María DJ Rodríguez, Executive Director
Ms. Rodriguez was selected as the Executive Director in July 2016. Ms. Rodriguez started here career with the organization after a summer internship program in the front office 13 years ago, after participating in the Youth Financial Fitness (YFF), that selected high school students to teach them about financing and role of non-profits and opportunities for employment. She was awarded a Gates Scholarship to attend college. While attending college, she continued working at RCDR. Her interest in learning and passion for helping low income individuals shaped her to become an exemplary role model for young women. She has participated in post college education on financial management, accounting, proposal development and grant reporting. She has learned professional skills through various opportunities offered during her experience as the RCDR loan manager for five years.
Deysi Gonzalez, Loan Outreach Specialist
Ms. Gonzalez has over 10 years of experience in working with RCDR. She was recently promoted to full time Loan Outreach Specialist. She graduated from Wapato High School, and the YVCC Administrative Assistant Program. The skills she learned in the program has made her a valuable asset to the organization. Ms. Gonzalez proudly says, "RCDR gave me my first real job and for that I am extremely grateful." Ms. Gonzalez works with microenterprises in pre-post coaching and loan package preparation. Two years ago, Ms. Gonzalez joined the Apple Valley Communicators/Toastmaster Club allowing her to gain more confidence and experience in public speaking.
Maria Giedra, Farm Outreach Specialist
Ms. Giedra has worked with RCDR for 6 years and serves as the the Farm Outreach Specialist. Her experience supercedes any education she would have learned in college. She has 25 years in business lending, title searches and loan closings. She is the prime contact for reaching out and connecting with Latino farmers/ranchers and connecting them to USDA programs and services. Ms. Giedra' s passion is to provide the technical support Latino farmers need and coordinate educational workshops to enhance their farm sustainability.
Hector M. Franco, Consultant Special Projects
Mr. Franco has volunteered and provided consultant services for the organization since its inception, and was instrumental in obtaining its first funding in 1994. Mr. Franco holds an MBA Degree and a a law degree were key to obtaining bank support for the organization. He currently provides technical support for clients who are seeking access to capital and provides the credit reviews, assessments and loan underwriting for internal loans. He also works closely with the USDA farm loan program to assist farmers to qualify for low interest loans for farm, equipment or for operations. He has many years of experience in the financial industry which is an asset to the Center in reaching as many clients as possible.
Yolanda Caldera, Business Outreach Specialist
Ms. Caldera is the newest member of the staff being hired in August 2016. She brings over seven years in finance, lending and customer service. Her current role consists of providing one-on-one customer service in obtaining all required documents for loans, assisting in preparation of loan packages to the Loan Credit Committee. Ms. Caldera is very passionate and committed in helping microenterprises achieve their financial independence. She feels she picked the right job in a setting of many dedicated people wanting to help low income individuals.