MICOP Board of Directors
Biography: Jake Donaldson is a family physician in Ventura County. Aside from his general family medicine clinic, he serves as one of the providers for the Santa Paula Pride Clinic which serves LGBT patients in Ventura County. Outside of medicine, Jake enjoys finding ways to participate in the movement for social and economic justice on all levels, from local to international. He also loves hanging out with his partner Nicole (an Episcopal priest) and his daughter Anaïs.
Benny B. Roa
Bookkeeper/Office Manager, Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market Association
Community Relations Manager, Ventura County Human Services Agency
Landscaper & Mixteco Advocate
Counselor, Hueneme High School, OUHSD
Community Outreach Officer, Ventura County Credit Union
Santa Paula, CA
Biography: Veronica Xochitl Valadez is an educator, community activist, visual artist, and traditional Aztec Dancer. Veronica is currently a lecturer of Chicana/o Studies at CSU Channel Islands where, in addition to teaching, she helps organize a number of important events including Indigenous People’s Day, Celebrando la Mujer, and Dia de los Muertos. She is also the proud advisor and maestra of CI’s student club “Danza Tlaloc Ollin”.
As an educator, Veronica has dedicated herself to teaching culturally relevant curriculum that promotes social justice in elementary schools, community colleges, and university classrooms. As an advocate of Ethnic Studies, she is a lead member of Ventura County’s Ethnic Studies Now Coalition, the Ventura County Coalition for Justice, and XOCHITL LA (Xicana/o Organizers Cultivating Humanity and Indigeneity in Teaching and Learning). Veronica is also a co-founder of “Ehecatl Wind Philosophies, LLC”, which is an education consulting firm that provides professional development and consulting services to school districts in cultural competence and Ethnic Studies.
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