Executive Board

The Executive Board of Directors consists of leaders from education, philanthropic, business, nonprofit and government sectors. The Board leads Youth Speak forward and is responsible for fundraising, internal development, external relations and the direction of the organization. Youth Speak is continually looking for dedicated individuals who are able to provide strong leadership to help Youth Speak strengthen our organization.  Executive Board members offer a wide variety of skills and talents to the organization, and contribute in different ways. Apply today! Executive Board Member description



Antonio Plascencia, Jr.

Antonio currently serves the families at Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) as a Program & Policy Advisor. He designs and facilitates professional development alongside teachers, administrators and parents implementing district wide reform initiatives. His work has innovated the field by creating models and strategies unique to Los Angeles where parents are at the forefront working with educators as partners to improve neighborhood schools. He has established unique ties with teachers, parents and administrators in the San Fernando Valley through his public service at LAUSD. His roots originate in Atoyac, Jalisco where he continuously visits and considers a second home. Antonio holds a Master of Public Policy Studies from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Loyola Marymount University. 

mark.pngMark Sarria 

An energetic and experienced executive who has been in the center of numerous successful ventures and most recent CEO of CheckupTech.com. CheckupTech is not his first successful business venture. Mark was the first CEO at Food from the Hood, a student own and operated business out of Crenshaw High School. As a student owner, Mark has had the honor of rubbing elbows with celebrities, boardroom meetings with top business leaders and even lunch with the Prince of Wales, Prince Charles. Mark brings keen business insight and leadership. Being creative, honest and relentless have punctuated his career.


oz.jpgOsvaldo Peña 

Osvaldo is currently employed by SoCalGas where he supports a system-wide pipeline safety program to further enhance the safety of pipelines throughout the communities SoCalGas serves. Prior to this role, he worked for the City of El Monte’s Public Works Department to improve the city’s infrastructure and helped create the City’s capital improvement program. His professional work experience began in the Latin American Youth Center for a program that helped Washington DC at-risk youth obtain their G.E.D. and job readiness training.



Frank Wimer 

Frank is currently employed as Senior Manager for KPMG.  He is a graduate of Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business.  He lives in Glendale, CA with his family.  




Adriana Gomez

Ms. Gomez has been a resident of the City of San Fernando for over 20 years.  She attended local schools and graduated from San Fernando High School.  Ms. Gomez attended Loyola-Marymount University where she received her bachelor of business administration in May 1996. She is a licensed commercial real estate broker and oversees all Real Estate operations for a local development company since 1995.   Ms. Gomez is the Chair of the Parks, Recreation and Wellness Commission of the City of San Fernando and is President-Elect of the San Fernando Kiwanis Club.  Ms. Gomez has been involved with the American Cancer Society, Relay for Life in San Fernando since its inception seven years ago, including chairing the event for two years. 


Not Pictured:  Hector Contreras (Participant Board Member for 2017/18)



Past Board Members & Advisers- Thank you! 

Richard Ramos, LAUSD
Michael Gattuso, Gattuso Financial Services 
Monica Kaiser, Kaiser Group
Dr. Alonso R. Arellano, Sun Valley Chamber of Commerce 
Gabriela Marquez, District Director for Congressman Tony Cardenas
Rob Borstelmann, Wells Fargo
Norma Cardenas, Consultant, Coach and Community Leader
Jackie Arriaga, student-San Fernando High School
Michelle Chavez, Prudential Financial
Whitney Kasserman, YSC Co-Founder
Gloria Lazalde, Proyecto Mariposa
Miguel Sanchez, student-Discovery Prep Charter School
Amy Berfield, New Heights Charter School
David Kietzman, YSC Co-Founder
Ashley Noble, Sylmar High School
Stefanie Gluckman, The Children’s Partnership
Margarita Velasquez, Mission Community Hospital
Angelica Ayala, City of Los Angeles, Office of the Mayor
Eric Junker, Wagner/Junker Agency
Edgar Sandoval, Quatro Design Group
Esther Kang, The Durfee Foundation
Paul de Leon, student-Cesar Chavez Learning Academies
Xochiltl Bravo, The Partnership at Los Angeles Schools
Cesar Diaz, City of Los Angeles, CD3
Noé Montes, Noé Montes Photography
April Aguirre, I Am San Fernando
Vanessa Briseño, The Annenberg Foundation
Mayra Navarro-Castillas, Navarro Law Group
Rudy Espinoza, Leadership for Urban Renewal Network
Alex Reza, Community Activist / Retired Educator
Cheston Callum, Enterprise Rent A Car
Roberto Barragan, Valley Economic Development Center
Jackie Eliot, Partnerships Uplifting Communities
Michael de la Rocha, City of Los Angeles, CD6
Rosie Santana, Discovery Preparatory Charter High School
Richard Alexander, Wells Fargo 
Paul Vinetz, County of Los Angeles, Probation Department