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Hernán Luis y Prado, Founder and CEO

Hernán Luis y Prado served in the United States Navy for 15 years as a Hospital Corpsman and then as a Surface Warfare Officer. Hernán saw three combat tours of duty In Iraq and Afghanistan, and is a graduate of the Navy Surface Warfare Officer School, where he completed the Chief Engineering Officer and Combat Systems Officer curricula. His personal decorations include the Navy Achievement Medal and Combat Action Ribbon, as well as various unit and service awards. An accomplished businessman and civic leader, Hernán was recognized by the White House as a “Champion of Change” for Workshops for Warriors’ extensive efforts and notable achievements in helping veterans successfully transition from the military into advanced manufacturing careers. In 2014, Hernán received the “Keith M. Turnham Humanitarian Award” in recognition of his military service and his continued commitment to serving the communities of San Diego. In 2015, Hernán was recognized by the California State Legislature as the “80th Assembly District for 2015 Veteran of the Year,” and more recently, “CEO of the Year” by the San Diego Business Journal in 2017.

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Rachel Luis y Prado, COO and Chief Academic Officer

Rachel Luis y Prado is a market research leader, carrying more than 18 years of proven experience in leading large-scale global projects and programs, bringing the capability of successfully crossing over numerous industries and market sectors. Prior to Workshops for Warriors, she was the Director of Market Research & Analysis at the Graduate Management Admission Council, a company she worked at for 15 years. She holds a Masters of Science in Survey Methodology from the University of Maryland, and a Masters of Arts in International and Intercultural Communications from the University of Denver.

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John Jones, Director of Development

John served in the United States Marine Corps for twelve years as an Infantry Unit Leader and Instructor. John had two combat tours of duty in Iraq and had to retire from military service due to injuries that he sustained during his second deployment. John has been in the nonprofit arena for ten years, ranging from Major Gifts Officer, Executive Director, and National Spokesperson for various military charities. John’s personal decorations include, Purple Heart, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Gold Star, Combat Action Ribbon, and three Good Conduct Medals. John’s non-personal decorations include, Navy and Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, two National Defense Medals, Overseas Service Ribbon, four Sea Service Deployment Ribbons, Joint Meritorious Unit Citation Ribbon, and Meritorious Unit Citation Ribbon.

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Keshia Javis-Jones, Administrative Director of Education Programs

Keshia is originally from South Carolina and joined the United States Marine Corps at the age of 19. She served 10 honorable years on active duty as an administrator. During Keshia’s last tour of duty, she was assigned as the Toys for Tots Coordinator for 5 counties within the Western New York area which is where her passion for helping the community began.

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Terri Steele, Director of Community Engagement

Terri brings a 20-year marcom and public affairs history and an undeniable penchant for community service to the Workshops for Warriors team.

A former policy advisor and spokesperson for the City of San Diego, Pacific Bell Wireless, Sony Electronics, the Center for Sustainable Energy and the American Solar Energy Society, Terri’s passion for civic energy, environmental, economic and community development policy has her ‘all in’ in support of Workshops for Warriors’ sustainable, job-creating advanced manufacturing objectives.

An Ohio native, Terri earned a Copley Newspaper scholarship from San Diego State University.

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Melissa Nichols, Controller

Melissa grew up in a small town where her family served at NAWS China Lake, a facility that provides and maintains land, facilities and other assets that support the Navy’s research, development, acquisition, testing and evaluation (RDAT&E) of cutting-edge weapons systems. Melissa earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from San Diego State University and has been working in the financial and accounting field for 20 years. Her passion is helping small business owners and non-profit organizations develop effective financial systems to achieve growth and reach their next level of success.

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Maria Zambrana, CRM Project Manager

Maria is originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico and is the Spouse of an active duty Navy Senior Chief. In 2016 she was honored to receive the Presidential Volunteer Service Award. She is a Certified Salesforce Administrator and Data Analyst with over 10 years of successful experience in nonprofit and military organizations. She has a bachelors degree in business management. As a military spouse and daughter of a Vietnam veteran, she strongly supports the mission of WFW.

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Andrea Gandelman, Executive Assistant to CEO

Andrea is originally from Sacramento, CA. She moved to San Diego to attend the University of San Diego where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Visual Communication and Graphic Design. She earned her Nonprofit Professional Certification from the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance and was awarded the NextGen Scholarship from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation for the work she did to assist in opening a charter school just a few miles from Workshops for Warriors. On the weekends she volunteers with children as a court appointed advocate with Voices for Children.

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Regina Quintana, Development Associate & Events Coordinator

Regina provides extensive development support to the Workshops for Warriors team, she has more than 16 years of providing high level executive support, she has volunteered in the nonprofit community in San Diego for the last 15 years, and is experienced in community development and very focused in community organization and change. Regina developed a strong sense of devotion for the nonprofit sector as a beneficiary of an informal youth development program as a child. This experience gave her a deep appreciation for how nonprofits seek to improve the quality of life for our region; one program at a time.

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Jenelle Watchman, Enrollment & Admissions Administrator

Jenelle is originally from New Mexico. She grew up in Oceanside where her father, a US Marine, was stationed at Camp Pendleton. She has worked with Non-Profit organizations for 12 years and has over 8 years’ experience as an admissions and enrollment advisor in advance manufacturing training centers.

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Daisy Carrillo, Receptionist

Daisy is originally from Los Angeles and recently relocated to San Diego. She has extensive experience in customer service and office management. Prior to Workshops for Warriors, she ran a fast-paced corporate office with a focus on customer service.

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