Board of Directors, 2022-2023

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Jesus Herrera
President

Born and raised in San Diego, CA. Byproduct of immigrant parents who landed in a small community called City Heights. Jesus was shaped a leader as he grew up in his hometown. 

Before graduating high school, he participated in Ocean Discovery Institute since the 5th grade and carried an immense background in marine science. During his 1st year in college,  Jesus stumbled upon the opportunity to work with a top real estate professional in 2017 and decided to risk it all by leaving college to pursue a sales job for 3 years. Now, 2021, he runs a family business, serves as Vice Presdient for the City Heights Rotaract club, enjoys watching MLB, and continues to find ways to put service above self.

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Anadela Navarrete
Vice President

OOriginally from Oaxaca, when Anadela immigrated to City Heights, she was welcomed with open arms. She grew up serving her community alongside Ocean Discovery Institute, the Hoover High School Cesar Chavez Club and San Diego Canyonlands. 

 

She then went on to be the first in her family to graduate with departmental honors from UCLA with a Bachelors of Science in Biology and a Minor in Chicanx Studies. Her experience living on both sides of the border and witnessing the health inequities that persist in underserved communities motivated her to pursue a career in medicine. She currently works as a Clinical Lab Technician for a biotech company and in the past has also served as a Nutrition Services Assistant for the SDSURF WIC program. When she is not at a coffee shop studying she is discovering new running spots around San Diego.

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Jesse Ramirez
Secretary

Hoover Alumni 

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Kendra Macias
Treasure

City Heights Native

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Carlos Carmen
Director of Service

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Stephanie Hernandez
Peach Chair

Stephanie is the Transportation & Planning Program Manager at City Heights CDC. She conducts transportation, planning, and environmental policy research and engages with community members, community organizations, and agencies on the complex process behind transportation planning.

Stephanie obtained a B.A in International Security and Conflict Resolution with a specialization in Environment and Security from San Diego State University. She was born and raised in Southeast San Diego, is the youngest of 5 girls, and has dedicated her career to improving the social well-being of working-class communities. In addition to Rotaract, Stephanie is also an alumnus of the Aaron Price Fellows Program, Barrio Logan College Institute, and a proud member of MANA de San Diego. In her free time, she likes to ride her e-bike, hang out with her dog Leela, and support local restaurants across San Diego.   

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Alex Catano
Director of Professional Development 

City Heights Native

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Genesis Maganda
Past President

Genesis is native to San Diego and has called City Heights her home for 24 years. She is a proud Hoover High School alumna and attended the University of San Diego where she obtained her Bachelor's Degree in International Relations in 2016.

Prior to her studies at USD, Genesis participated in Reality Changers and is an Aaron Price Fellow alumna. She has been a member of City Heights Rotaract since 2016 and has previously served as Vice President, Club District Representative and Director of Membership. Genesis currently works in property management at Price Philanthropies and also regularly attends local community meetings. In her free time, Genesis enjoys taking dance lessons, coffee, traveling and spending time with family.

Club Advisors

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Marge Cole

Advisor

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 Gorge  Rotary Club and serves as Rotary Foundation Chair for the Club. She is an advisor for the City Heights Rotaract Club.  Marge has served Rotary District 5340 as District Governor in 2009-10; Rotary Foundation Chair in 2004-2007 & 2019--2022.  She has also served as Youth Services Chair and Rotaract Chair for the District.  

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Mia Harenski

Advisor

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 her club!

Since then she has served on several committees, hosted two Rotary Youth Exchange students and served on the board.  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.

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Pamela Gutierrez

Advisor

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 for many years in the banking industry

before joining the Price Philanthropies - Cardinals Interact Program in 2007, where she is now the Assistant Director. Since then, she earned her Master’s Degree at the University of San Diego in Nonprofit Leadership and Management and was privileged to work alongside many of the Cardinals Interact Alumni who are equally passionate about the community of City Heights to help charter the City Heights Rotaract Club in 2015.  Pamela is a proud mother of two children and is grateful to continue working with the members of City Heights Rotaract  to help make a difference in the community she grew up in.