UFW Foundation Staff
Los Angeles Administrative Office
Diana Tellefson Torres, Executive Director Diana Tellefson Torres is the Executive Director of the UFW Foundation and a National Vice-President of the United Farm Workers of America. Under Diana's leadership, the UFW Foundation has played a significant role at the national and local level as an advocate for farm workers and as one of the fastest growing non-profit immigration legal service providers recognized by the Board of Immigration Appeals. Additionally, she recently launched the Si Se Puede® Network, an affiliation collaborative that will vastly expand community education and immigration legal services in farm worker communities throughout the US. Diana has been a Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) Accredited Representative since 2009 and she graduated from Stanford University with an undergraduate degree in Psychology.Bakersfield Office
Erica Lomeli, Civic Participation and Policy Director Ms.Lomeli joined the UFW Foundation in March of 2007. She assists with coordination of civic participation efforts for immigration reform for agricultural workers. Prior to joining the Foundation, Ms. Lomeli worked at
VELA, a non-profit organization, where she was responsible for coordinating various community projects serving low-income families and mentally challenged children. Ms. Lomeli received her bachelor's degree in Social Science in Public and Community Service at UC Irvine, and her master's degree in Public
Administration at the University of Washington.
Patty Aviles, Operational Manager/Executive Assistant has been with the farm worker movement for the last 6 years, working on political campaigns, rallies and developing the Administrative department with the United Farm Workers of America. She joined UFW Foundation in 2012 as the Operational Manager. With over 10 years of Administrative Experience and has participated/assisted in numerous fundraising events. Hobbies are traveling, reading and enjoying family.
Luis Guerra, Immigration Implementation Coordinator, BIA Accredited Representative born in Tecate, Mexico and raised in San Diego, California. His lived experience of living close to the Mexican border fueled his passion for immigrant rights. Luis moved to Oregon to pursue his studies at Willamette University and upon graduating started working for Causa, Oregon’s Immigrant Rights Organization. At Causa, Luis held various positions most recently that of Executive Director. While at Causa, Luis helped create Causa’s first ever legal service program and played an integral role in the implementation of DACA in Oregon. Luis joined the UFW Foundation team in November of 2013 as the Immigration Implementation Coordinator. Luis participates in national, state and local working groups working on immigration reform implementation. In addition, Luis works with the UFW Foundation staff to prepare for any large-scale immigration relief program.
Ian Dougherty, Development Assistant Ian joined the Farm Worker Movement in the summer of 2013 as an intern for the UFW’s political department, and has played an active part in its work since. As an intern, he assisted the union with its state political and legislative priorities and coordinated a Get-Out-The-Vote campaign in Latino communities of California’s Central Valley. Ian joined the UFW Foundation in the fall of 2013 as the Development Assistant, and since has helped the Executive Director maintain its grant funding, increase individual donations and fundraising efforts, secure multiple new grants, and further grow the Development Department. He is passionate about the movement and farm worker rights through his experience growing up in the Central Valley and spending a summer as an Irrigator in tomato and vegetable fields. Before Ian worked for the movement, he worked with a college professor to research seasonal hunger in fair trade, shade-grown coffee cooperatives in Nicaragua. Ian is also passionate about immigration, food security and sovereignty issues, and workers’ empowerment. He lives in Los Angeles with his twin brother.
Fatima Hernandez, Programs Director, BIA Accredited Representative Supervises the Immigration and Public benefits program. She started working at the Foundation in February of 2011 as the Administrative Assistant for the Bakersfield office. Fatima has been trained to assist low income families apply for Cal-Fresh (food stamps), Medi-cal, and apply for un-employment when needed. In 2012 she then transitioned to a legal assistant where she took part in assisting hundreds of applicants apply for naturalization and DACA. Fatima then became one of the Board of Immigration Appeals Representatives for the Foundation in March of 2013. Fatima has experience on working on a variety of immigration cases such as Naturalization, DACA, Family Petitions, Consular Processing, U Visa, and others. In late April 2014 she became the Programs Director for the Foundation.
Guadalupe Perez, Site Supervisor, BIA Accredited Representative
Juana Carbajal, Outreach CoordinatorJuana used to work in the field picking and packing grapes. The UFW went to the company to organize us and educate us on our rights. I helped organized the company because we were the only company to carry the trays of grapes on our heads. We didn’t have wheel Barriers to carry it. We didn’t have also table to pack the grape we had to do it on our needs. We didn’t win the contract in the company but the following year the workers got the wheel barriers to move the trays of grape and they also got the tables to pack. They weren’t the best but it was better. I was unable to use them because I got hire by UFW as an organizer. I worked five years with the UFW and know I am working for the UFW Foundation. In September 11, 2014 I completed my second year with the UFW Foundation. I love doing my work because I care about people. I know that I can make a difference in the community.
Anayelli Luna, Legal Assistant
Rachel Vizcarra, Administrative Assistant
Marichel Mejia, Organizer Originally from Minnesota, she moved to California in 2012 to work for the United Farm Workers as a union organizer and later as a political organizer for Howard Berman’s Congressional campaign. Now part of the UFW Foundation’s advocacy team, Marichel does community organizing work in Kern County focusing on immigrant rights and passing comprehensive immigration legislation. As the SiSePuede Corps® Manager, Marichel oversees the programming for the SiSePuede® Corps Fellowship. Marichel has a B.A. in Latin American Studies and Political Science from Macalester College. Prior to joining the farm worker movement she did student-organizing work focusing on farm worker issues, spent time abroad in Nicaragua studying political party systems, and served as a Community Health Fellow in North Carolina with Student Action with Farmworkers. When she’s not organizing Marichel can be found creating art, riding her bike, going on nature adventures or checking out concerts.
Julie Morales, Immigration Outreach Coordinator is from Los Angeles, California and has been with the United Farm Workers Foundation since August 2013. She is currently involved with civic participation and advocacy relating to immigration reform and also oversees communications for the Si Se Puede Corps Fellowship Program. Prior to joining the Foundation, she graduated the University of Chicago where she was heavily involved in student activism on issues relating to immigration and labor rights. As Human Rights Fellow, she had the opportunity to conduct research and work for an NGO focusing on transnational labor rights in Mexico City. Continuing her strong passion for social justice, Ms. Morales was also part of President Obama's re-election campaign where was responsible for two counties in Eastern Iowa as part of Iowa’s Latino Vote efforts. Ms. Morales hopes to continue her strong interest in immigration and labor rights by working to further the United Farm Workers Foundation's mission and vision with a Si Se Puede attitude!
Irma Castillo, Community Outreach Coordinator- Tulare
Sara Lugo, Site Supervisor, BIA Accredited RepresentativeSalinas Office
Armida Mendoza, BIA Accredited Representative
Cecilia Favela, Administrative Assistant
Ricardo Nuñez, BIA Accredited Representative Mr. Nuñez began work with the UFW Foundation in March 2008 as a service provider in the Foundation's Salinas office. Having worked in the fields himself when he immigrated to the United States, Mr. Nuñez was very eager to join the Foundation to help farm workers understand and access their legal rights. After months of training and studying immigration law, Mr. Nuñez became accredited as a BIA Representative. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Studies from California State University, Monterey Bay.Phoenix Office
Juanita Gutierrez, Community Outreach Provider
Ms. Gutierrez joined the UFW Foundation in September 2009 as the Public Benefits Community Outreach Provider for Monterey County, coming to her new position with two decades of experience serving the farm worker community. Ms. Gutierrez is a California-certified tax preparer, and is currently being trained to become a BIA Accredited Representative.
Maritza Correa, Administrative Assistant
Elisa Gallego, Site Supervisor, BIA Accredited Representative