Our Staff

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Hernán Luis y Prado, Founder and CEO

Hernán Luis y Prado served in the United States Navy for 15 years as a Hospital Corpsman and then as a Surface Warfare Officer. Hernán saw three combat tours of duty In Iraq and Afghanistan, and is a graduate of the Navy Surface Warfare Officer School, where he completed the Chief Engineering Officer and Combat Systems Officer curricula. His personal decorations include the Navy Achievement Medal and Combat Action Ribbon, as well as various unit and service awards. An accomplished businessman and civic leader, Hernán was recognized by the White House as a “Champion of Change” for Workshops for Warriors’ extensive efforts and notable achievements in helping veterans successfully transition from the military into advanced manufacturing careers. In 2014, Hernán received the “Keith M. Turnham Humanitarian Award” in recognition of his military service and his continued commitment to serving the communities of San Diego. In 2015, Hernán was recognized by the California State Legislature as the “80th Assembly District for 2015 Veteran of the Year,” and more recently, “CEO of the Year” by the San Diego Business Journal in 2017.

Rachel Luis y Prado, COO and Chief Academic Officer

Rachel Luis y Prado is a market research leader, carrying more than 18 years of proven experience in leading large-scale global projects and programs, bringing the capability of successfully crossing over numerous industries and market sectors. Prior to Workshops for Warriors, she was the Director of Market Research & Analysis at the Graduate Management Admission Council, a company she worked at for 15 years. She holds a Masters of Science in Survey Methodology from the University of Maryland, and a Masters of Arts in International and Intercultural Communications from the University of Denver.

Amy Sage, Director of Operations & Outreach

Amy’s position within the organization includes supporting leadership within each department including executive, marketing, accounting, school and development. Prior to Workshops for Warriors Amy worked in development at a San Diego based nonprofit. She studied Business Administration and graduated from the University of Hartford. She grew up in Connecticut and found her way to the West Coast to work as a Financial Analyst at a law firm in downtown San Diego. Amy’s primary focus at Workshops for Warriors is on cultivating and stewarding donor relationships, event logistics and providing tours of Workshops for Warriors and VetPowered, LLC.

John Jones, Executive Director of Development

John served in the United States Marine Corps for twelve years as an Infantry Unit Leader and Instructor. John had two combat tours of duty in Iraq and had to retire from military service due to injuries that he sustained during his second deployment. John has been in the nonprofit arena for ten years, ranging from Major Gifts Officer, Executive Director, and National Spokesperson for various military charities. John’s personal decorations include, Purple Heart, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Gold Star, Combat Action Ribbon, and three Good Conduct Medals. John’s non-personal decorations include, Navy and Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, two National Defense Medals, Overseas Service Ribbon, four Sea Service Deployment Ribbons, Joint Meritorious Unit Citation Ribbon, and Meritorious Unit Citation Ribbon.

Keshia Javis-Jones, Education Program Manager

Keshia is originally from South Carolina and joined the United States Marine Corps at the age of 19.  She served 10 honorable years on active duty as an administrator. During Keshia’s last tour of duty, she was assigned as the Toys for Tots Coordinator for 5 counties within Western New York area which is where her passion for helping the community began.

Melissa Nichols, Bookkeeper

Melissa grew up in a small town where her family served at NAWS China Lake, a facility that provides and maintains land, facilities and other assets that support the Navy’s research, development, acquisition, testing and evaluation (RDAT&E) of cutting-edge weapons systems.  Melissa earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from San Diego State University and has been working in the financial and accounting field for 20 years.  Her passion is helping small business owners and non-profit organizations develop effective financial systems to achieve growth and reach their next level of success.

Rachel Dunford, Marketing Intern

Rachel is passionate about working with nonprofit organizations. She is thrilled with the opportunity she has at Workshops for Warriors to help our country’s veterans succeed in their post-military careers. Rachel helps run the social media pages, does in-house photography, and helps with other marketing projects. She is currently enrolled in an independent study charter school and also attends a local community college. Rachel will graduate from high school in the fall of 2018 and hopes to attend Brigham Young University upon graduation.