Board of Directors

Our Directors Page

The Board is made up of involved community members representing business, education, law enforcement, clergy, physicians, and local families. Through monthly meetings, the board oversees the daily activities of the organization.

Executive Members

Lorena Duran, LCSW - President
Director of Student Services-East Whittier City School District






Maggie Cordero - Past President
Associate Dean- LA Trade- Technical College
For over 11 years, Maggie has worked with underrepresented populations in higher education providing academic and support services that allow students to achieve their educational goals.  Currently she works as the Director of Federal TRIO Programs at Santiago Canyon College.  Maggie has a Bachelor of Science in Public Policy and Management from the University of Southern California and a Juris Doctor from Syracuse University.  Maggie grew up in Whittier and passionate about making a positive impact in the community that she grew up in.
Director –Santiago Canyon College



David Renteria - Treasurer
School Social Worker-East Whittier City School District
For over 10 years, David has worked with high at-risk children and families in various capacities.  His primarily focus of work has been with foster children and transitional aged youth.  In 2015, he graduated from California State University, Long Beach with his Masters in Social Work.  Currently, he is working at East Whittier City School District as a school social worker counseling students kinder through eighth grade.  David's passion is making a positive impact in the lives of the children he works with.




Annette Mendoza - Secretary
Annette Mendoza resides in Whittier and has served over 34 years in education.  She has been a teacher, learning specialist, school psychologist, assistant principal, and principal in two school districts in Los Angeles County.  However, she has worked in East Whittier City School District for most of her professional career.  Annette has a Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Education degree from the University of Southern California. She also has two Master of Education degrees in Pupil Personnel Services and Educational Leadership from Azusa Pacific University.  She is committed to supporting children’s development and learning, respecting individual differences, and preparing students to become lifelong learners who will have the skills needed to live, work, and thrive in the 21st Century.


Advisory Board

Justin Steele- Community Service Supervisor Parks , Recreation and Community Services Department

Program Manager

Naché Mendez

If you are interested in becoming a board member, please contact the SKILLS Organization at (562) 567-9455.