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

Dan Hernandez began his career with CopperPoint Insurance Companies as a premium auditor in 1995. Since then, he has worked as a claims adjuster, an auditor compliance reviewer and as a team leader for an account services teams. He was a director from 2002 to 2010 overseeing various functions, including CopperPoint's Small Business Center and Customer Contact Centers. Hernandez was named vice president of operations and small business services in 2010. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Arizona and a Master's in Business Administration from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.


Don Jensen-Bobadilla, M.Ed., Vice-Chair

Programs & Events Coordinator Academic Affairs Support Programs & Services ,Maricopa County Community College District

Don was born in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico and moved to Phoenix at age six.  He connects with many of our AGUILA students as a first-generation student and is bilingual in English and Spanish.  A graduate of Camelback High School Don continued his education earning associate degrees from both Phoenix and South Mountain Community Colleges; two Bachelor of Arts degrees from Ottawa University; and a Master’s in Education from Northern Arizona University. A graduate of Valle del Sol's Hispanic Leadership Institute, Don was recognized with the HLI Alumni Award of Excellence in 2013.  He was awarded the Outstanding Service Award from the Adjunct Faculty Association in Maricopa Community Colleges.  In 2015, Mr. Jensen-Bobadilla was recognized by the AGUILA Youth Leadership Institute's Circle of Friends event, representing Maricopa.     Jensen-Bobadilla also serves as Vice Chair of the AGUILA Board as well as AGUILA Faculty, devoting much of his time to mentoring the dreams of our youth. 


Liana Ramirez, Secretary

Senior Engineer of Technical Services, IPAS Regional Process Manager NA, Henkel Consumer Goods, Inc.

A native of Phoenix, Liana received her BS in Biological Sciences from Arizona State University after graduating from Xavier College Preparatory.  She serves as President of the Hispanic Professional Society at Henkel (an employee resource group) and is a member of NSHMBA and the AZHCC.  She enjoys reading, biking, hiking, shooting and watching sports, especially her Arizona Cardinals when she is not volunteering at AGUILA sessions and events.


Juan Astiazaran, Treasurer

Senior Project Manager, ORB Architecture

Juan Astiazaran is a native of Hermosillo, Mexico; attended ITESM in Monterrey, Mexico and has lived in Phoenix, Arizona since 1999. Since 2006, Juan has been Senior Project Manager at ORB Architecture, LLC ensuring effective communication, cooperation, and teamwork to achieve the company’s mission. Since 2012, Juan has been a board member for AGUILA Youth Leadership Institute. His bi-cultural background, advocacy for education, and community engagement has led him to a number of volunteer opportunities in the community.



Robert S. Hernandez, Member

Co-Founder/AGUILA Faculty & AGUILA Men Of Honor

Eddie Genna, J.D. , Member

Associate Vice Chancellor, Public Affairs & Collaborative Governance, Maricopa County Community College District 

Eddie is responsible for the development and coordination of public affairs, including Intergovernmental relations, civic participation, and community outreach.  He is also a professor of philosophy and political science at Phoenix College and a past president of the Maricopa Community Colleges Faculty Association.  Eddie earned his law degree from the U.C. Berkeley School of Law, where he served as Editor in Chief of the Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law and an Executive Editor of the California Law Review.  He studied political and legal philosophy at the CUNY Graduate Center (M.A.) and both political science and philosophy at Arizona State University’s Honors College (B.S. /B.A.).  His ongoing doctoral studies in political science at ASU focus on the relationship between democratic theory and the process of negotiation.  Prior to his career in teaching, Eddie worked as a Berkeley Law Foundation Fellow at Community Legal Services in Phoenix advocating for the employment rights of low-wage workers. Eddie first came to AGUILA as a teacher of sample Introduction to Philosophy lessons at AGUILA’s summer seminars for college-bound students, and he continues to share his passion for learning and teaching as a Board member. 


Ruby Torres, Esq. , Member


Ruby Torres is a Native Phoenician.  She earned her Juris Doctorate from Phoenix School of Law (Arizona Summit Law School), Master in Elementary Education from Wayland Baptist University and her Bachelor of Science in Justice Studies from Arizona State University.  She is currently an Associate Attorney with Scott M. Harris, P.C. and teaches at Basis Scottsdale.  She first met CEO/Founder, Rosemary Ybarra-Hernandez when she was an 8th grader at Murphy School and continues to answer the call to community when Mrs. H. calls.  She enjoys presenting to the students, particularly to the ALMA Program for AGUILA Young women.


Lorena Valencia, Member

Founder/President, Reliance Wire, Inc.

As Founder and President of Reliance Wire, an electronics wire, cable, and tubing manufacturing company Ms. Valencia has grown her company from a complete start up with 2 team members to grossing over $63 M with 140 employees and facilities in both the US & Mexico. Reliance ranks as one of the top wire manufacturers in the automotive industry servicing OEM customers such as Toyota, Honda, Ford, GM, Chrysler and Tesla.  A true techie at heart, Ms. Valencia is also the founder and President of Fizz Technologies, a software development firm that focuses on creating innovating, supply chain solutions.  Ms. Valencia currently holds seats on the boards of the AZHCC, Hispanic Automotive Suppliers Alliance and AGUILA Youth Leadership Institute. Her notable recognitions include recognition as one of the 25 most influential Hispanics Business Leaders in Arizona and recipient of the 2014 Arizona and National MBDA Minority Manufacturing Firm of the year.  She lives by the motto that “those who give, gather” aligning herself with AGUILA students who dream of a bright future through education.   


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


A champion for education, Rosemary Ybarra-Hernandez is the CEO and Founder of AGUILA Youth Leadership Institute, a college prep/access program that has received national recognition for its innovation and success.  She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science; Master’s in Public Administration/Public Policy, and doctoral work in Juvenile Justice Policy with a focus on youth and violence which actually lead her to develop AGUILA in an effort to provide opportunity for youth. Throughout her life Ms. Ybarra-Hernandez has been recognized for her personal, as well as her academic accomplishments as aPatricia Roberts Federal Fellow in her doctoral program; Fellow of the inaugural cohort of the Arizona Education Policy Fellowship Program co-sponsored by the Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics, the Mary Lou Fulton College of Education and the Division of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Arizona State University where her research focused on Arizona High School Counselor Requirements.  She is a graduate of Valle del Sol’s HLI and a 2010 graduate of the prestigious NHLI (National Hispana Leadership Institute).  Ms. Ybarra-Hernandez was the first Deputy City Manager for the City of Surprise and has worked for the City of Phoenix, Arizona State University, Girl Scouts/Arizona Cactus Pine Council and Arizona Women’s Education and Employment.  She has also served as an Adjunct Faculty within the Maricopa Community College District teaching Political Science, U.S. Constitution, Arizona Constitution, Chicano Studies and Public Policy.  Ms. Ybarra-Hernandez has received awards from the Cesar E. Chavez Foundation, the Dr. Cesar E. Chavez Award for Community Service in 2004 from Arizona State University, Woman of the Year by Gamma Alpha Omega Sorority at ASU, Community Leadership Award from the Arizona Hispanic Forum, 2009 Valle del Sol Profiles of Success 2009 Lorraine Lee Latino Advocacy Champion Award, the 2011 Arizona Hispanic Chamber Woman of the Year, one of 25 Most Admired CEO’s by the Phoenix Business Journal, George Gervin Prep Academy Award for Community Service, and most recently honored by the Phoenix School of Law’s Hispanic Law Student Association 2012 Los Defensores de la Justicia Award.

Hortencia Gutierrez, BA, MEd, Arizona State University

Director/Career Services/Special Events

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

Director of College Access- The Institute

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


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


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

Program Coordinator/The Institute, AEEP/Pre-Law

Valeria Ponce,  University of Arizona

Program Coordinator/AHEP/Symposium

Rachael Crandall, New Mexico State University

Program Specialist/The Institute/AHEP

Aracely Delgado, Arizona State University

Sr. Program Intern/ATOP/Symposium

Kristina Zavala, Scottsdale Community College

Program Intern/Alumni Relations/Volunteers

Lisa Lopez Risch, Arizona State University


Yanneth Montes, Grand Canyon University

Parent Association Chair

Esther Duarte, Arizona State University

Faculty/11th grade

Edith Preciado, Arizona State University

Faculty/10th grade

Lizbeth Ruiz, Grand Canyon University

Faculty/10th grade

Tameka Spence, Columbia University

Faculty/9th grade

Priscilla Vasquez, Arizona State University

Faculty/12 grade