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Our Team

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UCC's consistent history of care and commitment to our community is evident in the hearts and attitudes of our staff and board. We are a team of passionate professionals bound by a belief that all families deserve the tools needed to succeed.

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We work to educate, empower, and support families to build a bright future for our community.

Meet our team

Administration Staff 

Celia Esparza

President & CEO

Frances Torres

Chief Operating Officer

Ted Gebhardt, Jr.

Development Director

McKenzie Smith

Assistant to President & CEO

Rochelle Chavez

Finance & Administrative Manager

Isabella Chavez

Support Specialist

Bianca Burgdoerfer

Marketing & Communications Director

Kayla San Angelo

CACFP Compliance Officer

Center Leadership

Ricky Martinez

Bethlehem Center Director

Johnetta Brookins

Bethlehem Assistant Center Director

Sam Chavez

Poly Center Director

Valeria Gonzalez

Poly Assistant Center Director

Irma Hernandez

Wesley Center Director

Fernando Leyva Alderete

Wesley Assistant Center Director

Literacy Leadership

Tanya Belmares

Early Childhood Literacy Specialist

Janna Bennett

Early Childhood Literacy Specialist

Sandra Garza

Director of Education

Robyn Lilley-Williams

Early Childhood Literacy Specialist

Wilma Lovings

Literacy Specialist

Paula Taylor

Literacy Specialist

Diana Vargas

Literacy Specialist

Meet our board members

Mr. Nate Beck

Rev. Tom Faile



Dr. Bob Galvan

Vice Chair

Ms. Sandra Gamez

Ms. Jane Goodspeed

Ms. Ellen Hoffman


Mr. Tom Hegi


Ms. Susan Idleman

Mr. Sean Looney

Dr. Roy Lowry

Mr. Michael Malloy


Ms. Erin McDonald

Ms. Courtney McKay

Mr. Gilbert Rodriguez

Ms. Mae Rossi

Ms. Magaly Sanchez

Mr. Kevin Smiley


Dr. Gary Strong

Mr. Clark Sykes

Dr. Morri Wong

Mr. Wilson Woods


Ms. Jackie Carter

Ms. Patty Lee

Ms. Pam Pinkerton-Whitley

Join our team.

Interested in joining our team of individuals motivated in making a difference? We look forward to meeting you.

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