Our Board


Moises Pimentel

Currently serving as the Regional Project Manager for College and Career Pathways at the
Center for the Future of Arizona, Moises is dedicated to enhancing career exploration, early
college programs, and work-based learning opportunities within our county’s education system
creating a stronger and brighter future for our community. Through the Arizona Pathways to
Prosperity initiative, his focus is to bring together industry and education sectors to
collaboratively design, implement, and scale seamless college and career pathways that enable
students to transition smoothly through high school, into higher education, and on to family-
supporting careers.

With nearly a decade of experience in workforce development and the Workforce Innovation
Opportunity Act (WIOA) programs, Moises is passionate about providing our county with the
services and resources it needs to create a skilled and vibrant community through education
and workforce development. He has forged strong partnerships between workforce programs
and industries, contributing significantly to the economic and workforce development of Yuma
County. Moises' lifelong residency in Yuma reflects his commitment to the community, and he
continues to be a driver behind initiatives that empower individuals to thrive in their chosen
career paths.

Vice President

Evelyn Aello

Evelyn Aello currently serves as the Youth Services Case Management Coordinator under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act where she synchronizes the delivery of services and activities to assist high risk youth in achieving their vocational and educational goals. Evelyn has the privilege of guiding and mentoring a team of talented Youth Specialists who in turn provide assistance to youth in our community.

After six years in workforce development, Evelyn knows firsthand the importance of workforce development and education programs and the impact that they have in Yuma County to be able to pursue sustainable economic opportunities. Evelyn believes it is fundamental to empower, inspire, and mentor youth in Yuma County to achieve self-sufficiency through career pathways, education, and employment goals to meet their full potential.

Evelyn supports Yuma County families by volunteering her time with Desert Financial and Tax Services Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program designed to support free tax preparation service for the underserved since 2018. 

Evelyn is a City of Yuma – Neighborhood Leadership Academy and Hispanic Leadership Institute graduate. Evelyn is also a member of the Delta Mu Delta Honor Society for Business, Lambda Sigma Chapter.

Evelyn holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.



Brenda Buenrostro

Brenda Buenrostro currently serves as an Accounting Specialist at the Housing Authority of the City of Yuma, HACY.  Brenda’s broad areas of responsibilities are in Finance, Property Management, and
Software Troubleshooting. She has been essential to a successful software implementation, training
various departments by ensuring HACY stays in compliance with HACY policies and HUD Regulations.Prior to this Accounting Specialist role, she was a Community Service Specialist for HACY and Youth Services Specialist for Arizona@Work.  She assisted families to become self-sufficient and for families to contribute to the workforce in Yuma County.

Brenda Buenrostro knows the importance that housing stability plays in the successful family.  She is passionate in helping inspire personal responsibility, family financial planning, community wide
communication, and technology innovation.

Brenda Buenrostro has served on the HACY Board of Commissioners, from June of 2017 to June of 2019. She was involved in building the Anchor Project, for the Mesa Heights Neighborhood. This Anchor project created fifty-eight new homes for low income families. In addition, she has participated in the City of Yuma – Neighborhood Leadership Academy.  This Neighborhood Leadership Academy gave her insight into the Yuma City department functions, importance of Yuma city resident’s involvement with the departments.  Brenda Buenrostro has received local recognition, from Arizona@Work, Yuma Crossing Rotary Club, Camarena Law, Yuma County
Entrepreneurs, St Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, and others. She is a proud graduate of Adult Literacy Plus of Southwest Arizona, where she obtained her High School Equivalency Diploma.

Brenda Buenrostro knows firsthand the keys to success include working as hard as one can, being a
friend, accepting good help, offering good help, and the importance of pursing formal education.
She is a proud mother of four highly energetic and obedient boys. She is proud to call Yuma County her home!


Sondra Matthews

Ms. Matthews is a human resources professional who has experience working with governmental and non-profit organizations. Ms. Matthews is a lifelong learner and is passionate about literacy. She believes that Adult Education is a key factor in addressing the skilled worker shortage and enabling adult learners to gain the skills and knowledge to advance in the workforce.


Justin Jahn

With over 13 years of widespread experience in technology, serving in roles such as full-stack developer, network and voice engineer, and systems architect, Justin now serves AEA Federal Credit Union as the Sr. Director of Technology. Above all, a deep-rooted passion for learning and creative problem solving continues to drive Justin to explore the many facets of technology in today’s world and how they might translate to serve the needs of businesses.


Monica Castro

With over sixteen years of experience in finance management, business operations, and strategic planning, Monica Castro believes that she can make valuable contributions to ALPS’ efforts. Currently, she is the Director of Finance for the City of San Luis, with responsibilities including financial services, auditing, budgeting, grant administration, procurement, capital planning, debt management, and policy compliance. Before this role, Monica was Global Procurement Manager for Gowan Company, responsible for the company’s worldwide sourcing strategy for raw materials, including risk management, contract negotiations, and inventory management. She also headed Gowan Company’s International Finance division, where she played a vital role in the global expansion strategy of international business. Monica also has experience in the nonprofit sector, where she’s gained valuable experience in finance and management. Monica is a first-generation college graduate with a baccalaureate degree in accounting from the University of Sonora. She holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Arizona, and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Monica lives with her husband and two children in Yuma, AZ. She enjoys the outdoors, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. As a first-generation college graduate, She understands the importance of education and the opportunities it can provide.


Raul Canal

Raul Canal is a Vocational Education Coordinator where he analyzes how students
differ in their approaches to learning; creates instructional opportunities that are adapted
to diverse learners; understands instructional planning; and designs instruction based
on knowledge of the discipline, student, community, and curriculum goals.

Raul believes that competency-based instructions culminating in essential life skills,
certified occupational skills and meaningful employment and/or entrance into a higher
education institution for advanced preparation should be available to all adult learners.

Raul has secured employment at Arizona Western College where he helps job seekers
and career changers prepare for and advance in careers with a focus on sustainable,
high-growth, high-demand industries. He delivers comprehensive workforce solutions at
integrated career centers, sector-focused centers and community, and partner sites.

Raul further serves as a board member for the City of Yuma Parks and Recreation. His
intrinsic passion to assist others stems from his family’s values and faith.


New Members



We are seeking talented and qualified individuals to join our Board of Directors. This is a great opportunity for anyone who is passionate about education and has a genuine desire to serve the community to get involved!



If you have any questions, please contact Jesse Figueroa, Executive Director at 928-343-9363. If you wish to be considered as a candidate for Board Member, please fill out our application.



As a board member, you will participate in the development of policy and major decision-making at board meetings held monthly. Other key responsibilities are monitoring the agency’s goals and objectives, assisting in fundraising activities, as well as, representing the agency in the broader community. We hope you will consider becoming part of our team.


Board Member Application

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