Board of Directors

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

Jesus Valenzuela: President

Monterey Bay Central Labor Council & Building Healthy Communities

 

Annabelle Rodriguez: Vice 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.

Carissa Purnell: Treasurer

Ph.D., Alisal Family Resource Center

 

Liliana Cruz: Secretary

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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.

Omar Murillo:  Board Member

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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.

 

Jon Selover: Board Member

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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.

Joey Martinez: Board Member

Local Artist and Community Volunteer

 

Wilfredo Prudencio: Board Member

Business Owner, Dance Instructor & Soccer Coach

 

Ruben Pulido: Board Member

Retired Alisal Union School District Superintendent