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DEPARTMENTS From the Publishers...........................9 Welcome.........................................10 Legal Insights..................................26 Education........................................32
Medical............................................34 People and Events...........................42 Meet Our Writers.............................48
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FEATURE STORY From Vision to Reality: A Look Through the Years.........................................12 CULTURE Compassion Has No Political Affiliation........................18 TRIBUTE A Tribute to Sonia Garcia Jimenez......................20 AUTHOR Make your Empanada and eat it too!..................................24 BUSINESS Rainforest Ancient Chinese Tea.....................................28 ARTS Central California’s Cultural Casa de Arte......................38
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Spirit, Integrity, and Inspiration VISIÓN MAGAZINE IS CELEBRATING five years of publication. This anniversary issue highlights some of the stories that we have published, as we look back on some of our favorite stories and articles. We hope that we have been true to our mission statement, that of sharing inspirational stories in education, business, community leadership and the arts, along with celebrating the rich heritage and culture. This anniversary issue also serves the opportunity to share with you the special
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news that this will be our concluding issue of Visión magazine. We have been honored to have had the privilege of sharing good news of what has been going on in the Latino community these past years. We believe we have accomplished the goal of our mission statement and have begun a good work that may inspire others to take up the challenge and continue where Visión magazine left off. One of Visión magazine’s main themes has been to emphasize the need to bring people of all backgrounds together and to encourage everyone to aspire to exemplary character and contribute to the best interest of others. This theme was also echoed at the El Concilio Gala event at the Del Rio Country Club on October 7, where our CEO Christine Schweininger, received the 2016, Amiga of the Year award. It was written of Christine in the El Concilio brochure that “With a keen understanding of people and a spirit based upon respect, Christine has always found her strength in the forces that bring us together, and eschewing those that seek to divide.” It is hoped that Visión magazine has had a part in bringing us together and encouraging all of us to see the
in making Visión magazine a community success. A big thanks to all for their support and contribution. Also, we must recognize our dynamic CEO/ publication Director, Christine Schweininger, for her vision, energy and creativity that has made this magazine the success that it has been. Fortunately, we will continue to see Christine as she will continue to lead the Central Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce as President; be sure to greet her with a friendly hello and thank her for her hard work. Also, this issue will feature the story about her exciting trip to China and the new business opportunity she is engaged in. A big thanks to our advertisers who have make this magazine possible. Without their help this magazine would not have been possible. In closing, we would be remiss if we failed to thank you, our Visión magazine readers, who have faithfully supported our efforts to bring forth a magazine of integrity, dedicated to the Latino community; we salute you. Sincerely,
best in others. Visión magazine has been blessed with many outstanding
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Dr. Ellen N. Junn Visión magazine welcomes Dr. Ellen Junn as the 11th president of California State University, Stanislaus. Dr. Junn succeeds Dr. Joseph F. Sheley who retired in June of 2016. Dr. Junn is widely published and has written professional articles on topics such as the success of underserved students, especially women and minorities. Visión magazine believes Junn is the ideal choice to lead Stanislaus State in supporting all students in achieving a higher education and successful employment in the Central Valley. Junn understands the challenges of minority students as she is of Asian background and is only one of four Asians to serve as President in the California State University system. “I look forward to coming back to the Central Valley and am honored to have the opportunity to work alongside the many dedicated
CSU, serving for the last 25 years in various teaching and
faculty and staff who guide students along that journey and
leadership positions at five CSU campuses. Prior to her
prepare them for achievements beyond the classroom.”
appointment as President she served as provost and vice
California State Trustee Hugo N. Morales, chairman of the selection committee, said Junn’s visionary leadership and experience made her an ideal candidate. “As a higher
president for Academic Affairs at CSU Dominguez Hills, where she was responsible for five academic colleges and six Academic Affairs units with more than 835 faculty.
education veteran who has held leadership positions at
Our new Stan State President has earned a reputation
multiple CSU campuses, Dr. Junn is an accomplished
for supporting the success of minority students, women
and visionary leader who understands the importance of
and other under-served students. She was instrumental in
partnering with faculty, the campus community and external
establishing the African American Student Success program,
stakeholders to bolster educational opportunities for
the Hispanic Student Success task force, the Women’s
students. She has a long history of always putting students
Campus Connection and the Asian Faculty and Staff
first, and has expertise in working to increase academic
Association in the CSU system. The appointment of Dr. Junn
achievement among students from minority communities.
reflects Chancellor Timothy P. White’s interest in hiring more
She is skilled at connecting campus, organizational and
diverse personnel in the CSU system .
political leaders to higher education.”
Visión magazine congratulates the CSU trustees for their
Ellen Junn holds a bachelor’s degree in experimental and
excellent choice of Dr. Junn for president of Stanislaus State.
cognitive psychology from the University of Michigan, where
Stan State has over 48 percent enrollment of Latinos, of
she graduated cum laude. She earned both a master’s and
which the majority are first generation students. Dr. Junn’s
Ph. D. in cognitive and developmental psychology from
appointment is a recognition of the importance of educating
Princeton University. Junn built her academic career at the
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Medi-Cal at 50 + HPSJ at 20 As Doors Swing Open, HPSJ & Partners Still Team Up to Walk Through Since our 1996 founding, Health Plan of San Joaquin (HPSJ) – staff and governing commission together – have been having a 20-year conversation with our community. During these eventful 20 years, HPSJ has delivered access to hands-on, high-touch, quality health care for our diverse Central Valley communities.
with each of the members who have selected HPSJ as their “plan of choice” in San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties. We may be in uncertain times, but of this we absolutely are confident: Our mission and community-anchored values will continue to guide us. Last year, we celebrated Medicaid’s 50th anniversary, the groundbreaking federal idea from President Lyndon Johnson that all Americans should have access to quality health care. Every real game-change starts with a vision, and there it was. A year later, in 1966, California was among the first ten states to implement Medicaid, what we call Medi-Cal. Happy 50th Medi-Cal!
This two-way conversation has made it possible for HPSJ to go beyond access to quality health care. We continue to create special programs that address conditions increasingly troubling our community. Here are two examples where HPSJ-organized programs can help patients with confusing and hard to manage conditions: • Living With Diabetes – where our health care team supports self-management through timely tests (such as vision and blood readings), information and encouragement.
• HPSJ Collaborative Asthma Control Improvement Plan – where HPSJ medical and pharmacy staff team up with local pharmacists and doctors to make sure HPSJ patients are getting their prescriptions filled consistently and on time – before there’s a crisis! HPSJ reaches out with culturally sensitive materials and resources, including our multilingual website, https://miembros.hpsj.com/. Our Outreach and Customer Service teams support our members in area languages such as Spanish and Khmer. We regularly sponsoring community events, such as Binational Health Fairs and Cinco de Mayo . Our staff and many of our doctors mirror of our rich cultural diversity. Our just-published Community Report highlights HPSJ’s recent efforts in the pursuit of our mission, and serves as a reminder of our commitment to those we serve. Our achievements in these past 20 years reflect the partnerships that have been built and nurtured with area physicians, hospitals and health care leaders, community stakeholders, and especially
By 1996, the people of San Joaquin County were ready to support accelerated local progress. So that our residents would be in a stronger position to take full advantage of Medi-Cal expansions, so that we could strengthen our health care infrastructure, and so that we could leverage limited resources to improve the overall viability of our region – 20 years ago, HPSJ was founded by county leaders as a managed care, not-forprofit Medi-Cal plan. Today, with implementation of the federal Affordable Care Act, one in three Californians participates in Medi-Cal; nearly one-third of San Joaquin County residents are HPSJ members; and over one-in-four Stanislaus County residents are covered by HPSJ. Medi-Cal, and all of its innovations and enrollment expan-sions over the decades are how it became possible for HPSJ to provide growing access to quality care, and to keep making gains. There now are over 345,000 HPSJ members in San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties. Thanks to the latest innovation by California’s elected leaders, all children in economic need are now eligible for Medi-Cal coverage. Whether taking note of the 50th anniversary of Medi-Cal, or HPSJ’s 20th, we are heading in the right direction, toward health care justice. Because we are in very good company, we are far more likely to achieve our mission: To provide health care value and advance wellness through community partnerships. ......................................................................................................................
Amy Y. Shin is the chief executive officer of Health Plan of San Joaquin. To see the new HPSJ Community Report, visit their website at https://www.hpsj.com/about-us/.
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From Vision to Reality:
A Look Through the Years BY JENNIFER HIDALGO
IN THE MIDST OF GREAT DIVIDE IN OUR COUNTRY AND THE HATE WE’VE SEEN COME forth in the past few years, more and more individuals are looking for that beacon of light shining through the negativity. Five years ago, Visión Magazine sought to be that beacon. By focusing on inspirational stories featuring Latinos in business, education, community leadership and the arts, Visión’s mission has been to present the community articles that highlight positive, inspiring stories of individuals and organizations making a difference in our communities. The magazine’s inaugural issue included a note from Visión’s publisher, Fred Bigler, highlighting Visión’s purpose: “Living in a society daily barraged by news emphasizing human failure, Visión Magazine will shed light on the pathway to success and inspire us to see and believe the best in ourselves and in others. Visión Magazine will report events, activities and the achievements of Latinos, who through perseverance and faith, have achieved success in both big and small ways, and have inspired all of us to a better life.” Visión Magazine set out to inspire the community with articles which focused on the positive aspects of humanity, and the community promptly took notice. George Eliot, once wrote that, “It will never rain roses: when we want to have more roses, we must plant more roses.” Visión then decided to begin planting “roses” for the past five years, and continues to spread positivity within our communities. Looking back through past issues really solidifies Visión’s place within our communities. Let’s look back through some of our most memorable stories. 12
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From our inaugural issue Winter of 2013
From Hardship to Success This story looks at the life of Arturo “Art” Lewin. A poor Chilean immigrant who through immense drive and hard work became one of the most famous clothiers in the United States. After immigrating to reunite with his parents, Lewin had to learn English and acclimate to a new culture. Following his parent’s divorce, he decided to drop out of college to help his family make ends meet, which is when he discovered he was very talented at sales. By the age of 20, he was the top producer nationwide for a Fortune 500 company. At age 22, he was introduced to the custom clothing business and has not looked back since. Arturo Lewin founded Executive Clothiers, one of the leading custom clothiers in the country, 20 years after immigrating from Chile; proving that discovering and nurturing your given gifts, coupled with a strong work ethic, produces success. Summer 2013
A Survivor and True Warrior by Julianne Bigler Winter 2013 - Art Lewin
This amazing story about the resiliency of the human spirit and the will to succeed looks at the incredible life of Tamara Mena. A Mexican immigrant from Leon Guanajuato, Mena arrived in the United States at the age of 13 with her mother. After working hard to achieve scholastic success, she planned to attend San Diego State to major in international business and hotel management. It wasn’t until October 2005 that Mena’s life would suffer a heartbreaking blow. What was supposed to be a fun night out turned into a nightmare as a car accident killed the cab driver and her boyfriend instantly, and rendered her a paraplegic. How she handled her life after this accident is nothing short of remarkable. Calling herself a survivor, positivist, enthusiast, and an eternal optimist, Tamara Mena turned a horrific tragedy into an “incredible journey of honor, inspiration, and immeasurable value.” Mena is now a motivational speaker, host, model, and representative for the innovative company Ekso Bionics. Mena’s life journey is certainly a testament to the resiliency of the human spirit and of what can be achieved if we can only believe. VISIÓN | WINTER 2017
Summer 2013 - Tamara Mena Photo provided by Mark Verschelden Photography
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Building Homes, Strengthening Communities by Matthew Harrington This story focuses on Carol Ornelas, the CEO of Visionary Home Builders, a wonderful organization focusing on affordable housing within our community. Ornelas, a 30-year veteran of the construction and development industry transformed Visionary Home Builders from a grassroots organization to a corporation seeking to help those who most need it. She grew up watching her mother, a single parent, experience the difficulties in Summer 2013 - The Language Institute
Photos provided by Language Institute
finding safe, affordable housing. This left a lasting impression on her, and coupled with
her love of construction and building, led her down the path
Making a Difference
of housing development. A self-taught student, Ornelas
by Julianne Bigler
learned how to read blue prints and finance properties on
This story highlights Modesto City School’s Language
her own. She not only learned, but excelled. This in spite of
Institute (LI), “an English immersion program for 7th through
growing up experiencing many challenges, including one
12th graders new to U.S. schools.” Beginning in 2009, this
stemming from traditional gender roles within the Hispanic
amazing program was instituted to help underperforming
Community. Today, Carol Ornelas continues to fight for
English learners succeed academically. This diverse
affordable housing, and although there is tough road ahead,
program educates around 150 students from 26 countries
she believes she has changed the face of what affordable
speaking fourteen different languages. Since its inception,
housing should look like, and will continue to fight for those
test scores have improved, graduation rates have risen,
who often have no voice.
and program graduates are pursuing post-secondary education. The program model is now being shared with other school districts. “Modesto City Schools truly have undertaken its motto to present “a diploma in every hand,” but the opportunities the LI opens for its students go far beyond graduating from high school.” With amazing programs such as these, we can help educate our youth, and in turn, uplift our communities.
“Just picked up my copy today. Very nice to see so many positive Latinos and Latinas celebrated in our community. Wonderful magazine. Thank you.” — Zenet Negron Summer 2014 - Carol Ornelas
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job at IBM and subsequently earned a Master’s Degree.” She raised her children with a passion and thirst to succeed. Her four children were exposed to her activist involvement in the Latino Community, which in turn influenced their career choices. All four children earned bachelor’s and graduate degrees from top tiered universities and now contribute to the advancement of their communities. This story truly highlights that we’re able to overcome naysayers and break cycles of negativity in order to succeed. Winter 2015
Faith and Hope Photo by Miguel Buenrostro
Winter 2015 - Gutierrez family
by Eddie Garcia This story takes us through Professor Socorro
“Soco” Castañeda-Liles’ journey. As a young girl living in
Super Mom. Super Family. This story takes us through the life of Josie Gutierrez and the amazing family she raised. Gutierrez grew up during the Leave to Beaver era, which meant she often heard a college education was a waste of time for a woman and her only purpose should be to marry and have children. “Instead of succumbing to the expectations for women back then, she defied the odds and…landed a plumb
Juarez Mexico, which continues to be ground zero for the drug cartel wars, her future was filled with uncertainty. It was with great sorrow and dreams of a better future for their daughters that Socorro’s parents made the “heartwrenching decision to send…Soco and her…sister Lorena with an aunt and uncle” to the United States. After arriving in San Jose, Soco “found a home in the church community.” And through this community and Father Mateo, its leader, she rose to become an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at SCU. Through faith and hard work she showed the world that circumstances can be overcome.
“I finally had a chance to sit down and read Visión magazine. What a great magazine! The stories were so touching and well done. I just wanted to say how proud I am of you.” — Christine Nutting Deputy Director of Business Services, HR and Organizational Development Fresno Regional Workforce Development Board Photo by Roberto Castañeda Jr.
Winter 2015 - Socorro “Soco” Castañeda-Liles
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VISIÓN | feature Fall 2015
Let Them Go Away to College by Eddie Garcia This story chronicles Eddie’s experience with his daughter, Erica, and her college dreams. Education was always at the forefront of Eddie’s family and his daughters were told their hard work would be coupled with their support to attend any college they wanted. Eddie and his wife Sandra have spent their careers encouraging Latino students and their families to get a college education. “Latino parents are reluctant to allow their kids to stray far from home, especially girls.” Eddie thought this was “hogwash.” It wasn’t until Erica disclosed she was debating between attending school in L.A. or New York that the resistance began. It was difficult for Eddie and Sandra to realize they were afraid of the unknown, but in the end decided to “walk
Fall 2015 - Eddie Garcia
Photo provided by Eddie Garcia
the talk” and they supported their daughter’s decision to
Autobiography, From Stilettos to the Stock Exchange: Inside
attend school in New York. Eddie and Sandra “will continue
the Life of a Serial Entrepreneur, Aldatz shares how she took
to encourage other Latino parents to allow their children to
a personal tragedy and turned it into her destiny. During her
follow their dreams, even if that means going afar to study.
interview, she shared one big takeaway: “The main thing I like
We can now do so with the compassion that only a parent
to say is that regret is a killer. Taking a chance and failing is
can understand.” Because education is important, and so
better than never taking a chance. At the end of the day, what
is family support.
do you really have to lose?”
Woman of Passion and Determination
Myla’s Story by Jose Posadas
by Venus Esparza
This story takes us on a journey through a family’s tragedy
This wonderful story
and their fight through adversity. We follow Myla, who was 6
of overcoming cyclic
months old when she, “suffered a rare form of asphyxia that
left her without oxygen to her brain for nearly 40 minutes.”
attests to the power
Myla survived thanks to her mom’s quick response and
many acts of kindness that followed. She was resuscitated
A self-made Latina
at the hospital but suffered permanent damage to her brain
and was later diagnosed with a severe case of cerebral
Aldatz, “first made her
palsy. “Life for the Carbajal family, who would later welcome
mark on the world as
a third daughter…into the fold, is that of a family that has
the founder of Foot
experienced great hardship but also great love and support
Petals, a revolutionary
from their community as they deal with caring for Myla.”
line of designer insole
Although it is challenging to care for special needs children,
cushions for women’s
“The Carbajals have found their strength not in spite of but
high heels.” Although Aldatz grew up in a volatile and unstable
rather as a result of this unexpected challenge…For Molly
home, she decided her circumstances would not define her.
and Frank, it has meant a new life as mentors to other
She took her love of fashion and turned it into a career. In her
families who also have special needs children.”
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As we look back through past issues, it becomes apparent why the community embraced Visión. Currently, Visión’s Facebook Fan Page has over 2,500 likes, and that number continues to rise as the magazine’s reach continues to expand. Visión receives great community feedback regularly, like that of Fabian Valdivia through Facebook:
Spring 2016 - The Carbajals family
Photo provided by the Carbajal family
A Tribute to Joe Hernandez by Craig Hunnel This tribute to one of Visión’s own advisory board members,
“I had the pleasure of recently meeting Josie Gutierrez, featured in your Winter Edition cover story, and reconnected with Dr. Soco Castañeda-Liles, also featured, and I truly loved reading about their paths to success. Thank you Visión Magazine for finding those stories which show the whole picture of our communities. I look forward to reading the next edition.”
chronicled Joe Hernandez’ legacy. Joe embraced his life with the dignity and honor that even casual acquaintances would sense that this was Summer 2016 - Dr. Joe
more than just a contact
or colleague; he was a man who could and did make
As we come to celebrate Visión Magazine and its place in our communities, we cannot forget to recognize and thank all the individuals involved in making this magazine a reality. Without the team members, designers, contributing writers, editors, interns and photographers; this magazine would not exist. Thank you to all who contribute to this magazine, as it is a labor of love for all those involved.
a difference whenever possible. Growing up as part of
Finally, we must thank Fred Bigler and Christine Schweininger
an itinerant farming family, Joe grew up to earn PhD in
for their vision of a more joyful and positive community. In
psychology where he worked with many in the mental
Visión’s inaugural issue, Fred outlined his and Christine’s
health and family health industry. Joe and his wife spent the
hopes for the magazine: “Our hope is that as you read the
last 20 years training others in the Family Wellness Program.
stories of people possessing personal vision you will be
He was well respected in the community and touched many
inspired to reach for a vision for your life; that you will discover
lives. As his wife Michelle put it, “Joe will be missed by
a grander purpose in your daily activities, transforming the
everyone who knew him. We were fortunate to have him in
humdrum to a better day every day…and encouragement to
our lives for so many years. He was a very special person.”
accept the challenge of fulfilling your dreams.”
The author of this tribute highlighted Joe’s amazing life, “There is so much more to say that this is a mere glimpse into the life and legacy of Joe Hernandez, who left at the
Thank you Visión Magazine for making a difference in our communities... and highlighting so many wonderful and
age of sixty-seven.” Joe was a valued member of the
positive stories. .............................................................................................
community and will be missed, may he rest in peace.
*If you’re interested in reading past issues, please visit www.visionmagazine.us
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Compassion Has No Political Affiliation BY XAVIER HUERTA
THE DEFINITION OF A REFUGEE WAS DEVELOPED
According to current statistics from the State Department,
by the United Nations in 1951 following World War II. It
the U.S. government accepts thousands of refugees
is as follows: “a person, owing to well-founded fear of
each year and provides cash, medical and housing rental
being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality,
assistance to them through nonprofit resettlement agencies.
membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality and is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country; or who, not having a nationality and being outside the country of his former
The number of refugees accepted (which is set annually by the president) reached a peak of 142,000 during the Balkan wars in 1993. It was 80,000 between 2008 and 2011, dropped to 76,000 in 2012 and has been at 70,000 since 2013.
habitual residence as a result of such events, is unable or,
During the current fiscal year, the U.S. plans to accept
owing to such fear, is unwilling to return to it.” In brief, it is
110,000 refugees, with only a small portion of that number
a person who fears for their personal safety based on the
coming from Syria, hardly scratching the surface of the more
condition of their home country. Often the misconception
than four million Syrians displaced by war since 2011. There
has been that a refugee is merely an immigrant looking for
are currently 20 million people classified as refugees out of
opportunity in a “free” country. A refugee is, in fact, seeking
65 million people who have been displaced by violence in
to stay alive.
their home country. It is often believed that those who enter the United States under these conditions present a threat to our nation’s security. It might then surprising to some to know that since 2001, 800 thousand refugees have been
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resettled in the U.S. and NONE of this number has been
Lori Aderholt, Executive Director of Modesto World Relief,
convicted of an act of terrorism.
emphasizes the struggle of displacing one’s own family.
The screening process: which involves the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the
“Who would voluntarily leave their home country and take their family to another country merely to start over? Many would choose not to leave, but are leaving for the chance
State Department and Defense Department, is rigorous,
to save themselves, as well as their immediate family. They
screening the millions of foreign visitors and thousands of
often leave extended family behind.” She goes on to say that
foreign students who come to the U.S. each year (most
we must consider what is being given up, and help nurture a
refugees are referred to the U.S. by the United Nations High
culture of “welcoming the stranger.” “We must put ourselves
Commissioner for Refugees).
in their shoes and show true empathy.” World Relief works
The World Relief organization, which has local offices in Modesto, has resettled more than a quarter of a million refugees over the last 40 years. World Relief is an Evangelical Charity that works with local
with local churches to develop housing, employment and education. World Relief also helps provide legal help to assist with U.S. citizenship. It is worth noting again that World Relief works with refugees once they have gone through the extensive governmental screening process and they do not have a political agenda.
churches to assist refugees and not only give them a place
With the completion of the presidential election and the
to live, but give them a place to belong. The motivations of
appointment of a new president, there might be concerns,
World Relief are to apply biblical principles to the cause of
but there is also a confidence that those who are screened
humanity. “Do unto others as you would have done unto
will get the chance to live free from fear of an oppressive
you.” There is no political agenda, but an agenda of helping a
life in their home country. World Relief is set on continuing
fellow human beings who are in need of living a life free from fear, for them, as well as their families. While the resettlement process might take from 18 to 24 months, the involvement of World Relief to place individuals, or families, with local churches can take as little as several months, and often the personal connections with World Relief staff can continue through the familial bonds, which are often established.
its efforts with recognition of governmental realities, and will continue to work to help as many people as the government will allow. According to World Relief, “We have a government with a system of checks and balances. There is not a single branch of government which can act independently without majority agreement, and while the numbers of overall refugees could possibly be reduced; it is very unlikely that refugee assistance will stop.” The mission of an organization like World Relief is compassion. It is becoming increasingly challenging in our current world climate to maintain optimism for a world where we trust, give to, and love our “fellow man.” As refugees arrive, they rarely have more than the clothes on their backs and possibly a bag or two. World Relief relies on public donations to help provide basic necessities as well as provide furnishings for homes. It is good to know that the love for humanity will motivate some to open their hearts, as well as their wallets, to give refugees (men, women, and children) a chance to live with many of the same freedoms we take for granted. ............................................................................................ For more information and to give to Modesto World Relief, visit worldreliefmodesto.org.
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VISIÓN | tribute
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Sonia Garcia Jimenez BY JENNIFER RAMIREZ RANGEL
THERE WILL ALWAYS BE PEOPLE WHO STAND OUT
devoted to raising funds for scholarships and one that was
among the rest. Every one of us knows someone or
very influential in her life.
has met someone who for whatever reason has made an imprint on our lives. For some individuals, it may be a family member, friend or mentor, and yet for others it may even be a stranger; who may later become an acquaintance. Sometimes, it is someone you have never even had the opportunity to meet, someone you just learned about and something they said or something about how they lived their life just resonates with you. There are
Her passion for this organization was ignited back in high school as a long time member Teresa Guerrero invested her time in Sonia and had been her mentor since she as a student at Downey. While in high school she began attending the MLS annual education and career conference geared towards young women, especially Latinas. The conference made an impact in young Sonia’s life as well as
individuals who come into our lives during different seasons
her peers, it inspired them to pursue a higher education and
and no matter what you believe or whom you believe in, it is
empowered them to identify and build on their strengths as
safe to say that with every step we take there is a purpose
young Latinas. It was as a result of the influence MLS and
and a lesson to be learned. We may not always see
Teresa had, had in her life that Sonia later became a part of
this clearly, and we often do not realize we have learned
MLS and eventually became President for a few years.
something until we come to a point and are able to take a look back and reflect. This was the type of person Sonia Garcia Jimenez was, one who deserves to be remembered.
In 2014, after a hiatus MLS under Sonia’s leadership brought back the conference and held it at Modesto Junior College. If Sonia could have had her way, she would have
Sonia’s story began on September 13, 1979, the day she
wanted the conference to continue to be an annual event
was born in Fresno, California. She grew up in Modesto,
for young women every year. Because Sonia always gave
California. Like many students growing up in South
110% of herself in everything she did, she knew she would
Modesto, Sonia attended Hanshaw Middle School and
not be able to devote the time she needed to MLS as she
continued on to Downey High School, graduating in 1997.
was a newly wed and was anticipating the upcoming arrival
Sonia’s college career began at Modesto Junior College,
of her second son Elias, she also had a very bright 6 year
which led her to San Diego State where she earned a
old son, Emiliano, who kept her busy with all of his activities
Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences International
and had just started a new position at E & J Gallo Winery
Business. She then continued on to earn a degree from La
as their Technical Manager on their new products team.
Universidad Autonoma de Baja California in International
Therefore, she encouraged one of her closest friends since
Studies and a Masters Degree in Business Administration
middle school Ms. Debbie Avila to run for President.
from St. Mary’s College. It is no surprise that Sonia valued
Sonia met her late husband Carlos Jimenez when she was
education, it was for this reason as well as her desire to
in high school. They shared a great friendship that turned
give back to her community that led her to become a part
into young love. They went to prom together and continued
of Mujeres Latinas de Stanislaus (MLS). An organization
dating while both at MJC. However, they decided to go
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their separate ways when Sonia left to obtain her Bachelors
As fate would have it, Sonia and Fausto’s paths would cross
degree at San Diego State. While there, she decided on an
again about two years ago. They became friends again and
International Business degree and therefore attended La
the love Sonia had once had Fausto blossomed into a new
Universidad Autonoma de Baja California. It was here that
stronger love than before. Debbie Avila, on of her core group
Sonia met her second husband Fausto Vargas Morales. For
of close knits friends said. “I can still remember the day she
Fausto, as his best man so vividly described on his wedding
and Fausto started their friendship over at first I was a little
day, it was love at first sight. He came home telling him
apprehensive because I did not know him. However, It did not
“Omar, today, I met an Angel in a white dress.” According
take long to realize why she loved him so. He is kind, fun and
to one of Sonia’s best friends (Erica Gonzalez) for her it
in many ways shared the same values that she did. Fausto
was more of a Looney Tunes characters Pepé Le Pew and
is a ‘fly from the seat of your pants’ kind of guy. Sonia, was
Penelope Pussycat romance. Luckily for him, after 100 or
definitely a planner and somehow they were perfect for each
so failed attempts he finally won her over and they dated for
other. Her face would light up whenever he walked into the
a few years. After graduation she eventually came back to
room or when she talked about him. Sonia once sent me a
Modesto. It is possible that the distance between her and
text in which she talked about how much she loved Carlos
Fausto proved to be too much and their relationship ended.
and how much she missed him especially when people talked
At some point she and Carlos became friends again and they eventually married in 2007 and welcomed their son Emiliano (Emi) in 2010. It was then that they decided they would become sports fans, specifically 49er fans as neither had been sports fans. They had talked about becoming season ticket holders and taking Emi to the games and together cheering them onto victory. They also talked about him learning more than one language. This was important for both, as Carlos was a teacher in a dual immersion program where he taught his students English along with Spanish. Emi now attends a school that is also a dual immersion school like the one his dad worked at. Sadly, at the age of 34, Carlos lost his battle to cancer in 2012, and a few months later his sister Teresa Mendoza also lost her battle to cancer. Sonia was true to her word, when Levi stadium opened she and Emi became season ticket holders and she paid tribute to both Carlos and Tere with a commemorative brick in the floor leading to the escalators at the entrance of Levi Stadium. This experience was something they wanted to do together as a family and Sonia kept up her end by taking her son and friends to games, which included selfies with Steve Young. Sonia became a die-hard 49er fan. This came as a surprise to many, especially her friends, since Sonia did not grow up being a sports fan and knew nothing about football. However, she learned the game and grew to love it. Well, except when her boys were losing and especially if they were losing to the Dallas Cowboys. Although, she hated losing she still enjoyed every moment of the game. 22
about him. She felt so blessed that he was a part of her life and most importantly that she had his son. She said she felt the same about Fausto too. However, in a different capacity for him to have come back into her life and protect her and Emi as well as give them his unconditional love. She was so grateful to have his son too and could not believe how fortunate she was to be loved by two awesome men and give life to two wonderful boys. She ended the text with one of her favorite phrases: God is good!” Sonia realized in life there were no mistakes, only lessons and life experiences. She believed that everything she encountered had a purpose. Sonia had a strong faith and no matter what life brought her she was never angry but remained understanding and forgiving. She knew life was a journey and one must cherish every minute of it regardless of how hard it may be. Sonia always chose to focus on the positive, not to say it was always easy. However, she had learned in her short life to always be grateful. She truly lived every day as if it was her last. She never gave up on people. Sonia had a core group of friends she made in elementary, Jr. High, High School and college. Although there were some years they would only see each other a handful of times, in the last few years she made it a point to see them more frequently. If you asked them today, they would tell you it was Sonia who kept them all united through their adult years. These women were Sonia’s strength during hard times and many times she was their cheerleader and encourager, she was their “Soni.” They went on road trips to San Diego, took
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trips to San Francisco, the beach and to Murphy’s. They
make sure to do it with joy and gratefulness. I will move
spent countless hours on the phone, watched movies and
forward into 2016 with my faith in God and live with purpose,
enjoyed every moment they all spent together. Sonia loved
humility and joy.”
to be surrounded by her friends. One of the last things she
Sonia would not want us to be sad; instead, she would
said to them was “we need to take every opportunity to be together, even if just for a little bit.” She had a desire to grow closer to God as well as to get healthier. She wanted these things for her friends as well. Therefore, they started with a once a month bible study at Sonia’s house and decided to start with the book of Romans. However, after their very first gathering they knew it needed to be more than once a month and moved to weekly gatherings. When they finished the book of Romans they each shared a scripture or a passage that stood out the most for them. Sonia shared how Romans 8 was impactful as it spoke of present sufferings and future glory. With tears in her eyes she told her friends she finally understood what their friend Debbie meant when she would say and at times have them repeat “I’ve already won!” As for the getting healthier part… she encouraged them to start running 5k’s with her about 3 years ago. This
want us to look towards the future, to keep our faith in God. She would ask that we keep her husband Fausto, her sons Emiliano and Elias, and her parents Mr. and Mrs. Garcias as well as all of her loved ones in prayer. Most importantly, ask that we never let Emi grow up without knowing who his Mom and Dad were and how much love and pride they had for him. As for her son Elias, she would want us to share our memories of her with him, as he will never have any memories of his own. Dearest Sonia, may we always remember the love, laughter, silliness and joy you exuded everywhere you went. May we remember one of your favorite verses 2 Timothy 4:7 “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” Until we meet again may we always be “Soniastrong.”
December her friends will be running/walking in their first 5k without her. They have decided to name their team #Soniastrong in her honor. Sonia once posted the following on Facebook: “New year marks the hope for new resolutions, goals and change for the better. Change is inevitable and sometimes forced upon you. It can be so much that it clearly steers you off your course and can reset you onto another path. I loved the path I was on, but God had other plans for me and Emi. Resetting my life to a new path has been the hardest thing by far in my life. It has been with lots of tears, prayers, and support from family, friends and my faith in God that kept me strong and hopeful of my new path. One of the hardest things is to let go of control and let things be. It’s funny because as a woman of Faith you know that God is in control and his plans are far better than ours even if we can’t understand. As I enter the New Year I will “Live and be Joyful with ease.” This has not been easy it has been a struggle to do this but when I do I cherish those moments. I will live and let live probably not without its moments of sadness and mistakes but I will VISIÓN | WINTER 2017
VISIÓN | author
Make your Empanada and eat it too! BY VENUS WHITTED
FINANCIAL INDEPENDENCE AND FINANCIAL WEALTH
example of a strong work
are important but as children or as young adults it can be
ethic and he taught me
the furthest from our minds, much less something that we
that working hard was a
remember while we were growing up or something we
pathway to a successful
remembered or valued as young adults. Some of my fondest
future. While this is true,
memories are of my family’s get togethers, especially during
there is much more one
the Thanksgiving holiday. My father would take pride in
needs to sustain wealth
having a surplus of different food items to cook. He would
and for that wealth to
baste and cook a turkey, a ham, have all of us spreading
stay with one’s family. In
the “masa” for an extravagant amount of tamales, and on
addition, the times have
one occasion he even added menudo to the menu for the
changed. While it was
day after, just in case anyone was still hungry or needed to
learned that hard work
replenish their soul. Yes, those days were special; our house
was needed, the new generation of millennials now want
was the headquarters for relatives and friends to congregate.
to work less, build wealth and enjoy the money and their
As we grew older, my cousins would all come over and we would sit by the fireplace and sip wine and enjoy each other’s company and the festive banter throughout the house. We lived in a middle class neighborhood and while
financial freedom all at the same time. It is time for change and I have come to realize that when it comes to money it is no longer the generation of our fathers. I am glad Visión Magazine came across Aquiles Larrea!
we didn’t have an infinite
According to Aquiles, author of YOUR
amount of wealth, we lived
MONEY AND YOU, the Ultimate Wealth Guide
in a purchased home, had
for Latino Entrepreneurs and Executives
several vehicles, and lived
Create Your “Empanada of Success,” Latino
very comfortably. At that time
households are enjoying greater success than
my family was the greatest
ever before. Back in 2000, Latino households
wealth I had! Today as an
who earned $75,000 or more, grew by 152%
adult with a family of my own I
in 2012 and by the year 2017 (now), there will
wish I would have been taught
be an estimated 4.3 million affluent Latinos.
about finances and wealth
He goes on to indicate that entrepreneurs
in a different perspective, in
and senior executives of Latino descent
order to have greater financial
are increasingly a driving force in the United
independence for myself and
States economy. The share of Latino business
for my family for generations
owners in the U.S now stands at 22.1%-more
to come. My father was an
than double of the 10% rate in 1996… and
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Latina Businesses have grown over 86% versus a year ago.
today there is a new generation of Latinos. We speak and
Furthermore, revenue for Latino-owned firms is expected to
understand English, there is a new energy, a synergy, an
reach $661 billion, which is a 28% increase since 2012. While
attitude of “Let’s get it done!”
this seems like a dynamic increase there are still challenges that must be overcome. Aquiles has utilized his knowledge to
Aquiles provides information of what one needs to know
enhance the lives of others in the financial world.
and do in order to achieve financial wealth and freedom. In
Aquiles was born in the United States to an Ecuadorian
Successful Latinos and Their Family,” Challenge #1: A Lack
father and a Honduran mother. His parents met at a party in
of financial know how… consider this fact, he indicates
Queens, New York. They married shortly after their meeting
that “nearly all Latino investors polled in one study (92
and were married for 40 plus years. As most immigrants,
percent) say their parents talked “a lot” or “sometimes”
his parents wanted different opportunities for their children,
about the value and importance of hard work when they
after all they were in the United States of America, “The
were growing up (similar to 89 percent of investors overall).
Great Land of Opportunity.” His parents worked hard,
But fewer than half said their parents talked as much
sometimes one to two jobs each at a time… “In our
about financial issues. Wow, even before I read the book,
household there was no idleness, we were always doing
Aquiles described what my experience has been growing
something… we all worked through high school.” Although
up in a home with a strong work ethic. This is a book that
Aquiles, nor his two other brothers had to help his parents
can answer all the questions relating to what is needed
the first chapter, Aquiles’ discusses the “Key Challenges of
to support the family, they did know that they had to take advantage of all opportunities offered to them.
to provide financial stability and the planning needed to sustain that wealth. Minorities pay 32% higher than those
As a young adult, Aquiles managed his brothers’ martial
of their white peers, as Latinos as seen as a higher risk,
arts studio and was able to pay his way through college
not just for growth opportunities even when the lending
and graduate from St. John’s University debt free! He also
sources are available, the interest rates can block the ability
learned the pride that comes with building, growing and
to grow. Latinos are much more conservative, will keep a
operating a small business. He realized that he was really
lot more cash in the bank or look at smaller scale insurance
good at helping people make smart decisions about their
to protect loved ones versus preserving wealth with much
finances. He began working at a Wall Street brokerage
more of an emotional involvement.
firm and worked his way up through the ranks at two of the world’s biggest financial services firms. While there he learned a great deal but knew there had to be a better way to help people manage their money, as there is no one size fits all approach. He wanted to educate people to make smart decisions about their money, to be more successful and not to rely on stereotypes.
When Aquiles isn’t working he is often lending his time to the community. He does workshops for non profits organizations. Communicating that “making smarter decisions or having the confidence to managing money, or when building a successful business, everybody wins, people have opportunities and if you have the power to do so, take it to the next level, don’t be like everybody else, become the
In March of 2002, he launched his own firm, Larrea Wealth
pillar!” Latino Organizations are taking the reins and taking
Management and has put together a world-class group of
the frontline, they understand the concept of “it takes a
experts from various business disciplines that could help
village.” This is just a tidbit in what Aquiles Larrea has to say
his clients live the life they imagined. Together they created
about Your Money and You! While our lives may not be filled
“Empanadas of Success” (you will need to read the book
continuously with foods such as tamales or menudo, our lives
to find out more about this). “In New York, there are Puerto
can be accentuated with empanadas of success!
Ricans, Dominicans, Mexicans …small microcosms’ of
Latinos here, and so many different Latino Cultures. Twenty years ago they may not have liked working together, but
For more information and to get your copy, go to awww.yourmoneyandyou.com or www.larreawealth.com
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VISIÓN | legal insight
The Obligations and Potential Liabilities of Serving on a Nonprofit Board BY JANELL FREEMAN SOMERA
Serving on a board of
corporation they serve. Volunteer directors should be familiar
directors of a nonprofit
with the mission statement, Bylaws, Articles of Incorporation,
corporation can be a
tax forms, website, financial statements, tax returns, and
rewarding experience that
any insurance policies. This information should give the
allows for a meaningful
volunteer directors a basic understanding of the structure
contribution to the
and purpose of the nonprofit corporation, which will in turn,
community. State law
allow the volunteers to better carry out their duties. Volunteer
sets out which type
directors are required to perform their duties in good faith,
of management and
with ordinary care, and in the best interest of the nonprofit.
governing structure is acceptable for nonprofits.
Every volunteer director must act in good faith as is
In California, most
relates to the corporation
nonprofits are 501(c)(3) corporations, which means they are
Good faith is shown through honesty and faithfulness to the
formed for charitable purposes and are eligible for federal
volunteer director’s duties and obligations. The duty of care
and state tax exemptions. Every nonprofit corporation is
standard is set forth in the California Corporations Code. The
required to have a board of directors. Board members are
code requires a volunteer director to exercise reasonable
the legal, governing body of a nonprofit corporation as
care whenever he or she makes a decision. For example, in
the volunteer directors collectively represent the nonprofit
one case, the volunteer directors of a charitable organization
corporation and its interests. Volunteer directors of a
sold an old building that had previously housed the poor
nonprofit corporation donate their expertise and time to
and used the proceeds to buy a newer, better equipped
serve a good cause, but also potentially assume a certain
building. The volunteer directors were subsequently sued for
level of personal liability.
wasting the assets of the nonprofit as the plaintiffs viewed the directors actions as unreasonable and wasteful.
Most non-profit corporations can’t afford to pay for a board of directors, therefore most nonprofit corporations rely solely
The duty of loyalty
on volunteers who serve without pay. It is important to note
The duty of loyalty is a standard of faithfulness requiring
that sometimes, a board of directors will elect to set up an
a volunteer director to give undivided commitment when
“advisory board.” While this advisory board may appear very
making decisions that affect the corporation.
similar to the board of directors, an advisory board is not the
The duty of loyalty requires a corporate officer or director
legal governing body of the organization and does not carry
to always act in the corporation’s best interest, and forbids
the same legal responsibilities and fiduciary duties as the
the volunteer director from engaging in “self-dealing.”
board of directors.
Self-dealing is conduct by a volunteer director that involves taking advantage of a position in the corporation to benefit
Every volunteer director of a nonprofit is a fiduciary
his or her interests rather than those of the corporation. This
The term fiduciary includes anyone who holds a position of
standard essentially means that a volunteer director can
trust or confidence within the corporation. As a fiduciary,
never make a decision for personal gain, but must act in the
volunteer directors owe certain primary fiduciary duties to the
best interests of the corporation.
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Directors must act in a manner that they believe would be in
nonprofit corporation may be unable to pay taxes, and
the best interest of the corporation. In most cases, the duty
possibly even close as a result. In these cases, the IRS may
of loyalty encompasses confidentiality. Ultimately, the duty
look to the volunteer directors for payment. Therefore, it is a
of loyalty is about putting the interests of the corporation
good idea for nonprofit corporations to have insurance.
before the director‘s own interests. Liability insurance for volunteer directors The duty of obedience
Many volunteer directors don’t think about insurance until
The duty of obedience requires the voluntary director to
something unfortunate happens. Not every non-profit
ensure that the directors’ activities are in furtherance of
corporation carries insurance and even if they do, there is
the nonprofit’s mission, and that the organization is in
no guarantee that the policy covers the liability of volunteer
compliance with applicable laws, regulations, bylaws, and
directors. Each insurance policy is different, so it is important
to confirm whom and what is included on the insurance
Obligation to make a reasonable inquiry Every volunteer director also has an obligation to make a reasonable inquiry into the activity and decisions of the board. This duty provides that directors cannot ignore activity if they are put on notice by the presence of suspicious circumstances. Every director is required to make a reasonable inquiry as an ordinarily prudent person would make under
policy. Due to the fact that volunteer directors can technically
be held personally liable under certain circumstances,
In certain situations, volunteer directors who commit gross negligence or act in wanton or reckless ways
insurance that protects the volunteer directors‚Äô from personal liability is a good idea.
can be held personally liable. A volunteer director of a
Liability is manageable. Provided that certain principles are
nonprofit corporation can be held personally liable if they
followed, nonprofit corporations should be able to protect
do something intentionally fraudulent, illegal, or blatantly
the great and dedicated volunteer directors who donate
wrong. For example, a volunteer director who co-mingles
their time to a wonderful cause.
nonprofit and personal funds or who directly injures someone can be held personally liable for those acts. Volunteer directors can also be held personally liable if they personally guarantee nonprofit debt or fail to ensure that the nonprofit pays taxes or files tax returns. Unpaid taxes often raise the biggest risk for volunteer directors. A failing
........................................................................................ *This advise is intended only as general information and does not constitute legal advice in any particular case. Janell Freeman Somera practices Immigration and Business law with the Somera Law Group in Stockton, California. Janell is a member of the State Bar of California and the American Immigration Lawyers Association. She is fluent in Spanish and has traveled extensively throughout Mexico, India, Europe, and the Middle East. Janell sits on several boards, volunteers with multiple organizations, and is very active in her community.
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VISIÓN | business
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Chinese Tea BY VERONICA JACUINDE
CHINA IS A WONDROUS AND MAJESTIC COUNTRY
is also in charge of the Minority Tea Growers Coalition. He
with a rich culture and robust economy. In October of 2016,
escorted us to the highest reaches of the tea mountain
a women-owned business, “Rainforest Ancient Chinese
where we found trees dating back nearly 1000 years.
Tea,” was launched in Beijing. We recently traveled to China in search of the purest organic tea. What we found was a
The Dai and Hani people have a deep love and respect for
true love of tea by the people of China and more importantly,
nature. With this in mind they pick the tea leaves by hand
an opportunity to export and build on the growing demand
much like it was picked by their ancestors many centuries
for tea in the United States and throughout the world.
ago. China has long been considered the tea capital of the world and the tea cultivated by the Minority Tea
Our search led us to the remote and rural village of
Growers Coalition is considered the purest organic tea. No
Xishuangbanna. Home to the Dai and Hani minority groups;
pesticides or chemicals are used in the production of the
Xishuangbanna is located in China’s southwestern Yunnan
tea grown by the Minority Villages.
province bordering Myanmar and Laos. It is known for it’s Dai culture and tropical rainforests. Upon arrival we were
The Minority Village people maintain strong, deep-seeded
warmly greeted by the Dai minority leader Yan-Han who
roots to their culture and maintain some of the same
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practices used by their ancestors. No ladders are used
style mass production of tea and locally grown hand crafted,
when picking the tea leaves because of the delicate nature
organic tea. We toured and researched both. However, after
of the trees and the very rough terrain. Instead they climb
our visit with the Minority Tea Growers Coalition, we felt that
each tree. This is another example of the meticulous
working with the Minority Villages would help to sustain and
detail that goes into the cultivation of the tea with careful
stimulate their local economy while providing us with the
consideration to preserving its authenticity and quality.
premium organic tea we were looking for.
After our tour of the tea mountains the village women
The main difference between pure organic pu-erh tea
prepared a grand feast for us using food grown and raised
and regular pu-erh tea is that the pure one is from those
by them. They slaughtered a pig to celebrate our visit and
ancient tea trees growing in the mountains where there
to mark the importance to the village and to their future.
is no pesticides or fertilizers used. For hundreds of years
We experienced the gratitude of these kind, humble and
those ancient trees absorb nutrients from the rich soil that
hardworking people as they welcomed us into their homes.
are never polluted. The regular pu-erh tea is from branches
Their generosity moved us and confirmed they were exactly
of pure pu-erh tea trees and after human plantation of
the type of tea producer we want as a partner.
those branches, it becomes tea bushes. Those bushes are managed and pesticides and fertilizers are used to ensure a
The feast included a traditional tea ceremony. There is
large quantity of production to meet the market demands.
much preparation and practice involved with this. First the teacups are ceremonially washed using steaming water.
We will not only promote trade between China and the
Then the tea leaves are steeped in the teapot with careful
United States, we will also empower the women of the
attention not to steep the tea too long. In the art of tea
village by providing them with steady work and the respect
ceremonies one must know exactly the right point when the
that comes with providing for their families. As a women-
tea is ready to be served.
owned business we know how crucial this is. With the monies generated, mothers can ensure their children are
The principal reason for our expedition to China was to
provided with an education. Usually village children only
secure a partnership with a tea producer to import tea to
receive an elementary education before they must quit to
the United States. A key goal was to compare large factory
work and contribute to the family.
A trip to China would be incomplete without a visit to the Great Wall. Just a short drive from Beijing, you find yourself at one of the wonders of the world. We thought we would not make the climb and surprised ourselves when we made it to the top. Looking out into the horizon, excitement grew over the business we set out to accomplish knowing that we put in motion what is sure to be a fruitful partnership with the Minority Tea Growers Coalition. Our visit also included meeting with a delegation of Chinese dignitaries and other business owners in the tea industry to exchange ideas and discuss opportunities for collaboration. Embracing a
IMPORTANT STATISTICS: • Tea Sales in the US accounted for $2.7 billion in 2015 +6% in value • Fruit & Herbal Teas grew by 7.7% (US $ 1.1 billion) • Leaf teas represents 15% of Black Tea
women-to-women platform we also met with Ms. Zhang Xiali, a sixgeneration ceramics artist in Beijing that creates unique and beautiful hand-made ceramic art. Her one of a kind vases and ceramic art pieces are exported all over the world. She uses traditional means of production with each vase carefully sculpted and then baked in a wood-burning oven. No two vases are alike which makes them sought after among art collectors. We will partner with Ms. Zuang to create a custom line of teapots for our customers. Apart from business meetings and touring tea plantations, we traveled to nearby Myanmar. There we visited the Peacock Resort located inside a lush and tropical rainforest. Never had we seen more green mountains not too mention distinctive temples, intricate
• As American consumers continue to integrate health and wellness trends into their daily routines, the tea industry has received a boost in both retail volume and value terms. • Tea is particularly appealing to the health-conscious consumer because of its health benefits, low calorie count and medicinal properties.
hand crafted bridges and beautiful waterfalls. In the plaza dancers dressed in colorful garments and performed their traditional dances. It was the perfect way to top our trip to the Orient. The future is bright for trade between the United States and China. With “Rainforest Ancient Chinese Tea” we join the movement for more inter-national business and trade with China. Our hope is to change the negative perception about this through continued dialogue between both countries. We believe healthy trade stimulates economies providing jobs and opportunities for businesses like ours to grow. Stay tuned for our progress as we set out to bring to market and grow “Rainforest Ancient Chinese Tea.” This is our answer to sugary drinks and addresses the lack of healthy drink alternatives. Research shows that there are many benefits to drinking tea and that there is a growing consumer demand for this. “Rainforest Ancient Chinese Tea” will feature a variety of teas grown in the Yunnan Province highlighting teas grown by the minority villages in Xichuanbanna. “Rainforest Ancient Chinese Tea” expects to be a major player in the tea industry both domestically and internationally. We know that with a great team, we will realize our dream. VISIÓN | WINTER 2017
• Loose leaf tea varieties are also becoming increasingly popular in the US. Loose-leaf teas are perceived as being fresher and more natural than bagged teas and therefore appeal to consumers attracted by artisanal, premium teas and health and wellness trends. • Steadily increasing unit prices will continue to boost value sales over the forecast period as consumers will likely continue to trade up to premium tea varieties. Alongside improving economic conditions, rising incomes are also expected to support overall premium tea sales. 31
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An Educational Visión for the Future BY EDDIE GARCIA
THIRTY-TWO YEARS AGO, CÉSAR CHÁVEZ,
the self-taught Latino civil-rights leader whose formal
education ended after the 7th grade, addressed a large
and hard work to
audience of academics, civic leaders, and prominent
rise from humble beginnings. Professor Soco Castañeda
citizens at the venerable Commonwealth Club in San
Liles pretended to be asleep as her uncle drove across
Francisco. He mesmerized the gathering with his humility
the border on a quiet night to eventually join the faculty
and eloquence when he famously said, “you cannot un-
at Santa Clara University, her alma mater. Raised in a city
educate the person who has learned how to read.”
once dubbed the Homicide Capital of the United States, Gustavo Perez persevered to graduate from Stanford
As I think about Visión Magazine’s 5th anniversary,
University and find success in Silicon Valley.
Chavez’s insightful words are more impactful than ever. That night in San Francisco, he delivered a speech about
These accounts, and many more like them, distinguish
the Latino future in California. As if looking into a crystal
Visión Magazine as a unique publication that brings light to
ball, the civil rights icon correctly predicted that education
a thriving community that is rarely noted in the mainstream
would be the path to success for our community. For
media. My life has been made better by working for such an
the past five years, Visión has been celebrating those
innovative and forward-thinking organization. As I celebrate
successes with education as an underlying theme.
the institution’s anniversary with my colleagues, their stories and analysis about our community’s successes bring to
The magazine is filled with
mind my own family’s educational journey.
stories about Latinas and Latinos who
My parents were born and reared in the American
have used the
southwest, taking their young family to California looking for opportunity in the early 1950s. They worked in the orchards and canneries of Santa Clara Valley before my dad was able to capitalize on his status as a World War II veteran to gain employment with the U.S. Postal Service. My mom complemented his regular paycheck through the years by cleaning houses and holding part-time jobs. My five siblings and I grew up in a working-class east San Jose neighborhood. The ethnically diverse community
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included sheet metal, cannery, and construction workers.
The work is demanding. Professors are demanding. The
Others worked in manufacturing plants at IBM, FMC, and
financial burden is demanding. The rewards for those who
General Electric. During the early 1980s, many of those
persevere are limitless. It changed the quality of life for
companies still operated in the valley and most of the
my family forever. It could do the same for your family. For
neighborhood kids followed their parents into the workforce.
those weighing the pros and cons of embarking on a life driven by education, here are a few thoughts:
By the time I graduated from high school, the economy was in the full throes of change. The electronics manufacturing
jobs that many relied upon were shipped to other parts
Stay in school! Take your classes seriously. Good work and
of the country and overseas. Instead of complaining and
good grades matter. There’s plenty of time to have fun with
waiting for the jobs to come back, my parents insisted we
your friends after school and homework are done. A job or
seek higher education. With not much more than a few
a career might be the last thing on your to mind. You don’t
years of high school between them, they understood that a
have to worry about that now. Just keep working hard in
college degree would be our ticket to a stable future.
school and you will have more opportunities in the future.
By the time my youngest sister completed her college
studies, the six of us earned a total of nine under-graduate
When your kids start talking about going to college, be
and post-graduate degrees. My brothers and sisters and
open-minded. My oldest daughter graduated from college
I had taken on the economic changes head on. We found
this spring and her younger sister is a sophomore in
work in education, business, politics, and community
college. Their academic interests are different. One went to
service. We opened the door so that our own children
school in Los Angeles and the other studies in New York.
could understand the value education plays in whatever
At first, my wife and I didn’t like the idea of them being
future economy they may face. My parents’ grandchildren
so far away. As Latino parents who went to college in the
are well on their way. They have earned ten college degrees
same town where we grew up, it was hard to let them go.
We supported them anyway. We now realize that allowing them to grow has set them on track to take advantage of
My family’s story is Visión’s story. For five years, the pages
the many opportunities that will come their way.
of this magazine have served to inspire those seeking a better way of life. It’s been an indescribable honor being part
When César Chávez shared his visionary thoughts in San
of this amazing team of writers and publishing executives.
Francisco on that fall evening in 1984, he had no idea that
With this platform, I have been able to share my thoughts
education would inspire a magazine like Visión to take
on education and hopefully given readers an opportunity to
readers on an exciting journey celebrating the successes
ponder the meaning of education in their lives.
of our community. We need to keep telling the stories that lift up families working toward a better life. We need to hear
Latinos are headed for uncertain times. The divisions in our
and share your stories to pay forward the feelings of hope
nation today have impacted the way we view ourselves
and optimism for a brighter future. I am staying on for the
and others view our community. When the worthiness of
ride. I hope you will join me.
a distinguished federal judge born in Indiana is questioned because of his Mexican heritage, many in our community may give pause and wonder if pursuing an education is even worth the trials and tribulations that come along for the arduous educational journey. The answer is unequivocally, “yes.” A college education is worth it. Attending and finishing college is a tough road.
............................................................................................. Eddie García is a leadership development coach who has worked with over 80 Silicon Valley education administrators, community leaders, non-profit executives, corporate managers, and elected officials. He is the creator of ESEReport.com, a blog that comments on leadership, education, and politics from a Latino perspective. He served on the Board of Trustees for the East Side Union High School District in San Jose from 2006-2010. His career also includes leadership roles as a corporate executive, political chief of staff, and community advocate.
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VISIÓN | medical
Middle Aged, Middle Weight, Low Energy, and Low Libido? BY MARIE COTTMAN, PHARM.D.
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DOES THIS SOUND LIKE YOU OR A WOMAN YOU KNOW?
estradiol, or both! Symptoms, lifestyle (yes, it does play
They could be experiencing the hormone imbalances of
a role), and hormone levels should be assessed for each
perimenopause which can be subtle or overwhelming,
individual to determine the appropriate course of treatment.
depending on many factors. The good news is, once identified; there are things your provider can do to help you feel more like your normal self.
WHAT TESTING SHOULD BE DONE? Unfortunately, hormone balancing is a tricky process. As most people are aware, women’s hormones fluctuate throughout their menstrual cycle. If testing is to be done,
WHAT IS PERIMENOPAUSE?
it must be done at a specific point of the cycle so that
Perimenopause is the time where a woman’s ovaries begin to change the amounts of sex hormones (progesterone and estrogens) that it produces. It is a transition phase between normal menstrual cycles and absent cycles, or menopause. Perimenopause can start as early as the mid-thirties and can include (but is not limited to) symptoms such as irregular cycles, severe PMS, insomnia, weight gain, mood swings, fatigue, fuzzy thinking, and bloating.
the provider interpreting the results knows what “normal” should be. However, there is no lab test that will tell a provider how much hormone to prescribe. Laboratory information is useful in providing guidance about the need for replacement, but does not indicate the dose that a patient will respond to. For all HRT regimens it is important to start at low doses, monitor response to therapy, and communicate to your provider. Sex hormones are most commonly tested in the blood.
Perimenopause will happen in all women, but it doesn’t
However, the hormones are not active in the blood
always feel the same. Some will experience mild symptoms
stream and hence, the levels that we see in blood are not
while others will be severe. Symptoms are often made
necessarily reflective of hormone activity in the tissues.
worse by increased stress level, lack of exercise, unhealthy
Additionally, sex hormones are often transported in the
diet, or poor sleep habits. Many women will be given good
blood attached to a binding protein which interferes with
advice by their provider to improve their lifestyle (exercise,
the total count.
eat better and get some rest!) but the hormone imbalance Alternatively, hormones can be evaluated in a saliva sample.
This better reflects the amount of hormone that is in the What makes perimenopause such a difficult condition to
tissues and able to interact with receptors and send signals
treat is that the balance may be disrupted only during the
in the body. Not all doctors have received training on how
two weeks prior to the period or all the time! The hormone
to interpret saliva tests, so they are not always comfortable
imbalances may include low progesterone, elevated
ordering this mode of testing.
Symptoms of Perimenopause (not inclusive)
difficulty with stress
PMS (new or worsening)
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VISIÓN | medical bioidentical preparations are the only replacement therapy.
When dosed appropriately, symptoms of perimenopause
There are a variety of treatment options used to address
can be managed with minimal to no side effects.
these symptoms. Most commonly used is hormone replacement therapy (HRT). One option is synthetic hormones. These are drug company products that behave
like the hormones produced by your body, but are not the
Hormones are not the only therapy for perimenopause
same as what your ovaries produce. Many women find
symptoms. If estrogen excess is the cause of
their doctors treating perimenopause with birth control pills
perimenopausal symptoms, some patients will do well
or progestins (norethindrone or medroxyprogesterone) to
with over the counter products like Diindolylmethane (DIM)
control symptoms, but they also experience some of the
or Indol-3- Carbinol (I3C), both plant based extracts that
side effects associated with these synthetic hormones.
increase estrogen metabolism.
There are also natural remedies that come from plant
Lifestyle choices including activity level, food choices,
sources. Unfortunately, the term “natural” is used to
and sleep habits play a significant role in controlling the
mislead consumers to the conclusion that the remedy is
severity of symptoms due to complicated metabolic and
better for them. However, “natural” is a description that
only refers to the source of the chemical, not how similar it is to the chemicals found in your body. Plants are also the source for many phytoestrogens and progestogens that are available at the health food stores as dietary supplements, but there are not sufficient studies to demonstrate that they work without side effects.
Exercise is good for the metabolism of estrogens, stress relief, and bone health. It is important to get the right amount for you which will be influenced by your stress level, dietary habits, and overall hormone balance. Your meal plan should include healthy, protein-rich foods frequently throughout the day! This can improve blood
HRT that is the same as what the human body produces
sugar control which will prevent fatigue, foggy thinking, and
is referred to as bioidentical (biologically the same).
weight gain that is associated with perimenopause. Healthy
Bioidentical hormones include estradiol, progesterone,
sleep habits also minimize symptoms of perimenopause.
and testosterone and there are several available
Good quality sleep can help to restore your system and
manufactured products like estradiol tablet, Vivelle
help you feel rested.
Dot®, and Prometrium® in addition to compounded preparations. It is important to note that bioidentical hormones are synthetically modified natural source (soy
So if you know someone who feels middle aged, middle weight, low energy, and low libido, they can feel better!
or yam) hormones. Progesterone is the most commonly used for treating perimenopause, but dosing varies widely depending on specific patient factors.
WHICH HORMONE TYPE IS BEST? There is not one HRT type that is right for every woman. Providers and patients should recognize that synthetic and natural hormones are actually hormone substitutes whereas bioidentical hormones provide replacement. All HRT options have the potential to resolve symptoms of menopause, but
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Cultural Casa de Arte BY RODNEY CORDOVA
Art takes on many forms Some may say that art is Painting or Sculpture. Others may say that it is Dance while others may insist that their music is their Art. A poet with a need for expression may feel that their tamber of expression can only come through verse. But where can you go to find all of the above? Welcome to Arte Americas: Casa De La Cultura at 1630 Van Ness in the heart of the emerging art District of Downtown Fresno. Arte Americas began with humble beginnings on a Fulton Street storefront and through the dedication of thousands of volunteers over the years they have grown to what they are today. In 1995 they purchased and moved into its current building and shortly thereafter acquired an adjoining acre of land which is now known as Las Plazita.
“If people won’t give us gallery space, then we will create our own gallery!” On Friday Nights between the balmy evenings of May through September you may hear the most amazing and eclectic sounds. Summer crowds are treated to many musical genres such as Tejano styles that makes even the most inhibited want to dance. to traditional Mariachi and even Folklorico. All to keep the Latin heritage flourishing in the Central Valley. Arte Americas is currently the Valley’s largest non-profit Latino Cultural Center. As a non profit the Cultural center needs rely on grants, donations and gifts. Memberships are also available for as little as $30.00 a month and a way of keeping informed of all the upcoming events. During the Summer months donations are steady. In the Winter months, the center could use the foot traffic. Photos by Dave Barrios
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Why it started Originally Arte Américas started in the sense of “if people won’t give us gallery space, then we will create our own gallery!” Thirty years ago when the organization was founded, the social landscape was quite different than it is in 2016. There were still many misunderstandings and misinterpretations of the Central Valley’s Latino community – and nearly no visibility for local artists whose work was being recognized elsewhere. Some artists, social activists, and educators created a group called Centro Bellas Artes which would give birth to the groups that created what is now Arte Américas. Some of the founders include Nancy Marquez (who is still a grant-writer for us and the Treasurer on the Board of Directors) Lilia Chavez who is currently Executive Director of the Fresno Arts Council, and Nene Casarez (Chair of the Fresno Women’s Conference and long-time Director of Arte) – and all are still heavily involved.
Community involvement Arte Americas is home to a variety of civic, cultural and community benefit orginizations, including dozens of folklorico
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dance academies, The Cultural Arts Rotary Club of Fresno,
in these class tours are empowered. This is amazing and
the Fresno Chapter of AMAE (Association of Mexican
beautiful to me.”
American Educators) As well as groups from Fresno City College and California State University Fresno use and
utilize the Centre’s 10,000 floor space. Executive Director/
Arte Americas has hosted artists like Michael Garcia (
Chief Curator Frank Delgado explained the when he first
https://youtu.be/6VJowg2-JYY) who lived in Japan for
started working with Arte Américas he conducted a very
years and creates work inspired by ancient Asian temples
non-scientific survey. One of the questions was – “what do
with Kanji script in his art. Our U.S. Poet Laureate Juan
you think of when you think of Latino art?” He emphasized
Felipe Herrera is from the Valley and some folks forget
that He wanted the answers to be free-form and for the
about poetry as an artform. Music educator Steve Alcala
person to not self-censor. Sadly, some of the most common
taught Latin Jazz locally and has inspired dozens of
musicians that are now internationally famous (a couple
are Gilbert Castellanos is a top jazz trumpeter and Richard
Giddens was part of the Broadway STOMP ensemble):
- “Guy Sitting Next To Cactus” (which everyone would also
Oscar Castillo, Michael Chearney, Fabian Debora, Raoul
apologize for, and add...”it’s just what comes to mind”
de la Sota, Robert Graham, Chaz Guest, Raoul de la Sota,
Shepard Fairey, Sophia Gasparian, Danny Greene, Gronk,
- Frida Kahlo and/or Diego Rivera
Kristina Hagman, George Herms, Ann Le, Jose Ramirez, Sandy Rodriguez, Frank Romero, Sergio Teran, Vincent
Mr Delgado explained to me that many people have
Valdez, Linda Vallejo, The Phantom Street Artist / El Fatom /
a perception in their mind of a Latin Cultural Center is
Joey Krebs, Sharon Weiner, Suzan Woodruff.
supposed to look like and of course they have the traditional Dia de Meurtos workshops as well as their Sugar skull
workshops. But these work shops are available as an
Arte Americas posts its current and past events on their
introduction to the thriving world of Latin art. The Center
Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/arteamericas/
is not limited to Mexican Art. In fact it is not uncommon to
This writer plans to take a small group of friends to gallery
see myriad of artist from throughout the Americas. When
openings as well as be treated to the eclectic sounds of
class tours of first, fourth, or seventh graders come to the
the central valley. It will be something that we all will look
center Mr. Delgado explains the following: “It can be mind-
forward to. Get your own group together. Better yet, bring a
blowing for the students to see murals, sculptures, or graffiti
signicant other for a romantic stroll through the center and
art created by women. Through the visual narrative of the
see what inspirations arise. I am confident that you will not
women artists whose work is on view, the young girls
be disappointed. (Children are always welcome!)
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SEPTEMBER 18, 2016
The Carnegie Arts Center and the Modesto-Stanislaus Poetry Center join forces to bring one of the nation’s most acclaimed writers to Turlock for a lecture/reading. Juan Felipe Herrera, U.S. Poet Laureate. The son of migrant farm workers, Herrera was educated at UCLA and Stanford University, and he earned his MFA from the University of Iowa Writers.
Photos by Vaun Schweininger
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SATURDAY OCTOBER 15, 2016
The City of Stockton Arts Commission and the Stockton Arts Foundation announce the 38th Arts Award Celebration “Stars Shine Again,” recognizing the achievements of local artists, arts organizations, and arts supporters.
Photos by Art Gomes
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DECEMBER 7, 2017
The Central Valley held their Annual Holiday mixer hosted by Health Plan of San Joaquin.
Photos by Tim Tafolla
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OCTOBER 14, 2016
1st World Relief Benefit Dinner celebration of 20 years of resettling our beautiful refugee families held in Modesto.
Photos by World Relief
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VISIÓN | meet our writers Arlene Galindo, mother of three, is an arts and cultural advocate from the San Joaquin Valley. A former Smithsonian Latino Center fellow and Museum Studies graduate from JFK University, Arlene’s interests lie in developing Latino audiences and inclusion for San Joaquin Valley Arts & Cultural institutions. She is the founder of Amigos for the Artes- Stockton Symphony, the third oldest symphony in California and is a founding Board member of the San Joaquin International Film Festival. In addition to her extensive community work she is also a published poet and excellent cook. David Fauria was raised in Oakdale, California and attended Oakdale High. David attended the University of San Francisco, majoring in history. After receiving his teaching credential, David returned to Oakdale where he served as a classroom teacher, coach and adviser to the Hispanic Youth Leadership Club. Over the last several years he has served on the Board of the American GI Forum using his position to advocate for greater access to education and various other Latino issues. David is currently attending Lewis and Clark College of Law in Portland, Oregon, pursuing a Juris Doctor. Matthew Harrington grew up in Modesto, California and has lived here his whole life. Matthew graduated from CSU Sacramento, with a degree in liberal studies and a concentration in social science. After graduating, he entered and successfully finished the teacher preparation program at CSU Sacramento. Matthew has an extensive background in multi-media, having five and a half years as a college radio DJ at KSSU1580/ KSSU.com and one and a half as a staff writer for the Sacramento State Hornet newspaper, writing over 150 articles, including videos and podcasts. Matthew is an avid sports fan, enjoys most styles of music and enjoys spending time with his family. He is proud of his mixed heritage being Mexican-American, with Dutch, Austrian and Canadian ancestry. Rodney Cordova is a native of the Bay Area but has lived in the Central Valley for the last 20 years. He is an entrepreneur on sabbatical and is known as the first Hispanic CEO in High Tech. He is known for his roots not only in the Apple world but also as a public speaker, Motivational Speaker and Life Coach. He is a graduate of Bethany University and is a member of Who’s Who among American High Schools, Colleges and Universities.
Vanessa Parra is originally from Visalia, California. This charming, out-going young lady works out of her home office in Monterey, California. But is often at the main King City facility and travels often to the Central Valley to meet with Clients. She comes to the team armed with a bachelor’s degree in Graphic Communications, with a concentration in Print Management, from prestigious Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. She has much experience in management and marketing, having previously worked for two other firms in that capacity. She is fluent in English and Spanish and is in the process of pursuing her MBA. Rochelle Marapao Kuikahi has made a career out of building tech startup companies in the Silicon Valley from the ground up and is currently an Engineering Program Manager for a technology company in Santa Clara. Born and mostly raised in California, her father was a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Navy which afforded her family the opportunity to travel and see the world. Rochelle is active in the community and involved with the Modesto Gospel Mission and holds positions on the boards of: Fitness Without Borders, the Mata’irea Polynesian Culture Preservation, and the Hilton Santa Clara. She enjoys writing and is a freelance writer for a number of mainstream health, fitness, and lifestyle magazines. Rochelle is a graduate of San Francisco State University and Stanford University and enjoys travel, music, wine, community events, and meeting new people. She resides in Modesto with her husband Myles and daughter Selena. Esmeralda Gomez-Cruz was born and raised in Lodi, California. After high school, she moved on to San Joaquin Delta College. Then she applied to University of the Pacific and to her surprise she was awarded a full paid scholarship where she earned a B.A. Degree in sociology and a minor in Spanish. Esmeralda returned back to school. This time, married, working full time and as a new mommy to a beautiful baby girl. With the support of her husband and family she graduated from the University of LaVern with a M.S. degree in counseling education. Jose Posadas was raised in the Santa Clara Valley but was born in Mexico City. He is a graduate of San Jose State University with a background in public policy, journalism and marketing. He has co-founded two publications, Silicon Valley Latino and Downtown Magazine. A creative person at heart he enjoys the outdoors and travels annually to his home in Mexico to write and explore. In San Jose he is the president of two non-profit organizations, a community activist and has worked in local politics and nonprofits. He believes that service to others, lifting the dreams of a people and fighting a just cause are the hallmark of a life well lived.
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Xavier Huerta graduated with a degree in English from CSU Stanislaus and is currently an elementary school teacher. A lover of arts and literature, Xavier is an avid reader, writer and dancer. Xavier dances Salsa on a weekly basis and is an occasional performer at dance showcases in the Valley and in the Bay Area. In his spare time, Xavier likes to film and edit video for various projects including: book trailers, music videos and church outreach programs. Xavier is proud of his Puerto Rican/Mexican heritage and encourages everyone to embrace the culture that is uniquely their own. Jennifer Hidalgo was born in Southern California, raised in Tepic Nayarit, MX and has been a Central Valley resident for 17 years. She graduated with a BA in Communications from the University of the Pacific in 2010 and a Master‚Äôs in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix in 2013. She‚Äôs currently a project coordinator for Imagen Public Relations working on a variety of contracts within the community; the most prominent being the Outreach and Engagement Team for the ACEforward expansion.
Venus E. Whitted Is a graduate of San Jose State University and holds an MSW and an MA in Mexican American studies. She has two sons and lives in Stockton. Her passions include reading, writing, salsa dancing, travel, good conversation and wine! Venus also serves on Visión Magazine Advisory Board. Jennifer Rangel was born and raised in San Pablo, CA. She graduated with a BA in Psychology from UC Berkeley in 2001. She moved to the Central Valley in 2004 and graduated with a MA in Criminal Justice from Stanislaus State in 2006. She currently is a Program Coordinator for Center for Humans Services. She manages the Family Resource Center, Ceres Partnership for Healthy Children, in Ceres, California. Since graduating from Berkeley her focus has been on working with families and or individuals strengths and helping them discover how they can be a positive impact. She has always tried to lead by example. She came from a single parent household and grew up in a poor area but her Father’s strong work ethic and her grandmother’s determination lead her to the path of education and social services.
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