UFW Foundation Staff Roster
Diana Tellefson Torres, Executive Director
Prior to being chosen to launch and direct the UFW Foundation, Ms. Tellefson Torres served as the Immigration Reform Field Director for the United Farm Workers union. From 2006-2008, she acted as an advisor for the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs through its Institute for Mexicans Abroad. She also worked as the Deputy Director of an Arizona Latino voter registration and Get Out the Vote project during the 2004 presidential election. Ms. Tellefson Torres graduated from Stanford University with an undergraduate degree in Psychology and is also a Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) Accredited Representative.
Genevieve Kramer Maciel, Deputy Director
Ms. Maciel joined the UFW Foundation in September 2007, and focuses her efforts on the immigration legal services program. Before joining the team, Ms. Maciel practiced immigration law in San Francisco where she represented clients seeking asylum and other forms of relief from deportation. She also worked for the ACLU Immigrant Rights' Project and the San Francisco Public Defender. Ms. Maciel received her law degree from UC Davis, King Hall, and her master's and bachelor's degrees in Psychology from Wesleyan University.
Erica Lomeli, Civic Participation and Policy Director
Ms. Lomeli joined the UFW Foundation in March of 2007. She assists with coordination of civic participation efforts for immigration reform for agricultural workers. Prior to joining the Foundation, Ms. Lomeli worked at VELA, a non-profit organization, where she was responsible for coordinating various community projects serving low-income families and mentally challenged children. Ms. Lomeli received her bachelor's degree in Social Science in Public and Community Service at UC Irvine, and her master's degree in Public Administration at the University of Washington.
Ricardo Nunez, BIA Accredited RepresentativeMr. Nunez began work with the UFW Foundation in March 2008 as a service provider in the Foundation's Salinas office. Having worked in the fields himself when he immigrated to the United States, Mr. Nunez was very eager to join the Foundation to help farm workers understand and access their legal rights. After months of training and studying immigration law, Mr. Nunez became accredited as a BIA Representative. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Studies from California State University, Monterey Bay.
Richard Gorman, BIA Accredited Representative
After developing a strong interest in immigration law working for an attorney in the Santa Rosa area, Mr. Gorman began work as a service provider for the UFW Foundation in July 2008. He was accredited as a BIA Representative in February 2009. Prior to joining the Foundation, Mr. Gorman taught undergraduate courses in Costa Rica and acted as an independent business consultant. Mr. Gorman earned his Bachelor's Degree from McGill University and is fluent in English, Spanish, and French.
Ambar Tovar, Public Benefits Coordinator
Ms. Tovar began working for the UFW Foundation in October 2009, and serves as the Public Benefits Community Outreach Provider for Kern County. Prior to working with the UFW Foundation, Ms. Tovar served as a Legal Assistant for the Cesar E. Chavez Foundation which included assessing licensing requests and preparing licensing agreement contracts. She also was a Justice-Corps-Americorps intern at the Self-Help Resource Center at the Los Angeles Superior Court. Ms. Tovar is currently being trained to become a BIA Accredited Representative. She graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles with a degree in International Development Studies.
Juanita Gutierrez, Community Outreach Provider
Ms. Gutierrez joined the UFW Foundation in September 2009 as the Public Benefits Community Outreach Provider for Monterey County, coming to her new position with two decades of experience serving the farm worker community. Ms. Gutierrez is a California-certified tax preparer, and is currently being trained to become a BIA Accredited Representative.
Melissa Molina, Arizona State Program Director and BIA Accredited Representative Ms. Molina received her Master's in Educational Leadership in 2004 and B.A. in Spanish/minor Criminal Justice in 2000 from Northern Arizona University. With a demonstrated commitment to Social Justice, Ms. Molina worked in the Judicial System in Arizona, the Political Legislative arena with the United Farm Workers of America (UFW) in Los Angeles, and at A Place Called Home (APCH) she was essential in recreating APCH's volunteer program, as Director she revamped their community initiatives programming and finally, moved in to APCH's Development department as Sr. Development Associate & Grant Administrator. In August 2010, she joined the United Farm Workers Foundation (UFWF) as an immigration service provider for the Arizona State Program.
Fatima Hernandez, Administrative Assistant
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