Board of Directors
"It takes amazing people to make a winning team.
Everybody's contribution is essential."
-Gary David Goldberg
The Executive Board members manage the organization and insure that the mission, vision and by laws of the organization are carried out. In addition, each Executive Board member has their unique responsibilities. They lead a volunteer Board of Directors. Executive Board members serve for two years and may be elected for consecutive terms. The Executive Board ensures that all tax related reportings are completed.
President, Ricky Hurtado
Ricky Hurtado is the Community Engagement Manager at Cope Family Center. He is first generation college graduate, who received his Bachelor’s Degree in Government from California State University, Sacramento. Prior to working with Cope Family Center, Ricky worked for UpValley Family Centers (UVFC) as the Development Manager, supporting their fundraising and communications efforts. In his tenure at UVFC, he also had the opportunity to work and mentor at-risk-youth, or better known as, “at promise” youth. He has also volunteered at Puertas Abiertas. One of Ricky’s passions is to further help his community, which is why he is currently serving in the Napa County Fair Board Association, President of the Napa County Hispanic Network, Fair Housing of Napa Valley, and has served in other various boards and committees in our community. Ricky was born and raised in Napa and is excited to continue giving back to his community. He is married to his High School Sweetheart, Caitlin, who is a local Veterinarian in town. They both like to spend time with their family and their two pups, “Tracker” and “Blue”.
Cathy teaches English at Napa Valley College where she also coordinates the college’s Puente Program (a bridge program targeting Latinos), the honor society, and online education. She is also currently the English department chair. She is integrally involved in community events and partnerships, looking to improve pathways to education and resources for our Latino community.
Vice President, Cathy Gillis
Secretary, Nelson Cortez
Board Members are responsible for carrying out the Network's mission and vision, advising the Executive Board and chairing a sub-committee. The Network's sub-committees are as follows: Gala, Scholarships, Membership, Latino Heritage, Public Relations, and Education. Committee chairs recruit volunteers from the community to assist them as members of their committees.
To inquire about serving on a subcommittee or on our board, please fill out an interest form on our membership page or contact us.
Ricky Hurtado - President
Cathy Gillis - Vice President
Alma Gallegos - Chair, Scholarship Committee
Ednha Landin - Chair, Gala Committee
Debbie Alter-Starr - Chair, Latino Heritage and Membership Committees
Ana Morales - Director & Silent Auction coordinator
Pablo Zatarain, Director
Luis Alcazar - Director
Steve Potter - Director
Icela Martin - Director
Cinthya Cisneros, Director
Esperanza Padilla - Director and Student Representative
Frances Ortiz Chavez
As an ambassador of the NCHN in 2003 I lead the NCHN in conjunction with Napa Chief of Police, Dan Monez, Consul General of Mexico, Georgina Lagos Dondé, Napa Chamber of Commerce and other Latino Leaders to present to the City of Napa a resolution to accept the “Matrícula Consular” as a valid form of ID in Napa County, after harassment in many cities for lack of ID. For several years I have been Chair and Co-chair of the Gala Committee. The Napa County Hispanic Network remains one of my favorite organizations; to see our students' faces on the day of the Gala with eyes of wonderment and excitement for a better future makes me feel that all the efforts of these past years have not been in vain. And now to see several of those scholarship recipients back in our community as professionals makes me realize how those scholarships really paid off!