"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.
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.
- 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.
Born in Jalisco, Mexico and raised in the beautiful Napa Valley, Xiomara is a proud alumna of local public schools. Xiomara completed her undergraduate studies in Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley and her graduate degree in Healthcare Administration at Columbia University in the City of New York. She is the Associate Director of Corporate Compliance at a Sonoma County nonprofit healthcare provider and has served as a Mentor for the Puente Project at Napa Valley College. Her service to the Napa County Hispanic Network is driven by her commitment to the advancement of the Latino community through educational and professional opportunities.
- Adrian Maldonado
Adrian Maldonado Pena comes to Napa County Hispanic Network (NCHN) with varied lived and professional experience in non-profit management, youth development and community organizing. He is passionate about empowering young people to advance their personal development, connection to education and business acumen. Adrian is bilingual, bicultural and can be seen in community supporting Napa’s youth and semi-pro soccer teams, exploring hiking trails and dining out at locally owned restaurants.
- Jovana Garibay
Born to an immigrant family and raised here in the Napa Valley. First in her family to graduate from a University. Since her time at Napa Valley College she has been actively involved in community advocacy. Serving the Hispanic Network in multiple capacities since 2012 and most recently as the past recipient speaker. Prior to pursuing her career in law enforcement, she has enjoyed being involved with her community by working with local non-profits and in the wine industry. She is passionate about supporting our young Latinx students turn their college dreams into a reality.
Lucia Ortega Villasana
Villasana has over 26 years of experience in the field of fundraising – developing and managing public and private sector partnerships, Fortune 100 corporate foundations, national and private community foundations. Through her work in governmental affairs, she earned the title of Principal Investigator within the UC system and received over $20M in competitive grant awards. While at the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, she contributed to the historic National Ad Council’s campaign, Tus Palabras de Hoy, in collaboration with Univision.
Villasana has consulted with the UC statewide program, The Puente Project and has volunteered as a board or committee member with the The Mexican Museum of San Francisco, The Chicana Latina Foundation, Puertas Abiertas and the County of Napa Valley Hispanic Network.
She lives each day with a reminder that “Si Se Puede” and sees no barriers to what the future holds for underserved students who also believe in higher learning.
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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.
- 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.
Xiomara Ramos - Secretary
Rosalinda Hurtado – Events Chair
Lucia Ortega Villasana - Scholarship Committee
Adrian Maldanado – Board Member
Steve Potter – Board Member
Jovana Gariby - Board Member
Ricky Hurtado - Past President
María L. Cisneros - Past President
Teresa Foster - Past President
Ed Shank - Past President
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.