Alex Espinoza, Sr.

Chairman

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 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."A graduate  of California Polytechnic University, Pomona, with a degree in English, Espinoza began his career as an agent  for State Farm Insurance. He owned his own agency from 1979-1981. 

 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.  

 Formerly the chairman of the City of Ontario Planning Commission, he has served as a member of The Sempra Energy Community Advisory Board, the California Association of Realtors Housing Affordability Fund Committee as well as on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals and the Ontario Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

Espinoza currently serves on the Board of Trustees, University of La Verne, as well as on the Board of Directors of Orange Coast Title Company, the largest independent title company with more than 800 employees and the Corporate Board of Governors of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals.

 

Sylvia Olsan

President & CFO

 Sylvia Olsan has been helping the nonprofit sector apply technology to their business operations since 1997,  and is the CEO of Solutions Unlimited, where she is currently a consulting project manager for Southern  California Edison Company. Sylvia supports the Information Technology and Business Integration business unit  providing strategic consulting services in Cyber security & Technology Resiliency in regulatory compliance. She  is also President of the Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars where she has served for more than 10 years. Sylvia fulfills her passion of providing educational opportunities for young people through  Esperanza by assisting the many talented young men and women in greater Los Angeles and the Inland Empire  in San Bernardino County. The emphasis of the Esperanza Foundation is to provide the vision and educational  support to those who are the first in their families to receive a college education, as most of these families  have the greatest financial need.

 Sylvia dedicated a career with Southern California Edison where she held various management positions with a  particular focus on contract administration, contract negotiation, project management, and development of  on-line management and document management systems. Sylvia has served in various non-profit  organizations including past President and Vice President of the University of La Verne's Alumni Relations  Board. She also served on Chaffey College's Leadership Connection, a Leadership Program in the Inland Empire. Sylvia holds a bachelor's degree in business from the University of Redlands and an MBA from the University of La Verne. 

 

 

Tony Arellano

Vice President, Operations

 Tony Arellano has been an active Board Member on the Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars  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.  Through this volunteer effort,  Tony experienced firsthand the good deeds and dedicated people of ESF.  Through this partnership of 7 plus  years, his interest in the foundation grew until he was honored as one its members.

 Tony grew up in East Los Angeles the oldest of five children. Speaking only Spanish until he was 4 years old; he  well understands the challenges of today's Hispanic youth and especially those of first generation children.  Tony also understands the difference that a strong support system can have towards the success of a  productive young life.  It was this support system that helped him go on to College and achieve his higher  educational goals.

 Tony is also very proud to be employed by a company (Toyota) that has been and continues to be a strong  supporter of education as a means of achieving success in America.  Part of this support includes the  sponsorship of a High School Mentorship program with Chaffey High School of which Tony has been a very  active since it began in 2007. This program allows Tony and his co-workers to have one on one and group discussions that provide another support mechanism to help High School students realize their future dreams.   

Dreams realized are what the Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars is all about and Tony is a proud member of an organization committed to making young dreams come true.

Lorena Corona

 Scholarship Director

Lorena Corona is a passionate woman, a caring mother, a loving daughter, a devoted sister, a loyal friend and a faithful community advocate. My entire life I have witnessed Lorena's fight for educational opportunities. I am proud to say that Lorena is my mother and my best friend. She is a believer. She is a dreamer. She is a fighter. She is my mother, your friend and/or your friend to be.  

Hoping to inspire you with my words, I'm going to share with you a glimpse of my mother's life.

Lorena was born in Sacramento, California. She is the third of six children of an immigrant Mexican American family. When she was seven months old her family moved to Jalisco, Mexico. In 1997, she returned unable to speak English, unemployed, and afraid. She did not want to settle with this lifestyle. She dreamed of much more for her family. With this in mind, she enrolled at the San Bernardino Adult School to learn English. In less than a year she 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. There she earned a Bachelors and a Master's Degree.

Since then, my mother's dream has been to give back to the community that has provided so much for her. I am proud to be her loyal supporter and best friend.

Tom Burciaga

Board Member

 Tom Burciaga is an accomplished leader and program developer with over 30 years of business experience  and community affairs involvement. He is well known and respected throughout the area for his tireless  contributions to local businesses, as well as non-profit community organizations that he supports.

 Through the many contributions that Tom has made, he has established personal relationships with key  individuals such as business owners as well as government, state, county and city officials. Through his broad  and diverse background and his strong networking abilities, Tom has been able to implement and develop  programs that currently serve the needs of the community and businesses alike. Tom is one of the co- founders of the Latino Business Council (LBC) an affiliation of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. As the acting  chairperson of the LBC and board member of the chamber Tom has been instrumental in negotiating several  strong relationships with contributors to the chamber and community alike. It is estimated that Tom has been  able to raise over $250,000.00 in contributions to local charities.

 Tom believes in working with diverse organizations and strives to accomplish results that influence the greater  of good. It has been said that Tom is the "work horse" of the community. His love for business development and the enhancement of the community affairs is Tom's drive in life. Nicknamed "Mr. Ontario" Tom takes pride in his acknowledgement of this title.

Tom's ability to plan, organize, manage and deliver results has been possible through his experience in working with people and complex programs. Tom's experience comes from his background in working with Educational Institutes, Rehabilitation Centers, Hospitals and the Employment Industry just to name a few. Through his working experience and education, Tom has been enabled to effectively communicate with all individuals of all levels of society. He has presented solutions to meet the blue collar worker as well as the business owners, not to mention the numerous programs that he has been involved with in the local community.

Tom 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. 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. Tom has earned his A.S. degree in Psychology and a bachelor's in Business Administration. Many community leaders will continue to call upon him for his knowledge, associations, business relationships, and his tremendous understanding of the community in which he serves.  

 

Lourdes Barahona

Treasurer

 Lourdes R. Barahona is a successful Human Resources Professional working for the private sector for over 20  years now.  She is currently the highest ranking woman and the only woman in her company's management  team. Lourdes came as an immigrant to the US at age 13, not knowing she could have gone to college in the  US, she went back to Mexico after graduating from high school and obtained her education in business  administration. 

 Lourdes is an active member of the community, she joined Esperanza Scholarship Foundation Dollars for  Scholars in 2008 when she started as administrative support, she is currently the Treasurer of the Esperanza  Scholarship Foundation Dollars for Scholars members and avidly participates in the the various annual  Esperanza events. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gary Ovitt

Advisory Board Liaison

Gary Ovitt was elected to the Chaffey College Governing Board in November 2015. Prior to serving on the Governing Board, Gary served on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors representing the Fourth District from 2004-14, mayor and councilman for the City of Ontario from 1992-2004, and taught social studies at Chaffey High School from 1970 to 2004.

He obtained a bachelor of arts degree in history, with minors in Spanish and physical education, and a secondary teaching credential from the University of Redlands. Further study includes post graduate education at University of Southern California School of Policy, Planning, and Development; SCAG Leadership and Training Institute; University of California Berkeley, Haas School of Business; SACRS Public Pension Investment Management Program, and the CSAC Executive Leadership Symposium. Gary and his wife Sue are very active in their communities. In 2010, the Ontario Library was renamed the Ovitt Family Community Library, and in 2009, Chaffey College named the Chino Campus Science Complex the Gary C. Ovitt Health Science Complex - an honor Gary is most proud of. Gary is also an Ontario Parks and Recreation commissioner, a board member on Children's Fund of San Bernardino County, Ontario-Chaffey Community Show Band, Chaffey Alumni Association, Chaffey College Trust, and serves as an associate pastor at his church, Community Christian Fellowship.  Gary has made Ontario his home for his entire life. With that, he has been able to contribute to his hometown's "quality of life" as an educator for 34 years and as a policy-maker for 22 years. 

 

 

 

Monica EspinozaG

Board Member

 Monica Espinoza is a lifelong resident of Ontario, California and 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.

 Monica is very proud to have served as a founding board member of the Community Reading Center at the  University of La Verne.

 Monica is Married and is the proud mother to three children.

 

 

 

 

Barry Olsan

Board Member

Barry Olsan has been a resident of Ontario for over 30 years and had lengthy careers in the utility industry and educational sector, most recently for Harvey Mudd College in Claremont. He has a passion for education and has been involved with the Foundation for 10 years as a volunteer and Board Member. During his time at Harvey Mudd College, Barry directed the planning, organization and implementation of Harvey Mudd College's nationally renowned Clinic Program, interfacing with a wide range of Corporate executives to secure sponsorship/funding for close to 50 projects annually, including numerous fortune 500 companies and national laboratories. He also directed the College's Strategic Alliance Program to meet the goals set forth in its Blueprint for Diversity. He also lead stewardship efforts involving the President's Corporate Advisory Council, Clinic Advisory Committee and Corporate Scholars Program. He also directed efforts to implement a first-of-a-kind Global Clinic Program and outreach efforts with local school districts to enthuse students about science and engineering. Barry raised over $20 million in support of the Harvey Mudd Clinic Program and hopes to do more of the same for ESFDFS.  He received his bachelor of science degree from Pepperdine University and took advanced business management coursework at Cal Poly Pomona.

 

Ryan Sousley

Board Member

Ryan Sousley has been a board member since 2015. He is also a teacher, spending the majority of his career at Ontario High School, beginning in 2004. A first generation college student, Ryan graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with a degree in mathematics and soon after earned a Master's of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Chapman University. His studies led him to his current position as Coordinator of the Ontario High School AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) Program, a program he has coordinated since 2008. In this position, he actively works to connect students District with college and scholarship opportunities and has served as a liaison for the Esperanza Scholarship Foundation to other schools in the Chaffey Joint Union High School District. 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.