WINTER Strong. Meet our Executive Director.


Luz Flores, Programs Manager

Luz Flores serves as the Programs Manager. Luz has been working in nonprofit agencies since 1995, prior she worked as a school teacher for LAUSD. Luz is an experienced non-profit program manager and is responsible for grant and program management, programs daily operations, staff, mentors & volunteer management, recruitment and public relations. She is a graduate of Cal State Dominguez Hills and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and is a certified trainer in First Aid/CPR/AED and Conflict Resolution.


A great team, brings people together.
— Anonymous

Mario Mijango, Construction Instructor

Mario Mijango serves as our Lead Pre-Apprenticeship Trainer. Mario is an experienced journeyman carpenter and is a licensed General Contractor. He is an experienced instructor and developing and managing construction jobs and training programs, he works collaboratively with core curriculum teachers to embed the literacy, language and numeracy strategies in lesson plans of the academic and vocational programs. He is a certified multi-trades curriculum trainer and a California State Certified OSHA Trainer .

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Karen Martinez, Case Manager

Karen Martinez serves as our Lead Case Manager. Karen provides individualized training and educational plans to each student in the program, she addresses barriers to education and employment by providing case management and referrals in collaboration with community partners. Karen assists students with applications and entrance exams for post-secondary education and vocational training and employment. Karen is an experienced case manager that creates success in our program by being committed to transformation and commitment to the success of our students. She is a graduate of UCLA and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology.


Jennifer Owen, Case Manager

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Laura Veloz, Lead Academic Teacher

Laura Veloz serves as our Lead Teacher. Laura is an experienced educator who works with teachers, administrators and parents to help both teachers and students have a positive, productive school experience. She holds a multi-subject HS credential and supervises thematic and collaborative academic program and after school support. She provides direction in areas like course planning, professional development, special education, standardized testing improvement and other subjects. She holds a master’s degree in education from UCLA.

Kimberly Oliver, Academic Teacher

Ryan Mullins, Workforce Pathways Coach