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MEET OUR TEAM
MEET OUR TEAM
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MARCO
Executive Director

With over two decades of experience in nonprofit leadership and community development, Marco is a dynamic and visionary leader renowned for fostering collaborative environments and achieving outstanding results. With a track record of managing complex operations internationally in Brazil, Canada, and the USA, Marco has consistently demonstrated a knack for exceeding expectations. Proficient in Spanish, Portuguese, and possessing a working knowledge of French, Marco has effectively engaged with diverse communities and stakeholders throughout his career.

 

As an Executive Director, Marco has spearheaded numerous initiatives, from substantially successful fundraising efforts to securing grants for various projects. Marco's passion for inclusivity, diversity, equity, and accessibility (I.D.E.A.) has been evident in his implementation of programs aimed at fostering a more inclusive society. With a Master of Science Degree in Human Services and a Graduate Diploma in Sports Administration, Marco brings a wealth of academic knowledge and practical experience to Sow A Seed Community Foundation.

 

Marco’s hobbies are genealogy, hiking, gardening and playing with his miniature dachshund. 

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ASHLEY

Program Director

Ashley is a native to the Valley with ties to both Stanislaus and San Joaquin Counties, she received her 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. She has worked in both the private and non-profit sectors, choosing to work primarily in residential treatment programs in her community. Her passion lies in helping at-risk youth overcome the challenges they face in society, helping them craft a toolbox of skills they can use to succeed wherever they go.

 

Ashley’s hobbies include riding/competing on her Warmblood mare, Prima Figlia. She also enjoys playing Dungeons & Dragons with her family, traveling the world (she has been to 27 countries and counting!) and playing fetch with her blind dog, Gracie.

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Evelyn serves as Program Lead at Sow A Seed Community Foundation and comes to our organization with expert experience organizing office operations.

 

She is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies. She is a bilingual Spanish speaker and believes this is a great asset that allows her to help Hispanic families with a language barrier, in need of resources for their youth.

 

She believes the children are our future, and she says she is delighted to work for a  youth-based organization such as Sow A Seed Community Foundation, that wants the best for our kids.

EVELYN
Program Lead

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I have worked in the community for over 10 years.  I am very proud and grateful to say I’ve been supporting families in the ability to become self-sufficient and independent through formalized services. I have been the parent on the other side which has been very successful in navigating services. 

 

I am very proud to say that I am here today to help parents, youth and families to successfully utilize and navigate community services they are currently needing to overcome any issue they may be struggling with. I am here to provide support and resources and to help explore and navigate any system in order to help families become successful through formal services. I am a proud survivor.

EVELYN
Program Lead

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KAREN

Clinician

Karen was born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky and made the transition to the Central Valley in 2007. In her journey to expand her personal wellness, she received her B.A. in Psychology from California Stanislaus State and in 2019 completed her Master's in Marriage Family Therapy from Holy Names University in Oakland. She most recently obtained her BBS License as a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist. She uses her skills to support San Joaquin County's homeless and severally mentally ill residents during the day and provides individual therapy for children and adolescents during the evening at Sow a Seed Community Foundation – our 360 Wellness Program. 

Karen hobbies consist of gardening, shopping and community outreach program. She enjoys helping the forgotten find hope through her services. She spends a lot of her personal time reflecting on how God has transitioned her from the East Coast to West Coast to help others reach their desired goals.

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Chelsea is a youth advocate and youth mental health specialist at Sow a Seed. Chelsea, is also a program coordinator for our 360-wellness program. Chelsea earned her B.S. in Psychology from CSU Stanislaus in May 2022. With great pride, she is the first in her family to earn a college degree.

 

She is very family oriented, goal-driven, and passionate with everything she puts herself in. Chelsea always puts her best foot forward, has a desire to help others and be a team player, and she has a strong work ethic. She loves to learn.

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KAINAT

Kainat is a Youth Mental Health Specialist here at Sow a Seed Community Foundation. She currently possesses her B.A in Psychology from University of California, Davis. Kainat would like to continue her education by pursuing her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.

 

While at Sow a Seed she would like to help the youth navigate through mental and social problems so they can succeed in their academics and have a bright future.

 

Kainat’s hobbies include painting, reading, gardening, and looking after her cat.

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I am currently a Youth Health Mental Specialist here at Sow a Seed. After growing up in Oakland and then moving to Manteca, all I did was go to school and play soccer. I was lucky enough to get a scholarship playing soccer in Arizona from this. I graduated with my BA in Human and Social Services from Ottawa University.

 

Facing many obstacles, like moving away from home to go to school in a whole different state, really shaped me into who I am today. One thing that inspired me to work with kids was the support that I received from my teachers and coaches. It is what has led me to want to help our youth here in the community. 

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RUTH

Ruth is a youth mental health specialist here at Sow a Seed. She received her B.A. in Psychology from California State University, Stanislaus. Ruth also received her AA in Sociology and Administration of Justice from Merced Community College. Her passion for human behavior has made her love a career where helping others understand themselves is possible.

Born and raised in Mexico, Ruth is able to connect with youth at schools who are going through the transition of learning a new language and experiencing a new culture. She hopes to create a positive impact on every youth she encounters. Ruth’s hobbies include painting, traveling, and spending time with her loved ones.

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Airam is a Youth Mental Health Specialist here at Sow A Seed Community Foundation. She currently possesses her B.A in Psychology from University of California, Stanislaus. Airam would like to continue her education by pursuing her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. She comes from a only Spanish speaking, first-generation family which has motivated her to help and support others to overcome obstacles in order to succeed in life.

 

While at Sow a Seed she would like to help the youth navigate through social and emotional problems. Airam is passionate in helping youth better understand and cope with thoughts, feelings and behaviors so they can succeed and live a healthy self- sufficient life. 

 

She seeks to continue expanding her knowledge and experience working hands-on in order to continue to bring exceptional assistance to our youth here at Sow A Seed.

AIRAM

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