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

Amy’s position within the organization includes overseeing the day-to-day activities of the organization, fundraising and strategic planning. Prior to Workshops for Warriors, Amy worked as a Financial Analyst at a law firm in San Diego and worked in development at a San Diego based nonprofit. She studied Business Administration and graduated from the University of Hartford. Amy comes from a military family where her father proudly served in the U.S. Air Force.

John Jones, 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.

Felicia Aaron, Office/HR Manager

Felicia is originally from New Hampshire and joined the Navy at 17 as a Hull Maintenance Technician. After 5 years of honorable service, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Administration from National University and a Master of Science degree in administration from Central Michigan University.

As a veteran who wondered what to do after the military, she intuitively understands the challenges WFW students face and as a result, is highly motivated to help transitioning military and veterans achieve certifications to have fulfilling careers after the military.

Maria Zambrana, CRM Project Manager

Maria is originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico and is the Spouse active duty Navy Senior Chief. In 2016 she was honored to receive the Presidential Volunteer Service Award. She is a Certified Salesforce Administrator and Data Analyst with over 10 years of successful experience in nonprofit and military organizations. She has a bachelors degree in business management. As a military spouse and daughter of a Vietnam veteran, she strongly supports the mission of WFW.

Todd Fairchild, Outreach & Events Manager

Todd, an Air Force veteran, has been an events and outreach manager with numerous non-profit organization. Todd has been an entrepreneur for most of his career, operating a banking and real estate investing company along with owning fitness centers for 25 plus years.

Roxanne Avant, Executive Assistant to the CEO

Roxanne’s career spans more than a decade of nonprofit industry expertise. She also has experience in government, community redevelopment, and corporate retail in action sports and the outdoor industries. Roxanne has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing from California State University San Marcos. She is the spouse of a Purple Heart recipient, combat injured military veteran.

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.

Jenelle Watchman, Enrollment & Admissions Administrator

Jenelle is originally from New Mexico. She grew up in Oceanside where her father, a US Marine, was stationed at Camp Pendleton. She has worked with Non-Profit organizations for 12 years and has over 8 years’ experience as an admissions and enrollment advisor in advance manufacturing training centers.

Daisy Carrillo, Receptionist

Daisy is originally from Los Angeles and recently relocated to San Diego. She has extensive experience in customer service and office management. Prior to Workshops for Warriors, she ran a fast-paced corporate office with a focus on customer service.

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.