Our esteemed board members provide valuable direction and insight for all of ASF’s activities and organizational goals. We are grateful for their years of dedication.
Monica Santos is a native of California. She received her BA in Liberal Studies and Bilingual Teaching Credential from Loyola Marymount University and has a Masters from the University of San Diego in Nonprofit Leadership and Management. Monica worked as a Dual Immersion teacher in the public schools in Los Angeles and Chula Vista, California for more than 20 years. She is the Founder and Director of Advancing Students Forward-A Su Futuro, an educational nonprofit that has served students in Tijuana, Mexico since 1984.
Mr. Yaokasin is the Founder and CEO of Wealtharch Investment Services, LLC. Mr. Yaokasin started his independent investment advio4ry firm in 2014. From 2005 to 2014, he worked for the Capital Group as a Portfolio Control Analyst. Prior to hs tenure with the Capital Group, Mr. Yaokasi worked for the Bank of America Investments, American Express Financial Advisors, PCV Murcor and Purefoods-Hormel in various capacities. Mr. Yaokasin has earned the Chartered Financial Analysts designation and brings financial, operational and governance expertise to the Board.
Melanie is a founding member for Advancing Students Forward. She is passionate about education and know that raising the professional level of the border region will help lower the violence gripping much of Mexico and help poor communities we serve to be more self-sufficient. Melanie is the Executive Director of Jericho Road Pasadena, and has 20 years of nonprofit experience. She has dedicated her career to helping the needy, leading her to diverse experiences such as working at an orphanage in Tijuana, and community organizing in a poor immigrant neighborhood in San Diego. She has managed volunteers within public libraries and has consulted extensively with nonprofits, helping to build each organization’s capacity. Melanie holds a Bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College, a Master’s degree from Claremont School of Theology and is a Certified Volunteer Administrator.
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