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.

President

President

Rick Gonzales

Spin Lounge
rick@whittieruptown.org
www.thespinlounge.com

Rick is a tenured special education Algebra Teacher at La Serna H.S. in Whittier and owner of Spin Lounge. Rick received his undergraduate degree from The University California at Berkeley with a degree in Social Work and a minor in education. He earned his master’s degree in special education at Point Loma Nazarene University. Rick currently resides in Whittier but grew up in nearby Pico Rivera.
Board Member

Board Member

Liz Apodaca

My Attorney LA
liz@whittieruptown.org
www.myattorneyla.com

A Whittier native, Liz Apodaca knows the greater L.A. area well and appreciates being a local lawyer whose practice, background and ideals are woven into the fabric of the surrounding community. Prior to entering law school she honed her business experience managing and facilitating projects for United Airlines and American Airlines. She was also a Corporate Operations Training Manager for one of Hawaii’s premier regional hotel chains.

Liz earned her Juris Doctor with honors at the University of Hawaii’s William S. Richardson School of Law while serving as Executive Editor of the University of Hawaii Law Review and has been recognized for her mastery of Intellectual Property Law as well as Bankruptcy Law, Debtor & Creditor Rights, Appellate Advocacy and more. She also wrote an award winning essay as a participant in a national writing contest sponsored by The Recording Academy which issues the GRAMMY® awards. Liz earned her Master of Law degree, or LL.M., from L.A.’s Southwestern Law School.
Treasurer

Treasurer

Remoun Said

ReNew Realty
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.
Board Member

Board Member

Cesar James

Get Elected
Board Member

Board Member

Steven Caringella

California’s Best Kettle Korn
steven@whittieruptown.org

Mr. Caringella has been a part of our Uptown Whittier community for quite some time. Steven has been a long standing vendor at our Whittier Uptown Association Certified Farmers’ Market for many years, always providing the best quality kettle korn to our new and frequent farmers’ market customers. 2012 Staff Writer Megan Chock of the “Quaker Campus: The voice of Whittier College” says that “Another favorite of mine at the farmer’s market is the kettle corn. Made right in front of you and super satisfying, it goes without saying that it surpasses all kettle corn that I have tasted in my 19 years of life. The best part about this super yummy and extremely tasty snack is that it’s all natural. It also helps that Steven Caringella, the vendor, is a very cordial and insanely nice person.” California’s Best Kettle Corn has been locally based in Whittier well over 6 years.
Board Member

Board Member

Frank Medina

Business Partner, Re/Max Realty
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.
Board Member

Board Member

Jesse Bosque

Professional Solutions
jesse@whittieruptown.org

A Whittier resident for 16 years, Jesse Bosque is the Owner and President of Confidential Voice (an ethics hotline for employees) and Professional Solutions, one of the largest Private Investigation firms in California. Professional Solutions specializes in workplace investigations by utilizing undercover investigators, electronic and mobile surveillance, forensic investigations, and the interview process. With over 28 years of investigative experience, Mr. Bosque has worked with many Fortune 500 companies both nationwide and outside of the USA. Mr Bosque is currently on the Human Resources Advisory Board for California State University Dominguez Hills and is a guest speaker in the advanced human resources course teaching a class in investigations in the workplace.
Board Member

Board Member

Tom Rios

Brookdale Senior Living
Board Member

Board Member

Rose Drieslein

Americana Tax Planning
rose@americanataxplanning
Board Member

Board Member

Melinda Pina

Pina Reading Academy
pinareadingacademy@gmail.com http://www.pinareadingacademy.net/



Melinda Pina is an educator with over 22 years of experience as a teacher, reading coach, district resource teacher, and Reading and Language Arts Specialist. She has created and delivered district wide professional developments in many areas including reading fluency, spelling, comprehension, vocabulary, phonics, and phonemic awareness.

Her audiences include administrators, teachers, instructional coaches, paraprofessionals, and parents. Melinda has been responsible for training educators in how to meet the academic needs of each individual student. She obtained her Master’s Degree in Advanced Teaching Skills from the University of La Verne and earned a Reading and Language Arts Specialist credential from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Melinda also serves as the Director of Implementation and Professional Development for Colvard Learning, an edtech company dedicated to designing high quality reading programs for the iPad and other devices. She develops the content, assessments, and supplemental materials for the programs.
Board Member

Board Member

Jessie Carrillo

J2 Architects
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.

Whittier Uptown Office

Operations Manager

Operations Manager

Administrative Assistant

Administrative Assistant