Meet Our Board
Miguel Orozco-Lopez was born to a humble family in Mexico. His father was a federal employee and his mother a merchant. He immigrated to the United States before he was able to graduate high school. Here in California, Miguel worked in grape harvest, car washes, as a janitor in movie theaters, in mobile home pre-construction factories, and more. He was left homeless for some time, until a nice family took him into their home and invited him to church. There, Miguel realized that he did not want this type of life for himself. With a desire to succeed, he enrolled in the Casa Ramona Adult School in San Bernardino, later to Libreria Del Pueblo to obtain his GED Diploma, and followed by San Bernardino Valley College to earn his AA. Obtaining a higher education allowed Miguel to secure jobs as a tax preparer, community worker among others. After some years, Miguel studied human services at the University of Phoenix, and in 2007 he obtained his BSHS degree. Miguel enrolled at the University of Redlands and later in 2017 graduated with a master's degree in management. Since then, Miguel has tirelessly worked helping and educating the community to understand the foster care system.
Carmen Frausto born and raised in Estado de Mexico, graduated as an RN in 1982, and later immigrated to the United States in 1988. Since immigrating, Carmen was self-motivated to succeed in her new country and community. She enrolled in ESL classes, revalidated her education; and later graduated from Fullerton College as a Registered Nurse to continue her passion in helping others in their most vulnerable time. In 1993 she married the love of her life and later became the mother of two spectacular children. Later in life Carmen changed career paths and is currently a self-employed realtor. Since her initial encounter with the immigration system in 1992, Carmen has been a supporter of immigrant rights and justice through various community-based organizations, including SBCSC, Inc. Carmen is proud of the impact SBCSC, Inc. has made in the community over the years and what the future holds. She is a true believer that no human being is illegal; and that if provided the appropriate education, legal support and empowerment, the immigrant community can attain and live out the American Dream.
Ana A. Gasca
Ana A. Gasca, born in Guanajuato, Mexico immigrated to the United States as a minor. With the support of her family and community members, she was able to graduate from high school and pursue a higher education, later graduating with an AA in Accounting and Business Administration. Having personally lived the traumas, fear and barriers or relocating to a new household, community, and country; Ana has been continuously involved in various efforts relating to pro-immigrant rights, advocacy and legal assistance. Her passion for helping those with uncertain immigration status in the U.S. has allowed her to collaborate with other community organizations, leaders and attorneys in educating, guiding and assisting the diverse immigrant community in the Inland Empire and its surrounding areas. Through her diligent and selfless service as a board member for SBCSC, Inc., Ana has been able to fulfill her desire to have a greater impact and meaningful services specifically for the immigrant youth in our area.
Alemayehu G. Mariam
Professor Alemayehu (Al) G. Mariam teaches political science at California State University, San Bernardino. His teaching areas include American constitutional and civil rights law, judicial process, American government and African politics. He has published two volumes on American constitutional law. For the past 13 years, Al maintained a widely-read weekly blog (almariam.com) on Ethiopian human rights and African issues. He played a central advocacy role in the passage of H.R. 2003 (Ethiopia Democracy and Accountability Act of 2007) in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2007. Al has a criminal defense and civil litigation practice in California and has expertise in human rights law. He argued a major constitutional case in criminal procedure before the Supreme Court in 1998 resulting in significant changes in police interrogation techniques in California. Al was recognized as “Alumni of Notable Achievement” by the University of Minnesota, where he earned his Ph.D. in 1984.
Amparo Hernandez was born in Zacatecas, Mexico. In 1969, after her father’s passing, she immigrated to the United States at just 13 years of age. Rather than enrolling in school, she was forced to work as a babysitter. With hopes of pursuing a better future and way of life, Amparo eventually attained her GED and attended college. Her aspirations to succeed and outgoing persona enabled her to quickly secure a job in a dental office as an x-ray technician and eventually as the office manager overseeing business operations. Years later, she managed a personal injury law office which allowed her to gain much experience in court interpreting and translating, writing legal briefs, business operations, and much more. Amparo later opened her own business assisting with evictions, marriage dissolutions, small claims, bankruptcy, and other paralegal services. Since 1992, Amparo has also worked with the San Bernardino School District holding several positions as a tutor, interpreter, speech therapist educational assistant, and currently a teacher’s assistant. Amparo’s passion is working with immigrant youth. She believes it is crucial and urgent to help the youth, they are in dire need of counseling, mentorship and so much more.
SBCSC thanks their board for their invaluable commitment and dedication!
¡SBCSC agradece a su mesa directiva por su invaluable compromiso y dedicación!
©2020 Powered by San Bernardino Community Service Center, Inc.