Board of Directors & Staff

If you are interested in becoming a board member we are looking for dedicated and committed WUA members to join our Board and help shape the future of Uptown Whittier. Being a Board member provides a wonderful opportunity to get to know other business owners and members of our community and learn about opportunities to promote your business. For more information call (562) 696-2662 to obtain a Board Candidate Application.

Executive Board

President

President

Frank Medina
ReMax Dynasty

Franktps7@yahoo.com

Frank is a local business Partner of Re/Max Dynasty in the city of Whittier and has 21 years of experience in Real Estate Sales. He brings more than 21 years of Leadership skills, sales experience, executive management experience, and has trained over 300 agents since 2001 in sales skills, mindset, the Four Quadrant Personalities and how to run and maintain a high level of production to their businesses. Frank is also a member of NAHREP East Los Angeles Chapter and HSBA.

Over the past years frank has volunteered his time for many Non-Profit Organizations, Plaza De Raza in East LA and giving back to the local children’s schools during Christmas providing toys. A member National Association of Hispanics Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP) East Los Angeles Chapter. And a current member of the Whittier Elk’s Club #1285 and Chamber of Commerce Whittier.

A native son to East Los Angeles and has been a resident of Whittier since 2000. Graduate of California State Los Angeles majoring in Business Administration – Managerial Operations. And a Graduate of Bishop Mora Salesian High School in East Los Angeles.
Vice President

Vice President

April Gallegos
La Pescadora Mexican Restaurant

Secretary

Secretary

Claudia Prado
Shop The Runway

http://www.shoptherunway.com

I am a local business owner in the ever-blossoming community of Uptown Whittier.

Though I grew up in the neighboring city of Montebello, I currently reside in Whittier. As a home-owner and mother of two, I have my sight set on nothing but success. At the age of 19 I became an entrepreneur launching my online store, Shoptherunway.com, and later that same year I opened my first brick and mortar store in Sherman Oaks. I always envisioned planting my roots amid the shops in Uptown Whittier and in June of 2014 that vision became a reality. With my 12 Years of Retail experience, I have learned how to grow my business through social media, creative marketing, networking and customer service. I constantly continue to learn more by attending marketing seminars and classes, getting tips from other successful business owners on how to grow and bring more traffic to my store. My goal is use these skills to help bring business to Uptown by working together with other business leaders in the community. Thank you for your consideration.
Treasurer

Treasurer

George Caldera
The Knotted Apron

After attending St. Mary’s College and graduating from Cal Poly Pomona. George pursued a career in Business Management. George worked as an Administrative Manager at the Bally Total Fitness Corporate Office for over 10 years.When the company he worked for closed due to outsourcing, George re-evaluated his real passions in life. With his love for cooking, George took culinary classes and decided it would be a perfect opportunity for a career change. George worked as the Operations Manager at EATZ Cooking School in Los Angeles. After 3 years, George knew it was time to start his own business. George decided to open a Cooking School/ Event Space called The Knotted Apron in the beautiful City of Whittier.


Director’s At-Large

J2 Architects

J2 Architects

Jessie Carrillo

Jcarrillo@J2architects.com
http://j2architects.com/jessie-carrillo/

Jessie, a native of Los Angeles, developed a strong love for craft and materials at an early age renovating old homes with his father. As Managing Principal and a licensed architect, Jessie brings 16 years of experience engaging his lifelong passion for construction, materials, and craft into the design and management of projects. In addition, he engages his knowledge of the latest design and construction technologies into the design process itself. This is well exhibited in his past work for CO Architects where he was a technical architect for the award winning Health Sciences Education Building in Phoenix, Arizona. Throughout his career, Jessie has found that the key principal for creating a successful building design is embracing new design technologies that facilitate an open exchange of ideas and solutions between client, builders, and specialized disciplines.
Keller Williams Pacific Estates

Keller Williams Pacific Estates

Remoun Said

remouon@whittieruptown.org

With ReNew Real Estate Sales, I help home sellers with the sale of their first home, their step-up-home, their dream home, and then their home when they decide to downsize. Our real estate team has been involved in hundreds of successful real estate transactions. I came from an Information Technology (IT) background with a Real Estate and Finance education. I have received a Bachelor’s of Sciences from California State University, at Fullerton in Real Estate Finance and a Masters of Business Administration in Entrepreneurship.
Cielo Beauty Bar

Cielo Beauty Bar

Marisa Sotomayor

www.cielobeautybar.com

A native of Los Angeles and a California State Licensed Esthetician, Marisa is an expert in the field of beauty. Her passion and commitment for beauty and healthy skin care is reflected through her work, extensive training, dedication and client relationships. Marisa has been working in the skincare and the beauty industry for 13 years and opened her first salon in 2014.

She is a huge advocate of community service and community participation while investing and enriching the lives of others.


Past President

Americana Tax Planning

Americana Tax Planning


Whittier Uptown Office

Operations Manager

Operations Manager