Board of Directors, 2019-2020

Stephanie Perez


Stephanie has called San Diego home her entire life. She attended Hoover High School and went on to pursue higher education at Point Loma Nazarene University where she double-majored in Spanish and Sociology. Currently, she works for the Immigration Center for Women and Children

and hopes to return to school to pursue a law degree! In addition to serving as president, she is serving a second term as Director of Finance for Rotaract District 5340. Outside of Rotaract, she is a board member of the City Heights Community Development Corporation and is the D9 representative on the Citizen's Advisory Board on Police/Community Relations. In her spare time Stephanie enjoys reading, traveling and cheering on Real Madrid!

Stacey Ulloa

Vice President

Stacey grew up in Lancaster, California. Though a desert native, she relocated to San Diego to earn her degree in Sustainability from San Diego State University. Her work with the Cardinals Interact program brought her into the City Heights community where she fostered a new home. Stacey was 

introduced to Rotaract through her work with Cardinals Interact and Price Philanthropies. Since joining City Heights Rotaract, Stacey has served as Secretary and is the current Vice President. She is looking forward to working on and advancing CHR's long term goals. Stacey is passionate about learning new trades. When not volunteering Stacey can be found dancing, singing, or simply having a good laugh.

Lizette Alvarado


Lizette has been a member of the City Heights Rotaract Club for the past two years. This is her first year serving on the Board of Directors and previously served as a member of the Service Committee. Lizette is a San Diego native and first generation college graduate. Lizette graduated

from UCSD with a Bachelor's degree in Sociology with emphasis on Social Inequalities. Lizette has been involved as a social justice advocate and community organizer since the age of fifteen and continues serving communities as a social worker. During her free time Lizette is involved with various organizations and nonprofits throughout San Diego County. Lizette also enjoys practicing Jiu jitsu, boxing, hiking and spending time with her dogs.

Lizbeth Pastenes


Liz is a chartering member and current Treasurer of City Heights Rotaract. She has held board positions in the club since its inception and has been recently honored as a Paul Harris Fellow for her contributions as Past President. Liz is a native San Diegan who grew up and

currently resides in the community of City Heights. She is a proud Aztec, obtaining her Masters of Public Administration from San Diego State University. Liz is passionate about giving back to City Heights and does so by working with youth in the community with the Price Philanthropies Foundation. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, wine tasting, and is a fitness enthusiast.

Jose Hernandez

Director of Service

Jose is a native San Diegan who was born and raised in City Heights. He graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor's degree in Sociology. He currently works as a rideshare driver and hopes to return to school for a Master's degree in Health. In addition to being the 

Director of Service for CHR, Jose also serves on the City Heights Area Planning Committee (CHAPC) and is part of two Mid City Community Advocacy Network momentum teams: Improving Transportation for City Heights (ITCH) Momentum Team and the Peace Promotion Momentum Team (PPMT). Jose is very passionate about policy and community advocacy. Traveling and trying new foods are his favorite pastimes.

Jesus Herrera

Director of Professional Development

Jesus is a proud San Diego native - specifically he is from a special community called City Heights. Jesus has experienced classes at UCSD, SDSU, and USD working with Phds in the fields of Marine and Molecular Biology. Despite his staggering background in staggering in science, Jesus chose

to keep looking for a stronger passion and left Mira Costa college during his first year to pursue a job in real estate. Jesus has worked for great companies like Keller Williams Realty and Ascent Real Estate where he’s amplified his core values; relationships and community. In his spare time, you can find Jesus strengthening his leadership skills, gardening, or running a small house painting business he started for fun.

Yesenia Barragan

Peace Chair

Yesenia is a San Diego native raised in the vibrant neighborhood of City Heights. After becoming Hoover Alumni, Yesenia pursued higher education at San Diego State University where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Women's Studies with a minor in Spanish. She is hoping to return to school to 

pursue a Master’s in Social Work. Yesenia is very passionate about social service work and community enrichment, particularly in City Heights. She currently works for a non-profit located in City Heights dedicated to supporting, empowering, and advocating for youth and families in San Diego. Through City Heights Rotaract Yesenia is given the opportunity to give back to her community through service events and she is very grateful for that.

Sonya Vargas

Immediate Past President

Sonya was born and raised in sunny San Diego. She is a Wilson Tiger, a Hoover Cardinal, and a UCSB Gaucho. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in zoology and now works at RECON Environmental, Inc. as a restoration biologist where she helps restore beautiful native 

habitat throughout southern California. Sonya is a chartering member of the City Heights Rotaract Club and has held a board position ever since. She most recently served as President, for which she was honored to be recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow. She is currently the Immediate Past President and enjoys seeing the new board take on their leadership roles. Sonya loves spending time with her family and her adorable dog, Dixie. 

Club Advisors

Marge Cole


Marge Cole is a Native Californian who grew up in the Los Angeles area. She graduated from University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) and earned a Master’s Degree at Syracuse University in New York. She returned to California to teach high school Social Studies and English

and served as high school principal and Director of Student Services before retiring in 2004. While serving as high school principal, she joined the Santee/Lakeside Rotary Club in 1996. Marge is currently a member of the Mission Valley Sunset Rotary Club and serves as International Service Chair and Rotary Foundation Chair for the Club. She is an advisor for the City Heights Rotaract Club.

Pamela Gutierrez


Pamela Gutierrez is a native San Diegan who grew up in City Heights. After attending Hoover High School she went on to San Diego State University where she received her Bachelors of Science in Business Administration-Management. She worked in the banking industry for many years

before joining the Price Philanthropies - Cardinals Interact Program in 2007, where she is now the Assistant Director. Pamela earned her Master’s Degree at the University of San Diego in Nonprofit Leadership and Management. Pamela worked alongside Cardinals Interact Alumni to help charter the City Heights Rotaract Club in 2015.  Pamela is a proud mother of two children and is an Honorary Rotarian of the Mission Valley Sunset Rotary Club.  

Mia Harenski


Mia Harenski is a CPA who works with small to medium sized businesses and nonprofits for their audit, tax and accounting needs. She is a third generation Rotarian, having been introduced to Rotary by her grandfather. Mia joined the San Diego Rotary Club in 2012 at 8 months pregnant – probably a

first for the club!  Since then she has served on several committees, hosted two Rotary Youth Exchange students and is a board member for the 2018-2019 Rotary year.  Her favorite part of being a Rotarian is the interconnectedness that comes from being in an organization that is both locally and internationally focused and has over 1 million members throughout the world.  She is proud to be a part of a group of people who band together to get so much done.Mia is married to Drew, has two sons, Jack and Nolan, and an old stubborn beagle named Satchel Moe.

City Heights Rotaract

4305 University Ave. Suite 600

San Diego, CA 92105

Monthly Business Meeting

2nd Tuesday of the Month

City Heights Center, 6-7:30pm

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