Interim Executive Director / Javier Guerrero
Javier Guerrero is a graduate from Fresno City Community College and has achieved a B.A. in Psychology from California State University Fresno. He has worked with Fresno Barrios Unidos for the past three years as a health educator as well as a youth program specialist within the male involvement program. As a facilitator, he puts much emphasis on current issues that are very prevalent in the community, such as teen pregnancy and violence prevention. Javier was born in raised his whole life in Fresno, CA and has witnessed these issues first hand in the community and hopes to make a difference by striving to get youth to understand how these issues can affect their lives not only in the present, but for years to come.
Assistant Interim Executive Director / Lupe Romo-Ramirez
Lupe joined Fresno Barrios Unidos in February 2014 as a Teen Parent Program Specialist, where she co-facilitates two teen parent support groups and assists with the implementation of a mentoring program for teen moms. Lupita was born and raised in Fresno California, and attended Clovis Unified schools from kindergarten to through high school. She graduated from Fresno State with a Bachelors of Science in Public Health, Community Health Option. Lupita is passionate about reproductive health and empowering the community through educating youth about how to make healthy informed reproductive decisions.
Health Educator, Parent Program Facilitator, & Volunteer Coordinator / Carlo Decicco
Carlo Luigi DeCicco, was the first born child of his Italian father Luigi and Costa Rican mother Amparo. He was born in Santa Clara, Ca and raised in Gilroy, Ca. As a teen and young adult he made life choices which put him at a crossroads in 1998 when at the age of 21 his girlfriend at the time and he were going to become parents. He chose the path to fatherhood and began participating in a dad’s program. From that point he knew that he wanted to be involved helping the community and working with youth. He started as an afterschool tutor/rec aide at Mexican American Community Service Agency (MACSA) El Toro Youth Center in Morgan Hill. He then became an outreach educator for the Male Involvement Program. In 2007 he moved to Fresno County with his wife Rhiannon and mother of his three children Natalya, Aubriauna and Paolo. Since moving here he has continued to work with youth and their families providing prevention programs that reinforce family bonds and promote youth responsibility in reproductive health and life in general. When not working he enjoys coaching his children’s soccer teams. He was the proudest when his young son told him “he wanted to grow up and be a good dad like him”
Youth Program Specialist / David S. Bouttavong
David S. Bouttavong is a first-generation Laotian. Since the age of two, he has been a resident of the Central Valley. He graduated from Roosevelt High School, attended Fresno City College and studied at Fresno State focusing in the field of Health Science with emphasis on community health. He worked as a Health Educator at Planned Parenthood Mar Monte for eight years, educating the community, schools, incarcerated young men, and participants in male involvement programs. Currently, he is a Youth Program Specialist at Fresno Barrios Unidos providing education in the Healthy Decisions program. David is also Facilitator for a character building program for young men called El Joven Noble. This past year he has been working in collaboration with the Fresno Boys and Men of Color Campaign and other local non-profit organizations and faith-based groups as an adult ally. Bouttavong sees youth as assets to the community and is dedicated to helping youth make healthy and positive choices.
Teen Success Inc., Advocate & Health Educator / Angelica Garcia
Angelica Garcia was born in Denver, Colorado but has been living in Fresno, CA since the age of 6. Angelica graduated, from United Education Institute in November of 2016, with her Pharmacy Technician license.She joined Fresno Barrios Unidos in December, 2011 as a Program Assistant. She is now a Teen Success Inc., Advocate where she leads and co-facilitates a peer learning session for teen mothers. Angelica also manages a caseload of teen mothers to support them along their path through high school and college. Angelica also works as a Pharmacy Technician, in hopes to gain the necessary experience to further pursue her dream of a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree in the future.She believes that working in unity with community partners, we can impact the lives of our youth. Angelica ultimately believes that if we want to change the future, we need to start with our youth in the community today.
Teen Success Inc., Lead Advocate / Niki Singleton
Niki Singleton joined Fresno Barrios Unidos in February 2016 as a Health Educator. As a Health Educator, Niki facilitated comprehensive sex education in classrooms across Fresno Unified School District. Currently, she has transitioned into her new role as Teen Success Inc. Lead Advocate, where she co-facilitates two teen parent peer learning sessions. Niki was born in San Jose, California, and raised in Corcoran, California. She attended Corcoran Unified schools from middle school through high school. Niki graduated with honors from Fresno City College with an Associate of Arts in Sociology and a Certificate in Drug and Alcohol Counseling in August 2015. Niki has since transferred to Fresno State, and is currently pursuing her Baccalaureate of Arts in Sociology and a Minor in Psychology. Her academic goal is to pursue a Master’s Degree in Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy option. Niki really enjoys educating the youth about reproductive health, and providing support to young moms by encouraging them to become empowered and to make healthy decisions.
Health Educator / Carrie Lorraine Ayala
Carrie is a proud native Fresnan. Carrie attended Roosevelt High School, Fresno City College, and CSU Fresno, where she studied English literature and discourse, and participated in the inaugural CSUF Undergraduate Conference on Multiethnic Literatures of the Americas. Carrie began work as an educator in San Francisco in 2013, before traveling to New York, and the Republic of Colombia to teach English as a Foreign Language. Upon returning to Fresno, Carrie served as co-director of the Women’s Art & Music Festival of Fresno before joining the FBU team as a Health Educator. Carrie’s many passions include reproductive justice, queer rights, human sexuality, addiction treatment, education, and subversive literature. She loves collecting stories and experiences from a variety of sources and perspectives, and feels that artistic, collaborative thinking plays a key role in the healing of communities.
Youth Health Ambassador Coordinator & Health Educator / Marissa Corpus
Marissa began her involvement here at FBU as a volunteer for the Peer Health Educator Program (now the PHA Program) in 2014. She was very connected with the work FBU was doing since she was not able to receive comprehensive sex education because it discontinued in her HS. Through advocacy and outreach, FBU was successful in implementing sex ed back into FUSD schools. Marissa then had the opportunity to help FBU teach lessons from the sex education curriculum in the FUSD schools. Marissa graduated from Mclane HS, and is currently attending Fresno State as a Public Health major.
Youth Leadership Organizer/ Julie Bounchareune
Julie Bounchareune was born and raised in Porterville, California. She graduated from Porterville High School and moved to Fresno in 2005. Julie graduated from Fresno State in 2011, with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communication and Journalism, with an option in Public Relations. Julie joined Fresno Barrios Unidos in September 2015, as a Teen Parent Program Specialist for La Cultura Cura Familias (Healing Families Through Culture)- Mentoring Program (formerly known as the “Connections” Mentoring Program). Julie assists with the implementation of the mentoring program, as well as provide case management for teen moms, and developmental screenings for children ages 0-5. Julie is also a Youth Leadership Organizer for Women Empowered, a youth development, support and leadership program for female youth ages 13-24. She facilitates Xinachtli, a rites of passage curriculum that is based on indigenous principles to provide female youth the guidance for a healthy development into adulthood. Julie is passionate about self-care and empowering youth to become positive role-models within their communities.
Youth Health Ambassador/Efrain Botello
Efrain Botello is a 20 year old young leader that was born and raised in Fresno, CA. Efrain graduated from Roosevelt High School in the summer of 2015 and is continuing his education at Fresno City College and CSU Fresno where he plans to get his bachelor's degree in Sociology. Efrain was introduced to Fresno Barrios Unidos in 2014 when he first applied to be a Youth Health Outreach Worker at 17 years old. Throughout his three years at the organization, Efrain has been advocating for his community and engaging other youth. The work he does with FBU is very passionate as he is working directly with the community that he grew up in, southeast Fresno. During his free time Efrain enjoys listening to music, weightlifting, and playing soccer!
Teen Success Inc., Advocate / Jessica Morales
Since Jessica’s birth in San Jose, CA, to years spent in Fresno, CA, she has made it a point to strive for her goals, which were nothing less than her grandest dreams. As a first generation Mexican-American, she understood that the idea of achieving the ‘American Dream’ demanded hard work and determination. In 2014, Jessica graduated from Fresno State with a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health with an emphasis in Community Health. In May 2017, she will be graduating with her Master’s Degree in Public Health with an emphasis in Health Promotion. Jessica’s passion serving underrepresented communities from a prevention/education front will manifest in her thesis inspired by her sexual and reproductive health work done at Fresno Barrios Unidos. As a Teen Success, Inc. Advocate, she serves as a co-facilitator for two pregnant or parenting young mother support groups. Jessica hopes to mentor and empower youth to live successful healthy lives for themselves, their families, and our community.
Mentoring Program Coordinator/ Ariel Mena
Ariel A. Mena coordinates the mentoring program at Fresno Barrios Unidos, as well as co-facilitates the parent support group. Her passion to educate and support our community’s youth came from growing up in Fresno and realizing the important role young individuals play in the future of our community. Ariel attended Fresno State and earned her Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology with a minor in Public Health. Ariel earned her Master’s Degree in Student Affairs and College Counseling. Ariel is passionate about youth education and will continue on with her education to earn her Pupil Personnel Service Credential. Ariel believes that with enough positive support, our youth have the talents and abilities to achieve their full potential as influential leaders. With the strong young individuals in our community, Fresno will thrive. The youth of today will be the adults of tomorrow -as the proverb says, “It takes a village to raise a child.” She is excited to be a part of Fresno Barrios Unidos because FBU provides a sense of unity that is necessary in our community.
Program Manager & Health Educator / Cristie Granillo
Cristie was born and raised in La Puente, CA. located in the Los Angeles area, and recently relocated to Fresno with a passion for education. She has received Bachelor degrees in Chicana/o Studies and Sociology as well as a Master's degrees in Early Childhood Education and College Counseling and Student Development. Cristie believes it is important to foster community partnerships to provide quality services for families and students to build a better future for the youth. She is committed to continuously giving back to her Latina/o community and other communities of color to improve the education of current and future generations.
Youth Leadership Organizer/ Marisa Moraza
Marisa Moraza is the Youth Leadership Coordinator for Women Empowered. She was born and raised in Tulare, CA. She attended Yale University and received a B.A. in History of Science, Medicine, and Public Health. Her focus was on reproductive justice, health movements, and health inequalities among marginalized populations in the United States. Marisa is happy to be working in the Central Valley and is excited to advocate for her community and empower youth.
Youth Health Ambassador / Believe Mbodo
Believe Mbodo is originally from central africa, but grew up in fresno california since 2013. He graduated from Roosevelt High school at 2016 and he is currently attending gurnick academy for a nursing program. Believe started working at Fresno Barrios Unidos In August 2017 as a youth health ambassador and what we do is educating other young people on health care, we also do outreach and advocacy. Believe is very passionate in helping people and the community and being part of something that could make a change in our society.
Teen Success Inc. Advocate and Health
Graduated from California State University, Fresno in May 2014. While in the Bachelor’s program, Alejandra served as a Peer Health Educator through a Recreational Administration course at Fresno Barrios Unidos. In 2015, Alejandra joined the Masters of Science program in counseling option Marriage Family Child Counseling at CSU Fresno. She graduated in May 2017. In August 2017, Alejandra came on board as a Teen Success Inc. Advocate and Peer Health Educator. She finds great passion in working with teens. When Alejandra is not at work she enjoys weight lifting, hiking, dancing, watching her soccer team play and eating tacos.
Youth Health Ambassador / Josh Barrientes
Joshua Barrientes grew up in Fresno, California seeing all paths of life and witnessed the multiple differences of Fresno. He graduated from Fresno High and furthering his life through higher education. When he was young, struggling to find out who he was, where he belonged: he came across a group of young inspiring people known as Fresno Boys and Men of Color. Being involved in Boys and Men of Color he really grew into the person who he wanted to be by helping others. With his involvement with Boys and Men of Color, he learned how to advocate and stand up for people. With his involvement, he was introduced to Fresno Barrios Unidos and the programs that they offered and he is now currently a Youth Health Ambassador.
Youth Health Ambassador/Josh Cruzat
Born in Fresno, Josh didn't know exactly what he wanted to do with his life, but early on he knew it would involve helping others lead a healthy and happy life. A graduate from Duncan Polytechnical High School, and a current Fresno State student aiming to get into Nursing School, Josh joined Fresno Barrios Unidos in August 2017 in order to further his goal of promoting a healthier city compared to the one he grew up in. Josh is also a part of Boys and Men of Color where advocating positive change within his community and standing up for those without a voice comes daily. On his free time Josh goes running and scours the internet for new graphic novels and books to read.
Health Educator/Dayana Jiselle Contreras
Dayana is a first-generation Fresno State college graduate and daughter of Mexican immigrants.She is a Health Educator and is driven by helping the youth make better decisions in their relationships and families. "If I can help even one child," is her motto. On her free time, Dayana also advocates for individuals and families within the incarceration system, suicide awareness and postpartum depression. She is passionate about people, animals and music. Dayana is also an on-air radio personality for Fresno's B95. Her goal is to be a voice for her community is all healthy lifestyle issues.
Health Educator/Michael Dominquez
Michael Dominquez joined Fresno Barrios Unidos in December 2017. Over the past seven years Michael has been involved with youth oriented programming within his home community of Fresno. With a great passion for education and youth empowerment, Michael has worked with programs providing high school youth with opportunities of leadership and literacy development. He believes strongly in the ability of youth to positively shape themselves and their communities. Because of this, Michael is thrilled to be working with a program such as Fresno Barrios Unidos in providing the kind of support, education, and guidance to help communities thrive.
Health Educator/Jennifer Arellano
Jennifer was born and raised in the small community of Selma, CA. Like many from the Central Valley, Jennifer is a first-generation student and holds a B.A. in Biology and Spanish from Fresno Pacific University. She is also currently pursuing a Master of Public Health, Health Education and promotion option, through the University of Southern California and will graduate in May 2018. Jennifer joined Fresno Barrios Unidos in December of 2017 as a Health Educator and has been working diligently to promote safe-sex and healthy relationships among the youth of the Central Valley. Jennifer believes that education is a powerful weapon that should be accessible to everyone and is committed to empowering the Latinx community and other minorities through her work and is very honored to be a part of the FBU family.
Fresno Barrios Unidos Board Member 2018
Board President / Ashley Emerzian
Ashley Emerzian has been a board member with Fresno Barrios Unidos since October 2013. Ashley was born and raised in Fresno, graduating from Bullard High School in 2003. In 2007, Ashley graduated cum laude from University of California, Los Angeles with a degree in Psychology. She subsequently earned her law degree from the University of California, Davis School of Law in 2011, where she was elected to the Order of the Coif for high academic performance. Following graduation from law school, Ashley moved back to Fresno to begin her law career. She focuses her practice in the areas of education law and labor and employment.
Always an eager member of community and professional organizations, Ashley is especially grateful to be able to work with the staff and Board of Fresno Barrios Unidos to build stronger communities and provide opportunities for youth within our city.
Board Vice President / Sherie Archie
Board Treasurer / Marc Young
Board Member / Eduardo Rodriguez
Board Member / Robert Fuentes
Board Member / Erica Cabrera
Board Member / Jasneelam Kaur
Board Member / Felicia Espinosa
Board Member / Brynae Emerzian