesses in Oregon, California and parts of Arizona as an On-Site Manager/Safety Trainer for Mariani Nut Company; she managed and trained 300 – 400 employee’s. Her work has led her to many conferences and seminars put on by Napa, Sonoma and Stanislaus County Farm Bureau’s, and AgSafe, and many local non-profit events to name a few. It is Icela’s vision for all people to appreciate the land our farmers and labor force tend and the constant struggle to get everyone home safely.
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- Ana Morales
When she moved from Mexico, she attended NVC to learn English and attended San Francisco Academy of Arts, where she studied design and sewing opening her fashion business Vianett, in St. Helena and the V Marketplace in Yountville. Although, Ana closed her business to spend more time with her family, she has not given up fashion. She has partnered with designer Karen Caldwell from San Francisco, where she continues her passion. Ana enjoys being on the Hispanic Network because she wants to inspire, and share her knowledge and skills of fashion and design with younger generations.
- Steve Potter
Graduated from local schools before starting his public service career at the Napa County Sheriff’s Department. In 1987 joined the Napa Police Department. During Steve had a wide variety of assignments. Attended management courses that helped him culminated his law enforcement career as the Chief of Police for Napa. Later moving over to City Hall where he currently works as the City Manager. He has always valued relationships. Participating on the Board of Directors for several local non-profits and been a mentor for the Puente Program at NVC. Especially with NCHN because of the work they do helping Latinx young adults.
The NCHN’s Board of Directors appoints our Ambassadors to serve as advocates and advisors to the board. Ambassadors are normally individuals who have served on our board of directors, or individuals who have supported our work for numerous years.