La Cultura Cura

Staff & Leaders

Meet The People that make The National Compadres Network possible.

Board of Directors

Refujio “Cuco” Rodriguez Rodriguez

Refujio “Cuco” Rodriguez Rodriguez

  MA, Chair

In his current position as Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Division Chief for Alcohol Drug and Mental Health Services (ADMHS) for Santa Barbara County, Mr. Rodriguez oversees and manages the full range of operational functions for MHSA including implementation and oversight of MHSA Services. Additionally, he is also responsible for providing leadership and oversight of […]

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Leo Lopez, MSW

Leo Lopez, MSW

Mr. Lopez has over 20 years of experience in child welfare, early childhood education (Head Start Programs) and training social services agencies at local, state and national levels.

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Efraín Ramírez

Efraín Ramírez

Mr. Ramírez is a native bilingual Californian and has worked in the mental health profession for more than forty years. For 21 years Efraín worked at the Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic (LACGC) serving the Latino and African-American community.

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Alejandro Vasquez, MSW

Alejandro Vasquez, MSW

Alejandro Vasquez currently works at the Center for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (CADA) in Santa Barbara, California as a Bilingual/Bicultural MFT Intern and Treatment Counselor. He currently provides treatment services to youth through the Santa Barbara County Juvenile Probation Department.

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Senior Advisors

Isaac Cardenas

Isaac Cardenas

Isaac Alvarez Cardenas is a member of the Tap Pilam Coahuiltecan (Qua-wheel-tek-can) Nation. A Native American Indian, son of an Apache mother and a Coahuiltecan father, and was raised in the inner-city West Side of San Antonio, Texas. Isaac is a father of two young adult sons, and married to his wife Sylvia for 32 […]

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Ricardo Carrillo

Ricardo Carrillo

Dr. Ricardo Carrillo has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology. Dr. Carrillo has developed culturally competent programs for women and their children with dual disorders, substance abuse

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Staff

Héctor Sánchez-Flores

Héctor Sánchez-Flores

  Executive Director
  408.484.4291

Héctor Sánchez-Flores is the executive director of the National Compadres Network (NCN), where he leads the organization’s work to promote methods that build upon the cultural and personal assets of people and communities, especially for young men of color, to intervene and prevent violence, truancy, teen pregnancy and other life-limiting outcomes for children, teens, and their families.

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Jerry Tello

Jerry Tello

  Founder & Director of Training
  (408) 484-4157

Jerry Tello comes from a family of Mexican, Texan roots and was raised in south central Los Angeles. He is an internationally recognized expert in the areas of men and boys of color, fatherhood, family strengthening, racial justice, racial healing, community peace and mobilization and culturally based violence prevention/intervention issues.

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Heriberto “Beto” Escamilla, Ph.D.

Heriberto “Beto” Escamilla, Ph.D.

  Evaluation & Data Systems
  (408) 484-4225

Dr. Heriberto (Beto) Escamilla Morales oversees NCN’s Evaluation and Data Systems Division and has designed NCN’s research and evaluation process and instruments integrating culture based effective methodologies, processes, and tools.

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Mario Ozuna-Sanchez

Mario Ozuna-Sanchez

  Manager of Training & Capacity Building
  (408) 484-4161

Mario Ozuna-Sánchez has over 16 years of experience developing and implementing cultural rites of passage, teen-pregnancy prevention, gang intervention, and community-violence prevention services in Santa Clara County, specializing in East San Jose. He is nationally recognized for his skills at developing and delivering culturally relevant services to reach and welcome the most marginalized youth and men in the community.

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Sara Haskie-Mendoza

Sara Haskie-Mendoza

  Manager of Women & Girls’ Programs
  (408) 703-1027

Sara Haskie-Mendoza has worked 20 years as a grassroots community organizer, trainer and outreach specialist. Sara developed Xinachtli — an innovative youth health and rites of passage curriculum for young women and girls — in which she has trained hundreds of facilitators nationally. She is a fellow of the California Women’s Policy Institute and a recipient of the 2007 Los Angeles Peace Maker Award.

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Osvaldo “Ozzie” Cruz, Sr.

Osvaldo “Ozzie” Cruz, Sr.

  Senior Training & Program Coordinator
  (408) 484-4149

For more than 15 years, Osvaldo Cruz, Sr. has worked with Latino male youth and young adults in the greater Los Angeles area to address issues of male responsibility, Latino male rites of passage, teen-pregnancy prevention, teen fatherhood, reproductive health, community violence, and youth leadership development.

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Anthony “Tony” Guillean, MSW

Anthony “Tony” Guillean, MSW

  Reporting & Communications Manager
  (408) 484-4293

For over 25 years, Mr. Guillean has been a trainer, facilitator and administrator of nonprofit programs and services throughout California. Tony has managed a training and technical assistance program for family-strengthening organizations and networks throughout California, trained volunteers and staff of nonprofit organizations in sound management and leadership practices, directed a nationally recognized prejudice-reduction project for youth-serving organizations, and facilitated multicultural coalitions around organizational service improvement.

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Daniela “Dani” Lopez-Raines

Daniela “Dani” Lopez-Raines

  Executive Assistant
  (408) 484-4231

Daniela Lopez-Raines has been with National Compadres Network since 2013 as executive assistant to Hector Sanchez-Flores and the executive team. She graduated from San Jose State University with a BA in US History and minors in Political Science and Economics.

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Mayra Muñiz

Mayra Muñiz

  Operations Assistant
  (408) 533-0517

Ms. Muñiz joined NCN in 2016 as Operations Assistant Manager where she supports NCN’s operations department to strengthen our internal process for contracts, accounts payable/receivable and human resources. Mayra joined the team with a wealth of experience from both the corporate and education sectors.

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Susanna “Suzie” Armijo

Susanna “Suzie” Armijo

  Program’s Site Coordinator (Southern California)
  (562) 447-9096

Susanna Armijo comes from a family of Mexican roots and raised incorporating traditional healing in her life. As the caretaker for her mother she learned as a young girl to use touch and massage as a way to communicate and soothe her mother’s ills.

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Ariel Jimenez

Ariel Jimenez

  Circle Keeper Fellows/Program Assistant
  408-502-7389

Mr. Jimenez is a Fellowship Circle Keeper within NCN’s La Cultura Cura Fellowship Path 2 Services Program. He studied Psychology and Sociology at San Jose State University where he graduated in 2013. He assisted with facilitating Joven Noble Círculos in San Jose for the past 3 years and is honored to work with powerful youth in our communities.

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Ysenia Sepulveda

Ysenia Sepulveda

  Circle Keeper Fellows/Program Assistant
  408-502-7416

Ms. Sepulveda is a Fellowship Circle Keeper within NCN’s La Cultura Cura Fellowship Path 2 Services Program. She graduated from San Jose State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and with a minor in Mexican American Studies. It was through her studies at San Jose State that she was introduced to Joven Noble. Since then she has facilitated Joven Noble and Xinachtli Círculos in San Jose.

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