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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.

 

Steven Klinger

Treasurer and Charitable Board of Directors

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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

General Operations Manager
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

Bookkeeper
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.

 

Nefertitis Arana

Community Center Director, Lindsay Community Center

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.


 

Karla Patricia Castañeda Olivas

Community Center Director, La Union 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

Community Center Director, 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.

 

Rosa Álvarez Ortíz

Librarian, Lindsay Community Center

Rosa lives in the community of San Ignacio (Pantanal). She received a scholarship from GoCare in 2010 for computer instruction. She was a volunteer teacher in computer class for children and adults at the Community Center, was also a volunteer teacher for the School mentoring program and supporting in various activities of the Community Center. She was also part of the University scholarship program, studying system engineering. She is now part of the Gocare staff as a librarian in Lindsay Community Center.

 

Yahaira Carolina Rivas Ortiz

Education Program Assistant, Teacher – Computer Operator, Cuajachillo Dos

Yahaira is a Computer and Systems Engineer (Faculty of Computer Science – UPONIC, 2011)

In February 2017 she joined GOCARE Inc as a Librarian of the Cuajachillo dos learning center. She has experience in education assistance as she was student coordinator and assistant dean of UPONIC (2016), she has teacher experience in virtual platforms (Computing School), and has volunteered in non-governmental organizations such as: Red Arcoíris and CECIM.

Currently, Yahaira is our Education Program assistant and since 2017 she is also our teacher for the Computer Operator program in Cuajachillo Dos.

 

María Lilliam Pravia Cárdenas

Librarian, La Union Learning Center

Maria Lilliam is a graduated teacher and has many years of experience as primary and secondary teacher working with the Nicaraguan Ministry of Education.

Since August 2018 she joined our team and is our Librarian at La Union Learning Center. (Tipitapa)

She has previously worked as teacher in Santa Elena School (2011), Gaspar Garcia Laviana school center (2012-2018), Los Angeles school in Managua and she currently teaches at Brenda Cano Torres School.

 

Jarol Martin Orozco Dávila

Librarian, Cuajachillo Dos Learning Center

Jarol completed his studies from elementary school to University. He is a Computer Systems Engineer graduated from Universidad Popular de Nicaragua (UPONIC) in 2010.

He served as a volunteer computer teacher at El Salero Sports Center and a computer maintenance technician at Nicaragua Christian Academy in 2009, volunteering with Red Arco Iris and Cantera, both NGO´s. In 2014 he worked for New Century Builders S.A as customer service agent, in 2017 he served as head of the digitizer group for the Social Welfare project (MIFAM), in 2018 he joined GOCARE´s team working as a librarian in Cuajachillo Dos Learning Center where he continues to carry out this work until today.

 

Cristhian del Socorro Gutiérrez Arburola

Secretary, Trainer

Cristhian studied Accounting in ULAM University in Managua. She has also worked in different government entities and private companies, gaining experience in different fields. She likes to train and help people acquire more knowledge.

She joined GOCARE in 2017 as secretary and she is also part of our trainer staff.

 

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