From Our 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
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.
Director, NPO Centric
Stephanie serves as the Director of NPO Centric. Previously, she served the Coachella Valley for the past four years as the Director of Development and then the Executive Vice President of Martha’s Village & Kitchen. Her primary duties included: administrative oversight of staff, development of resources, communications and special events. Stephanie is known for her energetic style and attention to detail.
Stephanie Minor has first-hand experience of NPO Centric services having participated in several programs or activities in the last few years. Most notably, she was the Top Prize Winner in the Desert Fast Pitch event in November 2018.
She lives in La Quinta with her daughter, Chloe.
Director of Grants and Finance
Nora was a 30 year resident of Seattle. Nora and her husband moved to the Coachella Valley to get away from the rain and cold and they are loving the desert climate.
Nora comes from a high-tech background working with Fortune 500 companies in diverse industries including Microsoft, T-Mobile, Getty Images, and Avanade. For the last 10 years, Nora has owned her own business consulting firm and has specialized in non-profit management. .
Nora has one son living in New York, three grandchildren, and a new great-granddaughter living in Seattle.
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.
Community Service Manager for The James Irvine Foundation Grant
Graciela Montaño recently graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from California State University, San Marcos. Prior to joining the RAP team, Gracie worked as a Residential Peer Mentor for CSUSM’s On-Campus Housing assisting over 200 college students on their path towards academic success, collaborating with academic resources, and organizing workshops.
Graciela grew up in Coachella with her family and dedicates her time to volunteering at food distributions. She is passionate about advocating for Immigrant Rights, mental health, and gender equity.
Community Services Manager
Trini is a lifelong resident of Coachella, has joined the RAP team as the Community Services Manager. For the past 10 years, he has been focused on improving the lives of residents and particularly youth throughout Southern California.
With a group of 10 mentors, Trini founded “Coachella Valley Youth Leadership,” which works with young people, providing intensive mentorship through restorative practices and transformational “learning circles.” He has also provided similar services to four school districts throughout Southern California.
Trini has spent countless hours working to transform his community and more recently was elected Area 1 trustee on the Coachella Valley Unified School District. A former employee of RAP, Trini left in 2016 to work directly with school districts. He says he’s excited to return as the Community Services Manager to focus on working with cities in the Coachella Valley in order to strengthen their tobacco policies to keep our youth tobacco-free.