Our board provides great leadership!

  • Rafael Vazquez

    Board President

  • Claudia Cendejas

    Vice-President/Co-Founder

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    Josselyn Torres

    Secretary

  • Yesenia de Luna

    Personnel Director

  • Gordon Scott

    Board Member

Rafael Vazquez

Board President

Rafael is full-time faculty member in the Humanities & Religion Studies departments at Santa Rosa Junior College. Rafael donates of his own time and money volunteering with programs addressing the needs of troubled youth in our community. He serves as a mentor to several young men with the objective of connecting them with positive alternatives. Rafael is the president of the board of directors at Humanidad Therapy & Educational Services. He previously was a board member of another non-profit since 2003, but began volunteering in 1997. sRafael worked with a program where he communicated with 286 inmates in prisons within the United States. The program provided books to inmates as funding allowed. Rafael immigrated to Santa Rosa from Oaxaca Mexico at the age of 15 to live with his brothers while he attended Santa Rosa High School. In addition to earning his associate degree, Rafael has completed five SRJC certificate programs: Law Enforcement, Corrections, Children & the Justice System, Laws of Arrest, and Juvenile Counselor. He earned his BA degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology from Sonoma State University. In 2010, Rafael earned his Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Sonoma State University.

Claudia Cendejas

Vice-President/Co-Founder

Claudia Cendejas is one of three Co-Founders and past Interim Executive Director for Humanidad Therapy and Educational Services. Claudia has a Master’s Degree in Counseling Marriage Family Therapy from San Francisco State University. She also has a Bachelors degree in Psychology and Spanish from Sonoma State University. Claudia has a passion in helping the Community and has served different roles within the agency and throughout the community. Claudia has worked with migrant students providing instructional tutorial services. She has worked as a Parent Educator and has provided developmental services to support children and their families. She also has a background in providing Counseling Services to individuals, couples, families and groups. Currently Claudia is working as a Social Service Worker for the County of Sonoma, working with pregnant or parenting teenagers.
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Josselyn Torres

Secretary

Josselyn has been a volunteer for Humanidad since fall of 2013 and continues to be. She’s been a Board Member since 2013 and works for a non-profit for children and their families, birth to five years of age, at the Early Learning Institute. Josselyn was also an organizer and supporter for Idle No More SF Bay Area in the East Bay. Josselyn enjoys her free time connecting with nature by hiking, camping, climbing and backpacking. She also loves making ceramics and eating good food and spending time with friends.

Yesenia de Luna

Personnel Director

Gordon Scott

Board Member

Gordon Scott, also known as Bart, has been a lawyer practicing in Sonoma County for over 30 years. He spent 10 years as a deputy district attorney, but in 2000 celebrated the new millennium by becoming a street lawyer. The focus of his practice is criminal defense either in the trial courts or on appeal. Though his Spanish is marginal at best, he has had an active practice representing members of the Latino community in Sonoma County. This started when his son’s former futbol teammates grew up and started breaking the law. He is strongly committed to an inclusive and fair legal system. That’s not the default. Bart’s wife is Yvonne, una Colombiana. They travel to Colombia as often as possible. His son is fluent in Spanish and makes fun of him when he tries to speak it.
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