Meet the Staff

        

  • Meet the Staff

    Jackie Cruz

    Jackie Cruz is the Vice President of Advancement and Development and Hartnell College Foundation at Hartnell College and a proud Hartnell alumna. Jackie worked for the United Way Monterey County as the Director of Workplace Campaigns. She then came to the Hartnell College Foundation and served as the Development Director before being promoted to Executive Director.  Her passion is connecting with people and resources to create pathways leading individuals to self sufficiency and healthy lives. In her 14 years career, Jackie has been an integral part of resource development efforts which have produced over $32 million dollars for local organizations and Hartnell College.  Jackie resides in Salinas with her talented son Luis.  jcruz@hartnell.edu

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    Terri Ugale

    Terri Ugale is the Executive Assistant and brings to us 20+ years of experience in private sector financial services where she worked with high-level executives. She manages multiple team members, provides excellent support and facilitates organization in our fast paced environment.  She and her husband Ted enjoy spending time coaching and cheering on their two children, Aaron (12) and Aubrey (8) in their various sports activities.  tugale@hartnell.edu

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    Esmeralda Montenegro

    Esmeralda Montenegro-Owen, the Director of Communications, Marketing and Public Relations, is in charge of public, media, and government relations for the College.  She comes from the National Steinbeck Center where she was Curator of Marketing & Community Engagement, plus she is adjunct professor of Broadcast Journalism at Gavilan College.   Previously, she worked with Univisión 67 in Monterey as Lead News Anchor and Producer, where she earned various community recognitions, including an Emmy nomination for investigative reporting.  She has worked with the Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast and the GEAR UP Program at UC Santa Cruz. Esmeralda  graduated with a dual degree in Broadcast Journalism and Spanish from the University of Southern California (USC), and a Master of Public Administration from Notre Dame de Namur University (NDNU).  She lives in Gilroy with her husband Bill, son Matthew (1), and Golden Retriever, Rex. emontenegro@hartnell.edu

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    Karen Hagman

    Karen Hagman is the Director of Philanthropy and brings a wealth of non-profit and fundraising expertise. She secures financial support from individuals, foundations, and corporations; creates and executes a strategy for a large sustained base of annual individual donors; and develops and tracks proposals and reports for local foundation and corporate fundraising. Her passion is helping people make the impact they desire with their talent, time and treasure.  She and her husband Brian enjoy visiting local wineries, and taking walks along the beach with their dogs Marley and Abby.  khagman@hartnell.edu

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    Loyanne Flinn de Guaracha

    Loyanne Flinn has used her degree in Anthropology and skills in Administration and Analysis to pursue her passion for workforce and community development, which fits nicely with being Director of Public Grants Development and Operations. Favorite products include: the first geographic information system in a state park; opening a campus service center; working with teams to “bake” grant applications to fund employment services, alternatives to incarceration or student success; growing the Earn It!, Keep It! $ave It! free income tax preparation program; and collaborating to connect education to work and community. Loyanne has 7 years experience in the private sector and 25+ years in state and local public service including 8 years in education.  lflinn@hartnell.edu

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    Kira Bona

    Kira Bona is the Foundation Accounting Manager. Her background is in accounting and finance in the Agriculture industry.  Kira and her husband Michael enjoy hiking and riding their Harley along the coast.  kbona@hartnell.edu

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    Cristina Westfall

    Cristina Westfall is the Administrative Assistant and Database Manager and has a wealth of history with the organization and works closely with the campus community, especially agriculture business & technology and athletics. Cristina has a degree in Business Administration with emphasis in Accounting and previously to join Hartnell, Cristina worked at Monterey County Free Libraries as Senior Accounting Clerk, and she is trilingual in Spanish and Portuguese.  cwestfall@hartnell.edu

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    Ashton Clarke

    Ashton Clarke is the Philanthropy Officer and will work closely with the arts and athletics. He brings years of non-profit and fundraising experience to the foundation. He has a passion for securing funds from many different constituencies to create meaningful outcomes for individuals, organizations, donors, and the community. He received his bachelors of arts in economics from Claremont McKenna College where he also played football and lacrosse. He enjoys taking advantage of all that Monterey County has to offer such as great local productions, wonderful food and wine, fantastic golfing and scenic views. aclarke@hartnell.edu