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.

Amanda DiSilvestro, Marketing and Communications Manager

Amanda DiSilvestro joined Workshops for Warriors in March 2016. She is in charge of creating and maintaining relationships with the community, the press, and the general public as well improving Workshops for Warriors online visibility and reputation. Amanda has worked in Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and online content marketing for 6 years, having previously worked for full-service digital marketing agencies. With a background in English, Amanda enjoys being able to talk with our veterans and help bring their success stories to life. She has a Bachelors of Arts in English Education from Illinois State University.

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.

Maria Truong, Executive Assistant

Maria Truong joined Workshops for Warriors in September 2014. She has more than 10 years in progressive administrative and management experience, including personal/executive assistant to CEO and C-Level executives. Her experience encompasses supporting and managing various departments including accounting, human resources, legal, marketing, operations, product development, and business development. Maria worked at Fresh Healthy Vending prior to joining the team, and she served as Operations Manager and Senior Executive/Personal Assistant to CEO and Directors. She holds a Bachelors of Business Administration from the University of San Diego.

Justin Fack, Bookkeeper

Justin Fack joined Workshops for Warriors in February 2015. He has 12 years of management experience ranging from multi-unit retail and distribution center operations to inventory control, small-scale manufacturing, and accounting. Justin has held several positions in the retail space including Operations Manager, Regional Manager, and General Manager. He is working toward his Associate Degree in Business Administration at San Diego City College with plans of transferring to SDSU to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. Justin is passionate about growing his professional career with Workshops for Warriors and is thankful to be part of an organization that enriches the lives of those those that have served our country.