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MEET OUR TEAM
MEET OUR TEAM
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MARCO
Executive Director

With over twenty years of nonprofit leadership and community development experience, Marco is a dynamic leader known for fostering collaboration and achieving outstanding results. He has a proven track record in managing complex operations internationally and is proficient in Spanish, Portuguese, and French. As Executive Director, Marco has spearheaded successful fundraising and grant initiatives, with a passion for inclusivity and diversity evident in his program implementations. With advanced degrees in Human Services and Sports Administration, Marco brings academic expertise and practical experience to Sow A Seed Community Foundation. His hobbies include genealogy, hiking, gardening, and spending time with his miniature dachshund.

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ASHLEY

Program Director

Ashley, a Valley native with connections to both Stanislaus and San Joaquin Counties, holds a B.S. in Forensic Behavioral Science from California State University, Fresno, and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Criminal Justice from California State University, Stanislaus. With experience spanning the private and non-profit sectors, she has focused on residential treatment programs in her community, driven by her passion for aiding at-risk youth in navigating societal challenges and equipping them with essential skills for success. Outside of her professional pursuits, Ashley enjoys riding and competing with her Warmblood mare, Prima Figlia, engaging in Dungeons & Dragons sessions with her family, exploring new destinations worldwide (having visited 27 countries and counting!), and spending quality time playing fetch with her blind dog, Gracie.

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Evelyn, our Program Lead at Sow A Seed Community Foundation, brings extensive expertise in office operations management to our organization. Currently pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies, she is fluent in Spanish and sees this as a valuable asset in assisting Hispanic families who face language barriers and require resources for their youth. Evelyn firmly believes in the importance of investing in our children as the future, and she is thrilled to contribute her skills and passion to Sow A Seed Community Foundation, a youth-focused organization committed to nurturing the best outcomes for our kids.

EVELYN
Program Lead

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Having dedicated over a decade to community service, I take immense pride in facilitating families' journeys toward self-sufficiency and independence through structured assistance programs. Having once been the parent seeking support, I deeply understand the challenges and successes of navigating these services firsthand. Today, I am honored to extend my expertise to assist parents, youth, and families in effectively accessing and navigating the community resources essential for overcoming their current struggles. As a proud survivor, I am committed to providing unwavering support, resources, and guidance, ensuring that families can navigate any system and emerge successful through formalized services.

ERIKA
Program Lead

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KAREN

Clinician

Karen, originally from Lexington, Kentucky, relocated to the Central Valley in 2007. In her pursuit of personal wellness, she earned a B.A. in Psychology from California State University, Stanislaus, followed by a Master's in Marriage and Family Therapy from Holy Names University in Oakland, completing her journey with a BBS License as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Utilizing her expertise, Karen dedicates her days to supporting homeless and severely mentally ill residents of San Joaquin County, while providing individual therapy for children and adolescents in the evenings through Sow a Seed Community Foundation's 360 Wellness Program.

 

Outside of her professional endeavors, Karen finds fulfillment in gardening, shopping, and engaging in community outreach programs. She derives immense satisfaction from offering hope to those who may feel forgotten. Reflecting on her journey from the East Coast to the West Coast, Karen spends her personal time contemplating how her path has been guided by faith to assist others in achieving their aspirations.

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Chelsea, a dedicated youth advocate and specialist in youth mental health, serves as a program coordinator for our 360-Wellness Program at Sow a Seed. Graduating with a B.S. in Psychology from CSU Stanislaus in May 2022, she takes immense pride in being the first in her family to earn a college degree. With a strong focus on family, goal-setting, and unwavering passion, Chelsea approaches every endeavor with determination and enthusiasm. Known for her commitment to excellence, teamwork, and strong work ethic, she consistently strives to make a positive impact and is driven by a genuine desire to help others. Chelsea's love for learning fuels her continuous growth and development.

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KAINAT

Kainat serves as a Youth Mental Health Specialist at Sow a Seed Community Foundation, holding a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Davis, with aspirations to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. Dedicated to supporting youth in overcoming mental and social challenges, Kainat is committed to helping them thrive academically and build a promising future. Outside of her professional pursuits, Kainat finds joy in painting, reading, gardening, and caring for her beloved cat.

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As a Youth Mental Health Specialist at Sow a Seed, I bring a unique perspective shaped by my upbringing in Oakland and later in Manteca. Growing up, my focus was on education and soccer, which eventually earned me a scholarship to play in Arizona, where I graduated with a BA in Human and Social Services from Ottawa University. Overcoming challenges like relocating to a different state for school has profoundly influenced my journey and molded me into who I am today. The unwavering support I received from teachers and coaches inspired me to work with children, driving my passion to assist youth in our community.

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RUTH

Ruth is a valued Youth Mental Health Specialist at Sow a Seed, holding a B.A. in Psychology from California State University, Stanislaus, and an AA in Sociology and Administration of Justice from Merced Community College. Her profound interest in human behavior fuels her dedication to a career where she can help others understand themselves. Born and raised in Mexico, Ruth's background enables her to connect with students navigating the challenges of learning a new language and adapting to a different culture in schools. She is committed to making a positive impact on every youth she encounters. Outside of work, Ruth enjoys painting, traveling, and spending quality time with her loved ones.

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Airam serves as a dedicated Youth Mental Health Specialist at Sow A Seed Community Foundation, holding a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Stanislaus. With aspirations to pursue her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, Airam draws inspiration from her upbringing in a Spanish-speaking, first-generation family, which fuels her commitment to supporting others in overcoming obstacles and achieving success. At Sow a Seed, she focuses on assisting youth in navigating social and emotional challenges, helping them understand and manage their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors to lead healthy, self-sufficient lives. Airam is passionate about expanding her knowledge and hands-on experience to continue providing exceptional assistance to the youth in our community through Sow A Seed.

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