Casa Círculo Cultural functions through a vibrant, grass-roots approach and has built its leadership team from a diverse group of community members which include family caregivers, accredited instructors, first responders, and professionals of various fields.
Maritza is our newly elected Chairman of the Board, she has a degree in Business. She has been directing and coordinating CCC programs and events since she began as a volunteer in 2015. Her sincere passion to help and support our community, students, and families, is what drives her to make herself available each day with a smile on her face.
Connie brings to this role extensive community engagement experience, from her Public Relations work on the SFPUC Hetch Hetchy Water System Improvement Program (WSIP), the 2010 Census, PG&E Remediation projects and her work with the City of East Palo Alto General Plan update as well as other community projects throughout San Mateo County.
Our founder and director, Veronica Escamez, immigrated to the San Francisco Bay Area more than thirty years ago from Mexico, where she was an educator, youth theater director, and social worker.
Veronica is devoted to community service and models intense, passionate volunteer work in Redwood City and neighboring cities for over fifteen years.
“As founder of CCC, Veronica Escamez is a shining example of when community passion, a calling for service and family roots come together,” said Ron Gonzales, President and CEO of the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley.
Mr. Manuel Ortiz, a national award-winning digital journalist, social researcher and professor with more than 16 years’ experience in issues concerning social justice, technology and society as well as labor and environmental migration in different countries like Mexico, the United States, Colombia, Bolivia, Cuba, El Salvador, Japan and France.
Ms. Iris Lezama, has a background in healthcare more specifically nursing for about 12 years working in many specialties, including pediatrics. Mrs. Lezama also teaches voice regularly and serves as a Camp coordinator during the summer for our leadership program, which is part of our Cultural Social and Cultural initiative.
Lydia Hernandez, Director, was born and raised in Mexico City; she moved to California when she was 24 years old. She worked for the Redwood City School District for 7 years and she has been working with the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office for over ten years. During this time she has become familiar with the community of North Fair Oaks and the needs of the underprivileged families in the Latino community of Redwood City.
Liliana Acosta is a business woman that co-founded a startup which provides fresh produce to local companies and organizations. Her experience in project management and human resources, helps Casa Circulo Cultural stay up to date and in compliance with laws and ordinances. Liliana’s entrepreneurial mindset stimulates CCC to find ways to create income, which allows the different programs to be more sustainable.
Florence Ortiz was born and raised in Redwood City and has been active in community service activities in North Fair Oaks, Redwood City, and East Palo Alto since the age of twelve. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Comparative Politics from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Florence regularly works with local government organizations to develop and customize programming for multicultural communities that brings resources specific to the needs to further quality of life and empower its citizens. She aids Casa Circulo Cultural in creating strategic planning measures to bring program growth and increase visibility to community members, stakeholders, and partners.
Wendy Segovia is a professional bookkeeper, she was president of (English Language Advisory Committee (ELAC) for many years. Besides serving on the board, Wendy supports our efforts as a volunteer in the school pods and COVID testing sites.
Roxana Escamilla, Director, is a member of the Redwood City Community that brings to CCC both her life experiences and knowledge of the community needs.
Although our leadership team and volunteer instructors have different specialties and life experiences, their dedication to the arts and elevating the quality of life for the community is one in the same