Alex Espinoza, Sr.

Chairman

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Alexandro Espinoza is the Chairman of the Foundation. He is a graduate of California Polytechnic University, Pomona, with a degree in English. In 1981, Alexandro Espinoza, founded Espinoza Enterprises, a real estate company serving the housing needs of southern California families. Today the firm has developed into All Nations Realty, where Espinoza is the broker, continuing with the tradition of the company's motto, "believing you can own your dream." Espinoza has been recognized with many awards. Among them was the prestigious Ernst & Young Inland  Empire Entrepreneur of the Year Award, received in 1996. During the same year, De Oro Home Loans, a  company owned by Espinoza was named by HUD as one of the top five lenders nationwide for Hispanic  borrowers. Hispanic Business Magazine honored Espinoza as one of the top ten Hispanic entrepreneurs in the  nation for the year 2000. In January, 2001, he received the Ontario Chamber of Commerce Community Service  Award, and in April was honored by Chaffey College as one of its Alumni of the Year. In October, 2001,  Espinoza was recognized in Washington, D.C. as the first winner of the HOPE (Home Ownership Participation  for Everyone) Awards, Brokerage Division.

 

Sylvia Olsan

President & CFO

Sylvia Olsan has been President and Chief Financial Officer for the past 12 years. Her great passion is 'advancing higher education for all', especially in working with and assisting the many talented young men and women in her community through the Foundation's Intern Program. Sylvia previously headed up Solutions Unlimited as a consulting project manager for Southern California Edison, providing strategic consulting in regulatory compliance, as well as a career in the utility industry. She previously served on The Alumni Relations Board as President and Vice President for the University of La Verne, Chaffey College Leadership Connection, President of the Board of Trustees for the Ontario Museum of History. Sylvia holds a bachelor's degree in business and marketing and an MBA from the University of La Verne. Sylvia is a strong believer in the famous quote: "Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today."

 

 

 

Tony Arellano

Vice President, Operations

Tony Arellano has been a Board Member since 2011. He was first introduced to the Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars as part of a volunteer effort sponsored by his employer Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A., INC.  Tony is also very proud to have been employed and now retired from a company (Toyota) that has been and continues to be a strong supporter of education as a means of achieving success in America. Through this volunteer effort, Tony experienced first-hand the good deeds and dedicated people of ESFDS.  Through this partnership of 7 plus years, his interest in the foundation grew until he was honored as one of its board members.

 

 

 

 

 

Lorena Corona

Scholarship Director

Lorena Corona is our Scholarship Director. is a passionate woman, a caring mother, a loving daughter, a devoted sister, a loyal friend and a faithful community advocate. Her entire life, Lorena has fought for educational opportunities. Coming back to California after growing up in Jalisco, Mexico, she was unable to speak english. She first enrolled at the San Bernardino Adult School then transferred to Chaffey Community College to continue learning English. Within five years, she earned five Associate Degrees and served as President of Student Trustee for two terms. From 2005 to 2010, Lorena attended Harvard University and earned a Bachelor's and a Master's Degree.

 

 

 

 

 

Tom Burciaga

Board Member

Tom Burciaga is a Board Member in the Foundation. Tom believes in working with diverse organizations and strives to accomplish results that influence the greater good. He serves on many boards, chairs a few local and state organizations and continues to open doors for our future leaders by serving as a founding member of the Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars. It has been said that Tom is the "workhorse" of the community. His passion for the better of mankind gleams as he serves his community. Tom lives for "giving back" to his community and places great importance on working with people in need.

 

 

 

 

 

Treasurer--this position is open.

Gary Ovitt

Advisory Board Liaison

Gary Ovitt has been a Board Member for over 20 years. He originally came on the board representing the City of Ontario when he was mayor at the time. He continued his involvement when he was elected a San Bernardino County Supervisor, representing the Fourth District.  Even after retiring from county service, he spends his time today as a Chaffey College Governing Board member, Board member of OMSD Promise Scholars, Ontario Recreation & Parks Commissioner, Children's Fund Chair (a countywide nonprofit), and First 5 of San Bernardino commissioner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monica Espinoza

Board Member

Monica Espinoza is a Board Member who is committed to helping students realize their full potential. She worked for her Alma Mater high school, Ontario High School for over 20 years. She has been a prolific volunteer in many community organizations, including the Ontario Montclair YMCA,  where she served on the Board of Directors, City of Hope, Girl Scouts of America, Habitat for Humanity, The  United Way, and many others.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barry Olsan

Marketing and Grant Director

Barry Olsan is a Board Member and our Grants Director. He has a passion for education and has been involved with the Foundation for 17 years as a volunteer and Board Member. He had lengthy careers in the utility industry and educational sector, most recently for Harvey Mudd College in Claremont. His other involvement in our community was serving on the Ontario Museum of History Board as well as the Leadership Connection.

 

 

 

Ryan Sousley

Board Member

Ryan Sousley is a Board Member and is the AVID College Access Program Coordinator at Ontario High School. He has spent the majority of his career at Ontario High School since 2004. In being the AVID coordinator at Ontario HS, he actively works to connect students within the district to scholarship opportunities. He believes education is the best way to equip and empower students and peruses that ambition both inside and outside the classroom. Outside of his service as a Board Member, Ryan is married and has two wonderful children.