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Michelle Cekov

President and CEO

Michelle is the owner of her own bookkeeping services firm with clients in small business and nonprofit. She is a member of the Rotary Club of Ventura-East. Michelle earned her Associates of Arts Degree from Ventura Community College in 2001 and has served on GOCARE’s Administrative and Charitable Boards since its inception.

 

Pamela Lindsay

Vice President

A member of the Rotary Club of Santa Paula and its past president, Past President of Camarillo Quilters Association. Employed for 20 years as Office Manager of Lindsay and CO, CPA’s as well as providing computer consulting services to clients. Quilt Curator for California Oil Museum until 2009. Extensive course work at Ventura Community College.

 

David Lindsay

Secretary and Director of Educational Programs

David received his Bachelor of Science degree in Geophysics from University of Arizona in 1994 and graduated Magna Cum Laude. From there, he went on to receive a Masters degree in Education from Texas A&M in 1997. David currently holds a California Teaching Credential and has been employed as an elementary school teacher by the Saugus Union School District since 1997.

 

Diane Lindsay

Director

Diane completed her Masters of Fine Arts. She has an extensive background in classical and contemporary idioms, she is a composer/arranger, recording artist, producer and music director. As keyboardist and/or bassist, she has performed from Royce Hall/ to Carnegie Hall with acts ranging from Patti Page to Dusty Springfield. Her recording credits include over 80 albums and her songs have been recorded by many artists and seen in documentaries and venues. As an instructor, Diane has served as adjunct faculty at The Institute for the Musical Arts (N.Y.) as well as mentoring students privately and as a guest instructor throughout Los Angeles.

 

Jane McClenahan

Director

Jane has served as the Business Manager/Registrar of Thomas Aquinas College followed by managerial capacities at the Ojai Valley School, including directing the English as a Second Language program. She has also served as Executive Director of the Ojai Valley Museum. Jane is currently a member of the City of Ojai’s Historic Preservation Commission and is an appointed Commissioner of the Ventura County Area Housing Commission. She is a member of the Rotary Club of Ojai West and served as District Governor of Rotary District 5240 from 2007-2008. She also has had extensive experience in international development projects.

 

Jordan Eller

Director

Jordan graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Rhetoric. Jordan has been in the mortgage banking business since 2002. He started his own company, Capital Mortgage Services (CMS) in Ventura in 2008. CMS specializes in residential lending. Jordan is also a licensed real estate broker in California and serves as President of CMS. Jordan is a second generation Rotarian and is a past President of the Rotary Club of Ventura East. Jordan has travelled extensively internationally and believes in serving others.

 

Luz Maria Ortiz

Director

Luz Maria was born and raised in Celaya, Mexico. She attended Ohio State University Majoring in Psychology. She worked as a counselor for nine years before becoming a partner at her husbands insurance agency in 1999 where she serves as the business administrator. She was President of the Rotary club of Celaya Nat-Tha-Hi and served as District Governor of Rotary District 5240 in 2009-2010.

 

Betty Macias

Senior Financial Analyst, City of Santa Monica Human Services Division.

Betty brings 35 years of experience in human service grants management, program development and community relations. In addition to her contributions to the funding of local City non-profits, Betty has participated in the development of funding initiatives that are inclusive of community input, giving voice to participants from youth to seniors. The importance of inclusivity and respect of communities receiving assistance drew Betty to the GOCARE Board. As a UCLA graduate, former Board President of the Los Angeles Women’s Foundation, and Associate Executive Director of OPCC, Betty’s work has reflected a passion for the advocacy of basic human rights. Awards include YWCA Woman of the Year, Los Angeles County Commission on the Status of Women, Woman of the Year, numerous Governor, State, Senate and Assembly Proclamations and the 2012 Communitas Award for Social Justice. Betty is a member of the League of Women Voters and volunteers for Youth First.

 

Pamela Martens

Retired School District Superintendent

Pamela Martens is a retired School District Superintendent. Her career extends from Hueneme Elementary School District and Ojai Unified, all the way to Coast Unified and Sonoma Valley Unified. Throughout her educational career she worked closely with trustees, staff and community members to promote higher levels of student achievement. She also collaborated with many local non-profit organizations, businesses and county social services to reinforce positive communication and to provide additional services for students in each of the districts in which she served. She has been a member of the California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators (CALSA) since 2006 and was honored to serve as a Mentor in the CALSA Administrator Mentoring Partnership Program from 2007-2009.

 

Frank Ortiz

Trainer – State Fire Marshals Office

Frank has served over 33 years in the Fire Service, which included 13 years as Fire Chief for the City of Santa Maria. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Management from Saint Mary’s College and a Master’s Degree in Emergency Services Administration from CSU Long Beach. Since his retirement in 2009, in addition to volunteer service, Frank has kept busy working for the State Fire Marshals Office as a trainer, and has worked for the National Park Service in Northern California. A member of the Rotary Club of Santa Maria Breakfast since 1998, he served as their 20th Club President in 2003-2004. He served as District Governor for Rotary District 5240 in 2012-2013. He has participated in several humanitarian projects, both locally and internationally for the benefit of serving others.

 

Steven Klinger

Treasurer

Steven Klinger is Chief Financial Officer with Scosche Industries, Inc., a global consumer electronics accessories company. He attended the University of Arizona, and received his CPA certification in California when he practiced public accounting with Lindsay and Co. He spent many years in Corporate Finance and Accounting with Hughes Aircraft Company and Unisys Corporation. He also spent several years as President of a small industrial manufacturing company in Illinois. Steve has served on a number of non-profit boards during his career, and is a former Rotarian. His diverse background gives him a well-rounded understanding of both large and small organizations and the challenges they face.

 

Stephanie Cekov

Charitable Director

Stephanie Cekov is a student at Pitzer College majoring in Chemistry with a minor in Spanish. She is currently a resident assistant on campus and has volunteered as an oriented adventure leader for new students. She has lived in Spain as a Rotary exchange student and in Nicaragua as a volunteer for GOCARE. She is a Paul Harris Fellow and a graduate from Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA).

 

Jeannette Pérez Stevens

Executive Director and Charitable Board Director
Degree in Banking and Finance
Post Graduate Work in Social Projects Management

Jeannette Pérez Stevens (Managua, Nicaragua-1979): Bachelor in Banking and Finance (UNAN-Managua, 2002). Post Graduate Work in Social Project Management (UPOLI 2012). Jeannette has been the Executive Director for GOCARE Nicaragua since 2006 and is also a member of the Rotary Club of Managua. She has taken a variety of courses such as Accounting (2011); Advanced Reading, Writing and Conversation in English (2011); and Graphic Design (2009). Early in her career she worked as an Administrative Assistant in Metro Asociados.

 

Indiana Altamirano Davila

Bachelor of Law
Master in Statute Law
Registered Attorney17913

Indiana Altamirano Davila (León, Nicaragua-1984): Lawyer registered by the Supreme Court of Nicaragua with license N° 17913. Master in Statute Law (2012). Since 2011, Indiana has served as the Legal Adviser and Business Manager for GOCARE, Nicaragua. From 2009 to 2011, she was Legal Officer at the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA-Nicaragua). In 2002-2003, Indiana was a Rotary Exchange Student sponsored by the Ventura East Rotary Club. She was a professor of English in American Nicaraguan School (ANS 2003-2011). She worked as a translator in Housing Projects (León, 2005) and served as legal counsel in civil, criminal and labor areas as part of her professional practices in the student firm “Bernardino Díaz Ochoa” at the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law (UNAN-León, 2007). She completed courses on Constitutional Law (UNAN-León) and Corporate Law (Faculty of Social Sciences and Law, 2008). She graduated and presented her research (monograph) “Analysis of Specialized Criminal Justice based on Childhood and Adolescence Code of Nicaragua from its effective date to the present” (2008).

 

Beatriz Ramírez Gómez

Degree in Business Administration

Beatriz Ramírez Gómez (Managua, Nicaragua-1989): Bachelor of Business Administration specialized in Project Management (Universidad Del Valle, Nicaragua 2010). Since February 2012, Beatriz has served as the Administrative Assistant for GOCARE, Nicaragua and is also in charge of the Visitors program. She has worked as Statistical Analyst Assistant for the project “Cooperatives Facing Increase in Food Prices¨(CARE International, Nicaragua 2010-2011). She was a Customer Service and Sales Specialist for Sitel Nicaragua (2010-2011). Beatriz’s previous experience was as an Executive Assistant at Maglione Consulting Group (MCG, 2008-2010). She was also Administrative and HR Assistant for Office Research and Communication Consultants (ORCC, 2007-2008). Early in her career she served as an Assistant Clerk in the performance of her professional practices (2007-2008). She has taken a variety of courses in HR Management, Business, General Administration and Management Tools.

 

Karen Fabiola Argüello

Degree in Education and Humanities

Karen Fabiola Argüello (San Marcos, Carazo-1975): Bachelor of Education and Humanities specialized in French (UNAN-Managua, 1997). Since August 2012, she has served as the Educational Program Assistant for GOCARE Nicaragua. She has previously worked as an Assistant Press Coordinator for the French Embassy (2000) and was also a translator (1998). In 1999, Karen worked at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Nicaragua as French teacher (UNAN-Managua). Early in 2003, she was responsible for the department of culture in France Alliance (Managua). From October 2011 to May 2012, Karen worked as Customer Service in Nortchech and was a Language Instructor for Academia Europea (2010-2012).

 

Nefertitis Arana

Community Center Director

Roberta Nefertitis Arana López (Granada, Nicaragua-1977). She is a real community leader, always willing to help, to give her time without hesitation, expecting nothing for her work and doing everything to support those in need. She has worked as Specialist of Human Participation Development and since 2009 she has been part of GOCARE Staff.

 

Franklin Carter

Director of Educational Programs

Franklin Carter Gómez (February 12, 1977). Franklin is GOCARE’s Director of Education. He graduated from the Universidad Católica (UNICA) with a Teaching Degree in School Administration as well as a Psychology Degree with a specialization in Cognitive Behavior Techniques. He has 10 years experience teaching research methodology.


 

Jorlin Pahola Urbina González

GOCARE Librarian, La Unión Learning Center

Jorlin studied Information System Engineering at the Universidad Evangélica de Nicaragua and graduated in March 2015. She has a technical degree in administrative assistance from the German foundation Hedwig and Robert Samuel. She has performed community and volunteer service at the nursing home Hogar Senil Bautista and held an internship with Grupo Kativo in 2014. She also worked at Augusto Cesar Sandino International Airport as a customer service and sales agent.

 

Yorling Massiel Marenco

GOCARE Librarian, Lindsay Community Center, Granada

Yorling has been very active at the center, participating as a volunteer teacher for Inital Computer (2010), facilitator for the Third Phase of the National Literacy Campaign (MINED 2010), and teacher for the Advance Secondary course (GOCARE-MINED 2014). She attended GOCARE´s Leadership Academy (ALJ 2011) and the 6th University Pharmaceutical Congress (2012). Yorling has taken a variety of courses including Business Development (2014) and First Aid (2015). She also held an Internship at the Dr. Humberto Alvarado Vásquez Hospital (2012-2013). She is currently part of GOCARE’s University Scholarship program, studying pharmacy at La American University. She has an intermediate level of English (Mont Berkeley, 2013) and has technical degrees for Computer Operator (2010) and Assistant Pharmacist (2016).

 

Karla Patricia Castañeda Olivas

GOCARE Administrator, La Unión Learning Center

Karla graduated as primary school teacher from Normal Alexio Blandon Juarez with a Bachelor of Science in Education (UNAN-MANAGUA). She has over 20 years of experience working with the Ministry of Education, having the opportunity to work in each grade of elementary and high school education. For three years, she was the principal at Gaspar Garcia Laviana School located in La Unión. She has also taught courses as an education psychologist. Karla volunteered for her community as a teen, teaching reading and writing to other youth. In high school, she volunteered for vaccination campaigns.

 

María Elena Orozco Rodríguez

GOCARE Administrator, Cuajachillo Dos Learning Center

María Elena Orozco Rodríguez (Managua, Nicaragua -1971): As a child, María attended Fray Jesús de Pamplona and Niño Jesús de Praga private school. She walked 14 kilometers daily in order to attend her classes. Due to the need for teachers in her community, María withdrew from high school to teach in 1987. She graduated as an elementary teacher in 1991 and now has over 25 years of teaching experience. María has also volunteered for many non-governmental organization including GOCARE, RED ARCOIRIS, CECIM and CANTERA.

 

Administrative Directors

Michelle Cekov
Pamela Lindsay
David Lindsay
Steve Klinger

Charitable Directors

Michelle Cekov
David Lindsay
Pamela Lindsay
Diane Lindsay
Betty Macias
Jane McClenahan
Jordan Eller
Frank Ortiz
Luz Maria Ortiz
Pamela Martens
Jeannette Perez Stevens
Stephanie Cekov
Connie Lindsay