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

Juan Astiazaran, Chair

Senior Project Manager, ORB Architecture

Salvador Macias, Vice Chair

Attorney, Alcock & Associates

Pablo Sandoval, Treasurer

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

Ruby Torres, Secretary

Attorney - Lerner and Rowe

Mercedes Aloia

Customer Communications Consultant, Arizona Public Service

Esther Avila

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

Robert S. Hernandez, Member

Co-Founder - AGUILA Youth Leadership Institute, Inc.

Josh Nunez

Attorney - Nunez & Associates

Marcos Tapia

Attorney - Renaud Cook Drury Mesaros, PA

Lorena Valencia

CEO/Founder - Reliance Wire

Stephanie Vasquez

Owner/Founder - Fair Trade Cafe

Steffanie Whittaker

Community Representative

Zamantha Lopez

Engineer, Salt River Project

Rosemary Ybarra-Hernandez

CEO/Founder - AGUILA Youth Leadership Institute, Inc.

aguila staff

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


Michel Contreras, New Mexico State University

Program Coordinator - Communications & Marketing

Analyssa Flores, Grand Canyon University


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

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

Jose Martinez, BA, St. Mary's University/San Antonio

Program Coordinator / Specialist / Logistics


Dr. Monte Fuse, UC/Berkeley

Faculty/11th grade

Carlos Ortega, Arizona State University

Faculty/12th grade


Faculty/10th grade


Faculty/9th grade