Meet the Staff

        

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    Jackie Cruz

    Jackie Cruz is the Executive Director of Advancement 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.  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 regularly worked with high-powered executives. She manages multiple team members, provides excellent customer service and facilitates organization in our fast paced environment.  tugale@hartnell.edu

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    Esmeralda Montenegro

    Esmeralda Montenegro-Owen is our new Director of Communications 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 and Golden Retriever Rex. emontenegro@hartnell.edu

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    Karen Hagman

    Karen Hagman is the Philanthropy Officer 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.  khagman@hartnell.edu

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    Loyanne Flinn

    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 Development. 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 training for students; 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 20+ years in state and local government.  lflinn@hartnell.edu

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    Kira Solivo

    Kira Solivo is the Foundation Bookkeeper. Her background is in accounting and finance in the Agriculture industry.  ksolivo@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 bilingual in Spanish and Portuguese.  cwestfall@hartnell.edu

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    Michelle Gagon-Smith

    Michelle Gagon-Smith is the Donor Acknowledgement Specialist for the Hartnell College Foundation and STEM Intern Coordinator for the Office of Institutional Advancement. She has a long family history with Hartnell College starting with her grandfather who was a faculty instructor in the 60's, alumni parents and siblings. She is proud to have Hartnell be the core of her educational journey. Her first experience with the Foundation was as a student office assistant. Michelle feels called to raise up the next generation of youth, support their growth, connect them to services, mentorships, nurturing programs and leadership based initiatives. She serves on the Episcopal Diocesan Commission for Children and Youth as well as being a volunteer and actress at ARIEL Theatre, promoting arts for youth in the Salinas Valley. mgagon@hartnell.edu

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    Brenda Jones

    As a Program Assistant for STEM programs at Hartnell College, I have the privilege of working with students everyday. My job is to help students succeed. My family is a blended family of seven with five very talented and busy children. I enjoy music, dancing, cooking, running, sports and organizing events for youth organizations. I am involved with Cub Scouts and Little League. The most important thing in life is love. Treat everyone with love, kindness and compassion and true happiness will follow.  bjones@hartnell.edu

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    Andy Newton

    Andy Newton is the Director of the Hartnell Science & Math Institute and the Senior Advancement and Development Officer.  He has more than 30 years of involvement in formal and informal STEM education at Hartnell. Andy brings to Hartnell and the Office of Advancement a unique blend of skills in STEM leadership, student advocacy, grant writing and execution, fundraising, donor relations and public/private partnerships.  Under his direction, the Hartnell Science & Math Institute has become known for its partnering prowess and its ability to develop science talent by exposing students to research early in their development as scientists and engineers.  Programs residing under the umbrella of the Science & Math Institute include:  the MESA program, the Summer STEM Internship program, the Title V HSI STEM "College to University Success Program, the NASA SEMAA program and the Planetarium.  anewton@hartnell.edu

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    Bronwyn Moreno

    Bronwyn Moreno is the Director for the Math, Engineering and Science Achievement Program helping to highlight student talent in these areas.  bmoreno@hartnell.edu

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    Melvin Jimenez

    I’ve had the privilege of working with a diverse range of students across the state from San Diego and Los Angeles, to the beautiful green fields around Salinas.  My passion has always been to empower traditionally under represented communities through education, but welcome the opportunities to work with students from all walks of life. My strength lies in working with students interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). I am currently serving as the Program Manager for the exciting new CSIT-in-3 Program, and innovative path between Hartnell and CSUMB for talented students to receive a BS in computer science in 3 years.  mejimenez@hartnell.edu

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    Andy Kreyche

    A lifelong interest in astronomy blossomed while Andy Kreyche lived under the clear desert skies of Tucson, Arizona. In the 1990's he became involved with Project ASTRO, an informal science education outreach program developed by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. This led to work as a presenter at  the De Anza College planetarium in Silicon Valley. As the Planetarium Educator,  he integrates demonstrations and hands on learning to make the planetarium as active a learning experience as possible. With the modern planetarium becoming a digital theater, he remains passionate about providing context to the programs and grounding visitors in the common experience of living under one sky.  akreyche@hartnell.edu

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    Pat McNeill

    Pat McNeill is the coordinator for activities funded by grants from the U.S. Department of Education Community College to University Success Program.  pmcneill@hartnell.edu

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    Maggie Melone-Echiburú

    Maggie Melone-Echiburú is the Director of the Hartnell NASA SEMAA (Science, Engineering, Math & Aerospace Academy). Maggie is a seasoned bilingual and biliterate professional with more than fifteen years of experience in senior organizational management.  Maggie is passionate about education and believes that every child should be given the tools at an early age to enjoy their path through the educational system and be prepared to continue their education once they graduate from high school. She also is active in several boards and enjoys her free time cooking, hiking and traveling with her husband and three children.  mmelone@hartnell.edu

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    Mayra Gomez

    Mayra Gomez joined the NASA SEMAA program in September of 2013 as Program Coordinator. She has 8 years of experience in administration and social media skills. She has been involved in multiple community youth groups in sports and education for many years. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from North Carolina Wesleyan. Born and raised in Salinas and happy to be part of Hartnell's family. mgomez@hartnell.edu

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    Mike Thomas

    Mike Thomas is a program developer with the Hartnell Foundation as well as Director of the Center for Sustainable Design & Construction. Mike brings 40 years of industry experience, and 5 years with Hartnell College to the development of new and innovative programs that will benefit Hartnell students and the entire region. Mike is also Senior Partner and Founder of the Monterey Institute for Social Architecture, and serves on multiple Boards in the region.  mthomas@hartnell.edu