International Women’s Day, celebrated annually on March 8th, is a time to recognize the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women, while raising awareness about the challenges they continue to face worldwide.  

Approximately 90 % of the Sierra Community House’s staff is women! We are taking time today to reflect on the incredible contributions of women around the world and within our own organization.  

To commemorate International Women’s Day, we are sharing a snapshot of some of the amazing ladies we have across our organization, recognizing their achievements and the invaluable impact they make every day.  

Their colleagues say it best, check out what their co-workers had to say:

Alondra Delgadillo, Family Support Manager: “Alondra is dedicated and hardworking, serving our community with kindness and passion. She has inspired me to work towards my goals and become a better person. She brings a positive high energy and a personal touch to the community. I see her every day connecting and empowering our community by providing services to our community in a kind loving way.” 

Ana Guerrero, Mediation and Legal Assistance Program Manager: Ana is force of nature! Not only has she been a super advocate for our legal clients, but at the same time she has also successfully advocated for appropriate care for her ill mother-in-law, and supported her husband’s little brother as a scholar-athlete at on Truckee Highs football team, receiving one of highest GPAs on the team. She’s also very creative, especially as a hair and makeup artist. 

Debbie Nicholas, Administrative Assistant: “Debbie’s unwavering dedication embodies reliability, always lending a hand without hesitation. Her presence in the workplace is not only valued but cherished, as she brings joy and positivity to every task and interaction.” 

Denisse Vega Zarate, Housing Coordinator: Denisse supports all of our advocacy teams by helping match community members in need of housing with local landlords. She brings professionalism, thorough research and a commitment to community empowerment to her work with SCH.” 

Irene Lopez, Community Engagement Education Assistant: “Irene’s creativity shines through her innovative contributions to the Community Engagement team. Her consistent flow of innovative ideas and her unwavering passion and dedication to the Family Room are evident in the countless hours she invests into the work she does, turning concepts into reality and driving the program’s success.” 

Karin Paris, Human Resources Director: “Karin is caring, uplifting, and truly committed to Sierra Community House’s mission.  She is always leading by example and brings out the best in her colleagues. She is a wealth of knowledge and compassion, and not to mention, and absolute JOY to work with!” 

Karla Marcial Aguilar, Bilingual Legal Advocate: She is an inspiring woman in part because she chose a career that enables her to act, make a difference, and work on the ground with those who are affected and those who have the power to change policy. 

Ludim Chavez, Residential Program Advocate: “There are not enough words to describe the positive impact Ludim has had in our organization, program, and community. Ludim is an individual hard to find. She is passionate about helping others in a professional, trauma-informed manner and knows how to POSITIVELY collaborate.” 

Mayra Islas, Bilingual Intake Coordinator: “Mayra welcomes community members, partners, and staff into our offices with compassion and a trove of resources. She also has great taste and makes our potlucks more interesting and delicious!”   

Victoria Lezo Fuerete, Bilingual Legal Advocate-Immigration Specialist: “She is passionate about social justice issues and are committed to working toward ending inequities, human rights abuses, and discrimination.”  

Rachel Lamanna, Hunger Relief Program Manager: “She consistently uplifts those around her with her unwavering support and encouragement. Her dedication to fostering a culture of inclusivity and growth makes her an invaluable asset to our team, and her genuine kindness brightens every interaction.” 

Själla Miller, Prevention Program Manager: “She welcomes all with open arms and a wealth of resources, fostering a sense of belonging in our community. Her positivity and commitment to empowering those around her is the perfect embodiment of Sierra Community House’s values.” 

Teresa Crimmens, Deputy Executive Director: Teresa is unfailingly kind, thorough and professional in a huge range of tasks, from supporting direct services to editing grants to speaking at public events. She does all this while parenting two very precocious kiddos and being a loyal friend and family member to a range of loved ones across multiple states.” 

Yvette Soto Herrera, Bilingual Legal Advocate: “She is a great asset to the legal team as she always has a positive attitude and leads with passion. She provides a valuable contribution to our community by empowering and providing hope to those most vulnerable.” 

These women, and many more like them, are leading change within Sierra Community House and across our communities. We are grateful for their talent, dedication, and leadership. Together, let’s continue to support and empower women to shatter barriers, challenge stereotypes, and create a more inclusive and equitable world for all. Happy International Women’s Day!