Our Staff

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Hernán Luis y Prado, Founder and CEO

Hernán Luis y Prado served in the United States Navy for fifteen years as a Hospital Corpsman and then as a Surface Warfare Officer. Hernán had 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. Hernán’s personal decorations include the Navy Achievement Medal and Combat Action Ribbon, as well as various unit and service awards. In 2013, Hernán was recognized by the White House as a “Champion of Change” for Workshops for Warriors’ extensive work and achievements to transition military veterans into advanced manufacturing careers.  In 2014, Hernán received the “Keith M. Turnham Humanitarian Award” for his 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”.

Rachel Luis y Prado, COO and Chief Academic Officer

Rachel Luis y Prado joined the Workshops for Warriors team in a formal capacity in 2014. She 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 Sage has been with Workshops for Warriors since October 2014. Her 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, Director of Development

John P. Jones started with Workshops for Warriors in October, 2016. 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.

Anne Bottema, Education Program Manager

Anne Bottema joined Workshops for Warriors’ team in January of 2017 as a data operations specialist, in charge of data management for all operations. Originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan, Anne joined the Marine Corps at the age of 17 and served eight years on active duty as a Small Arms Repair Technician. Anne has over 13 years of management experience, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management, and plans to go back to school for her MBA in 2018. She has been working in the non-profit industry for several years and has a passion for helping veterans, wounded warriors, and transitioning service members find success as civilians.

San Diego Marketing Professional Berena Pena

Berena Peña, Marketing Manager

Berena Peña joined Workshops for Warriors in October 2017.  For over 15 years Berena has been working exclusively in marketing communications.  She specializes in online marketing, writing, website development, email, and social media marketing.  She has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from Texas Woman’s University.  As the Marketing Manager for Workshops for Warriors Berena is responsible for building relationships to further promote Workshops for Warriors mission to provide quality training, accredited STEM educational programs, and opportunities to earn third-party nationally recognized credentials to enable veterans, transitioning service members, and other students to be successfully trained and placed in their chosen advanced manufacturing career field.

Takashi Yamashita, Cost Accountant

Takashi Yamashita is the newest members of the team, joining Workshop for Warriors in May 2017.  He has more than 15 years progressive experience in accounting, finance, and mergers and acquisitions. Most of his experience has been working for innovative market or industry disruptive projects and companies, ranging in role from CEO to project manager. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Accounting (Summa Cum Laude) from National University and is an Honorable Veteran of the U.S. Navy who served as Yeoman for Naval Special Warfare Command in Coronado, CA.