OCED staff manages and supports a number of programs and initiatives designed to sustain and improve the San Joaquin Valley and provide a legacy of prosperity for those who call it home, both now and in the future.
Below is an introduction of each staff member who contributes to the overall success of OCED.
Eduardo González, Interim Executive Director
Eduardo González is currently OCED's Interim Executive Director. Previously, he was the the San Joaquin Valley Rural Development Center (SJVRDC) Director and the Director of the Fresno State Small Business Development Center (SBDC). Through Fresno State SBDC, he provided entrepreneurs with consulting and training services. In addition, Eduardo provides support in planning, developing and facilitating OCED's grant-funded projects and various collaboratives. Prior to joining OCED in 2011, Eduardo served more than 10 years in a variety of community-focused roles in the Valley. He was executive director for Youth Centers of America (YCA) and provided vision and leadership to its programming and staff. Eduardo has well over 15 years’ experience in the non-profit arena, grant writing, and has helped develop adult education, leadership and prevention projects/programming in the most underserved rural communities. He has supervised the implementation of various advocacy projects for social justice and social change throughout rural communities of the San Joaquin Valley.
Shelby Gonzales, Finance Director
Shelby Gonzales is finance director for OCED, overseeing the fiscal and technical activities that support all of OCED’s initiatives and sponsored projects. A San Joaquin Valley native, Shelby was raised in the farming community of Turlock. Prior to joining OCED in 2010, she was a grant accountant at the California State University, Fresno Foundation. Previous positions include associate director of Budget and Planning at San Diego State University, and account analyst in the Extramural Funds Department for the University of California, San Diego and for the University of California, Los Angeles. Shelby earned a Bachelor of Science degree in political science from California Baptist College (now University) in 1982, and a Graduate Diploma in computer science-applied science from Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia, in 1998.
Cynthia De Leon-Velasco, Communications Assistant
Cynthia De Leon-Velasco has been with OCED since 2018. She started out as a student assistant to the Small Business University. Her job duties as a student assistant ranged from creating marketing materials for the office to working with clients on their business branding. Upon graduation, her job title changed from Student Assistant to Communications & Event Planning Assistant where some of her job duties now include updating the OCED newsletter, posting on OCED social media and helping with event planning. Originally from Southern California, Cynthia has now made the Central Valley her home. In 2019 she earned her B.F.A in Graphic Design from Fresno State.
Claudia Sanchez, Connect Call Center Project Coordinator
Claudia Sanchez de Hernandez joined team OCED in October 2018 as a Fresno State Call Center Project Assistant. Claudia was raised in Guadalajara Jalisco Mexico and studied Business Administration at Enrique Diaz de Leon University. After graduating from college Claudia worked at the University of Guadalajara (UdeG) as an administrative coordinator for PROULEX, a school primarily for English and Digital Literacy classes. Claudia moved to California in 2008 and settled in Fresno in early 2009. Claudia has spent the last couple of years raising her daughter Mia and is looking forward to getting back to work in her field of education.
Sandra Prado, Project Coordinator - Parent University North
Sandra Prado joined OCED in June 2019 as the Program Coordinator for the Parent University Program. She comes from Madera County Workforce where she served as a Workforce Technician II. In that role she would help with eligibility processes to determine if they qualify for Training programs, education and job placement.
Sandra was raised in Oakland California but was born in Zapopan Jalisco Mexico. She assisted Laney College and Merritt College in the Bay Area and recently completed a class for American Sign Language I at Madera Community College. She is a mother of two wonderful boys, who are 13 and 7 years old.
Jorg Letkemann, Small Business University Project Coordinator
Jorg Letkemann was born and raised in a small farm town in Paraguay. He moved to Fresno in 2014 to learn English and subsequently got his BA in Business Management and Organizational Studies. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Community Leadership and Transformation at Fresno Pacific University.
His current position is Project Coordinator for the Small Business University. He is working with small businesses on their business plans, and connecting them with the right resources to start, grow, and develop their business.
In his spare time, Jorg enjoys hiking, biking, cooking, and traveling with his fiance. The coast is their primary destination. They especially enjoy Santa Barbara.
Daisy Ballin-Diaz, Connect Call Center Representative
Daisy was born and raised in the central coast and is currently studying Economics at CSU Fresno. She is graduating this May. She enjoys spending time with my family and one of my hobbies include painting.
At OCED, Daisy is a Call Center Representative. She helps families and any qualifying members across the San Joaquin Valley get connected to low-cost internet and receive free Chromebooks.
Jessica Conrriquez, Connect Call Center Representative
Jessica Conrriquez was born in Chico, California, but was raised in a small town in Michoacán, Mexico. She lived in Michoacán until she was ten years old. When Jessica came to the United States, she had to relearn everything she knew; nevertheless, Jessica learned English in a year.
She graduated from Fresno State with her BA in Psychology. Jessica plans to apply for her master’s degree in the future. She joined the OCED team in October 2019, as a project assistant, with the Fresno State Connect program.
Jacqueline Quintero, Connect Call Center Representative
Jacqueline Quintero was born and raised in Fresno California. She is a part-time Medical Assistant and part-time Fresno State Connect Call Center Representative. Jacqueline enjoys spending time with her family and one of her favorite hobbies is baking.
Angelica D. Damaso, Project Coordinator - Parent University North
Angelica D. Damaso has always aspired to do more for her community. She started working for OCED’s new call center as a shift lead. Here, she has connected families with the low-cost internet program and assisted them in receiving a free Chromebook. Angelica is currently the project coordinator for the Parent University Program which helps parents and the community learn in-depth about computers and the internet. This program helps parents feel comfortable while using Google accounts, checking their emails, learning how to use parent portals for their kids’ school districts and more. Angelica’s job is very rewarding because she helps the community every day.
Bryan Salcedo, Project Assistant-Small Business University
Bryan was born and raised in Fresno, CA. He began studying business his sophomore year of high school and recently graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Marketing from California State University, Fresno.
Bryan is currently the project assistant for the Small Business University here at Fresno State OCED. He has been assisting small businesses during the COVID-19 crisis, making sure they are connected to the right resources that can help keep their businesses running. Bryan also works on signing up small businesses for services such as business planning, marketing, and other services.
In his free time Bryan enjoys going on road trips, trying new foods, and spending time with the people close to him.
Meghan Clifton, Communications Student Intern
Meghan Clifton is a third-year Fresno State student studying Agricultural Communications. She hopes to work in Marketing and or Public Relations for a large agriculture company. Meghan loves to travel and workout! She is very excited about this internship, and cannot wait to learn more about communications and better her writing skills!
Lizette Pineda-Moreno, Graphic Design Student Intern
Lizette transferred to Fresno State in Spring 2020 and is majoring in Graphic Design. Her goal is to graduate with a strong portfolio and work for a design firm or do freelance work under her own business. In her free time, Lizette loves playing video games, drawing, watching anime, and taking care of her 2 dogs and cat.