A Word

From CEO

We appreciate the opportunity to serve the residents of eastern Riverside County. It is our goal that you are able to obtain useful information about funding which is available as well as resources you can access to increase your organization’s capacity to serve more clients. Through vigilant attention and collaborative efforts, we can achieve greater success in closing up service gaps in the areas of Health, Mental Health and Juvenile Services. Join us as we work towards making our community a better place to live in for all of our residents. We look forward to seeing you soon and often!

– Leticia De Lara

Meet

Our Staff

Leticia De Lara

Leticia De Lara

Chief Executive Officer

Leticia serves as the Chief Executive Officer for Regional Access Project Foundation.  Leticia served as District Director to Riverside County Supervisor John J. Benoit for 4 years. Prior to that position, she served as Chief of Staff to Riverside County Supervisor Roy Wilson for 11 years. During the time with the Fourth District Supervisor’s office, Leticia specialized in the areas of Social Service, Mental Health, Public Health, Affordable Housing, and Homelessness.  Leticia was a migrant farm worker until she graduated from California State University San Bernardino (CSUSB) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. She worked for the Department of Public Social Services for 10 years. She earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from CSUSB and completed the Riverside County Excellence in Leadership Academy and the University of Riverside Nonprofit Management Certificate Program.
John Epps

John Epps

Director, Center for Nonprofit Advancement

Mr. John Epps has served the Coachella Valley for the past five years as a Consultant and Trainer for the Regional Access Project Foundation. In his current role as a Director for the Center for Nonprofit Advancement, he is working with large and small nonprofit organizations in the area to facilitate their strategic planning, organizational development, and capacity building efforts. He has helped several Boards to successfully plan for their future in the fast-moving and evolving communities of eastern Riverside County.

Mr. Epps is formerly the Executive Director and Development Officer of Applied Principles for Service, His responsibilities there included developing programs and seeking grants and funding.

Before his tenure at Applied Principles Mr. Epps developed a Welfare-to-Work Vocational Training program in San Bernardino, CA. The program received three grants from County of San Bernardino using State and Federal funds totaling over $520,000.

Me. Epps was an Instructor for the University of California, Riverside Extension for 15 years where his duties included the development and delivery of training courses and classes.

Eva Guenther-James

Eva Guenther-James

Grants Manager

Eva serves as the Grants Manager for Regional Access Project Foundation. Prior employment after moving to the desert was Executive Director for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Riverside County, Inc. and Crime Prevention Specialist for Cathedral City Police Department.  Leadership Training includes Southern California Grantmakers’ Senior Peer to Peer (2-year 2015 to 2017) with Mentor Fred Ali, CEO, Weingart Foundation. Leadership Coachella Valley (inaugural class 2000/2001).  She currently serves on the Association of Fundraising Professionals-Desert Communities Chapter Board of Directors as Board Secretary and Mentoring Program Chairperson.  Eva has a certification in Non-Profit Organization Management, University of California Riverside – Extension. Graduate coursework in Clinical Psychology (major) and Industrial Psychology (minor), and a BA in Psychology from California State University Los Angeles.  Eva has lived in Coachella Valley since August 1983 from residing in various parts of Los Angeles County. A naturalized citizen, originally from Germany.
Mireya Reyes

Mireya Reyes

Facilities Manager

Mireya Reyes is the Facilities Manager and provides administrative support to the CEO and supports with Special Projects at Regional Access Project Foundation. Mireya has completed the Nonprofit Management and Supervisor & Leadership Certification Program from the University California Riverside. She took course work at College of the Desert.

Mireya Lives in Indio with her husband Benito and their four kids. She was born and raised in the Coachella Valley and knows the needs and challenges of the Desert.

Jennifer Braun-Christensen

Jennifer Braun-Christensen

CNA Services Manager

Jennifer Braun has worked 15-years in the nonprofit sector, providing consulting and grant proposal writing services. Her experience and education have led her to successfully garner more than $40 million in funding for nonprofits, cities, counties, and transit agencies. Jennifer Braun has recently joined the RAP Foundation’s Center for Nonprofit Advancement as the Services Manager, finding the job of her dreams working alongside highly talented and successful men and women in the Inland Empire.