Carmela Castellano-Garcia President
Is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the California Primary Care Association. Carmela has been committed to advancing multicultural health policy issues for over 20 years. She is also the Founder and a Board member of the Latino Coalition for a Healthy California, a leading health care policy and advocacy organization. Her legal background includes six years as a Managing Attorney with Public Advocates, Inc., a public interest law firm in San Francisco, and she currently sits on the Public Advocates’ Board of Governors. She has also served on the Board of Directors for the Public Health Institute, the Chicana/Latina Foundation, and the California Health Information Partnership and Services Organization. She is a graduate of Yale Law School and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley.
Carmen Castellano Vice-President
Was born in Watsonville, California. Carmen graduated from Moreland Notre Dame High School, then attended Healds Business College. Carmen worked as an Administrative Secretary and Office Manager at San Jose City College for 33 years, and previously at Cabrillo College for five years. Carmen is a member of the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture board of directors, the Latina Coalition of Silicon Valley, and the Santa Clara County Office of Education Artspiration Steering Committee. Carmen is also a Fellow of the American Leadership Forum Class XX.
Armando Castellano Secretary
Is a musician and arts advocate, originally from San José , now residing in Menlo Park. As a French horn player he performs regularly in regional orchestras in addition to directing and performing in his chamber ensemble, Quinteto Latino – a wind quintet. As a music instructor he has taught throughout the Bay area in both English and Spanish and currently teaches in schools in Redwood City and San Francisco. He is the father of two boys, Andries (10) and Wim (7).
Maria West Treasurer
Is married and the mother of 2 children. She holds a B.A. and M.B.A. from San Jose State University. In addition to being a new member of the Castellano Family Foundation Board, she currently serves on the Boards of San Jose Jazz and the Los Gatos High School Music Boosters. She is also a member of the Women of Silicon Valley Giving Circle through the Women’s Foundation of California. Past volunteer work includes the Boards of the Los Gatos Education Foundation and Los Lupeños de San Jose, and participation in the Arts Task Force for the Los Gatos Union School District and Fisher Middle School Site Council. Maria is a part time group exercise instructor.
Alcario Castellano Emeritus Trustee
Was born in Artesia, New Mexico. Upon graduation from high school in Hollister, Al joined the U. S. Army. Al worked in the aerospace industry and as a supermarket retail clerk until his retirement in 1990. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Latinas Contra Cancer. Al has also served on the Board of Directors of the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley and the American GI Forum. He has also done much volunteer work, and has a large collection of photographs and videos. Upon receiving a very large Lotto winning, Al and Carmen established the Castellano Family Foundation in December 2001. The Foundation has awarded grants to more than 140 organizations totaling over $3.2 million dollars.