Aurora Cepeda
Interim Executive Director

Phillip S. Wood
Director of Finance

Yvette Castro Farias
Director of Fund Development and Communications

Mario Ozuna-Sanchez
Director of Youth and Family Services

Louis Rocha, Board President
CWA Local 9423

Liliana Castañeda-Rossmann, Vice President
CSU San Marcos

Michael Lopez, Treasurer
Vida Wines Co.

Ramon Martinez, Secretary
National Hispanic University

Michelle Ronco
XCEO, Inc.

John Althoff

Christina Soto
Director of Youth & Family Services

Rocio Reyes
Manager of Prevention Services



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Aurora Cepeda
Interim Executive Director

Aurora Cepeda has been with MACSA for over 21 years and has been instrumental in leading the agency through its recent transition. Prior to taking on her recent role as Acting Executive Director, where she will lead the agency until a permanent Executive Director is hired, Ms. Cepeda has held several leadership roles in the agency which include: Employment Training Manager, Director of Adult Health Care and most recently, Director of Human Resources and Administration. Ms. Cepeda is a seasoned administrator who is familiar with best practices, staff needs and board relations. As Acting Executive Director, Aurora is committed to ensuring that MACSA's services and perception in the community stay true to the agency's mission of enriching the lives and advancing the interests of the Latino Community of Santa Clara County.

Philip S. Wood
Director of Finance

Philip S. Wood joined the MACSA team as Director of Finance in January 2010. He is a CPA with over 15 years of Executive non-profit accounting experience throughout the Bay Area. Mr. Wood's past professional successes include serving in a leadership capacity in the following roles: Consultant for the Catholic Foundation of Santa Clara County; Interim Controller for East Bay Conservation Corp, Interim Executive Director for Shelter Outreach Plus and as Chief Financial Officer for GoKids, Inc. in Gilroy, CA. Philip holds a CPA Credential from the University of Illionois and a BS in Business Admin. Accounting from the University of San Francisco.

Yvette Castro
Director of Fund Development and Communications

Yvette Castro Farias brings over twelve years experience as a successful writer, editor, fundraiser and public relations professional in the fields of journalism, social services, education, fund development and law. Upon graduating from Santa Clara University, Cum Laude, with a degree in English, she completed two years of legal studies at Santa Clara University School of Law. During her tenure at SCU, Yvette cultivated her writing and research skills as a Directed Research Assistant for the SCU English Department and as Chief Editor for the Hispanic Business Journal/Silicon Valley. It was around this time that Yvette's internship as an interpreter for the Eastside Community Law clinic ignited a passion for using her skills to address the needs of underserved populations. Yvette's experience in the non-profit sector began with her first development job at MACSA in 2002. As Development Director, Ms. Castro Farias successfully secured $3.4 million dollars in funding within a six month period. Yvette then raised $1.2 million dollars as Associate Director of Foundation & Corporate Relations at Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula and served as Development Director at Escuela Popular Charter Schools. Yvette's professional background also includes having worked as a Senior Consultant, Hispanic Market Specialist for Bradley Associates Consultants. Yvette returned to MACSA in 2007 and her role has evolved from managing grants and organizational planning to include board relations, communications, fund development and agency recovery efforts. Ms. Castro Farias has been the recipient of the SCU English Department Award of Excellence in Directed Research and the SCU Law Faculty Scholarship. She is also a member of the National Honor and English Honor Societies. During her leisure time, Yvette enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Mario Ozuna-Sanchez
Director of Youth & Family Services

Born and raised in East Los Angeles, Mario Ozuna-Sanchez grew up in a lifestyle that was impacted by alcoholism, domestic violence, gangs, and drug addiction. As a result of the decisions he made during his adolescence, Mario became a father to Miguel Fernando, at the age of 15. With many barriers and obstacles set before him, and with the help of his mother, he set out to accomplish his goals of finishing high school and going to college. Currently Mario is in the process of receiving two Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and Sociology. His future aspirations are to receive a PHD in Social Psychology and become a licensed Psychologist. Mario has been working with MACSA for the past10 years starting first as an Outreach educator and is now currently overseeing all services Youth Services, such as the Male Involvement Program (A Traditional Rites of Passage program focused on young men that focuses on male responsibility and teenage pregnancy prevention.), The OLLIN Project, a gang intervention program, the PADRES Con Cara y Corazon Fatherhood support circles, After school programs, Eagle Warrior Athletics, and latchkey sites. For the past 10 years Mario has been a proud member of the National Compadres Network (NCN). NCN is a national effort whose focus is the reinforcement of the positive involvement of Latino males in the lives of their families, communities, and society. Mario currently resides in San Jose with his beautiful wife Blasa, 17 year old son Miguel Fernando and two daughters; 7 year old Iliana Esperanza and 5 year old Adelita Beatriz.

Christina Soto
Manager of Child and Family Literacy Services

Christina Soto been a part of the MACSA family since 1997. In her role as Manager of Child and Family Literacy Services, Christina is responsible for child, family and literacy services throughout the agency. In addition to writing grants for her programs, Ms. Soto led a FIRST 5 Collaborative with subcontractors and also led the Even Start Collaborative. She has created a written process for programs and and designed a professional development plan for the agency. Ms. Soto graduated from San Jose State University with a BA in Social Science and a minor in Mexican American Studies. In addition, she holds an Early Childhood Mental Health Certificate from DeAnza College and an AA in Liberal Studies from Gavilan College. During her spare time, Christina enjoys watching movies, reading and spending time wither her nieces and nephews. She is also a dedicated Oakland A's fan who enjoys watching them play every season.

Rocio Reyes
Manager of Prevention Services

Rocio Reyes has been the Manager of Prevention Services for MACSA since 2007. Ms. Reyes graduated from UC Berkley with a degree in Legal Studies and Ethnic Studies. Before coming to MACSA, Rocio served at the City of San Jose Office of Economic Development as a Performance Specialist. In her role at MACSA, Rocio has been responsible for the oversight of various programs that MACSA offers in Gilroy which include: Zero Drop Out Youth Academy After School and Summer Day Camp Programs, Familia Sana, Pregnancy Prevention Program, and the Power School After School Program with the Gilroy Unified School District. Ms. Reyes has been trained in DASL (Diversity After School Leadership) Academy and is an Alumni of the Gilroy Leadership Academy class of 2009. Ms. Reyes' expertise is in the area of creating efficient and effective systems, program monitoring, and curriculum development. Rocio has developed diverse programs that address youth needs including Summer Day Camp, where she ensured a balance of academic, enrichment, and cultural opportunities for children. Rocio had the distinct honor of receiving a Commendation by the Mayor of San Jose that resulted in the Pride of San Jose Award-MIS Team Recognition. She also serves as a Board Member on the Mayor's Gang Task Force and is a member of the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE). Ms. Reyes plans to pursue a Masters degree in Public Management from Stanford University in the near future and is dedicated to continue addressing the needs of at risk youth. On her spare time, Rocio enjoys being outdoors and traveling so that she may continue to experience different cultures and meet new people.