Meet the Staff

        

  • Meet the Staff

    Jackie Cruz

    Jackie Cruz is the Executive Director of Institutional Advancement 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.  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 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.  khagman@hartnell.edu

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    Miguel Martinez

    Miguel Martinez returned to Hartnell as Director of Development for Athletics to do fundraising, grant writing, and all kinds of development activities to support our student-athletes, coaches, and staff. He is a Hartnell alumnus. He graduated in 1991 with an A.A. degree and moved on to attend what was then, Cal State Hayward. He is a huge sports enthusiast! He played basketball and baseball for Hartnell and has coached middle school and high school age students at El Sausal, Alisal High, and Palma. His past experience is in sales, banking, and he has owned his own restaurant.mmartinez@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 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 Bona

    Kira Bona is the Foundation Accounting Manager. Her background is in accounting and finance in the Agriculture industry.  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 bilingual in Spanish and Portuguese.  cwestfall@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