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Board of Directors

Andrae Gonzales

Andrae Gonzales

Founder
Vice Mayor, Ward 2 Councilmember

Andrae was elected to Bakersfield City Council in November 2016. Prior to his service on the City Council, he served as a trustee on the Bakersfield City School Board for six years. He currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer for Stewards Inc, a non-profit organization that helps seniors and disabled citizens manage their incomes. …

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Natasha Felkins

Natasha Felkins

Chairwoman
Vice President, Community Manager - Bakersfield at JP Morgan Chase

Children First is an organization that encompasses the values and compassion needed to reach some of our most underserved community members. We not only see the needs of East Bakersfield, but we are deeply connected through our own experiences, which enables our board to proceed with heart and understanding. Each of us wants to help…

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Daisy Torrez

Daisy Torrez

Secretary
Member Engagement Supervisor, Kern Family Health Care

I’m proud to serve on the Children First board because I believe in their mission. Making a difference in the community and opening up new opportunity to children is something that is dear to my heart.

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Karen Avila Santiago

Karen Avila Santiago

Board Member
Social Worker, Kern County Department of Human Services

Children First provides a space of growth, empowerment, and compassion for east Bakersfield and its volunteers. I became involved when I was only a high school student, and I have learned more about myself and my community through our service. Children First has provided me, along with many other volunteers, the outlet to directly serve our…

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Carlos Bello

Carlos Bello

Vice Chair
Health and Wellness Programs Supervisor, Kern Family Health Care

  

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Ed De La Vega

Ed De La Vega

Board Member
8th Grade Math Teacher, BCSD
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Tere Aldos

Tere Aldos

Board Member
Community Specialist/Parent Liaison, Bakersfield High School
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Julissa Bhakta

Julissa Bhakta

Board Member
Head Instructor/Owner, Kumon River Math & Reading Center of Bakersfield-Riverlakes
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Jennifer Cordova

Jennifer Williams Cordova

Board Member
Willis and Williams Design Studios

After learning of Children First, and its mission to directly address access to essential resources, food insecurity and educational East Bakersfield has always had a special place in my heart because it is where my maternal grandparents lived throughout my childhood. In 2018, I was asked to facilitate the mural at David Nelson Pocket Park….

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Victor Palacio

Victor Palacio

Board Member
Special Projects Manager, Mercy House

After learning of Children First, and its mission to directly address access to essential resources, food insecurity and educational opportunities – I knew I had to connect and support the organization’s efforts. Professionally, I engage the community to create opportunity that serves the homeless population and empowers them to rebuild their lives toward a sustainable…

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