These individuals are dedicated to the development of educated, intelligent, articulate, passionate, ethical and thoughtful leaders. Their time, talent and financial support is critical to the success of each student we serve. 


Board of directors

Dan Hernandez, Chair

Vice President/Operations & Small Business Services, Copper Point Mutual Insurance

Eddie Genna, J.D. , Vice Chair

Professor/Liberal Arts - Phoenix Community College

Juan Astiazaran, Treasurer

Senior Project Manager, ORB Architecture

Evelyn Hernandez, Secretary

Deputy County Attorney - Maricopa County Attorney's Office/Community Based Prosecution

Esther Avila

Deputy Director - City of Phoenix Parks & Recreation/South Division

Linda Garcia

Deputy County Attorney - Maricopa County Attorney's Office

Robert S. Hernandez, Member

Co-Founder - AGUILA Youth Leadership Institute, Inc.

Josh Nunez

Attorney - Nunez & Associates

Pablo Sandoval

Project Manager - Willmeng Construction - AGUILA Alum (2007 Cohort)

Marcos Tapia

Attorney - Renaud Cook Drury Mesaros, PA

Ruby Torres

Attorney - Thompson Law Firm

Lorena Valencia

CEO/Founder - Reliance Wire

Stephanie Vasquez

Owner/Founder - Fair Trade Cafe

Rosemary Ybarra=Hernandez

CEO/Founder - AGUILA Youth Leadership Institute, Inc.

aguila staff

Xavier Acosta, BA, Arizona State University

Program Coordinator - Institute/Academy/Symposium

Carol Caruso, BA, Arizona State University, MEd, University of Phoenix

Director/College Access - Institute

Michel Contreras, New Mexico State University

Program Coordinator - Communications & Marketing

Hortencia Gutierrez, BA, MEd, Arizona State University

Director - Career Services/Special Events

Juliette Hernandez, St. Mary's University/San Antonio

Program Coordinator - Pre-Law/Pre-Med/Emerging Engineers

Veronica Leon, BA, Arizona State University, MEd, Grand Canyon University

Director/Faculty - Institute

Lisa Lopez Risch, BA/MBA - Arizona State University

Registrar - Institute/Academy

Sylvia Miranda, BA, Arizona State University

Curriculum Coordinator - STEM Program

Yanneth Montes, Grand Canyon University


Denisse Ramos, BA, Northern Arizona University

Faculty - Academy/Parent University

Rafael Vazquez, BA, Stanford University, MEd, Arizona State University

Director/Curriculum - Institute

Rosemary Ybarra-Hernandez, BS, MPA, PhD (ABD), Arizona State University


Kristina Zavala,  AA, Scottsdale Community College, Arizona State University

Program Specialist - Alumni Relations/Data Analytics

Oliva Zelaya, BS, Arizona State University

Faculty - Academy/Parent University



Esther Duarte, Arizona State University

Faculty/11th grade

Edith Preciado, Arizona State University

Faculty/10th grade

Priscilla Vasquez, Arizona State University

Faculty/12th grade