Staff Members

Mari Pérez-Dowling

Mari was born in Ensenada, Baja California Mexico. Immigrated to Porterville, California at the age of 13. She enrolled at Porterville High School where she attended 9th

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Eric Arias

Eric Arias proudly serves as the Vice President of Program Development and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for United Way of Central Eastern California. Since 2020, Eric has

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Donald Harris

Don Harris is an invaluable member of the United Way of Central Eastern California team, bringing with him a diverse skill set that has evolved over the

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Karla Chiquetes

Karla Chiquetes joined United Way of Central Eastern California in December of 2019. Karla started as our Family Life Educator, but was quickly promoted to Office Manager

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Amelia Dias

Amelia Dias joined the United Way team in 2018. She started her time as a Data Entry Clerk and Administrative Assistant, then was promoted to Office Manager

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Sofia Calero Mejia

Sofia recently joined United Way of Central Eastern California in August 2022. She was born and raised in El Salvador. Sofia graduated from the University of California,

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Esther Peinado

Esther Peinado joined United Way of Central Eastern California in July of 2022. Esther earned her BS in Liberal Arts from Cal State University of Bakersfield. As

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Alana Reed

Alana Reed joined United Way of Central Eastern California in June of 2022. Alana was born and raised in Bakersfield, CA. She is currently attending Taft College

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Karla Garcia

Karla Garcia joined United Way of Central Eastern California in July of 2022. Karla earned her BA in Communications and Public Relations from Cal State University of

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Edmond Regio

An IT professional with a passion for technology and a strong commitment to making a positive impact on the community. Born and raised in the vibrant landscapes

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