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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

Frank Medina


ReMax Dynasty


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.

April Gallegos

Vice President

La Pescadora Mexican Restaurant

April Gallegos has over twenty years’ experience in both the spirits industry and the non-profit sector. She graduated from Bishop Amat Memorial High School in 1987.

She began her career at the University of Southern California where she managed and created events at the Law School and the School of Public Policy, Planning and Development for donors, alumni and students while raising money for the University. She, along with her sisters, also created the Armando Gallegos Memorial Foundation, honoring her father as well as raising money for education. This was created in 2001

April’s love of spirits began when her uncle owned a bar when she was a teenager. She continued her passion for the spirits industry by bartending and cocktailing, eventually becoming the Brand Ambassador (“Diplomat”) for Maker’s Mark. She continued to grow her love of spirits and education and became the Education Specialist for Jim Beam and is a certified Spirits Specialist in the industry. In 2014 she purchased a restaurant, La Pescadora, in Uptown Whittier. April joined the Whittier Uptown Association Board in 2017 and sits as Vice President for the Association for the 2018-19 term.

Claudia Prado


Shop The Runway


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.

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.

Board of Directors

Jessie Carrillo

Board Member
J2 Architects


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.
Rose Drieslein

Past President
Americana Tax Planning

Remoun Said

Board Member
Keller Williams Pacific Estates


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.
Marisa Sotomayor

Board Member
Cielo Beauty Bar


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.

Whittier Uptown Office

Olivia Rios

Operations Manager