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, Center for Nonprofit Advancement
Stephanie serves as the Director of Center For Nonprofit Advancement. 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 CNA 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.
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 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.
CNA Services Manager
Christine serves as Services Manager for the Center of Nonprofit Advancement. She will support CNA’s efforts to introduce innovative and successful programs to strengthen nonprofits.
Prior to joining us, Christine served as Development Coordinator at McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert, where she supported the Development Team with fundraising projects and events.
Christine’s credentials include a Master’s Degree in Management in Business. She has knowledge of leading software programs used by our organizations. Her focus is direct and sincere: “I am proud to be a part of a team that helps people, provides resources and develops leadership in our community.”
Christine and her husband Jay hail from New England but have lived in Palm Desert for over a decade. They enjoy taking long drives, hiking and spending time with family & friends.
Karina Rios is the Services Manager with a focus on immigration rights as part of the James Irvine Foundation grant.
She recently earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from California State University, San Bernardino. She worked as an Administrative Support Assistant at California State University, San Bernardino – Palm Desert Campus for 4 years where she had the opportunity to interface with students, parents, faculty and staff. She has also volunteered her time with College of the Desert Alumni Association, Alas Con Futuro at College of the Desert, the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership (CVEP) Pathways to Success program, as well as interning with the Coachella Valley Women’s Business Center. Besides volunteering with CVEP, Karina also worked with them as an Assistant Project Manager supervising 20 students who conducted business survey interviews for CVEP’s Economic Blueprint.
Karina grew up in the eastern Coachella Valley and currently lives in Thermal with her husband Ernie and son, Ernesto.