Amy Elias Reed is a retired local high school teacher who taught Spanish and English in Thousand Oaks for 38 years. She sponsored the High School's Latino Club, Gay Straight alliance, and Interact Club.
Hello, my name is Claudia Grimaldo, I was born and raised in Mexico. I have two children (8 and 10 years old). I am currently attending Moorpark College Child Development classes. I work as a yard duty supervisor at ST. Paschal Baylon School. I also love to volunteer at Westminster Free Clinic as a Medical Assistant by doing triage and providing health care to the patients every Wednesday. Also, on weekends, l do out-reaches in the community by taking blood pressure and glucose readings and l provide information about health care and immigration rights.
l love to help and work in the community by supporting all the families who have suffered in different ways in their lives, especially those who are discriminated against by society or feel rejected. l also like to help those who harbor fears because they are immigrants or speak English as their second language, like me. That’s the reason why I also feel happy about being part of Buen Vecino.
Claudia graduated has a BA degree as Optometrist from the Autonomous University of Guadalajara.
Julie Díaz Martínez
Julie has a Masters of Architecture and Urban Planning from the University of California, Los Angeles UCLA and Professional Construction Project Management Certification from Cal State San Diego College of Extended Studies.
Employment background; non-profit Affordable Housing Industry as a Construction Manager combining Architecture, Construction, and Urban Planning strategies for several Non Profit Housing Development companies.
Local Community Volunteer Work: Commissioner Area Housing Authority of Ventura CountyAHA representing City Moorpark (3 years),Habitat for Humanity( 8 years),Court Appointed Special Advocate for Foster Youth in Ventura CASA (5 years) and Habitat for Humanity Certified Construction Crew Leader. I am the Immigrants' Rights Team Leader of Indivisible Conejo and I am advocating for the establishment of a Ventura Sheriff Civilian Oversight Commission.
Álvaro de Regil Castilla
Álvaro hs been involved in local citizen-based activism in Ventura County since the end of 2016, to join the efforts of many citizen initiatives to counter the anti-immigrant policies emanating from the federal government. Since then he has been participating with Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice — Ventura County— to pass the California Values Act (SB54) and to create Safe Zones for students with irregular immigration status in the Ventura County Community College District (VCCCD) and in several of the county’s unified school districts.
Álvaro joined Buen Vecino from the start to provide support services to the VCCCD colleges’ immigrant students. He is also working on the development of tools to address the root causes of immigration, for which we all share a responsibility, to increase awareness and better understanding on the complexity of the issues at play among Ventura county’s communities.
Álvaro is Executive Director of The Jus Semper Global Alliance – a coalition supportive of living wages worldwide as a core element of sustainability, democracy and business accountability – and Lead Advocator of The Living Wages North and South Initiative (TLWNSI). Álvaro’s core work is on the development of the living wage concept of gradual real wage equalisation, anchored on “equal pay for equal work”. He has developed the living wage concept to be applied locally as a core indicator of social sustainability. He has also produced extensive work in the development of a people and planet paradigm to replace the current marketocratic ethos.
Previously, Álvaro spent more than 20 years in the business world working for various MNCs (Ford Motor Company, IBM, Univision), the last ten years of which he managed his own direct response marketing company.
Álvaro has an MBA in Marketing from the George Washington University and a BS in Business Administration from Universidad La Salle.
Kelvin M. Hau Canché
Kelvin is the Thousand Oaks High School Class of 18’. He is very passionate about making a profound impact in the lives of underprivileged individuals. Kelvin volunteers in numerous ways and was awarded the “High School Volunteer of the Year 2018” by the city of Thousand Oaks Youth Commission. He has given a TEDx talk expressing the importance of connecting to your roots. Kelvin has been elected as a new board member for the Social Justice Fund and plans to pursue an MBA at a four-year university. He is a member of the organization Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice. Tutoring Latino children are one of his hobbies as well as collecting and fixing watches.
Willie Lubka is a small business owner based in Thousand Oaks, a long-time social justice advocate, and a lay leader in his Unitarian Universalist faith community. Lubka also serves as co-chair of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee of Ventura County.
Rafael Torres III
Rafael is an attorney specializing in immigration, with a particular focus on removal defense in immigration court and family-based petitions. He is the founder of The Torres Law Firm, and he is passionate about immigration because he knows firsthand, as the child of immigrants, the life-changing impact this field of law can have on a family's daily life. In recognition of the need in our local community, Rafael dedicates a large portion of his time and resources to pro bono legal work.
When outside the office, Rafael enjoys spending quality time with his wife and children.