BOARD MEMBERS

Nothing is more important to the health and sustainability of Fundacion de Sobrevivientes de Trafico Humano than getting highly qualified and enthusiastic people to serve on our board. Meet our engaging, diverse, and continuously supportive board members:

AIDA LINN VILLEGAS

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Ms. Villegas possesses a Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Phoenix in Human Services. She has worked at Golden West College in the Intercultural Center and has attended school and graduated with a certificate in Recording Arts in 1998 with an Associates of Arts in 2001. She also worked at the Shelter for the Homeless (now American Housing Inc.) and at the Women’s Transitional Living Center (WTLC) in both their Children’s Programs. Ms. Villegas stays busy year round with employment at the world-reknown Orange County Fairgrounds Fair as an on-call Safety and Security Department staff member. While providing care for her mother as an In-Home Supportive Services Provider, Ms. Villegas does not shy away from helping others. Ms. Villegas has volunteered and interned at numerous community organizations; including Boy Scouts of America of Orange County, YWCA of North Orange County for their Breast Cancer Screening Clinics, the Veterans’ Association and Hospital in Long Beach in their Educational Medical Office, and CSP Youth Services at the Oakview Community Center’s After-school Program. Ms. Villegas’ determination and sacrifice has earned county wide recognition and is highly respected for the work and contributions she has made for many organizations. It is her experience and heart to give back that has brought Ms. Villegas to volunteer at the welcoming Fundación de Sobrevivientes de Tráfico Humano since November of 2014 as the Office Administrator.

CANDACE VALLARTA

CANDY BIO PICMs. Vallarta grew up in the city of Santa Ana California. Her childhood was challenging having been raised in a single parent home without a father, molestation, and drug addiction. October 9, 2010 Ms. Vallarta received Jesus Christ as her Lord and personal savior and since then her life has been completely transformed. Ms. Vallarta is a well respected and renowned minister, entrepreneur, owner of Hardcore Lifestyle Clothing, founder of Gospel Tellers Worldwide Movement, a radio host, motivational speaker, and an advocate for domestic violence and bullying prevention.

Ms. Vallarta’s passion for assisting those in need is unwavering in hopes of bettering lives she encounters. Today she is helping Fundacion de Sobrevivientes de Trafico Humano, FSTH, in many ways; utilizing her skills and community networking, her commitment to increase community recognition of the organization is welcomed.  One of Ms. Vallarta’s favorite sayings only supports her mindset and dedication to the work FSTH is committed to: “Nothing in this world is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!”

CARMEN LOPEZ

CarmenAs a graduate from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a Bachelor’s degree in History, Carmen Lopez is committed to supporting her surrounding community. Carmen has worked with various non-profit organizations, including Boys Town, 9-1-1 for Kids, and MOMS of Orange County. Now, as a Master’s of Clinical Social Work student at Boston University, Carmen is dedicated to research and education of intimate partner violence that is not only culturally informed, but is also focused on the rehabilitation of survivors that builds on their strengths and resilience. Ms. Lopez’s continued dedication to assisting Fundacion de Sobrevivientes de Trafico Humano, FSTH, is greatly appreciated.

JASON WARNER

960081_10151380462887032_436442204_nRaised by parents from Trinidad and Tobago, Jason Warner was born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in the country-side of Northern Virginia. He has studied at George Mason University, The Art Institute of Orange County, and the Graduate School of the United States of America in Washington, DC in fields of computer science, animation and graphic design, and computer networking. Mr. Warner has worked for Ernst & Young, Planned Parenthood, and currently Kedren Community Health Center in South Los Angeles. He has volunteered his time as the President of the Youth Chapter of Loudoun County’s National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), created Orange County’s first young men’s involvement program entitled M3: Male.Motivation.Movement., managed several peer education programs, and currently sits on the board of Caribbean Medical Providers Practicing Abroad.

His attitude while working with Fundacion de Sobrevivientes de Trafico Humano (FSTH) has truly been on the level of resources, networking, and production. Mr. Warner’s involvement inspires to assist the organization with his successful grant writing skills from past non-profit organizations that have provided community education.