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Thomas Block
Now retired, Block researches and writes about the threat and impact of corporate interests on human health and the environment. He holds a Cultural Anthropology, was Adjunct Professor at Youngstown State University in Ohio, and cofounder of the Native American Cultural Exchange Committee.

Roxanne Ocampo - Quetzal Mama
Ocampo is a College Admissions Coach and author of “Flight of the Quetzal Mama: How to Raise Latino Superstars and Get Them Into the Best Colleges” (2012) and “Nailed it! How to Nail the College Essay” (2014). She is a doctoral student at UC San Diego, and holds a Masters Degree in English.

Robert Sosa Márquez
Márquez emigrated to work the California fields as a child. Eventually earned a degree on Behavioral Sciences from CSU-San Francisco. Since retiring and moving back to his native El Paso, Texas, he writes short novels and stories of being a Mexican born in the U.S.A.

George “Jorge” Martínez
Army veteran and former boxer, referee and coach, Martinez earned a BS in Liberal Arts from CSU Stanislaus. He’s the author of the encyclopedic two-part book Boxing Heroes: Fighters, Amazons and Fools of Central and Northern California (2015)

Edward Ramírez
With a Master's degree from San Jose State University, Ramirez tought Chicano Studies at San Joaquin Delta College until he retired to his farm in Linden, CA.

Richard Soto
Tracy native and Vietnam veteran Richard Soto may be a semi-retired school counselor, but his real passion is literature and the neglected history of Latinos in the U.S. Soto holds the most complete Latino/Hispanic book, music and artifacts’ collection in San Joaquin County.

David Stuart
Executive Director of the San Joaquin County Historical Society, Stuart grew up in Ripon. He earned his BS at CSU Fresno and M.A. in Anthropology at the University of Colorado. He’s a researcher and the author of many treatises on California Natives’ life.
Max Vargas
Peruvian-born Vargas is a University of the Pacific graduate who works as Legislative Assistant to California Senator Cathleen Galgiani.
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Michelle Cruz Gonzales
Author, educator, Chicana, drummer and lyricist of feminist punk band, Michelle teaches English and Creative Writing at Livermore's Las Positas College. Originally from Tuolumne City, via East LA, Michelle lives in Oakland with her family and their Mexican dogs.

Mick Founts, Ph.D.
Mick Founts —currently San Joaquin County Superintendent of Schools— has spent more than 30 years in education. He likes agriculture, music, sports, antiques, old historic buildings, but his passion is writing.

Dean McFalls
Born in Seattle, Dean has lived, worked, and served in a wide variety of locations and vocations. As a missionary, he served three years in Mexico, ministered twenty years in the Stockton Diocese as a Catholic seminarian and priest. Currently, he's returning to the field of education and helping to raise his son, Gabriel.

Maritza Mendez, DMD
Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of the Pacific's ArthurA.Dugoni School of Dentistry, Pacific Dental Care Clinic Advanced Education in General Dentistry Program, Stockton Campus

Arnoldo Torres
Pacific graduate Arnoldo Torres, former national CEO of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is a journalist and legislative consultant based in Sacramento, CA. He played a significant role on the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) of 1986.

Patricia H Kushlis
Doctor in Political Science, served the US Foreign Service in Washington and overseas, was a Professor at the University of New Mexico and has followed New Mexico politics since 1998.

David Wellenbrock
A semi-retired criminal defense attorney, Wellenbrock served the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office for many years, as public defender and, eventually, chief deputy district attorney.


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