Staff

EXECUTIVE TEAM

Camille Llanes-Fontanilla

 

Executive Director
cfontanilla@somosmayfair.org
408-937-2576
  Camille Llanes-Fontanilla has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from San Jose State University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications, with a minor in Ethnic Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. She has extensive executive management training from CompassPoint’s Next Generation Leaders of Color Program and the Asian Pacific American Leadership Institute. Camille has eight years of non-profit management experience with expertise in resource development, communications, strategic planning, and program development. Prior to joining Somos Mayfair in 2010, she was the Director of Development and Communications for Kidango, one of the largest Bay Area child development agencies spanning three counties with a $28M organizational budget. As the Associate Director of Somos Mayfair, she co-led the development and implementation of the In Our Hands Campaign, re-visioning Somos into an organization that combines the best of traditional family resource center service provision and grassroots community organizing. Camille is excited to continue to move the organization’s community work forward as Executive Director. Camille is committed to working alongside community members to collectively address our most pressing social justice issues.
   

Patrick Soricone 

Manager for Strategic Partnerships
psoricone@somosmayfair.org
408-937-2566
Patrick Patrick brings 30+ years experience building effective community development partnerships. A love for trekking, travel and adventure has helped him develop a competency and respect for cultural diversity. At United Way SV, he served as project manager for the Santa Clara County Community Assessment Project, the “quality of life” study grounded in a belief that real community change happens only when people actively engage in their lives in ways meaningful to them, not because of more efficient service delivery by institutions. Previous assignments: Ardeo Theatre Project in France, Save the Children in Nepal, United Ways in Tacoma, Everett and Seattle, and Billy DeFrank LGBTQ Center in San Jose. Raised in Rochester, NY, he earned his MSW from University of Washington, and BA in Political Science from Hobart College, Geneva, NY. Patrick and spouse Todd Tressler live in the Japantown area of San Jose.
 

FUND DEVELOPMENT TEAM

Jessica Paz-Cedillos

Director of Resource Development
jpazcedillos@somosmayfair.org 
408-937-2570
Jessica Paz-Cedillos (3) Jessica was raised by a single mother in the Tassafaronga Housing Project of East Oakland and knows first hand the impact that thoughtful and caring individuals can make to end the cycle of poverty. Since graduating from Mount Holyoke College, Jessica has held various positions as a direct service provider and fundraiser to protect our constitutional rights, end homelessness, and close the opportunity gap. As Somos’ Director of Resource Development, Jessica is excited to continue the fight for social justice and equity.
 

Brenda Andrade

Resource Development Associate 
bandrade@somosmayfair.org 
408-937-2558
Brenda Andrade obtained her Bachelor of Science in Health Science from California State University, Chico and is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Public Health from San Jose State University. She was raised in a small town in Northern California by Mexican parents who emigrated to the U.S. in search of the American Dream. As the daughter of immigrant parents, she has seen first-hand the disparities and inequalities faced by the migrant Latino community. Brenda is extremely passionate about empowering and helping develop low-income migrant communities, so that they may reach their full potential.
 

FINANCE & OPERATIONS TEAM

Kathy Ericksen

Director of  Finance and Operations
kericksen@somosmayfair.org
408-240-4999
  Kathy’s career with both the for-profit and not-profit sectors has always been operationally grounded. Whether managing to the bottom line in an electronics distribution company or being outcome driven in an education based non-profit, Kathy’s managerial strengths are best utilized when she is developing and supporting high functioning teams through process improvements that drive operational excellence. Kathy is a hands-on leader, manager, team player, and consensus builder. As a non-profit manager, Kathy has worked with organizations that bring opportunity and access to public education systems that have eluded disenfranchised foster youth through her work with the Silicon Valley Children’s Fund and to high achieving under-represented first generation youth through her work with Breakthrough Silicon Valley. With a deep commitment to serving our community’s underserved populations, Kathy is happy to join Somos and support the work of promotores.
 

Viridiana Reyes

 

Office Manager
vreyes@somosmayfair.org
408-937-2564
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Viridiana was born in Mexico City and immigrated to San Jose, CA with her family when she was eight years olds. She has an innate passion for creating positive change in her community and advocating for immigrant rights. Viridiana earned her B.A. from San Jose State University in Sociology. She has extensive experience in the non-profit field, including years of experience in finance, administration, and operations.

 

IN OUR HANDS PROGRAM TEAM

Zelica Rodriguez-Deams

Director of Programs
zrodriguez@somosmayfair.org
408-937-2575
 Zelica Zelica earned her BA in Latino Studies and Sociology from UC Santa Cruz, and a master’s degree in Political Science from San Francisco State University.  She joins Somos with over 10 years of leadership experience in the non-profit field as an organizer, field representative, and policy advocate.    Zelica’s family are Salvadoran immigrants who came to the United States in 1984 after fleeing the Civil War.  She is excited about working with promotoras to create lasting and sustainable change in the community.
 

Victor Vasquez

Program Manager, Organizing
vvasquez@somosmayfair.org
Victor was born in Mexico and migrated to Oakland, CA at the age of 10. As a high school student, he organized at his school against the unjust discipline practices and pushed for alternatives to suspension that resulted in the creation of the One Land One People Youth Center at Skyline High School. He joins Somos with extensive experience working with youth and families as a case manager, after school coordinator, and school-community organizer. He is excited to work with the SOMOS promotoras to regenerate parent decision making power for a more vibrant and safe Mayfair community. Victor holds a master’s degree in Mexican-American Studies with an emphasis in resistance and education from San Jose State University and a BA in Ethnic Studies from the University of California, Berkeley.
 

Anjelica Lujano

Program Manager, Family Resource Center
alujano@somosmayfair.org
  Angelica was born and raised in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico where she imported goods from the United States and sold them in her family’s store. In 1997, Angelica moved to San José to join her family. She volunteered with Nuestra Casa in the Mayfair neighborhood, leading a substance abuse group for over ten years. Angelica was instrumental in piloting support groups for women at Somos Mayfair and currently mentors a growing team of Mayfair promotores. Angelica has been certified in a number of best practice and evidence based parenting programs, including the Family Development Credential from Cornell University, Santa Clara County’s Parent Project for K-8 parent leaders, and the Triple P positive parenting program.
 

Ameila Post

Mayfair Coordinator
apost@somosmayfair.org
  Born and raised in the East Bay, Amelia is excited to be back in the Bay Area to join the Somos Mayfair team. Amelia joins us from the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition where she helped build their youth organizing program. She is a longtime community organizer and popular educator, with experience in working with community organizations in the Bay Area, Washington D.C., Tennessee, the Dominican Republic, and Nicaragua. Amelia is a graduate of Georgetown University from the School of Foreign Service and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Culture and Politics.
 

Maria Urquiza  

Mayfair Coordinator
murquiza@somosmayfair.org
  Maria was born in Mexico and immigrated with her family to the United States when she was 10 years old. After graduating from high school, Maria continued her education at National Hispanic University, focusing on Child Development. Maria’s involvement with Somos Mayfair started in 2009 when she participated in a women’s support group, she later transitioned to being a facilitator for the support group. Maria became an employee of Somos Mayfair in 2013.
 

Maria Martinez

Mayfair Coordinator
mmartinez@somosmayfair.org
Maria Martinez Baby Picture

Maria was born in Monterrey Nuevo Leon, Mexico. She emigrated to the United States when she was twenty-five years old and has spent the rest of her time here in East San Jose. She first came to Somos as a program participant and later took a leadership role in our Raising A Reader program. In 2010, she became a Promotora and most recently has joined the program team as a Mayfair Coordinator. Maria leads our organizing efforts and is excited to continue her work with an organization that is dear to her heart. Maria has her Associate of Arts in Childhood Development from DeAnza College.
 

Ana Cecila Reyes

Mayfair Coordinator
areyes@somosmayfair.org
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Ana was born in Mexico City and immigrated with her family to San Jose in 1997 when she was 5 years old. Before joining Somos as a Mayfair Coordinator, Ana was a preschool teacher at Mother Earth’s Children Preschool in Campbell. Ana is passionate about working with children and watching them learn! It has been one of the most beautiful and rewarding experiences for her. Currently, Ana is on track to complete her B.A. in Child Development from San Jose State University. On her spare time, you can find her playing the violin and singing with her mariachi band, Mariachi Mi Tierra.

Dilza Gonzalez

Mayfair Coordinator
dgonzales@somosmayfair.org
 

 

 

 

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Dilza Gonzalez was born in Michoacán, Mexico. At the age of eight she immigrated to the United States with her mother and two siblings. She was raised in San Jose, CA and attended Alum Rock schools. Looking for help and a sense of belonging, she became involved with Somos first as a participant and then as a Promotora. Dilza is one of the original EMPUJE organizing committee organizers and is a strong advocate for more parent decision making, access to public spaces, and respect for language and culture. Dilza has successfully organized with Mayfair parents to improve parent involvement and decision making in the LCAP. She knows the value of community change and has the passion and love to make this change possible as a coordinator at Somos Mayfair.

Patricia Tapia

Mayfair Coordinator
ptapia@somosmayfair.org
Paty Tapia, studied graphic design at the School of Design of the National Institute of Fine Arts in Mexico City. She emigrated to California in 1999. She is very proud of her roots and is part of an Aztec dance group to rescue her identity. Since 2008 she has actively participated with Somos Mayfair, first in the women’s support groups and then as facilitator and promoter. She has been in different projects of the community, as Mothers Leaders of Mayfarir, School Gardens, Bridge to Kinder, Seeds, Triple P, and mainly Art Therapy; where their main focus is to help women find a space where they can express their emotions through art and can give a positive vision to the challenges and experiences they have had in their journey. As of March 2017, Paty is an official Program Coordinator.