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


Monica Avila

Program Manager

Michel Contreras, New Mexico State University

Program Coordinator - Communications & Marketing

Theresa Cruz

Academic Counselor, Antelope High School

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


The Pathways Program is designed as an “enhancement” to the Institute as an opportunity for our Aguilitas to explore various areas of study and career. Experts serve as Faculty in specific areas of focus facilitate monthly sessions following the regular monthly sessions.




Tanari Ochoa-Martinez, Director, Fuerza Local


Professor Charles Calleros, Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law, Arizona State University

Marcos Tapia, Attorney - Renaud Cook Drury Mesaros, PA

Salvador Macias, Attorney - Alcock and Associates


Dr Mandy Olden, Pediatrician, Mountain Park Health


Eric Rodriguez, Engineer, Intel

CIA (Comadres in Action)

The following “Super Moms” participate as volunteers at sessions, special events and other areas where they are able to make an impact on our Aguilitas:

Yazmin Aguilar

Cindy Grajeda

Gris Betancourt

Elsa Simental

Denise Astiazaran

Luz Gonzalez

Yanneth Montes

Irene Diaz