We are the community we serve
Valley Settlement employs a “grow your own” strategy to cultivate leaders from within our programs. Many of our current program managers began as participants, and have now taken on the mantle of leadership. Over the years, the Valley Settlement team has cultivated a deep trust within the community we serve. This trust is due in large part to our staff on the ground who practice active listening and respond to families with thought, care, and compassion.
Meet some of our key leaders below, and hear from them what they love about their jobs.
We cultivate leaders from within and invest in our team’s professional development
I love being able to partner with Latina and Latino leaders, and our allies and supporters, to create transformative opportunities for my own community in the Valley. As a proud son of Mexican immigrants, I have seen firsthand what determined and empowered Latinas and Latinos can accomplish when we work together to forge the path that we want for our own communities. Learn more about Alex…
Director of Strategic Partnerships
What I love about my job are the people with whom I work. I love the energy and passion that staff bring to their work and their commitment to their community. I love listening to the ideas of others and envisioning change within the community that will result in a diverse, inclusive and equitable valley.
Director of Finance & Administration
I love our staff and our participants! Every day I get to see growth in those we provide services to and in those I work with. Valley Settlement is truly making a difference in our community and I love that I get to be a small part of that.
I love watching our team make such amazing impact on families’ lives. I love being part of a community who is always striving to better themselves, learn, and grow! I am continuously motivated and inspired by those around me at Valley Settlement.
Director, Family Support Team
Alma Study Coordinator
I love that I get to know people in my community. That I can be a support so that they feel welcome in the valley, and let them know that this organization exists that has beautiful programs that can change their lives. That I can share with them the things I have learned from my time in the Valley. And what I love most is that I can help promote the physical, mental, and emotional health of the family.
Director, Parent Mentor
I feel that through the program, I have been growing in the same way that I see my team and mentors grow, in their self-esteem and daily life. This makes me so happy, because I identify with every one of my mentors.
Director, Lifelong Learning
I like the strength and commitment our Latino community has to their education. I love listening to the stories of our students, hearing how they overcome obstacles to set the best example for their children. I love knowing that our students do their homework with their children, so they can see their parents study too and that they are committed to education. Everything they learn will go with them wherever they go.
Director, Community Based Care
My job is unique in so many ways. I love coming to work every morning, because I get to listen to the brave and courageous stories of those in our community. I have the opportunity of working with my community of color, engaging with language and culture for a better sense of belonging in this new world.
Director, El Busesito Preschool
I love working with the kids! They are so excited about learning and school, they have the best energy and make every day fun and different. I love being a part of something that is so unique and special like El Busesito. We are preparing students for their future and making a difference in their whole families’ lives.
Director, Learning with Love
I love working with children and families, being able to share what I know and learn new things every day. I love working with people who are passionate about making the world a better place. I love that my job values my strengths and creativity and encourages me to keep growing as an individual.
Valley Settlement’s nine-member board is deeply committed to the long-term sustainability and growth of the organization. All board members contribute financially to the organization, and dedicate their time to ensuring the organization is advancing its mission effectively.
Board of Directors
Paula Losada Nickell—President
Elaine Gantz Berman—Vice President
Dr. Doug Jones—Secretary & Treasurer
Diana Delasala Lane
Jamie Montgomery Helzberg
Carlos Ulloa Jaquez