Officer Raquel Curran, currently with the Pittsburg Police Department, was born in Mexico City and came to the United States when she was 9 years old. Officer Curran has been dedicated to Bay Area law enforcement work since her days as a Police Explorer and currently patrols Rancho Medanos Junior High School as their SRO. Officer Curran loves working for our community and spending time with her husband and their four children.
Linda has 30 years of experience in finance and accounting, with specific expertise working with non-profits. Ms. Ballentine has worked with both grassroots organizations as well as international outfits, managing the day-to-day operations, establishing procedures, and developing meaningful reporting. She has served as Director of Finance and Human Resources for a number of non-profits as well. Ms. Ballentine brings her knowledge as a certified Grant Writer and Administrator.
Ms. Fernandez is a graduate of Pittsburg High who has lifelong ties to our community. She is very active in her church community and enjoys volunteering here in town. She has specific mentorship experience and was formerly a Gang Intervention Specialist.
Andrea Zarate is our youngest board member, a PHS graduate, and most notably, a PWC alumnus. Although Andrea has met many obstacles and personal trauma in the two-decades of her life so far, she is admirable in her maturity and her positivity in all contexts. She is a current student at Los Medanos College and she brings with her the vital youth perspective.
Curlie Jackson :
Before Ms. Jackson was made a grandmother (27 times!), Ms. Jackson had a decorated history of working with and for youth, employed 32 years as a parent coordinator for PUSD and 10 more as a youth counselor by the Juvenile court in Martinez. Since she retired her dedication has not diminished and she has continued to serve youth and the community in many capacities, serving, for example, on PUSD committees and notably, as the president of the East County chapter of the NAACP.
Anna earned her Bachelor’s degree in English and Spanish Language from Tulane University and has been in the greater Bay Area ever since her graduation in 2004.. She has a MA in Educational Leadership and her CA single-subject teaching credential. Anna came to Pittsburg as a teacher at Black Diamond High School and has been there for the last decade, teaching all levels of English and Student Leadership. Prior to her role in PUSD, she worked as an administrator in Richmond, California.
Veronica Pope (Director: Non-Voting Member):
She has served students throughout the east bay area in both in-school and after-school capacities. The bulk of her career was as a mental health intervention specialist working with high, middle and elementary school children in Alameda and Contra Costa counties public school systems. She founded People Who Care Children Association (PWC) and since has continued to support at-risk youth and their families. She is a recipient of a Jefferson Award for public service. Veronica encourages young people and adults to get involved in mentoring programs.
Constance Russell (Director: Non-Voting Member):
Connie is the program director at PWC and has been with the organization since its inception. Connie earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business, emphasis in Management from San Francisco State University and has over 30 years of business and contracting experience. She retired from the federal government, the General Services Administration (GSA) in San Francisco. Connie has a Certificate in Project Management from the University of California, Berkeley, and is a member of the National Contract Management Association. Her commitment to social justice and equal opportunities continues to motivate her work with PWC.