From Our CEO
“We appreciate the opportunity to serve the residents of eastern Riverside County. It is our goal that you are able to obtain useful information about funding which is available as well as resources you can access to increase your organization’s capacity to serve more clients. Through vigilant attention and collaborative efforts, we can achieve greater success in closing up service gaps in the areas of Health, Mental Health
LETICIA DE LARA
Chief Executive Officer
Leticia serves as the Chief Executive Officer for Regional Access Project Foundation. Leticia served as District Director to Riverside County Supervisor John J. Benoit for 4 years. Prior to that position, she served as Chief of Staff to Riverside County Supervisor Roy Wilson for 11 years. During the time with the Fourth District Supervisor’s office, Leticia specialized in the areas of Social Service, Mental Health, Public Health, Affordable Housing, and Homelessness. Leticia was a migrant farm worker until she graduated from California State University San Bernardino (CSUSB) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. She worked for the Department of Public Social Services for 10 years. She earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from CSUSB and completed the Riverside County Excellence in Leadership Academy and the University of Riverside Nonprofit Management Certificate Program.
Mireya Reyes is the Administrative Director at the Regional Access Project Foundation, where she also supports Special Projects. Mireya has completed the Nonprofit Management and Supervisor & Leadership Certification Program from the University California Riverside. She has also completed the Business Computer Certification Program through the Regional Occupational Program. Mireya has taken coursework at the College of the Desert. Mireya Lives in Indio with her husband Benito and their four kids. She was born and raised in the Coachella Valley and knows the needs and challenges of the Desert.
Graciela Montaño graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from California State University, San Marcos. Prior to joining the RAP team, Gracie worked as a Residential Peer Mentor for CSUSM’s On-Campus Housing assisting over 200 college students on their path toward academic success, collaborating with academic resources, and organizing workshops. Graciela grew up in Coachella with her family and dedicates her time to volunteering at food distributions. She is passionate about advocating for Immigrant Rights, mental health, and gender equity.
Sandy Garcia was born and raised in Palm Springs. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science /International Relations from the University of California, San Diego and has recently received an Associate’s Degree in Accounting. Together with her fiancée, Chris, they have a beautiful little 2 year old named Christopher. In her spare time she loves to go running as a great stress reliever. Sandy also really enjoys math and loves to spend time with her dog Waffles.
CV Healthy Living Project Manager
Diane earned her Bachelor of Science in Public Health from California State University San Bernardino. She is working towards earning her Master of Public Health and Health Policies degree from UC Berkley. Prior to joining the RAP Foundation, Diane worked as a Payment Processor for Lift To Rise, helping keep over 100,000 Riverside County residents housed during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Diane was born and raised in the Coachella Valley and strives to have a balanced lifestyle. She spends her time being active, participating in 5k races, but you can also catch her binge-watching Harry Potter movies. She aspires to lead with love and use her educational and professional experience to increase resources and equality for all Coachella Valley residents.
ARPA Project Manager
Marisol Alaniz is a skilled educational leader with experience in conflict resolution, planning, and organizational leadership. She has a talent for managing multiple projects and a diverse background that enables her to demonstrate intercultural competence, barrier removal, and inclusion. Currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership from UMass Global, Marisol has previously earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, a Master of Arts in Education, and a Master of Business Administration. She has worked as an Instructional Designer and Senior Doctoral Program Manager at UMass Global and as an Adjunct Faculty member for the School of Business. In her latest role as the NPO Centric ARPA Project Manager, Marisol will administer American Rescue Plan Act funding to provide technical assistance services to support local nonprofits affected by COVID-19 in Riverside County. Marisol is a positive, committed leader who strives to make a difference in the lives of those around her.
Angie Nieto, the receptionist at RAP, has a passion for customer service and has dedicated her career to helping others. Prior to joining the RAP team, Angie volunteered at the organization, which allowed her to gain a deeper understanding of its mission and values. She retired from the banking industry in 2008 after 39 years and continued to contribute to her community by volunteering at the McCallum Theater for six years. As a lifelong resident of the Coachella Valley and alumni of Indio High School, Angie is deeply rooted in the community and has a wealth of experience to share. Angie enjoys working at RAP because it allows her to do what she loves most – providing exceptional customer service. She is an essential part of the RAP team and a valued member of the community.