ECE Coordinator & Lead Early Childhood Education Teacher
Marce del Toro
Claudia Méndez López
ADULT PROGRAMS TEAM
Lead ESL & Citizenship Instructor
Our Board of Directors
Melissa Sustaita Acosta oversees the City’s employer-sponsored volunteer program. Throughout her professional career of 15 years, she has served the Greater Austin community with a focus on youth, families, and education. From managing school-based student support services to developing and implementing district-wide initiatives focused on behavioral health and mentoring, she has had the opportunity to cultivate strong relationships with multiple stakeholders in support of common goals. With a range of experience in working with a number of local non-profit partners, Melissa strives to lead by influence and seek to make an impact through service, engagement, and collaboration. Most recently, her professional experience has focused on program development and project management of K-12 student support services in Austin ISD schools.
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Melissa Rios Canon currently serves as a HIV Prevention Consultant for the Texas Department of State Health Services since 2020, and has been in the HIV field since 2006. Melissa has over 15 years of non-profit management experience with strengths in financial oversight, grants management, continuous quality improvement, and program growth. Melissa has worked with a wide range of underserved and marginalized populations including people living with HIV/AIDS, LGBTQIA+, refugees and immigrants, youth with substance use, racial minorities, women, and people living with disabilities.
Javier Castañedais a Benefits and Human Resources Consultant with Gallagher, where he works with HR teams throughout Texas and nationally in creating strategies to increase employee engagement, financial wellbeing, and workplace culture. Throughout his benefits career, Javier has been involved in finding innovative ways to provide affordable health coverage to the Hispanic population, including having formed part of one of the first Cross-Border HMO’s in California. Originally from Mexicali, Mexico, Javier has seen and experienced the challenges immigrants must overcome as they seek to establish themselves in a new country, and understands how Todos Juntos’ purpose can help them achieve the success they seek. He obtained his bachelors in International Business from CETYS Universidad in Mexicali, Mexico and currently resides in Dripping Springs with his wife and two daughters.
Estevan Delgado Estevan Delgado, MPAff, is a Latinx community advocate and nonprofit professional. In his current role at Austin Community Foundation, Estevan oversees the operations of the Hispanic Impact Fund, which supports the economic security and advancement of Hispanic Central Texans through building race-forward community partnerships and collective impact investing. Estevan also serves on the Austin Latino Coalition, and the Association of Rice Alumni. Estevan is a graduate of Leadership Austin (Essentials 41) and is a current Líderes Fellow with Hispanics in Philanthropy.
Erica V. Ekwurzel, CFRE, MPAff, (Board Co-Chair) is the founder of CivicAIM, a philanthropic consulting practice focused on strengthening grantmaking, governance and impact. With experience as a professional fundraiser, a research scholar in philanthropic strategy, grantmaking program officer, and consultant focused on social impact, Erica brings an extensive perspective to her work. Erica holds a BA from Austin College and a Master of Public Affairs from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. She serves on the advisory councils and boards of: National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers, 21/64 Philanthropic Advisors of Color, and Austin Together Fund. Additionally, she is an investor to the Hispanic Impact Fund, a program of the Austin Community Foundation. When not on land building strong philanthropic ties and impact to the Texas community, you can find Erica, with a passport in hand, traveling to beach destinations and scuba diving exploring the depths and wonders of the sea with her family.
Lina Garcia is the Public Affairs Director at an Austin-based organization, Professional Contract Services, Inc. (PCSI), that places Veterans with PTSD and Persons with Disabilities in Government Contracts. She brings 20+ years of experience working in Communications / Public Relations and Advocacy roles, launching national campaigns in Washington, D.C. Her employers have included: the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the Democratic National Committee, the U.S. Department of Labor and Congressman Silvestre Reyes (TX) where she served as a spokesperson and speechwriter. She’s launched media campaigns focused on: climate protection, labor rights, arts education and immigration. As a native El Pasoan and immigrant from Mexico, she very much looks forward to doing her part to help advance the important mission of TJ. For fun and as part of her work/life balance efforts, she serves as a yoga and meditation instructor.
Yessica Marroquin is a Former Todos Juntos student and parent. She is an Austin Community College student, and her major is in paralegal studies with a focus on Immigration law. She is an honors student and an officer and chair of a committee in her Honor Society Chapter. She believes in the power of education. Yessica has previously volunteered with the center in some events and as ECE teacher assistant. Her main reason to volunteer with TJ is that she is so happy and truly believes in the work and mission of the center. She has experienced the impact of TJ in the latino community first hand, so she would like to give back to the center that once supported her and her daughter.
Aman Patel (Treasurer) is a Technology Consultant for Deloitte Consulting where he works with local state agencies to drive large-scale technology implementation projects. Aman’s passion for providing education, advocacy, and empowerment to children in underprivileged communities is inspired by his mother: They have worked together to support organizations focused on children’s rights and combating poverty in India for over 7 years. He earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.
Dan Sharphorn is the General Counsel and Vice Chancellor for the University of Texas System. He manages all of UT System’s legal affairs and the attorneys within the Office of General Counsel and serves on the Chancellor’s executive management team. He also works directly with all 14 UT institutions to serve their varied legal and business needs. Before joining the UT System in 2007, Dan served in the General Counsel’s Office of the University of Michigan for 20 years. He earned J.D., M.S.W., and M.A. degrees from the University of Michigan and a B.S. degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
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