Board of Directors

Meet the unsung heroes that work behind the scenes to support ACFA!

Annabelle Rodriguez: President

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Annabelle Rodriguez is the Director of Programs and Community Engagement at the ACTION Council of Monterey County. Prior to joining the non-profit sector, she served as director of the Alisal Family Resource Center of the Alisal Union School District. Annabelle brings with her over 15 years of experience and knowledge in program development, grant writing, organizational development, and community building efforts.

Annabelle has a strong history of collaboration, strengthening partnerships, and community engagement. Her past community involvement includes serving on the Board for the YWCA of Monterey County, Coordinating Council Member for Building Healthy Communities, member of LULAC#2055, HEP Advisory Council, past Board President of the Business & Community Partnership, and Community Advisor for Head Start’s Parent & Policy Council.

Annabelle holds a BA in Social & Behavioral Science- Anthropology from CSU Monterey Bay, a Master’s in Education from UC Santa Cruz and is earning a Master’s in Public Administration from Golden Gate University.

Omar Murillo: Vice President

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Omar is a lifelong resident of East Salinas, CA and currently an academic counselor at California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB). He received his BA degree in Liberal Studies from CSUMB in 2005. In 2009, he received his MA degree in Education with a concentration in Educational Counseling and Student Services from San Jose State University (SJSU). He is currently enrolled in the San Francisco State University (SFSU) Educational Doctorate Program in Educational Leadership.

Jeanette Pantoja: Secretary



Carmen Zesati: Treasurer

I was born and raised in Salinas.  Growing up in Salinas,  I was able benefit and participate in many community events and organizations, that I feel helped shape the person I am today.  Knowing that one good resource can make a world of a  difference in a person’s life, is the main idea that attracted me to ACFA.  ACFA being in the heart of Salinas, in the East Side, I feel is a great organization to be a part of.  I feel that ACFA can help shape our future youth into creative, open minded individuals, that will have the knowledge to explorer alternate routes for their future.   Attended CSUMB and obtained a bachelors in Liberal Studies, with a minor in Spanish Culture and literature.  I worked for the City at Cesar Chavez library and Los Padres School,  working with the youth in a variety of programs.  Currently I am working as an accountant for a local produce company, with nine years of experience.  When not chasing around my one year old, I enjoy being outdoors and taking in the naturalist form of vitamin D,  well hiking and biking.

Jon Selover


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Jon has been a part of The Western Stage since 1986.  He has worked at TWS as  Instructor, Stage Manager, Production Manager, Casting Director and Producing Director prior to his assuming the position of Artistic Director in 2001.  Jon has taught classes in Directing, Production and Acting at Hartnell and at San Jose State University, CSUMB and MPC.

He has directed dozens of musicals, comedies and dramas for The Western Stage including Arcadia, Sweeney Todd, Uncle Vanya, Chicago, Fiddler on the Roof, and  John Steinbeck’s The Pastures of Heaven.

Jon holds a BA in Speech and Drama from California State University, Chico and an MFA in Directing from San Jose State University. Beyond his work at The Western Stage, Jon has also directed productions in Monterey, Denver and the San Francisco Bay Area. His productions have received considerable critical recognition including ‘Best Play’ from the San Jose Metro, ‘Best Direction’ in 2000 from the Watsonville Pajaronian and ‘Most Transcendent Production’ from Denver’s Westworld. In addition to being an accomplished director and actor, Jon also has extensive experience in adapting literature for the stage.    Additionally, Jon’s readings from The Grapes of Wrath are included in the permanent exhibit at the National Steinbeck Center.

 Jesús Valenzuela

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Jesús Valenzuela is health equity organizer for Monterey Bay Central Labor Council (MBCLC). He is a member of both the Juvenile Justice, ACA/Health4All and DTM campaigns.  Prior to his recent appointment at MBCLC he was an organizer with the United Farm Worker Foundation, leading the ACA work on outreach and enrollment.   He is a resident of Salinas and graduated from UC San Diego with a degree in Sociology and Communications.

Liliana Cruz

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I’m and Advisor and recruiter for the CAMP( College Assistance Migrant Program) at CSUMB .
I was raised in the Central Valley in the small town of Livingston ,Ca. where my parents decanted their life working in Agriculture.
After high school went to Sacramento state where i received a B.A. in Ethnic Studies. Moved to  San Jose to attend Graduate school and as of right now I’m working on finishing up my Master in Mexican American studies with a concentration in policies and education.