Ana migrated to the U.S. from Mexico at the age of 5. "My earliest memory of being in the U.S. is my first day of school, in first grade. I looked at my dad, worried, and asked him how I would be able to understand my teacher because I couldn't speak English". Quickly thereafter she was fluent in English and fell in love with school. She has attended numerous colleges and universities on her educational journey, even if only for a semester each, one of which was Harvard in 2007. She most recently graduated from Grand Canyon University with an MBA. Her family continues to be the bedrock of her drive and purpose in life.
president, board of directors
Desiree Garcia, a native Phoenician, currently serves as the Board Chair of Mi Victoria Scholarship Fund. Ms. Garcia, Valley Leadership Institute alumni, is dedicated to her community and has over 10 years of non-profit experience. Through her passion for the community Ms. Garcia has organized ‘Desi’s Birthday Wish’, an event that has fed over 400 homeless and hungry men, women and children of Phoenix annually for her birthday. When not working or volunteering, Desiree enjoys spending time with her family.
secretary, treasurer, board of directors
A daughter of Mexican immigrants and a first-generation college student, Jacklyn Gueyger and her family were guided through the college transition process by the Achieving a College Education (ACE) Program. Thanks to ACE, Jacklyn started attending Phoenix College while still attending Carl Hayden High School. In 2010, she graduated a year before her class with a Bachelor’s degree from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communication at Arizona State University.
Jacklyn is a proud graduate of Valle Del Sol’s Hispanic Leadership Institute – Class of 2016 and a 2013 recipient of the 40 Hispanic Leaders Under 40 Award. In her current role at the Be A Leader Foundation, Jacklyn oversees a team of college transition specialists who work with seniors in the Phoenix Union High School District and Tolleson Union High School District. She currently volunteers at Victory Outreach Phoenix Church where she mentors young women to live a life of purpose.
Jacklyn and her husband, Moses, reside in the West Valley with their two dogs: Chapo and Zeke.