Felix Zuniga, Chair
Class of 2001, 2006
Felix Zuniga’s heart is invested in the Inland Empire, especially with students in the community and at CSU San Bernardino. In the time Felix has resided in the IE, he has participated in the support and development of students in his community. Most notably he has provided leadership to several organizations geared towards student leadership and development. Felix is currently the chair of the CSUSB Latino Alumni Chapter, Past president of the CSUSB Association of Latino Faculty Staff and Students, He serves on the Board of the University Diversity Committee, creator of the YotieTalks committee, and serves as a Diversity Trainer. Felix is the advisor for the Latino Business Students Association, Latinos on the Fast Track, and the IEFL Club at CSUSB. Externally, he serves on the boards of the Inland Empire Future Leaders, Kiwanis of Greater San Bernardino and is a mentor for the San Bernardino Valley College Puente Mentor Program. Felix is responsible for the creation of the Madrina/Padrino Mentorship program and one of the co-creators of the Black and Brown Young Men’s conference, going on its 4th year. Also served on the founding boards for the Latino Book and Family Festival and CSUSB Symposium on Race.
Karen Serrano Suarez, Vice Chair
Class of 2007
Karen Suarez is the Community Relations Consultant, Community Development Officer focused on the areas of Affordable Housing, Small Business Development, Workforce Development and Financial Education. Serving San Bernardino and Riverside Counties, Karen brings energy and experience in government relations, community development, philanthropy, and nonprofit management to the Wells Fargo Corporate Philanthropy and Community Relations team.
For over a decade, Karen has worked in a number of fields from education and government to corporate and non-profit. Karen served as a Congressional Representative for the 43rd Congressional District supporting constituents in areas relating to higher education and financial aid, housing, health, and women. In 2011, she worked for the American Heart Association, Inland Empire Division, managing the Go Red For Women Movement. In 2015 Karen became the Executive Director for The Dominguez Dream in Memory of H. Frank Dominguez, building infrastructure,and growing the impact in funding Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math in underserved elementary schools throughout the state.
Karen Suarez is a first generation college graduate with a dual bachelors degree in Psychology and Human Development from California State University, San Bernardino, and a Masters of Science in Higher Education Administration from Florida State University. She currently serves as a board member of the CSUSB Philanthropic Board, The Foundation of Grand Terrace, and the Vice Chair of the CSUSB Latino Alumni Chapter.
Karen enjoys reading, traveling, all things Harry Potter, and volunteering in her community. Karen hopes to use her knowledge, skills and abilities in promoting education and community development, and empowering the next generation to serve their communities.
Priscilla Gutierrez, Secretary
Class of 2014
Priscilla currently works for Riverside University Health System - Behavioral Health's Cultural Competency Program. As a member of the team, she helps identify and support the needs of various underserved communities of Riverside County to increase access to culturally sensitive mental health services and reduce the associated stigma. Priscilla has nearly 10 years of professional experience in the non-profit, healthcare, education, and customer service fields. She graduated from Cal State San Bernardino in 2014 with a Bachelor's of Arts in Communications. Her goals include furthering her education through a local Master's program and to help develop policies that will benefit underrepresented populations.
Carmen Murillo-Moyeda, Community Liaison Coordinator
Class of 1999, 2003
Mike Razo, Gift Fund Coordinator
Class of 1999
Henry “Michael” Razo was born and raised in Colton, California. He attended schools in the Colton Joint Unified School District and is a graduate of Colton High School. Upon graduation, while simultaneously maintaining a demanding work schedule with Stater Bros Markets, he immediately enrolled in San Bernardino Valley College with aspirations of transferring to Cal Poly Pomona with hopes of becoming an electrical engineer. However, the economic downturns of the early 90’s shifted educational and career aspirations for Michael and this new direction would ultimately lead him to the foundation for who he is today. He went on to earn an Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts from San Bernardino Valley College (SBVC), a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) and a Master of Arts in Management from the University of Redlands. His career in business is broad and varied as it includes tax auditing for the California State Board of Equalization and Employment Development Department and over 16 years of experience in school business for the Business Services Division of the San Bernardino City Unified School District where he has progressively advanced from Budget Analyst, Accountant, Business Manager and to the current management position which he now holds as Budget Officer. Michael has long held a firm belief in giving back to the community which has served him and helped him to succeed. Since his early days as a student, he has recognized the importance of holding leadership positions in student organizations beginning with the SBVC Business Club, CSUSB Latino Business Students Association, CSUSB Accounting Association and Latino Scholastic Corporation (LSAC). As a graduate, he has also been affiliated with other organizations including the CSUSB Latino Alumni Chapter (LAC), CSUSB Association of Latino Faculty, Staff and Students (ALFSS) and the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC). He is also a co-founder of a number of different for profit and non-profit corporations that have serve the inland Empire. He is currently the Chairman of the Board of the Colton Utilities Commission for which he has served since 2011 and is also the Treasurer for Col-Knights (Knights of Columbus, Colton Council 4017) since 2013. When time permits, Michael remains engaged in education and his community as a mentor to the student organizations he was involved with as a student. Recreationally, he is an avid music aficionado and enjoys hiking, traveling, golf, home brewing and spending time with his family and friends.
Jake Orta, Marketing/Publicity Coordinator
Class of 2006
Government and Community Relations Specialist
Califonia State University, San Bernardino
Jake Orta currently serves as the Government and Community Relations Specialist in the Office of the President at California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB). He is in charge of supporting the implementation of goals and objectives for local, state, and federal relations activities. Also; as a liaison to the broader community, he is charged with keeping community constituents informed about university programs and initiatives of benefit or interest to them, as well as identifying community needs and opportunities for partnership. Previously, Jake worked for Congressman Sean P. Duffy in Washington, D.C. as a Legislative Correspondent with a focus on local government issues. He was awarded a Global Leaders Fellowship by the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute in 2016 and serves on CSUSB Alumni Boards and is also an appointed member on the City of Jurupa Valley’s Traffic & Safety Committee. Jake holds a bachelor of art’s degree in Political Science with a minor in Public Administration, from CSUSB.
Javier Blanco, Board Member
Class of 2010, 2013
Dr. Blanco’s background includes specialization in program and leadership management, as well education. He has supported and continues to be a part of various organizational boards holding executive positions. With strong leadership skills with various government departments in strategic planning, he has managed different community programs, grant and budget administration. Dr. Blanco earned a Doctorate in Public Administration from California Baptist University, Riverside, California. He also holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration; and Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Spanish from California State University, San Bernardino. At this moment, Blanco facilitates the Career Development Center for Soboba Tribal TANF, in which he provides career planning, training services and employment options to high school students and adults who are a part of TANF program. Additionally, Dr. Blanco is an adjunct professor for Oak Valley College teaching business courses. Dr. Blanco’s interest includes and not limited to fundraising, event planning, and philanthropy work, learning about other cultures, and mentoring young adults. Dr. Blanco hopes to use his knowledge, skills and abilities in promoting education and empower others to serve their communities.
Jesse Felix, Board Member
Class of 2007
Juan Lopez, Board Member
Juan M. Lopez, a native of the Inland Empire has worked in Public Affairs and Government Affairs in the private and public sectors. He currently works for Southern California Edison as a Government Relations Manager. Executive Team.
Mr. Lopez has over 20 years of extensive experience in California politics including providing strategic counsel on several statewide initiatives and policies as well as grassroots organization to congressional races and state elections; additionally, he worked for Inland Empire Economic Partnership a business organization as their Chief of Staff, five members of the California Legislature, Non-Profits and for several private companies as a member for their Senior
Mr. Lopez has dedicated much of his adult life to public service. He is very involve in his community where he has been on executive boards with several no profits and business organizations like Santa Claus Inc., Community Action Partnership San Bernardino County, Greater San Bernardino Kiwanis, California State University San Bernardino Alumni Board and CSU Educational Opportunity Program Alumni Board, former Board President for Riverside’s Latino Network, SCAG Glue Council and IE Business PAC. He has been a coach and mentor for several sports youth programs for many children in our Inland Empire communities.
For Mr. Lopez community and professional involvement, he has received numerous recognitions. 2011 United States Presidential Volunteer Service Award, Black Voice Foundation 2011 Community Builders Award, California Assembly 2008 “30 Under 30” Latino Achievement Award and Special Recognition from Greater Kiwanis of San Bernardino.
Juan M. Lopez graduated from San Gorgonio High School and earned his bachelor’s degree from California State University, San Bernardino. He lives in Riverside with his wife a public school teacher, Guadalupe Lopez and his three children Anabel, Rosali and son Juan Jr.
Ed Mendoza, Board Member
Class of 2003, 2007
Janet Curiel, Board Member
Class of 2017
Janet Curiel began working for Associated Students Incorporated as the Programming Student Assistant in the summer of 2016, and was hired on as professional staff in the summer of 2017 as the Senior Programs Associate. Her prior experience as an event and online store coordinator and supervisor for four-time California Winery of the Year, South Coast Winery in Temecula which prepared her for the role she is in today.
In her current role, she is responsible for overseeing student-led programs, marketing, and graphic design teams by providing a support system to the paraprofessional staff to flourish in their current roles and future careers. She is also involved on numerous campus-wide committees including the Social Justice Summit, the Women's Leadership Conference and the Department of Student Affairs High Impact Practices Working Group.
David Quiroz, Board Member
Class of 2005 and 2000
David was born in San Bernardino and has spent his entire life in the Inland Empire. He began working for San Bernardino County in 1999 and has worked for several Departments in his 19 years of public service. He’s currently the Division Manager for Personnel and his staff provides support to over 5,400 County employees in various human resource-related areas. David attained his Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology/Social Work from Cal State San Bernardino in 2005. In 2010, David earned his Master’s Degree from Cal State San Bernardino in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. In 2011, David was recognized in as one of the area’s “Top 30 Under 30” by Assemblywoman Wilmer Amina Carter for his community work and commitment to the area’s Social Service programs. He particularly enjoys mentoring and currently does so through San Bernardino County’s MLA and LIA programs, San Bernardino Valley College’s Puente program, and through Cal State San Bernardino.
Sendy Sanchez, MPH, Board Member
Class of 2011
Director of Policy and Projects at the Community Health Association Inland Southern Region. Ms. Sanchez has actively worked in the Public Health field for over 7 years. Sendy’s interests are in health policy. Her expertise lies in access to care and health care coverage at the local, state and federal level. Through her work, she aims to strengthen health equity and access for the most vulnerable in the region. Sendy earned a Master’s Degree in Public Health with an emphasis in Health Policy from Loma Linda University in 2013 and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and a minor in Spanish from California State University, San Bernardino.
Alfredo Jesus Barcenas, Board Member
Class of 2017
Born and raised in the San Bernardino County of California, Alfredo Barcenas became the first in his family to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from CSU San Bernardino. Throughout his collegiate career, Barcenas held many prominent roles including Student Body President, Coordinator for On-Campus Housing, and Vice-President of University Affairs for the largest student body organization in the country. In his role, Alfredo oversees the Legislative Affairs team and the developmental process for policies and procedures.